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  1. Hook Horrors have always seemed a little goofy to me. The design appears to be inspired by a kaiju costume from Ultraman or something similar, and my first encounter with them was through that notorious compendium of misfit monsters the original Fiend Folio. I figured that Hook Horrors would make a good stand-in for the fleshwarped Hooklimb Xulgaths encountered at the end of Life's Long Shadow (#3 in Paizo's Extinction Curse adventure path) so I pulled the Gloom Stalker out of the Darkreach box and teamed it up with a Wiz Kids Hook Horror. The latter I painted up pretty much like the box art, however for the Gloom Stalker I wanted to do something different. I figure that Hook Horrors are just wrong in the eyes of nature - the sort of thing that makes druids twitch. I went looking for some inspirational art and found this:



    (https://adamrehmann.artstation.com/projects/e0JKWw - I hope that attribution is enough and that the link doesn't break any forum rules)


    Pure nightmare fuel . . .


    While the sculpt doesn't quite have the "cancerous skeksis" appearance of the art, I did like the idea that the black armour is constantly cracking away from the raw skin underneath, which is something that harks back to an old "Ecology of . . ." article in Dragon Magazine. This suggests a hideous aberration so wracked with pain it's just looking for some adventurers to take it out on.


    I thought I'd try an experiment. I painted the models underside with a bruised and irritated flesh colour scheme, coated it with some PVA glue and, after drying, stippled on some Citadel Mordant Earth crackle paint in the recesses between the armour and the skin underneath. Initial results were a little underwhelming (we're in the middle of a rain event, so maybe in the moist air it didn't crackle as much as it should have), but there were some places where it split nicely, leaving large islands of black. I found I could enhance it by painting in a few blobs of thick black paint to roughen up the boundary and across some of the clear flesh areas. Here's how it turned out. Hopefully it's redeemed the goofy image of the Hook Horror somewhat.





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  2. I always include some terrain or scenery as part of my painting roster to mix up the experience, eve if I don't tend to use much terrain in my gaming. Now that I've finally finished Mantic's terrain Crate - Dungeon Depths, it's time to delve into the Brinewind Accessories expansion from Bones V (now sold as the Pirate City of Brinewind boxed set). There's no particular order as I haven't a particular need, so the first thing I grabbed when I reached into the box was the Buckboard Cart (next up will be the Raft of the Damned, which I don't feel will be as straightforward a paint).


    Nothing too fancy here, just some standard medium wood grain and rusty metal . . .




    It's not really visible in the pics, but there is a bit of warping in the model that the hottest of water wouldn't fix. It still came together, but you can see the seat sits a little askew. I guess that's what you get with dodgy pirate carpentry and a damp seaside environment . . .

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  3. The last of my Pug Barkonians are now painted up Along with the Monk, Wizard and Ranger, I should now have enough Shoonies to last me for a while.


    I'm not normally one for Chibi style miniatures, but these guys really are a pleasure to paint - so much of a canvas to try and get some good detail.


    First up is the Axeman, who I figure is a grizzled, battle-scarred veteran. He's already taken a fairly severe blow to the head and I love the palsied tongue.




    Next is the fighter - I think I'm getting better with my steel NMM,




    And last is the Paladin - I like the way the pink, yellow and green work on this one.




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  4. Along with the Pug Monk I painted up for my wife, I also got a bunch of other anthropomorphic pugs (from the Barkonian range  from Broken Anvil Miniatures) which I will be using as Shoonies in Life's Long Shadow (#3 in the Extinction Curse adventure path for Pathfinder). While they are a little large for Shoonies, they do have a lot of character. Here's the latest two . . .


    Firstly the Ranger. Nothing really special in the painting department, however it's a nice dynamic pose and those huge eyes create plenty of room to create an attitude. I also tried a different coat colouration - the chocolate brown. Some printing artefact  a little apparent, however I didn't pick this up until they were primed and I didn't want to sand back and respray in case I overdid it. Looks fine from the tabletop and can even be explained away as fur or fabric texture.




    Next up is the wizard. Went for a purple tunic rather than dark blue, but he still has a touch of the Dr Strange about him. I thought I'd go for the pug version of the stereotyped greybeard wizard.




    Three more to go - all fightery types who are in my next painting line-up

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  5. This pair were taken out of the box as my player was trying to get the perfect fit for Lt. Borf, and then made it into the paint queue for this month. These are small miniatures (not looking forward to doing the cats) with level of pouches, straps and gear that would do a Pathfinder miniature proud. However being small sometimes means you can get away with a bit more, at least until the extreme close-up of the photo comes along. It's a lot of fin getting coat patterns right - it's a shame that most of Brianna's is covered up with plate mail. There are some cute details as well, like bone shaped toggles on some of the packs, the bone shaped crossguards on Brianna's sword, the spare bones Chantilly has stashed away and the dog's paw stamp on the swords (just visible in the photo of Brianna.


    Meet Brianna, Boxer paladin . . .




    . . . and Chantilly, battle-scarred Labrador veteran fighter



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  6. Garr the Wardog came out of the box while my player was trying to pick a min for Lt. Borf and it's one of the rules of this house that once you're out of the Bones Box you go in the painting queue.


    Some good detail on this guy, given that it's the old Bonesium - plenty of texture which made a quick and easy paint. I'm sure he will come in handy in the Dungeons and Doggos game.



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  7. Short update today again. A shade of Magos Purple on the tentacles (probably a bit too strong a colour, so that'll need to be toned back again) . . .




    . . . and some highlighting on the yellow bits. Mostly light drybrushing with Ushabti Bone. I may go an even lighter shade to finish it off



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  8. It's been a while, but holidays have crept around again, so I should get a little more done on the Great Old One. For the time being, just a couple of shades to provide some contrast.


    First up, some Seraphim Sepia for the yellowish bits . . . 




    . . . and some Drakenhof Nightshade for the greenish bits  .




    Now I have to decide: Do I go back to the airbrush to pick up the highlights, or settle to the more controlled tried and true method of a brush?

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  9. So, a once in a century rain event put paid to any work with the airbrush last weekend, but things seem to have dried out a bit now.


    I laid down some bone for the undersides and the sand on the base, white for the ruins and rubble, some flesh for the tentacles and a coat of dark green for the green bits. Just a round first coat to begin with:




    Quite a bit of overspray there. I then highlighted with three shades of lighter greens and then fixed up the flesh and bone.




    I'm happy with the highlighting there, however there are some bits that'll need some detailing with a brush (I'm looking at you, shorter tentacles and wing membranes). After that, I'll see what a wash does for the contrast.

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  10. This poor tragic figure will be playing the part of a Bugol Noz in Life's Long Shadow (#3 in the Extinction Curse adventure path) - a few creature who constantly tries to hide its hideous face from others. While the sculpt doesn't seem to be too shy, it fits the role of a dark woody fey. I wanted to go a little further with this one than just a plain wood finish, so I tried a little arcane glow coming from deep within.





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