Greetings Terrans, here’s another post about the never-ending tide of Conan ‘minis’ that I find myself strangely obsessed with of late. This time, and in a pleasant change from the massed rank and file, it’s a couple of characters, creatures & critters.
First up, we have this three-armed lump of weirdness – a Bone Golem:
This mini seems to have no golden angle, and is a bugger to photograph as a result. However, it looks better in hand (fnar fnar), and I kinda like it! He was a piece of cake to paint using Contrast paints & drybrushing, and I can see this cropping up in various settings, including Ghost Archipelago and Frostgrave.
Next we have this natty little demon type. He’s supposed to be an ‘Outer Dark Demon’, but I went for a more fiery colour scheme than the one suggested:
This was a fun little thing to paint using Contrasts and basic highlighting, and I’m happy to say that he has gone to a very good home with my Brother-in-Lead’s Son – hopefully inspiring the next generation!
Next I have a couple of gribbly critters painted up:
Nothing much to say here – nice simple paint jobs using mostly Contrast paints. These are super-useful in a range of settings, and I’m happy to have them painted!
Ok, so on to some characters – firstly, a rather grim-looking Necromancer:
Apparently, this guy is called Skuthus – a named ‘baddie’ in a draft Conan story from back in the day. Monolith had some eagle-eyed researchers that found reference to him & lifted the name for this character. He was lovely to paint – plenty of Contrasts used, plus highlighting in a more traditional sense. I also added some blood to his ‘skirt’, to make it look like flayed skin. He’ll be a nice leader for the Skellies & Mummies from the last two posts.
Next we have this crazy witchdoctor type:
This guy is another named character – the rather catchy ‘Zogar Sag’! I painted him with red skin to match the Picts that I shared with you back on the first post in this series – I used the same process as for them, i.e. a Contrast base coat with a more traditional round of highlighting. I also added some white warpaint to this dude, just to mark him out a bit from the burlier rank and file. As with Skuthus, I see this guy making a nice leader for the Pict faction.
Here is the whole group together(to give you an idea of scale:
In addition, (and after the photo above was taken), I finished up these rather fab hyenas:
These were lovely and easy to paint, and were finished in less than an hour with Contrast paints only. Again, these are a really useful bestiary item that will see a lot of use in many settings.
Anyhow, that’s it for another week – it’ll be back to more rank & file next week. Stay safe out there!
Awesome job on all these guys. The demon and witchdoctor are my faves, but I do like the bone golem too.
Cheers mate, they are fun minis for sure
Dave Stone said:
Wonderful work on all Alex, as you say many are very versatile mini’s and could be used in so many settings. The contrast paints have worked really well on all of these, but your additional attention to details has truly elevated the models.
Thanks mate, Contrasts are great, and are very amenable to a little extra effort making a big difference! I’m enjoying learning how to use them 😊
You are doing an impressive work on these. I like a lot your take on all of them.
Cheers mate, they are good box fillers & are certainly useful for learning more about Contrast paints!
Wow, you’re really banging these out with the Contrast paints! They all look great, but I think the first two demons are my fave. The red on the second one is so rich.
Cheers mate, yeah red was fun… red Contrast, wet shaded down with purple Contrast & then highlighted up to orange with ‘normal’ paints – pretty simple! 👍
Great stuff Alex and when you are on a roll of obsession ride the wave is my advice. Love the Demon and if it doesn’t inspire the young lad then I think his father should put him up for adoption. 😉
True enough 🤘🏄♀️
Smashing work Alex, love them all, and truly evocative of the Conan novels, you should have entered Keith’s “Monster May(hem)” with some of these, I’m all for killing two birds with one stone!
Cheers mate, you’re right, I should’ve!
Great work all round, Zogar Sag wins it for me although I do like that bone golem too. The hyenas are cool too – you don’t see them too often, they tend to lose out to wolves when it comes to the ranks of “predatory fauna in miniature form”, they always seem a bit scarier to me though.
Cheers mate, there’s some nice little oddities in the box for sure, and crazy wee Zogar Sag is a good example of that 😊
I know what you mean about hyenas – apparently they vary rarely go for humans, but I think they are bloody terrifying!
That’s a really impressive set of models, Alex. Especially so considering the quality you’ve achieved given the large amount of Contrast involved!
Once I get to my Conan stuff proerly, I’m going to have to dig this post up and directly.. be inspired by…. these paint jobs. The great jobs here have saved future me from needing to think at all about how I’d like them to look! :D
Aw, thanks dude, glad wading through this lot is helpful as well as (hopefully) entertaining 😊
Wow! Fantastic work! The Bone Golem is my favorite! Really cool and creepy.
Cheers IM – he’s a goofy model, but has a certain ossified charm 💀
Wow mate those Hyenas are so bloody good! again I’m staggered that you can do them all in under an Hour! brilliant !
Cheers mate – I’m starting to get to grips with Contrast paints & they really do speed things up a lot!
Funny that ! I’m just changing over from the old enamels and finding the acrylics so much better , looking forward to investigating contrast paints 🧐
They take a bit of adjustment, but very good once you’ve got the knack 😉
Cheers mate that’s something to look forward to 🤓.
Excellent work, really showing these figures in their best light.
Cheers mate 😁👍