Monday, 12 March 2018

From EvanH: Wildlife of the Fenlands, or A Troll Through The Countryside (12 points)

Monday already? Ouch. If I'm to surpass my target, let alone reach it, I'd better use my time wisely. Still got a few more entries in the pipeline, but here's one to let everyone know I'm still busy at the paint table.



A Reaper Bones Marsh Troll, he comes in at just over 50mm tall. He's clearly got a bit of crocodile in his DNA, and the colour scheme reflects this, based around various shades from olive up to pale grey-green, finished with green and purple washes.



I've gone for a much lighter shade on the front of the body, almost a fish-belly white.



The stegosaur-like plates along his back were inked in black over a purple basecoat, and then drybrushed in a lighter shade of mauve, which was, coincidentally, the original title of Procol Harum's 1967 hit single.



Here we see the back of the miniature, with the matted fur loincloth very much in evidence. Let's be thankful for that. The front loincloth is the skin of some large fish, which must add to his already mephitic stench. 

He is glued to a 60mm Warbases MDF round base, the groundwork built up with Vallejo White Pumice paste. After painting and varnishing, there was a judicious application of some Skullz (this example rates a 3 on the Barks Scale). I mixed a batch of Noch Artificial Water with a couple of drops of Vallejo German Camouflage Dark Green, and poured it into the recesses to suggest stagnant pools in a swamp. Tajima1 Wild Tufts give us the finishing touches (as usual - these things are so damned easy to use!). 

Got to get back to the rest of the pile - more later!

Stay tuned!

Ev

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He's fantastic, Ev!  Certainly one of the inhabitants of a swamp or marsh which one would never want to meet on an evening stroll.  And as for adventurers being lost in the Fenland..... ugh, encountering this brute would give any party of dungeon-delvers a sticky fight, for sure.

Great work on his colouring.  I have to say, the stegosaur-like plates fit perfectly with the purple basecoat - which fits wonderfully well with the overall green/off-white/marsh-water colour scheme.  I also like the way his colouring has an echo in the marshy puddle at his feet - a very nice touch.

Great basing as well - and it's great to see I'm not the only person this year using tufts of all colours and sizes.  They're really versatile, and look wonderful.

So, yes - and marvelous submission, and 10 points, to which I've added a couple for his size and the lovely basing.  Another brilliant model to add to your Challenge VIII Collection, Sir!

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely (?) troll Evan :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, he is quite the charmer!

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  2. The Fens? I'm sure I met his sister one night in Ely.

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    1. 8 pints and a dish of eels, and romance blossoms for a young Mr King!

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  3. Wow! Excellent troll. Actually, the basing work is great inspiration for my last paiting project of the Challeege this year (the Curtgeld)

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    1. Happy to hear that I've inspired something! Looking forward to seeing the completed figure

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  4. Fabulous fen dweller, he looks like a brute, lovely colour choices and application and the basing is first rate!
    Best Iain

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  5. Wow that is one mean looking fellow, great painting!

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    1. Thanks Sander, I'm pleased with how he turned out!

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  6. The base came out great! Great piece

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    1. Thank you Iannick, I do like to dress up the bases a bit.
      : )

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  7. Superb work Ev! I really like what you've done with his scaly hide and the basework is top-tier as well. Brilliant stuff.

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    1. Thanks Curt! With stand-alone figs like this one, I like to go the extra mile with the basing. It's hard to get that much detailed groundwork into ranked units!

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  8. Awesome! Nice Miniature and excellent painting. Very nice base.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Brendon@

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  9. Now, that's an impressive looking fellow.

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  10. Lovely painting and basing! 3 skulls!

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    1. Thank you Barks, that's a good score!
      ; )

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