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I've got a bunch of amphibious friends to share with you all today!
While in search of some suitable tribal-inspired Bullywug for my ongoing nautical campaign project, I stumbled upon these Croak Raiders from Privateer Press's Hordes. these metal frogs perfectly balanced the jungle, tribal tree-frog look I wanted with the bulbous look of Bullywugs as opposed to the more nimble Grung who are often stylized as Poison Dart Frogs. I absolutely fell in love with these frogs and their giant necks. I was gifted a set during the holidays and quickly ordered Underchief Mire to stand in as the wannabe King of my Bullywug society.
I used these frogs as a chance to get used to my airbrush and try out some other speed painting methods, but really struggled with the slog of painting of painting so many similar things.Especially picking out each knot on the ridiculous amount of rope these guys wear. You can read a bit about my painting process, especially on my first test model, on this WIP thread HERE.
For now, let's take a closer look at the finished frogs:
First up are these pot-throwing Bullywug. The center one with the blue feathers was my test model. Spent some time working out different techniques and color choices on him. Ended up changing a few things to help the leather loin cloth stand out from the rope, but I largely got it right the first time.
In the close ups below you can see a better view of the quiver which became a bane of my existence during this project. All of the frogs, except for the chief, came with these matching quivers. I could have left them unattached, but they felt incomplete without them and so I suffered through the arduous task of picking out all of the details on these ten times.
Next up are these warty frogs equipped with spear-launchers (or atlatl for you weapon-experts). I like that the quivers that these guys wear contain both arrows and pots, making it seem as if all of the frogs have access to either method of fighting. I particularly enjoyed the turtle shells on these guys, but getting paint into the tight gap between their right arms was hard.
These roguish frog-men have stepped it up by igniting their spears. I had a fun time keeping their faces in shadow by selectively highlighting them. I also got to play around a bit with OSL. If I had planned ahead better, I may have tried to paint these up as if they were partially in darkness for a more dramatic OSL look, but I prepped them along with the others for my standard daylight paintjob. I did try to capture a bit of a warmer glow near the flames and along the right sides of the frogs. I'm happy enough with it even if it's not super stylized or dramatic.
This angry croaker came as the unit leader in the Croak Raiders box. I was actually missing him originally, but Privateer Press quickly corrected the issue. Had a bit of fun painting up his mouth and giving him some perfect little teeth ala' the Bullywug from NADDPOD. He also got a bit of a glow around the torch.
This guy was just too much fun not to pick up. Grumpy and serious. I imagine the Bullywug adopted a mock-feudal society after briefly encountering human explorers. They don't quite understand what it entails besides showering a king with riches in order to be stronger than your enemies. I really like how this guy turned out. Especially the gem on his crown and the texture on his stone blade.
I am normally not one to copy box art, but I really loved the look of these guys on the official art. I borrowed heavily from those examples, but once I had started working on them, I allowed myself to get more creative. I really like how the speckling on their bodies turned out, and am pleased that the Red, Yellow, and Blue quivers blend in well enough while still providing an easy visual distinction between individual units.
These were really fun models and I'm very proud of the final results even if it took me a month longer to finish them than I had anticipated.
What do you think?
Next week, the Lost Colony: Spaceship Graveyard Kickstarter goes live.
Preview video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoWMlOpl2Vk
Pre-signups at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/saucermenstudios/lost-colony-spaceship-graveyard
Lost colony: spaceship Graveyard is the ultimate starship wreckage system. It's all about customisation, fallen spacecraft and the fragments they leave behind.
This modular, 3D printable terrain is the second Kickstarter from Saucermen Studios and is even bigger and more diverse than the last. As stretch goals unlock, over 210 models become available to help you build incredibly detailed and tightly packed skirmish tables or larger, sprawling battlefields.
The huge core set of 80+ interlocking spaceship wreckage parts is delivered as stl files. It features incredibly detailed, double sided hull plates with internal features, computer terminals, piping, machinery, airlocks, windows, rooftops, debris sections as well as attachable ship featuressuch as boosters, engines, landing gears, weaponry and hi-tech gadgetry such as sensor arrays.
Follow the project at https://www.facebook.com/saucermenstudios
i stumbled across this neat article on social media. It seems doable enough - balsa, hydrogen peroxide +sun light, and marine epoxy?
Not huge application, but I suppose it would allow glass skyscrapers, greenhouses, and... mostly windows? Will post if I try. Please share if you try.
I can't begin to tell you how excited i am that my parents found these in the basement in some supplies i had stored. These are Ral Partha models from 1988 to 1991. I bought them with my allowance back when i was like 9 or 10 and am thrilled to see these again. I remember being so afraid to paint them because i didn't want to mess them up, that i never ever tried.
These are primed and need to be stripped. These are early pewter-white metal. They even had packaging that read "now lead free".
What I'm wanting to do is savor the joy of painting them, now that I'm way more capable. However...i need to get this crappy primer off of them. These are 30+ years old and I'm blown away they look as good as they do.
Anyone have a solution that can strip this down to the metal?
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