Greetings Earthlings, sorry it has been a while, but I’ve been on a break, so meh :-) I had a lovely time hiking with the kids last week – we racked up 60 miles (each) over five days, which is pretty incredible when you consider my youngest is only 8! I’d be back out there now if I could, and even though the weather was crap, the worst day out on the hills is way better than a sunny day in the office… But alas, RL demanded my return, so I have been easing back into the usual routine this week. As such, I only managed to finish up three more Eru-Kin for my planned BOYL army, but these three are kind of interesting because I didn’t really have a clear idea of how they would fit in to the overall army I have in mind… Undeterred, I’ve been painting them slowly in between other jobs & hoping for some inspiration along the way. See what you make of them:
Paint-wise, these guys got my usual Eru-Kin treatment, so nothing exciting to talk about there, (though I did try out the Windsor & Newton artist inks that I mentioned last month on the skin for a more vivid colouration). While painting, I did have the hoped-for inspiration in terms of how they would fit in with the army and theme. The two shield guys look kind of honour-guardy to me, so they could easily flank any character to provide some additional protection, but the other chap was more difficult to figure out… He is marketed as a Musician, and is a cracking mini, but I’m not sold on the whole ‘command group in space’ idea from the RT era – I don’t know why, but it doesn’t quite click for me, so I knew I wouldn’t be using him in his intended role. I did consider using him as some kind of sonic weapon specialist, or maybe a comms operator, but I discounted these ideas because I felt that he would become a bit too anonymous… To be honest, I love the mini and felt that deserved a more prestigious role! Then I had a major flash of inspiration:
Ya see where I’m going with this? That’s right folks, I’m going to use him as a Beast Caller – a rare and highly specialised caste among the Eru-Kin, and therefore worthy of respect and protection from an honour guard. I imagine that the Beast Caller uses his mysterious ululations to repel rare and dangerous indigenous reptiles from the settlement during peace time, but uses these skills to summon them and drive them to assault the enemy in time of war. I see four major attractions to this concept:
1: This should provide an interesting dynamic in-game, with a powerful assaulting force underpinned by a comparatively fragile single link… What would the beasts do if the Caller gets killed? Rampage? Escape? Revenge?
2: It gives me a perfect and long-awaited excuse rational reason to go and buy some lovely minis that I have had my eye on for ages – Toy-Hammer is well and good, but I have the perfect range of pulp dinos in mind for this part of the project… I’ll keep you guys guessing on that for a while ;-)
3: The visual impact on the army should be superb – it gets me out of the need for vehicles to add bulk and height to the force, but most importantly, Dinosaurs are frickin’ awesome, and any excuse to get them involved in an army should be grasped with both claws. Immediately.
4: I get to legitimately use the word ‘ululation’ in conversation.
So there we have it – a small but interesting development on the Eru-Kin project. So, what’s next? Well… I’m away on business the week after next so that kind of disrupts any major plans in the short term, but I want to get some more undead sorted out, and I have a load more Eru-Kin to get organised. It’s only(!) 14ish week until BOYL, and I still have heavy fire support, assault, and psyker support to add, plus some Dinosaurs to get sorted! It looks like I’ll be waiting a while for the weather to improve enough for a mass priming session so I suspect that the next week will be all about assembly & basing… It’s necessary work, but very boring for you guys, so I’ll try and finish a mini that has been sat around in her undercoat for a while & do a post before I hit the road again.
Cheers dudes, keep it (un)real ;-)
…if a Frog warrior can’t see ahead of them…is that the Frog Fog of War?
Ace painting mate. I can’t wait to see the dinos. May there be much ululation :)
Aw man, that was going to be the title of my next froggy post! ;-)
Well done on the hiking mate. I have my own mountain about an hour or so drive from where I live. I’ve hiked and climbed all over it since I was ten. I have made a lot of decisions on top of my hill and it’s the closest I get to feeling spiritual. I asked my wife to marry me up there and just recently I took my two eldest daughters up there. Great fun. The frogs look the business man. The colours are so vivid without being laim. I look forward to seeing the dinosaurs brother
Cheers dude – there is definitely something about hills & mountains isn’t there? I grew up in (old) south Wales, so that sort of terrain was pretty much my playground. I’m loving passing that on to the kids too – so proud of them both. Cheers for the feedback on the frogs mate, I’m looking forward to the dinos too ;-)
The frogs are great. I can’t tell if the new colours changed much but it looks cool so keep at it.
How will you go about making the dinosaurs feeling more hobby and less toy, if you know what I mean?
We went hiking a few years ago up in the north of Sweden and it was great. Big sky and a sense of scale completely different from urban life.
Cheers dude – I’m actually going to buy some ‘proper’ dino minis, so it’ll be a normal paint job :-) I’m jealous mate – I’d love to get some hiking done in Sweden, such a beautiful country!
Haha, so absolutely great! I love the vibrant palette and the decisions you made here. Bravo!!
Thanks dude :-£
Wow! I’m seriously loving those popping bright colors! Great work, these guys look fantastic. :D Haha and you’re so right, Dinosaurs are frickin’ awesome!
Cheers IM – I wanted them to look really bright and jewel-like, so I’m glad they pop :-)
Well done on the hiking, 60 miles in 5 days is not to be sneezed at, especially if one of you is 8. Couldn’t agree more that the worst day on the hills beats the best in the office (although in my case my office is on the hills – one of my best life decisions was following a career that has me outside all the time. The pay may be terrible, the job security next to non-existent and I do get rained on a lot but you couldn’t force me into a suit-and-tie job at gunpoint).
Anyway, as for the frogs – looking good as ever, and excellent idea re making that one a beastcaller. I used to have very mixed feelings about dinosaurs as wargaming miniatures – on the one hand dinosaurs are awesome but on the other seeing them on the tabletop never quite sat right with me. That said overtime the former argument (which is indisputable) has rather beaten the later (which is weak at best) into submission – dinos all the way!
Mate, sounds like you made a good call… I’m feeling stuck in the rat race, and while I would love to be doing something different, the impracticalities of such a major change are overwhelming :-/ One day… :-)
Glad you’re on board with the dinos mate – it helps that they are a thing in Rogue Trader ;-)
Brightly coloured frogs and dinosaurs, this is a jackpot. Great job Alex!
Cheers dude, & sorry I missed you at Salute – I forgot all about it this year & ended up with a clash. Fingers crossed for next year ;-)
Wow, those W&N Artist Inks are vibrant! So fun to follow your progress on this team. Can’t wait to see the Dinos!
Thanks mate, they certainly are bright :-) I’m looking forward to the dinos too!
Really lovely and rich colouration on the latest trio of frogs. The “musician” looks like he could just as easily be a Psyker.
Cheers mate, they are pretty bright aren’t they? :-) I agree, he would make a great psyker… that said, the Eru-Kin range has a few specific psyker minis in it that are even better (and yes, they are on my list) ;-)
Ah, cool. Sounds like a plan, then!
Mark A. Morin said:
Kudos on the hike. Keeping in shape allows lead pushing into your dotage…
As for these, love the Frogs – yours would be fun to play with mine AND with dinos. I do really like the inks on them.
Oh yeah, lead pushing or resin pushing…same effect. Great job Alex!
Thanks Mark, and yeah, keeping fit is definitely something I do with one eye on the future. I’m a tight bastard, and I want to milk my pension for every penny :-) Glad you like the frogs mate – they would work really well with yours for sure!