Greetings Terrans, I hope this finds you well. I have a bit of a ‘nowt special’ post for you today – as in the painted minis included are nothing spectacular… However, they are useful…
Most of the games that I like to play these days require a good Bestiary, and one staple of most bestiaries is the classic ‘Savage/Primitive’ type… Orcs, Goblins, Gnolls, Tribals, Troglodytes, Savages, Primatives, the Welsh… It’s a long old list, but basically we’re talking about all your bog-standard cannon fodder underdog… the living, breathing equivalent of skellies & zombies…. ‘not-undead mooks’ if you like… Most games need ‘em, but unless you are actually making a characterful force of these general purpose bad guys, they are usually waaaay down low down the painting queue.
Now, a couple of months back my eldest Son, (now a fully signed-up member of the Guild of Obnoxious Teenagers), briefly exited cyberspace & asked me to show him some painting techniques. I grabbed something quick, cheap and simple – a Pict from the Conan boardgame (by Monolith). We went for a crimson skin tone just for some visual interest – a bit Uruk-hai perhaps, or maybe it’s body paint, or perhaps they he’s a bit demonic? The main thing is that he stands out from the norm in much the same way as the green skin of Orcs make them clearly ‘other’. I think the axe handle is supposed to be bone & the axe heads stone, but I went for wood and bronze respectively:
It was a quick & easy paint – the figure is somewhere between a mini and a boardgame piece & so the quality is very basic, but it’s not too bad for the pennies it cost me. Since then the poor wee fella has been lurking around the painting desk, looking lonely & sad… (well, actually, he looked like he wanted some pals to out fighting with, but you know what I mean). I had some time weekend before last, so I fished out all the Picts from the Conan box & got them undercoated & textured up the bases. In total there are 25 identical models like the one above, plus 5 identical models with bows and 5 more with big hammers. I took some time out last weekend & just powered through the lot of ‘em… here are examples of the latter two types:
While I was rummaging around in the Conan box I also found this weird looking creature – a forest demon apparently, but I thought the skull adornment & general vibe was a nice fit with the Picts… I don’t know why, but to me it makes sense that they would hang out with a creature like this:
So here is the entire group together – all painted to a similarly basic level, mostly with Contrast paints, but with some additional highlights on the flesh & bone. The overall effect is quite nice I think – the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts:
It’s a tragic group really – doomed to die a hundred different ways as the speedbump mook-tier baddies in a dozen different game systems over the next x decades… and I kinda like them more because of it 😊
Dave Stone said:
Great colour scheme Alex, adds another dimension to the models, the colour scheme reminds me of the Wendol in the 13 th Warrior, can see why you did the demon in the same colours as she looks like a shaman from the group
Cheers mate, I do enjoy painting red & they work nicely as a group I think 😊
Brilliant! :-) I really do like that skin tone! Inspired thinking!
Aw, cheers mate – I hoped it would set them apart nicely
The colour scheme is excellent, they look really good in that red!
Thanks mate, I’m pretty comfortable working with red – quick & easy to get a striking result!
Quick they might have been but they look to have worked out very well using the contrast paints as well. All in all a great looking group even if the dice have already determined their fate. 🙂
Yeah, their fate is pretty bleak, but I reckon they’ll embrace it with relish 😂
They always come back, count on it! 😉
Pete S/ SP said:
Very nice- always good to have so many ‘villans of the week’ handy.
Cheers Pete, yup, mobs of mooks are always useful 😊
Y’know, I was just pondering this dilemma the other day. Having only really returned to minis/mini painting in the last few years, I don’t have a stock of baddies. Hopefully will start on that sometime this year. Well, if my focus doesn’t completely shift to Stargrave next!
These look great, and will be a great mob for games. Really like that backdrop too!
The Bestiary is the best bit of any rule book if you ask me – it’s a challenge to collect & paint outside of our comfort zones. You’ll need baddies & creatures for SG too mate… 😉
Love that colour scheme on them, they could even work in a John Carter on Mars game at a push.
Cheers mate, good point! A versatile wee bunch 😊
Great work mate, liked the bronze axe head and Pict is especially grand!!