Greetings Terrans, I hope you are all well, and that life is being kind to you. I have some new froggy goodness to share with you all today, part of my drive to have a Slaan inspired Eru-Kin army to roll out at BOYL this year… time is growing shorter, and I still have a fair amount to get through, so I decided that it was high time I tackled some close combat troops. Marketed as Bog-bloods in the Diehard kickstarter, these ten multi-part minis are of a lower caste than the Eru-Kin we have seen thus far, and so are armed with whatever hand weapons they can get hold of. They also come up a little smaller than their high-caste brethren, so I think they work well as young Slaan Braves, eager to test themselves in battle. As a result, I decided to paint them with fairly muted skin tones, (keeping in mind the RT Slaan fluff about more prestigious individuals having more striking skin patterns):
I imagine that this spawning will act as cheap screening troops/distractions/speedbumps in a sci-fi setting, while they would obviously work in fantasy as well, and so will cover me for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago duties further down the road.
In other news, I was lucky enough to spend some time with fellow blogger & hobby ninja Mark from HeresyofUs last weekend. We had a good catch-up on some of the exciting developments he is working on for the next chapter of The Chapel, and for his business, (no spoilers, but it is going to be awesome!) We also did a bit of playtesting for a new mini-game that Mark has in mind, so we set up a table in the garden, grabbed some dice, and brainstormed some rules on the fly. Mark had a very clear concept he wanted to get across, and he got to wow me with his diligent note taking over the course of a few hours, while I got to impress him with my uncanny ability to roll 1’s on any dice. The game itself is based on one of the many insane and esoteric goings on within the Chapel itself – again, no spoilers, but I think it’s ok to say that it’s a really fast paced, high risk, push-your-luck affair, with some wonderfully left-field modelling opportunities… In fact, the whole concept got me pretty fired up to do a bit of Inq28 kitbashing when I got home, and after a few frantic hours of spru & glue action, I came up with this chap:
Mark will get the story behind this guy, but the rest of you will just have to guess as to his purpose… ;-)
Anyways, that’s it for now folks – lots of fun stuff in the pipeline, including a new short story, more Eru-Kin (but with a Stargate twist!), more Inq28 style kit-bashing, and hopefully some Necromunda… Catch you sucker DJs on the flip side!
Great looking braves, I like the combination of their grim, cold blooded faces and the rather more disco skin tones. It takes a large bronze club to be taken seriously if you’re purple.
Luckily I am not at home at the moment, otherwise I would be digging through my lizards right now and start yet another painting project.
Cheers mate, much appreciated – they certainly do have some interesting looking weapons! Hopefully their bright shiny shields & skin will distract the enemy long enough for them to get in close and use them :-)
Love the froggys mate. The shield designs are very cool indeed. Nice kitbash too man I love where it’s heading and can’t wait to hear more from you or Mark. My guess is your INQ character is a Dentist hell bent on dishing out some pain to any passer bys with some minimal tooth decay.
Thanks mate, glad you like ’em! Good guess on the dentist front, but not quite right ;-)
I know this should be all about the frogs (and very nice they are too with the glowing bronze shields and lustrous skin colours), but that kitbash guy with his manic expression and grasping mechanical claws is really rather tasty! Looking forward to seeing him evolve!
Thanks dude, glad you like him mate, I’m pretty chuffed with how he turned out & looking forward to getting some paint down! Btw, I’m having issues commenting on anything outside of WordPress again – loving your tech gangers, but can’t bloody comment!! Grrr…
Very nice! Love the new additions to the frog family. They look like they will fit in nicely!
Cheers mate, they are a lovely range & certainly work well together :-)
Glad you had a good time mate and that kit bash looks awesome. I’m tempted to come to BOYL with you this year, just have to run it past the missus ;)
Cheers for having me over dude – and for the shot of inspiration! Fingers crossed for BOYL eh? I’ll be driving up on Thursday & back on Sunday if you fancy a lift share
Mark A. Morin said:
Love the brave amphibious warriors. Shields are fantastic, may they acquit themselves better than speed bumps!
lol – thanks Mark! It’ll be the first time I have fielded an entirely new army in one hit, so you know exactly what’s going to happen ;-)
Great Slann there, Alex. The bronze work on their weapons and especially their shields really makes them look amazing.
The Inq28 guy looks pretty promising as well. Looking forward to seeing how he turns out…
Cheers dude, I’m pretty happy with them myself, and yeah – I can’t wait to lay some brush on the dude!
I like what you’ve done with those frog-folk mate, the shields are looking great and the level of detail you’ve gone to on the faces really brings out their individual expressions. The Inq28 chap is also great, not sure what you have planned for him but I get the vibe of a mendicant tech-priest in some kind of climbing harness. Is that a servo-skull clutched in his claws? I can envision him scuttling around upside down on the ceiling of some great forge-complex to recapture rogue or malfunctioning skulls (which actually conjures a whole load of narrative possibilities in itself – one to file away in the back of my brain regardless of how accurate it is to your own plans!)
Cheers dude, no extra effort made on the faces though – it’s all just washes, so the expressiveness is all down to the scuplt :-)
You are sooo spot on with your reading on the Inq28 chap mate – the wytch-sight is strong with you!
It could be spooky wytch-sight, or of course you might just have done a very fine job of building a model with a strong narrative to it! :-)
lol – definitely option 1 ;-)
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