The Temple of Painted Bizaza Masters

28mm, Bizaza, Frog People, Scenery, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy

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I painted these using the master castings so the details are much more crisp than previous efforts.  They  are very straight forward to paint as they have very open stances.  I find painting the 2 handed weapons separately and attaching them later is a good idea.

I tend to use lots of shading and glazes on them.

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I like the copper and leather basic equipment colours on these guys, they benefit with bright contrasting colours as spot colours.  I have used a jade green colour on the stones and jewellery tends to be gold.

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The eyes are basically like cats eyes with a vertical black oblong.  Lots of purple and red washes work well around the yellow eyes to give them some warmth.

 

 

I knocked this thing together last week.  Basically layers of polystyrene and some foam card for the rails.  I created a stone face tile and made a siligum mould to pour plastic resin castings.img_2705

 

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The Armour of the Moon

28mm, Sculpting, Slann, Space Slann, Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy

Back in March Axoim via the Oldhammer forum came up with the idea of running a challenge where people would paint a single model under a common theme and then the entire collection of figures would be awarded randomly to one of the participants.  The theme was basically a force of multi-racial lawful warriors sworn to seek out and destroy the forces of chaos.  The name for this warband, “The Dogs of Law”.

I duly volunteered to paint up a Slann for this, someone gotta represent for the frog people, can’t have the dry skins getting all the glory!

The simple approach would be to just paint up a suitable Slann model from my collection but being me I can’t just take a simple approach, ideas come and demand expression or they will just bounce around in my head irritatingly for years.  The idea which appealed to me the most was one rooted firmly in proper Warhammer cannon.

Antiriad

Antiriad is a corruption of Anti-Rad suit

The Slann of the Warhammer world are the remnants of a once mighty spacefaring species and so I wanted to create a character which gives a tip of the hat to all that jazz.  There were a couple of notable influences on this, Homer Simpson and the old computer game The Sacred Armour of Antiriad.

In rod we trust

In rod we trust

So that leads to this chap who is based off an old Eagle Warrior from 3rd Edition Warhammer:

Slann Power Suit Conversion

Slann Power Suit Conversion

Side and rear detail

Side and rear detail

“Moixa’remoh was once a humble servant of the Temple of the Moon at a time when the temple was set upon by raiders, devoted to the chaos god Tzeentch. During the course of the battle a great miscast of magical energies by the chaotic sorcerers directed at the temple had the curious effect of reactivating the warp reactor of an artefact of incalculable age.  As a high Slann artefact, it was much more than a mere machine.  The suit was symbiotic,  autonomous and intelligent and aware of the impending threat.  It reached out to the closest Slann mind, the mind of the servant Moixa’remoh who was drawn to it, and into it, bonding with the spirit of the suit.  A new prime operational directive was instated, enforce order, annihilate chaos…”

The Armour of the Moon

The Armour of the Moon

The colour choice for this one was to be more or less limited to olive and bone.  I wanted the suit to look ancient so I used a good deal of weathering on it with the exception of the mysterious glowing green weapons, the gold visor and the edge where the visor would have been clamped shut for aeons.

Rear details

Rear details

Right side

Right side

Left side

Left side

Elevation

Elevation

It is a space suit after all :)

It is a space suit after all 🙂

Now don’t forget who’s planet this is!

Demon Frogman Eagle Warrior

28mm, Fantasy, Frog Men, Sculpting, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy

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.

The (almost) finished green

The (almost) finished green

Quick and dirty prototype casting

Quick and dirty prototype casting

Size comparison

Size comparison

Right side view

Right side view

Left side view

Left side view

 

Rear right

Rear right

Rear left

Rear left

Cold Blooded Killers

28mm, Fantasy, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy

Finally made some headway with the Lizardmen, huzzah!  This selection of 14 models will be added to the previous 10 Lizardmen I painted earlier on in the project.  Mr. Saturday was kind enough to supply me with a bunch of these classic citadel plastics which I think fit in a lot more nicely with the Oldhammer vibe than the current range of  Lizardmen – who look like bobblehead dinosaurs to me.   They fit in nicely with the Bob Olley venerables which I had  painted previously.  So that makes for 24 Lizardmen….which is too many really.  So with 24 of them done I now plan to take the biggest 4 lizardmen from Bob Olley and rebase them on a 40mm square base to make me some Troglodytes.

Lizardmen Warriors

Lizardmen Warriors

 

The keen eyed among you will note the presence of a Snakeman in there.  It’s great to be able to work in a classic and unusual model like this fellow.  I think the original model had a little damage on the neck but I just painted over it and made it a feature rather than do complex green stuff restoration.  Of note also is the use of parts from the Savage Ork kit.  I thought that the original weapons were a little on the weedy side for double handed weapons or spears.  The aesthetic is somewhat shifted to modern with these conversions but then that’s me, one foot in the past and one in the present, like a navy seal carrying a broadsword.  The effect of using the oversized weapons is to make the Lizardmen feel crazy strong like this chap mightily wielding a massive polystyrene boulder against the greatest actor in the world:

A Gorn from Star Trek The Original Series - and if by some miracle he happens to be reading, f*** you J.J. Abrams, or "The Butcher of Star Trek" as  I choose to refer to you as, although I am sure that will be changed to a more generic "The Butcher of the Stars" when you butcher Star Wars.

A Gorn from Star Trek The Original Series – and if by some miracle he happens to be reading, f*** you J.J. Abrams, or “The Butcher of Star Trek” as I choose to refer to you as, although I am sure that will be changed to a more generic “The Butcher of the Stars” when you butcher Star Wars.

I used the weapons, along with the hands in many cases.  There is a difference in size between the hands but I doubt you noticed that.  I opted to paint the flint stone weapons black and then highlight the extreme edges and gloss varnish the blade.  This is to give the impression of them being made of obsidian (volcanic glass) rather than stone.  And to finish up (and keep Cheetor happy) here is what they might look like in a skirmish based system:

Lizardmen in a dispersed formation more suited for Sci-Fi gaming

Lizardmen in a dispersed formation more suited for Sci-Fi gaming

So next up with these guys is to make them a movement tray and amalgamate them with their scaly brothers.  I may add some shields from the savage ork kit at a later time – did I mention how much I like that kit?

 

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A Sabre Tooth Tiger? In Lustria?

28mm, Creatures, He-Ork and da Mastorks of da Yooniverse, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy

Time for an update to the Slann army project.  With the August Oldhammer 2014 meetup fast approaching I really need to literally get the lead out and get cracking on more units for the Slann army.  So far I am locked into Eagle Warriors, Warrior Priests, Lizardmen, Jungle Braves, Human Slaves and a Spawn Bands unit, so lots of work is pending.  Add to this some character models and cavalry and also some of my favorite troop types in any army list, animal handlers.

Warhammer Armies 3rd Edition Slann Animal Handlers

Warhammer Armies 3rd Edition Slann Animal Handlers

You can have up to 4 handlers who can control 2 – 6 animals.  In 3rd Ed. missile hits on the unit are randomised so if a handler gets killed and there aren’t enough handlers to control the animals, the excess of animals gets lost.  A ratio or 1 handler to 4 animals is about the sweet spot.  Options for the animals are excellent in the Slann list with access to some very nasty beasties indeed.  Even the cold one warhounds at the lower end of the spectrum deserve respect.  Spiders and Scorpions are nasty options but my heart belongs to the Sabre Tooth Tigers.

The Favorite

The Favorite

“The Favorite” is what we call our cutest feline at home, stuff you could never get away with with children gets great mileage with cats.

 

So today I present for you the first pair of Pan Tangian Tigers which I think you will agree make for some nice looking Sabre-Toothed Tigers.  No idea of who sculpted these but the are some righteous cats.  I will add in some more tigers to this unit at a later time to bulk them up to at least 8 models.  You will note that one of them is painted in the livery of Battle Cat from He-Man (crossover with the Mastorks of the Ooniverse project right there 😉 )…

 

Cringer/Battlecat

Cringer/Battlecat

…and one in the livery of the Pink Panther…

 

The Pink Panther - as requested by Erny

The Pink Panther – as requested by Erny

 

So we end up with this:

Sabre-Toothed Tigers

Sabre-Toothed Tigers

Slann Animal Handler's are known for their magical cosmetic breeding alterations aparantly

Slann Animal Handler’s are known for their magical cosmetic breeding alterations apparently

So expect more celebrity cats on this journey, requests will be taken seriously. 😉

 

Human Slave Test Model

Slann, Warhammer Fantasy
The Warhammer Armies entry for Human Slaves

The Warhammer Armies entry for Human Slaves

 

Test model for the Human Slaves.  Based on the Perry twins Mahadist Ansar plastics.  I have opted to paint him a little like he is of Norse origin before his…reconditioning.  I like having them with the ridiculous leashes, it is suggestive of many things I want to associate with these unfortunates.  I am thinking of the captive pet humans in the movie La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) more and more as I work on these guys…

Green stuff collar and leash

Green stuff used for the collar, leash. ankle restraint as well as the top of the club

Human Slave FrontHuman Slave Left

Human Slave Front Right

Human Slave Front Back

Lizardmen Warriors

Fantasy, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy
The Lizardman Warriors entry from Warhammer Armies

The Lizardman Warriors entry from Warhammer Armies

This month sees me making an effort to get more Slann forces painted in preparation for the Oldhammer game we plan to run at Knavecon on 01 March.  We are using the Mordheim rules for this one so 30 odd models is lots for that system.  The Lizardmen here are Bob Olley sclpts (with the exception of perhaps the leader guy in the armour).  They have languished on my lead heap since the early 90’s so it is nice to finally get them painted!  I couldn’t afford to spend too long on them so I fell back on the standard drybrush and ink techniques, nothing too fancy there.  I couldn’t resist doing a little green stuff roots and leaves on the bases.  It didn’t delay the work flow as I needed to chop and disguise the integral bases with green stuff anyway.

 

Lizardman Warriors

Lizardman Warriors

 

The 10 Lizardmen takes the total up to 27 models painted for the Slann force.  The plan is to bulk up each of these units to bring them up to full combat strength for the army later on.  For now it’s fun coming up with the first bunch of models in each unit and integrating them into the developing army colour scheme.

The Slann warband so far...

The Slann warband so far…

 

Here is a close up of the Slann Hero who is now painted up well enough to be game ready.  Room for improvement on him later, as he is fun to paint he will end up being a time sink no doubt.

Slann Hero on Cold One

Slann Hero on Cold One

 

 

An Eldritch Gauntlet

An Eldritch Gauntlet

Jungle Braves

Slann, Warhammer Fantasy
3rd edition WFB entry for Jungle Braves

The 3rd edition WFB entry for Jungle Braves

These are the first 5 of what will eventually be a unit of 15 Jungle Braves for the 3rd edition WHFB Slann force.  They represent the most primitive subjects of the emperor and as such I have painted them in a very simple colour scheme relative to the rest of the army.

Simple colour scheme of greens and browns with an accent of purple

Simple colour scheme of greens and browns with an accent of purple

I decided to paint the clubs a little like an Irish shillelagh for the hell of it rather than particularly going for something of south american inspiration.  I don’t plan on following along with real world historical precedent too closely, I am just going on my gut feeling of what I think will look good.  Generally I like to mix and match stuff in an anachronistic style as I think it suits the Warhammer feel more appropriately and leave historical accuracy to the historical wargamers.

 

In terms of gaming with them the Jungle Braves are levy troops and so have diminished statistics compared to the other Slann warriors while costing less points to field.  They can be used in closely formed units but are not exactly front line troops and would need to get onto a flank or rear of an engaged enemy to have any chance against decent enemy units.  They make for an inexpensive reserve unit and can bulk out a force considerably when used in this manner, a bit like Skaven slaves really.

Close formation

Close formation

They make for a good skirmishing unit standing in front of the expensive elite troops and generally taking any missile attacks the enemy can throw at them with their excellent toughness of 4.  I would not rely on them to do much actual killing of the enemy though except perhaps to chase off other skirmishers.  They are some of the worst shots in the Warhammer world so missile weapons are not a great option at all really unless you want to use them in a small skirmish game where you want adversaries who are inept at shooting at your central cast of characters (like any native who has fired a missile at Indiana Jones).  I have opted to equip them with shields as I intend to use them to “catch” any missiles destined for my precious elites.  They are also invaluable for drawing out the inevitable goblin fanatics!

Skirmishing

Skirmishing

For levy troops they have excellent Cool so they will tend to stand their ground and not panic when friendlies flee past them, highly desirable in WHFB 3rd edition.  Leadership 7 while good by levy standards is still about as reliable as a cowardly hooman though!

Run away!

Run away!

 

The Eagle Knights of the Slann

Fantasy, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy
My theme...

Did I not mention my army theme yet?

Finally getting over the drop in enthusiasm for doing anything hobby related over the Xmas period I got some solid work done on the elite Slann Eagle Warriors .  As you can see the colour scheme is inspired by the great Liberace.  Whenever I think that a colour scheme is too over the top I look at a picture of this guy for 20 seconds.  It makes me realise that I was being conservative in the first place!

Enough blathering on with da figgaz!

"GrrrUrrkkkk".

“GrrrUrrkkkk”

I have been experimenting with a basing scheme for the Slann.  This one is not bad.  There is simple oldschool charm to just using sand and painting it.  I have used colours on the bases which appear in the unit colours helping in gunking this unholy colour palette together in a credible manner.

This unit is the nucleus of a Slann army

This unit is the nucleus of a Slann army

This many took me bloody ages to crank out but they were worth the effort in the long run.  I need to make up a musician and a standard bearer next.  The musician will have a horn based on a John Blanche concept sketch for the Slann.  The standard I have not really coalesced a clear idea about yet.  I think it will have to be on the big side for sure.  I don’t want to make an Aztec banner or anything but something more Warhammer and painterly I think (but with feathers natch).  Perhaps a portrait of the man himself with an eagle for a head….with me it will probably end up being something batshit crazy.

Those feathers were a pain in the arse!  Gotta love the brightly coloured feather PJ's

Those headdress feathers were a pain in the arse but I did love painting the brightly coloured feather PJ’s

I will need to do another 9 standard guys to go with that musician and standard bearer to bring the unit up to full battle strength.  I plan to do those ones with reposing and greenstuff resculpting in order to break up the cookie cutter look.  I have a higher threshold for planning, preparing and converting than for painting so it will not take me very long to get those guys made up when I get the wind in my sails for this unit again.

Skirmishing

Skirmishing

There are still some minor touch ups to be done here and there but as I have reached my sanity threshold for this unit it’s time to move onto another unit for a while.  Next up is finishing off those primitive Slann Jungle Braves I started ages ago.