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Assembled my crew and prepped and primed them.
Two clopsen troopers, a lizardman recruit, sniper and another recruit/ chisler.
A gnoll commando, medic and recruit, and a cultist recruit/hacker and trooper.
Edit: It is a bit funny that My crew isn't using much of the actual Stargrave miniatures other than a few arms and guns, but then this is just the first crew, and I'll need some ruffians and pirates as well.
So, just what happens when you take the desire to paint some sort of armoured vehicle or tank, and a rather fondness for gnolls? Well, you say screw it, let's see what would happen if gnolls STOLE A TANK! (and a LAV).
This definitely isn't going to be NATO greens, or even remotely close to JGSDF colours. Green may be involved at some point, but not any actual real world colouration patterns...
Naturally, ignore the obvious answer of "why not?!?!" what kinds of things give a fox inspiration for this project?
Ghost In The Shell (the original video/movie) Akira also arguably has some inspiration for this too (both the manga, as well as OAV/OVA) Shenanigans and mischief Various musicians, but Daniel Graves especially (Aesthetic Perfection). A LOT. Borderlands, specifically Borderlands 2
Or, in short, I'm going into this with a few ideas, but not necessarily any particular plan...
^First up, is the initial haul. There's more in the mail (Toghra, as well as Reaver of Kargir), and they should hopefully be here in a few days. So up for contemplating I have two 1:48 scale kits from Tamiya, the JGSDF Light Armored Vehicle (aka LAV) as well as the Type 10 Tank, also from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. Miniature options include two different sets of Wizkids gnolls as well as the Pathfinder Deep Cuts, and for Reaper options we have a Krokuta, Bones Blacktongue, Bones Bloodmane 77236, as well as Bones Gnoll Warrior 77012 (to me he looks likes the Bones version of Boneflayer 14580). So yeah, seems like an easy-ish task right, take something that's 28mm scale and pair it with a 1/48 scale model. what could possibly go wrong?
^Okay, didn't quite realize the words "challenge accepted" would actually mean I'd have a decent sized challenge on my hands. Looks like my initial ideas are moderately out the window, or, uh.... Stuck in said window. Original idea was for dual knives/stabby blades gnoll to be the LAV's driver, with Blacktongue poking out of the gunner's hatch... And for the tank, Toghra to be poking out of the commander's hatch directing things.... And then Krokuta and others hanging out in the back or off of the back of either vehicle... I... Uhh... Might be rethinking a few things.
Alternate caption for tank: Here's JOHNNY! Seriously, I've never watched the shining, but that's definitely the first thing I saw with Toghra's expression at that picture's angle...
...I probably should have thought about the fact that these vehicles are designed for a nation who's average height is 5'2" (yay Google!) and also according to Google (and the Forgotten Realms Wikia) gnolls are 7' - 7'6". Hmmm. Okay, so it's going to be cozy.
Let's start with the LAV, as for some reason that one keeps really snagging my attention, as well as ideas and inspiration...
^Wait a moment, the Pathfinder Deep Cuts ones are noticeably shorter... Well now. He'll fit, more or less, and with some work I could probably get dual stabby guy poking out of the roof....
^Two-ish hours of arduous assembly later (it's my first time doing up a model kit AND my first time using plastic glue, and there's six bajillion parts for some reason), and we're looking at this. Dashboard isn't attached, and the bases have been trimmed off of the two gnolls in question in order to better fit them. This is my basic premise... And where I left off last night.
^So first off, a basic test fit of the larger, stabbier gnoll. He barely fits... Good. Things will get tighter once the hatches go in, but I'll worry about that when that particular time comes...
^A while with some tools, and we're now here. Ignore the crooked dashboard, that happens when it's just sitting in place...
^Currently how things are looking in order for me to mostly fit the driver in. As eagle eyes might notice, I'm going to have to redo the legs, or more appropriately, the LOOK of legs. Since they tuck down into an area where they won't be seen, I went for the cruder approach. Sure, it isn't as pretty, but I did specifically purchase these minis with the impression that there might be some cutting involved... Odds are though he won't be keeping the axe (that formerly was a polearm or halberd?).
So that's where things are at the moment...
I've also been thinking about how to explain the smaller sized gnoll, and how he's part of the raiding party, since they're known for being more of a cruel society, especially to outsiders. Well, in short? I've come up with the basic premise that the smaller ones not only survive through perseverance, but also since they're smaller, they're able to get into tighter nooks and crannies, and therefore picked up skills that would make them not only useful to raiding parties, but also considered an essential, even valued partner. That's right, they taught themselves... to HOTWIRE VEHICLES. Sure, there are many ways of building vehicles, but it's nowhere near as much fun as just outright stealing them from someone else, and then using such for their raids, and cause a great deal of mischief and mayhem, potentially being able to raid even more through the initial confusion...
In a massive bag of random Bones minis I acquired, I found four of the same type of gnoll warrior. I've decided to take three of them and paint them different quality levels - a speedpaint, my average tabletop level, and the last one, the most detailed - to see the difference in the type of efforts I put into things.
They've all been cleaned and based. Different basing as well, with the last one being a gnoll on a grassy knoll. A knoll gnoll! >>
And the speedpainted one, I'm not priming or gap filling. But the other two I am. I generally like to prime things no matter the material for three reasons -
- To see the details better because the stark white makes it hard to see definition.
- And lastly, because it helps me see how I failed to clean off mold lines as well as I thought I did and take care of it appropriately.
Will get into the nitty gritty of it all tomorrow because tonight is D&D night!
Hi guys, back again after a long absence... again. I took a very long time to paint something that was supposed to be a speed paint. I was painting a Bones Finari and wasn't happy with the cast so I was just trying to get her done quick to get her off the shelf but then everything went wrong with the paint job and I stalled out for a long time. I'm not posting her because I wasn't happy but I've finally moved on. This is my Gnoll Warrior. I kind of like him. He is part of my new strategy to just paint and get used to the motions and not try to be perfect all the time. Trying to be perfect puts more minis on shelves of shame instead of in display cabinets. I thought his mane looked a lot like a mohawk so I decided that maybe he would dye it in the colours of his tribe or clan or war party or whatever. I thought it was neat. If I did it again I would maybe use more muted colours but this first time I was afraid maybe muted colours would fade out and go unnoticed. I was happy with the eye and jaws on his right side but not his left (which is why there are no good pictures of his left side ). But here he is, he's imperfect and I'm happy with him! Comments are welcome as always!
@malefactus sent me some old Games Workshop plastic night goblins, and instead of putting them together properly I decided to stick the heads on the bodies of some Frostgrave plastic gnolls.
There's another one but he's badly unbalanced (in more ways than one) and keeps falling over.