Every underdog has its day part 5

Greetings Terrans, yes, I’m afraid it’s more progress on the Conan ‘minis’ this week, and we are back to the massed rank and file. So far we have seen two of the four main warband level factions – the Picts and the Undead. Now we get a bit more relatable with the ‘Bossonian Guard’. As usual, we have the majority of the minis being the same sculpt, and then a couple of groups of 5 alternative sculpts plus a character. Here’s the main mini – I did 15 of these Halberdiers:

I think it’s quite a nice mini for what it is – he’s well posed, and has just enough detail to be interesting while keeping within the limits of what can be done well with the material. The box art has the Bosonian Guard as having red uniform, but I’d already used red on the Picts, so I went blue instead – mostly with contrasts for the base coat & then traditional highlighting on the blue & flesh.

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Here’s the next pose – five of these guys:

Obviously painted in the same way as the main mini (please excuse the awful mould line – I couldn’t be arsed with tidying it up… the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze!).

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Slight departure for the next 5, with these bowmen:

These were painted in the same way, but with the palette shifting to the more neutral tones… they looked more scouty than the Halberdiers, so I toned them down a bit.

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Finally here’s a leader/captain for the unit:

Again, painted in the same way but with a bit more effort to elevate him slightly from the rabble.

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Here’s the whole group together:

I’m really happy with these – I’m a sucker for units like this where the monopose actually makes sense, but also, I think these minis are he pick of the rank & file bunch so far.

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So that’ it for another week – next week I’ll tackle the final warband from the Conan set – the Pirates! Don’t get too excited though – having previewed the minis, I can honestly say the Pirates are terrible minis… If this week’s guards were the pick of the litter, the Pirates are definitely the runts (and possibly other words that rhyme). I’ll be painting them through gritted teeth…

Every underdog has its day part 4

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Here is the whole group together(to give you an idea of scale:

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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!

Every underdog has its day part 3

Greetings Terrans, I hope this finds you well! Sorry/not sorry to report another round of low quality mooks completed since my last post – still in the undead camp, but in more of a desiccated, bandage-wrapped, leathery sense… Yup, it’s the Conan Mummy parade!

Fair warning, if anything these models are even worse than the skellies I showed last week, (I know, I didn’t think it was possible either), but hey, they are cheep & they look better for being painted. Here we go – first up we have ten in this pose:

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And then we have five each in of these poses:

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Interpreting the models was a PITA – I couldn’t decide if certain bits were bandage or not, so I fudged bits here & there. The paint job was about as good as the minis deserved – the only point of interest really was painting the flesh & experimenting with a blackened ‘bog man’ type skin tone. I’m not sure how successful it was, but it works ok against the paleness of the bandages I think. Here they all are together:

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That’s it for another week chaps & chapesses! I’ll post some characters & bits next time – I need a break from mass paint jobs, and I’m sure you do too 😊