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Painted up a number of sailors and fishpeople, as many of you know--but I'm always looking to expand the diversity of my human crew and the grotesquerie of my Innsmouth cadre.
So here are Tyrell and Yarmouth, out on a crab-fishing trip. Both are from Crooked Dice.
More angles on our anglers here.
The folk from Innsmouth town know where the fishing is good!
There's some as say they can call the biggest catches to their boats!
Subduing the catch though--that's a different matter. Fortunately, Yarmouth is a burly customer.
Break out the butter sauce, lads! Tyrell definitely looks weirded out, and correctly so, but there's going to be time enough to worry about horrible cult secrets after the crab-steaming. And if weird eldritch stuff starts going down, anything that can crack that shell is a good weapon to have at hand.
This little guy has been in my stash box forever, I never could decide on a paint scheme. And then, a few weeks ago, it hit me:
There's an old North German fairy tale about a fisherman who catches a flounder. The flounder begs the fisherman to release him, so he does. When he comes home, he tells his wife and she complains that he failed to ask the fish for a reward.
So the fisherman returns to the sea and calls the flounder to ask for a little house as a reward, because his wife wants it:
"Manntje, Manntje, Timpe Te, Buttje, Butte, in de See, mine Fruu, de Ilsebill, will nich so as ick wohl will!"
(Little man, little, man, * I have no idea what timpe te means *, flounder, flounder, in the sea, my wife Sibyl doesn't want things the way I would like them")
The wife, however is never satisfied for long and she sends the poor fisherman back to the flounder again and again to wish for grander and grander things. When finally his wife wants to be the same as god himself, the flounder has enough, and the fisherman and his wife go back to being poor.
So here is the flounder, about to build the little house for the fisherman, or the farm, or the palace, or to make the fisherman's wife king, or even pope. Anyway, the flounder is not amused.
This was a really quick paint job for me. I made the water with UV-Resin and sculpted some waves with water effects gel. I still have to get the hang of painting the foam on the crests of the waves, but I think it's a bit better than my first attempt at waves.
Anyway, here's the flounder, enjoy!
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?
Fishfolk Fisherman and Fishfolk Fishwife from Crooked Dice. The fisherman, in oilskins and sou'wester, is a perfect blend of the Gorton's mascot and his product. The bug-eyed fishwife with cleaver was a delight to paint, especially the Atlantic salmon.
A shot of some of the Waite Fish Packing Concern's employees, featuring some old friends from RatTrap and BlackCat:
The Real Housewives of Innsmouth (including a repurposed Bonnie, 50293, with improvements upon her previous appearance):
and one of just the fellas:
Golly gee willikers I love painting fishmen. Special credit also to the Dreadmere Fishing Boat, 44032, the perfect touch for the setting.