Monday, 26 December 2016

From RodF: Whompers of the 1st Royal Rgt. of Hoppers (20 Points)


Greetings all.  This will be my first ever post to the Challenge.  I've been avid watcher for years, but wasn't sure I would have enough free time to give much participation.  This year I finally decided I'd give it a shot.  My main goal in participating was not to purchase any miniatures, but to make a dent in my current lead pile... and hopefully revive some stagnant projects.  So I've been digging through my lead pile and finding all kinds of forgotten projects.  The miniatures below are from one of those projects.


The Eureka Miniature's US rep showed up at one of the conventions I went to a few years back and I saw these frog warriors from the "Pond Wars" line.  I just knew I had to have some!  And they sat and sat.  Now finally, they are on the paint bench!  These particular frogs are holding mallets, but the whole time I was painting them I kept thinking "whompers" would be my name for them.  These are painted to look like a Tree Frog color patterns.  Hope you enjoy!



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Ahh, these are just fabulous, Rod! I love the vibrant colours you chose for them. I'm not a big fan of painted eyes on small-scale figures, but the bulbous peepers on these little fellas really demand attention any you've bring them to life. Wonderful work.

 

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  1. Now these are something completely different. Excellent work on the 'whompers'! I really like the small spots of orange and blue you used to break up the green. I'm looking forward to see more of them during the coming weeks. Keep on whomping ;-)

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    1. Thank you! Glad you noticed the spots! I pretty much washed all that out with my poor photography skills...

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  2. Wow great painting on minitures I have never seen but love.

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    1. Thank you! They have some really neat figures in this line. I have a few more to paint.

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  3. Superb work - +1 for the eyes

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  4. Very nice work on some unusual subject matter!

    Christopher

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  5. Welcome aboard Rod! It's a shame you've not been with us before if this is the sort of thing you produce. Absolutely wonderful!

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  6. Wonderfully goofy entry Rod! Love the tree frog patterns, especially the scarlet webbed feet.

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    1. Thank you very much. I hoped it would be a fun entry.

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  7. Good grief these are good. Something I love about the challenge is the diversity you get and these are just the thing. Love them

    Ian

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  8. Great and very unusual figures!!!
    I'm sure I just read "not purchase any miniatures" What exactly does this mean Rod and do you think we believe you?

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    1. Thanks Ray! True, it's only been a few days and I'm feeling the shakes... BUT, I can still buy rule books!

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  9. Bloody hell, these new lads are setting the bar very high indeed!

    Terrific work there, and the sculpts are brilliant.

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    1. Thanks! They have all kinds of great sculpts in this line. I'll be showing a few more in the future.

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  10. These are great! The figures are certainly characterful, but the paint job really brings them to life!

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  11. They are terrifically mad! Wonderful first entry to the Challenge.

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  12. They are terrifically mad! Wonderful first entry to the Challenge.

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  13. Fantastic work! Tons of character and I love the choice of tree frog coloration!

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  14. Lovely, vibrant colors. Great work! Welcome to the Challenge. :D

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  15. I've always loved those Eureka figs Rod - great job!
    I turned a bunch into a Blood Bowl team too!

    http://tasmancave.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/cold-blooded-croakers.html

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    1. Very cool Paul. I was thinking some of these figures would be good for Blood Bowl. Glad to see someone already put them to use!

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  16. Proof that sooner or later anything can and will turn up on the AHPC>

    Unsuual-exciting I have no use for them and yet I want to order some.

    Welcome to the challenge and remember meds before bed is the minions motto!

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    1. LOL thanks! Yeah, it was certainly an impulse buy, but I do think I've found a use for them finally.

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  17. What fantastic figures! I didn't know these even existed and the paint job looks really natural so well done as that's not easy to do.

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  18. Great Whompers - never seen these dogs before and you've done a fine job

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  19. Always liked these guys I think they dropped the line unfortunately. Great work

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    1. I checked the site. They still have them under "Pond Wars". I still want the giant turtle with the frog warriors on back... but honestly have no idea what I'd do with it!

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  20. These are absolutely delightful. You are obviously a student of frogs, they look quite real and quite absurd at the same time. Well done!

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    1. Thank you. Although everything I know about frogs came from Google...

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  21. Lovely Whompers - what a fun first entry to your first Challenge! :)

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  22. Big fan of frogs Miniatures (I usually paint one of Dark Sword frogs every year) so as a specialist I can only admire the awesomeness of these! They look fantastic. Welcome to the madness!

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    1. Thank you! I have some of those Dark Sword frogs as well. Amazing sculpts!

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  23. Wow, this is definitely something different! Great looking minis and an excellent paintjob as well!

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  24. Posts like these are exactly what the Challenge is about to me: some totally wacky and brilliantly painted figures with a decent background story to go along. Very well done thanks for brightening up this dreary day!

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  25. Super work! I really like the natural colours!

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  26. Wicked good brushwork on the frogs, Rod!
    I'm half tempted to source some for squig hoppers in oldhammer!

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    1. Thank you! They have lots of choices!

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