I had a test model for the Warrior Priests done ages ago and only recently actually finished the unit, such is the way with these things.
The Slann Warrior Priests are the elite warriors in the army and are limited in number. A unit of 10 is all you got in 3rd edition for your army, with the exception of the 4 Warrior Priests who guard a war altar if you took one.
They could can a 100pt magical standard, so I have represented this on the snake banner with some lightning bolts to represent a Divine Icon of Wrath spell. They can also carry a 25pt magical instrument and so I have given them a guy with the elaborate horn from a Citadel plastic goblin as the hands are about the same size.
In games they are fun, being subject to frenzy. It’s hard to get these guys to frenzy as their cool value was so high it was rare to fail the test. Mages have a better cool bonus than heroes so are a better bet to lead the priests if you wanted to get them to frenzy.
I painted them with sinister looking black war paint with red palms and feet to evoke the hands being drenched in blood. Most of them are carrying enormous hearts and sacrificial daggers. They have no pupil so they look more like glowing magical orbs that are the same colour as the highlight on the dagger.
These are the master castings of Doti’s Frog Cat sculpts. Unfortunately the red one had a miscast ear, so we need to get him remastered before a production mould can be made for them. Frustrating as the other ones all came out perfectly. In this case as the ear was made from relatively soft green stuff it happened to collapse under the high pressure of the vulcanising press. Nothing for it but to rework the master again and make another master mould which all adds time to the process.
I got Doti to re-sculpt the ear on this master casting to match with the original so that we can at least paint the set to get some painted up for photos.
They are a cool looking bunch of cats. I like that each of them has a very distinct personality – just like real cats.
So I made these guys with the help of my missus, who made the weapons and many of the details, the talent of this woman is pretty obvious when you consider that these are the first pieces she has made. There are another 4 WIP, but they are not ready for their close ups :).
Bizaza Strong Spawn
We will get these guys and their 4 buddies finished and run a quick funding campaign to get them made and sent out to interested parties.
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No update in a while but fear not loyal reader for I have been relentlessly working on a sculpt for a Demon Frogman Eagle Warrior. This is but the beginning my spawn-kin, when I get enough frogmen sculpted I will surely do a professional production run if you wish to get your hands on copies. Rather than have a text heavy post I will point you to the discussion about this project in on the Oldhammer forum if you are interested. I will paint up the prototype and post it up soon.
Work in progress on a 28mm sculpt of a Frogman in Space! RT era Imperial Guard lasgun included for scale. This is my first serious attempt at a 28mm model so it will likely be a bit meh but hey gotta start somewhere. This is the result of session 2. I expect it will take many more iterations of work before I stop on it. The key thing is to know when to leave the bugger down to dry for a day!
As I am not up to too much figures wise at the moment due to study pressures it’s time for a clip show. The Warhammer 40K Slann warband is the next thing due for some attention and with that in mind here are a couple of better pictures of existing finished models along with the current WIPs.
Here are some snaps of the finished prototype test run painted and based. I was originally planning to base all 8 of them together but decided against that for a number of reasons other than just wanting to use them as a 2 base unit for games this weekend. The models are easier for me to appraise not bunched up on the base. The real Aztec eagle warriors fought in a fairly loose order as befits their individual fighting style and the nature of the jungle terrain they operated in. The macuahuitl swords need a bit of room to be swung. More than enough reason for me to put 4 to a base and add in some blue stones and fake bushes.
Not too shabby from such an error laden prototype!
Pictures of painted lead castings from the Eagle Warrior proto-sculpt. The idea here is to give me a better appreciation of the work done on sculpt. Mistakes are gonna be made and lessons learned. Best to get figures sculpted, cast and painted in quickish iterations. I can improve my skill and understanding that go’s into the whole process end to end this way.