Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Baby, it's cold outside...

Despite the painting challenge being on for over week, a bout of generally feeling worn out, or overly busy each night meant that my first submission was actually for the Cold sub-challenge... which given I'd just spent 2 days sitting in a feeeeeeezing cold church hall helping man my wife's stall at a craft fair, seemed entirely appropriate.

Just to make it even more fitting, I painted this beat up while watching Cowboys Vs Aliens just to get the creative juices flowing. The model is from the long awaited Shadows of Brimstone kickstarter which, for those of you that havn't been paying attention, is a weird wild west dungeon crawler, similar to Warhammer quest. Your party of cowboys venture into some mines in search of mystical Darkstone crystals and gateways to other worlds, while fending off large, lovecraftian beasts such as the Night Terror. I can see this being used for all sorts of other games, like Pulp Alley for an abominable snowman, or some weird mythos beast in Strange Aeons...

Inspired by Joakim's snow beasts, I decided to give it a try, but with a slight twist. The model has lots of lumps and bumps all over it's shoulders and looks mightily annoyed... so I wondered if those lumps are actually chunks of darkstone that have become welded to some poor beast's back somehow; driving it insane with pain.

It doesn't take a microscope to see the joins in this model. I didn't really have time to sit and carefully sculpt over all of them; though I did manage to at least lessen the impact of them with some liquid greenstuff before undercoating. The next two, along with all the other multi-part SoB models will probably be left until after the challenge is over, so I can spend time properly filling in and hiding all the joints. I hope the rest of the models aren't this gappy, though I'm not holding my breath as whoever did the sprue layout or QA on these wasn't paying much attention. Just as well the game is looking so good...


Just to give some semblance of scale to this thing, here he is next to a WIP King Richard III. I'll bet that fight didn't happen in the film, or the book!


Now things are starting to roll, let us see how close I can get to last year's score of (I think) 982. This year will be a lot slower as I effectively had a month off for Christmas last year thanks to so much overtime being accrued.

This one is a challenge entry, so should be 55 (ish) points. Only another 928 to go.



13 comments:

  1. I really like the Darkstones on his back. I had noticed them also, but I went for the straight snowman look.
    "I hope the rest of the models aren't this gappy" - you wish..

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    1. yeah, I started to put together the big tentacle boss yesterday *face/palm*

      Did no-one think to QA these things?

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  2. A great entry this one and I love the detail on the back, very cool.

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    1. Cheers :)
      I'm pleased with him, other than the visible lines

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  3. I think your interpretation of the back is great and really adds to the 'cold' feeling of this model. Great work!

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    1. Thanks! I wanted something more than a fuzzy white beast in order to explain why it was a rampaging horror. Plus I needed to practice osl

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  4. Great painting on him. Brimstone is one of those games I wish I pledged for since the monsters looked so cool. Now hearing about quality I'm not so sure about them.

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    1. The monsters themselves are quite nice. The main problems are some soft detail and very odd cuts to some of the pieces so that they don't always line up neatly. If you don't mind putting in a little bit of work with greenstuff the monsters should come out nicely.

      The game on the other hand, looks fantastic. So despite some naff models, I'm still very glad I backed this one

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  5. Oooh, never thought of the big lumps on the back as darkstone. I just thought of them as some kind of shell/armour/bone protrutions. Doh!
    Great execution and great effect.

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    1. I guess I'm influenced by years of seeing gw's skaven beasts having warp stone embedded in them for mutations

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  6. This looks amazing. I'd love to take you up on your offer of painting lessons one day.

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