Early Halloween treats!

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? Phew, life after Conan eh? Well, I love having a project to do, but I must admit that it is nice to be able to just pick something whimsical up and paint it for the hell of it… This week is exactly that – a piece of whimsy inspired by this guy from the Conan set:

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This is a serious mini, but while I was painting it, there was a bit of me that couldn’t help seeing ‘it’ as a him, and ‘him’ as an old caretaker in a wolf-man costume. Inevitably, my mind took me here:

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These are the catchily named ‘HFN016 Gang & Dog’ from Hasslefree Minis – a lovely set of sculpts that were an absolute delight to paint. Here they are individually(ish):

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And a final action pic where either someone is about to not get away with it thanks to those meddling kids, or those meddling kids are about to get their throats torn out…

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That’s all for this week folks – short but sweet!

Conan – Monsters 4:

Greetings Terrans, I hope this finds you all well. Big day today droogs – I have finally finished all the Conan models from the Kickstarter!!! I’ve saved what I think is the best mini for last – the very Lovecraftian ‘Thog’:

This was a crazy thing to paint – having so much going on made it quite tricky to balance visually, so it was a really involved process. I had loads of fun wet-blending across the model, taking full advantage of the surface area to really play around with different skin tones and effects. It’s a pig to photo, but hopefully you get the idea 😊

Here’s a pic to give you an idea of scale:

So that’s it for this project – all 188 individual models are done & boxed up safely, (or are in the display cabinet if they are too big for the case). I suspect that these minis will come in useful in a number of different ways over the years, either as general bestiary items, as cheap toy soldiers for kids & pals to play Dragon Rampant with, or even forming warbands for any of the Frostgrave stable of games! Even more importantly, I had an absolute blast painting the whole set – low pressure/high volume painting is a real sweet spot for me & other than the pirates, I didn’t get fed up at all over the 6 months that it took me to get through it. Sure, they aren’t all brilliant models by any stretch of the imagination, but most are certainly adequate, and some are actually really very good! Each one was a little more practice with Contrast paints & collectively, the project has made me a better painter I think.

It might’ve taken me six years to get around to finish, but not a bad return for $135 😊

Conan – Monsters 3 (plus some other bits):

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? It has been a while since I last posted – again! Life continues to be busy, but at least half of that busy has been fun stuff, so I’m certainly not complaining… Last weekend was a belter, with the rescheduled Bring Out Your Lead event going ahead & then nipping into London on Sunday to see my wife complete her first official Marathon!

It was so good to see people up at BOYL – lovely to talk shit and throw a few dice, but mostly it was just brilliant to catch up and reconnect with so many hobby pals. Meanwhile I am soooo proud of my darling wife’s efforts – me and our youngest caught her at about mile 24 & it was lovely to see her face light up when she saw us. It’s a hell of a thing to do, and I’m in awe of her.

Anyway, back to Hyborian Age!

Here we have the imaginatively named ‘Giant Snake’:

Models like this are just perfect for Contrast paints & this model really didn’t take long at all, with lots of wet blending & drybrushing to make it pop. It is loosely based on a picture of an especially vivid Horned Viper that I found, and is perfect bestiary fodder.

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With that in mind, and while I was feeling snakey, I grabbed this big fella from the Mythic Battles Pantheon box:

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And this Nure-Onna from the Rising Sun game:

Both were great to paint – the big Mythic Battles dude is roughly based on a King Python, while the Nure-Onna is painted to match my Daughters of Khaine (and so is a bit plain!). Along with the Conan snake, this trio will be perfect for games like Ghost Archipelago & so on:

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Finally, the Conan game came with a few objective tokens, so I based them & slapped on a super-quick paint job:

While I was a it, I did the same to a whole bunch of random objective/treasure tokens I had lying around:

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So there we have it – a bit of an eclectic feel to things this week, but hopefully nice to see. Next week will be the FINAL CONAN model! Hopefully this last monster will be a joy for fans of H.P Lovecraft 😊