Monday, 11 June 2018

"Although Such Beasts Are Rare, You May See Lizards..."

"...Marmots, and even such strange creatures as armadillos and the platypus."
This 28mm metal model of a Green Lizard is sold by “Oathsworn Miniatures" and can be purchased as Code BB13 from their "Burrows And Badgers" range. Originally part of the manufacturer's first "anthro animal miniatures" kickstarter, Bassk uz' Drasst comes equipped with a one-handed weapon and is sculpted wearing light armour.

The "squamate reptile" was super-glued onto a 30mm plastic circular lipped base, and primed using a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Green. His wonderfully detailed scaly skin was then heavily shaded using some Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter" and later dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green.
Dandy Highwayfox WIPs - The cunning criminal has had his coat and red fur layered
Despite presumably being based upon the European 'lacerta viridis', which can be found "across European mid-latitudes from Slovenia and eastern Austria to as far east as the Black Sea coasts of Ukraine and Turkey", I rather fancied my insect-eater as having travelled from a far hotter climate such as central Mexico, and resultantly decided to give him a more Mesoamerican feel. His armour plates were therefore coated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, subsequently coloured with a combination of Brass and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter", and then finally aged with a small application of "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide.

I did contemplate making the lizard's sword bronze too, but ultimately decided a seasoned warrior would soon swap such a weapon for one fashioned from finest steel instead. In addition, I had also chosen to partially follow the official "Oathsworn Miniatures" paint-scheme by covering the warrior's hands and feet with some "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre. This pigment would arguably make it difficult to discern from anything gold-coloured which the model was holding.
Boromite Work Ganger WIP - The alien miner still needs his rocky hide to be shaded
As a final phase I 'picked out' all the long-tailed reptile's leather straps with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and treated them to a wash of Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". At this point I was momentarily tempted to apply some light blue to the figure's face. However, I felt such a strongly contrasting colour would distract the eye away from the flecks of verdigris on the fighter's armour.

With my fourth "Burrows And Badgers" miniature finished, I have additionally made a bit more headway on the last few Boromite Work Gangers I need so as to finally field a 500-point Scouting Force for “Beyond The Gates Of Antares”. These “Warlord Games” extra-terrestrial miners are absolutely covered from head-to-toe in highly detailed bits of equipment, sensors and armour, so are taking me an incredibly long time to paint using my 'black-lining' method. Still, the end may finally be in sight...

18 comments:

  1. Excellent job on the green lizard and the fox is progressing nicely indeed.

    Would be cool to see an all lizard warband

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    1. Thanks very much, Simon. Got to keep the "Burrows & Badgers" vibe going. My Toad Mage is finished now too, so I'll be able to keep the momentum going into next week's articles now too :-)

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  2. Loving the lizard Simon and our Dandy fox, is looking great with the additional colour.

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    1. Cheers Michael. The red is very bright, and will hopefully make the Dandy Highwayfox really stand out on the tabletop; especially with his white tail tip :-)

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  3. Lizard looks great Simon, agree with Simon a lizard warband would be cool. The fox and Boromites are progressing well

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    1. Thanks Dave. I certainly have some plans for "Burrows & Badgers" once I have my initial warband complete. The Boromite is now finished, and ready for flocking - so just two to go!!

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  4. Good result on the Reptile and I like the Mexican background idea, makes him that much more special.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I like the idea of a Green Lizard plundering party , so I may buy and paint a few more at some point - maybe with some conversion parts...

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  5. Really like the lizard, and the fox looks like he'll be even better! How about a "reptile and amphibian" party? do they do any Newts?

    Cheers Roger.
    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. An amphibian party would certainly be doable I believe - good idea ;-)

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  6. Seeing yours and the other Simon's beautifully painted minis for B&B is making it harder and harder to resist this game. I just know I'll like it as it certainly appeals to me, but I don't think I can justify the time or expense on yet another project. Keep 'em coming, Simon. Who knows, a batrep might just dissolve my resistance!

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    1. Cheers Bryan. A BatRep is definitely on the cards at some point, especially as I have plans for an evil Badger Sheriff faction, and a few other raiding parties...

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    2. Evil badger sheriff faction! ****Gasps in breathless joy!****

      Resistance is futile....

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    3. `chuckles manically' that I have to see

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  7. Great work on the lizard Simon, he really looks the part! "Dandy" is coming along nicely, and those Boromites are now just SO close :-)

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    1. Thanks Greg. Should soon have my "Burrows & Badgers" finished and then just two more Boromites to go :-)

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  8. Great to see another Boromite on the go.
    Can't see much else as my ski-mask has slipped

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    1. I'm pleased to say that both the Dandy Highwayfox and Boromite are now finished, Joe. So you won't be seeing any more "Burrows & Badgers" WIPs... for a while at least ;-)

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