Saturday, 22 December 2018

"Bad-tempered And Aggressive..."

"...Wild boars are also very tasty and thus much sought-after in the Frozen City."
This 28mm scale model of a Boar is manufactured by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with three Giant Rats as code FGV309 from their “Frostgrave" Range. The miniature has been based so as to fit in with the rest of my collection of figures for Joseph A. McCullough's fantasy wargame in the Frozen City, but, having been recently inspired to purchase "Palaeo Diet: Eat Of Be Eaten" by "Ganesha Games" thanks to Joe's wonderful coverage of the game on his superb blog "Zabadak's ZombieWorld", I'm currently eyeing the wild swine as a possible start to a menagerie of giant grazers for that "stand-alone set of gaming rules for recreating prehistoric animal hunts" as well.

To begin with I undercoated the wide-ranging mammal with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and heavily washed the beast with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. I then dry-brushed the boar's well-sculpted hide with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Brown, before 'picking out' its ridge of shaggy fur, eyes, mouth and hooves in Black. I also applied a light dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal to the model's ridged back.
"The Invasion" Cyberman WIPs - The silver giant has been primed, washed and dry-brushed for the AHPC
In order to help blend the black and brown elements of the figure together I carefully dry-brushed some additional "Vallejo" Black up the animal's legs, and then washed all these areas with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Lastly, I dry-brushed some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Brown around the top of the hooves, before gluing a double helping of "Citadel" Snow around the plastic 40mm circular base.

With another of my long-forgotten, partially-painted models finished, I have turned the vast majority of my attention to my contributions for the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). As in previous years I will be attempting to attain a target score of 500 points during the next three months, with the vast majority of my entrants being 28mm scale models (scoring a humble 5 points apiece).
Yewan Grove The Treeman and Grove's Shrubs WIPs - The Treefolk have been dry-brushed 
Resultantly, I wanted to get at least some points on the board straight away, so have started work on a lone Cyberman from the 1968 "Doctor Who" eight-episode long adventure entitled "The Invasion". This particular piece was a much appreciated gift from "Warlord Games" during my most recent visit to their Nottingham-based Headquarters, and once finished will give me enough of Tobias Vaughn's emotionless allies to use the 'Cybermen & Cybermats' Recruitment card in "Doctor Who: Exterminate!"

Admittedly, I'm never going to successfully attain my AHPC target tally by simply painting one-off models, so have also begun shading and dry-brushing five of the treefolk from the "Toon Realms" range by "Lucid Eye Publications". These 'Ents' will be the start of a 'Lord Of The Toons' project I have in mind, and are packed full on wonderful tiny details such as grass-beards and tiny toadstools growing across their back's bark.

10 comments:

  1. Great looking pig Simon, and nice start on your AHPC entries

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    1. Thanks Dave, simple stuff obviously. I've also finished and submitted my Cyberman to the AHPC, so that should get me some points on the table :-)

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  2. Great idea for some easier prey in Palaeo and a nice varition (I'm thinking of using wart hogs tbh)
    And thanks for the plug !

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    1. Cheers Joe, and you're more than welcome :-)

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  3. Love that boar. Having seen it in real life it is quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be, so it should be a great for for your Frostgrave warband. Those tree room are brilliant. Lovely work on the beard and fungus, really good stuff. I think you must be in line for promotion to Cyber Controller the amount of cybermen you have painted! Cracking stuff as always.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. Rather pleasingly I have two of the Shrubs finished, varnish and based ready for submission to the AHPC already, and the Cyberman done too - ready for Wednesday's 'Warlord Who' posting. Lots more WIPs to come, so stay tuned as I've a few surprises in store ;-)

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  4. Interesting that you should have a "Boar" as you might have another one on your esteemed blog before the end of the year ;)

    Seriously though that is a really nice figure, very well painted, made me immediately think of Asterix and Obelix, childish swine that I am (pun intended). Love that Cyberman too I have to admit that the warlord ones are much better figures than the Black tree ones, shame about the disparity in size.

    The Ent's are very cute (there been a lot of cute on your blog this year), I do like them a lot too.

    So all round good stuff, mate.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. LMAO Roger!!! It's a real shame you can't buy the "Frostgrave" boar on its own, as I'd certainly pick up another four or so. I have looked at "Warbases" ones, but they lack the size/ferocity of this sculpt, imho. I might venture an order with "Wargames Foundry" at some point as a result...

      I plan to post the finished Cyberman up on Boxing day, now he's varnished and had his base flocked, and am hoping to have all four of Grove's Shrubs completed too - not sure if they're going to be ready in time though for a posting this year...

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  5. Just when I thought I had a "full quota" of livestock, along you come with this post and point out a glaring omission!
    Love the cyberman and ents too btw :-)

    Merry Christmas Simon, and best wishes for the New Year.

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    1. LOL Greg, sorry about that :-) The Cyberman and all four of Grove's Shrubs are now finished and should soon be posted up on this blog, once they've been up on the AHPC website for 24 hours.

      Merry Christmas, and my warmest wishes for the New Year too :-)

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