Thursday, 21 May 2020

Seraphon Army


If you've been following me or my blog recently you'll know I've been mostly working on my Seraphon/Lizardmen over the past months. Now that I've run out of lizards to build and paint, it's time for some complete army shots. So I got all the toys out on the table and made a cup of tea in an appropriate mug...

So as a reminder, here is the original army, built and painted pre-Age of Sigmar. It's themed around being desert lizards rather than jungle lizards, and as such is considerably more muted and 'realistic'. I'm quite happy with them, but it was lacking in the important areas of big dinosaurs and magic frogs. So I added some stuff, essentially the contents of two start collecting boxes and a Slann. I've done blog posts as I went along completing units in sections. Saurus Knights (a mix of new ones and old ones with new bases), Saurus Warriors, Troglodon, Slann Starmaster and finally Saurus Oldbloods/Carnosaur. Now the whole lot is done, and I'm fairly pleased with the results. I think it should come to around 2500 points in the new Battletome, which should allow me a bit of variation in building armies if I ever get round to playing AoS or old Warhammer again. There have been murmurings of AoS battle reports over on SorcererDave's Youtube channel, so perhaps you'll all get to see them there?

Anyway, enough words, time for some pictures. Hope you enjoy:

Thursday, 14 May 2020

The Lizard Project - Saurus Oldbloods


Back with more lizards/dinosaurs. As promised in the last instalment, this time it's the final two models, the Saurus Oldbloods on foot and on Carnosaur!

There they are! Both from the same kit (though not literally the same kit - the one on foot is mostly spare parts from the set that built the Troglodon) and, similarity in pose aside, there is a lot of nice differences between them beyond what they're sat on.

Let's look at the Oldblood on foot first. He's painted in a fairly standard (though slightly more effort) way for one of my Saurus. He did get a splash of blue on the shield to mark him out as a leader though, and I put some extra work into actually painting the teeth rather than letting washes do it for me!

And now the big boy (or girl?) - the Carnosaur with the Oldblood on the back. One lovely model, but a bit of a pain to paint! As with the other Oldblood, I felt a little bit of blue was in order to break up all the brown, so the dino got some warpaint on it's flanks.

The Carnosaur, as with the Troglodon, received a lot of drybrushing and washing. I opted for a slightly reddish brown, for some reason in my mind that was 'T-rex colour'. I was originally going to go more red or even orange, but I don't think it would fit with the somewhat muted scheme of the army. I was also keen to make it stand apart from the Trog by being significantly darker, which had the disadvantage of making it look a bit less eye catching, hence the warpaint.

The Oldblood again is pretty standard, though with a load more gold. I deliberately made the gold of his armour a bit brighter and with more depth than the slightly faded look of the throne. There's a few other extra details on this one over the walking one as well, extra armour plates and the sunbolt gauntlet, which I did a bit of a source lighting style glow for. Unfortunately the gauntlet is pointing down so you can't really see the palm unless you are looking for it.

So there you have it. The Lizard Lockdown project is complete. It took a bit longer than I thought it might (thankfully), and now I think I have around 2500 points worth? If I'm lucky I might be able to play a game with them this year, but who knows? Anyway, here's a couple of photos of everything I've done in the past few months. Next time I'll be showing some pictures of the completed army as a whole, including all the old square based lot.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The Lizard Project - Slann Starmaster


Time for another lizard project blog post, and this time it's a big magic frog!

Yup, it's the army general/wizard/summoner/whatever, the Slann Starmaster, formerly known as the Slann Mage Priest, and affectionately known by me as 'Freddo'.

Here he is in all his glory. I decided to go with the desert theme the Slann himself, roughly basing him off the hilariously grumpy looking desert rain frog. Though he has bright blue eyes because he's magic, obviously.

Among a number of reptilian and amphibian friends sharing the throne, the Slann has his little skink helper. He's a fair bit smaller than the regular skinks so I felt justified painting him in a lighter brown than the older ones in my collection. I also reasoned he's a bit special to be sitting next to the Slann so he got some magic blue eyes as well, and some blue spots on his crest.

Painting the throne was a bit of a chore in some respects. I aimed for a sandstone look, edged with black stone and gold decoration, so there was a lot of drybrushing and washing to get to a point where I was happy with it. I was also planning to have all the vines look bleached and dying, but at a late stage I decided to paint the leaves green which made it feel much more complete. I reason the plants aren't all dead because magic.

The big tusks were one of the last things to paint, I wasn't really sure about how to do them, but I reasoned black-ish would work better with a big white frog in between them. A wash with a bit of blue at the end helped smooth out the gradient and gave them a bit more of a natural look.

And here's Freddo with some friends. I got the Temple Guard out from storage for a photo shoot, as they finally have a frog to guard. Also included the Troglodon because it's cool. I think in position the Slann looks the part. He definitely stands out, but not too much.

Anyway, hope you all like these photos. I'm looking forward to when I can do a full army gathering! Soon, just two models left. Both Oldbloods, one riding a big dinosaur!

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Lizard Project - Troglodon


Still painting lizards to add to the old, square based army. After getting through the Saurus Knights and Warriors, it was time to move onto something bigger and more fun, so I moved onto the Troglodon and Skink Oracle.

First thing to say is that I love this 'mini'. After going through the old, regimented Saurus kits these big dinosaurs just look so much more dynamic and interesting, and I was really looking forward to painting it. I didn't actually build this one - I got it second hand, but I did build the Carnosaur so I can say it's a nice enough kit to build with plenty of cool options for the mounted lizards.

The big boy (or girl - I have no idea how to sex a Troglodon) was painted largely with a lot of drybrushing grey and white, and a sepia wash all over. The darker colouration at the top was stippled on, starting with a lighter brown, then darker, then black, getting progressively higher up the back. It was a little inspired by the cool coconut crab Tyranid schemes I've been seeing crop up on social media a lot, and also on looking at some real desert lizards. In the old world lore at least they are supposed to be cave dwellers, so it makes sense to be fairly pale. In my mind this thing probably lurks under the desert sand before popping up to chomp on some unlucky herbivores.

Gold was again some combination of drybrushing and washing with sepia, plus at an earlier stage a use of the classic chestnut ink. I've not used the exact same gold method on any of the stages of the project because I can't remember what I did the first time around, but I'm happy enough with this one, it looks quite muted without looking like a bronze.

The sail on it's back, barbels on it's face and the skink himself were all painted with a blue-greyish tint, to get that slightly unnatural albino look without being too far from the rest of the mini or looking like I'd just primed it white. I'm particularly pleased with how it came out, especially the spots added on, which were deliberately uneven and misshapen to look natural.

Not much to say about the tail, other than it's cool. It's a nice touch that the Troglodon and it's Skink rider both have the split-tipped tail.

And speaking of the rider, here is the Oracle himself. Had fun painting him, in particular the bigger scales on his back which are a slightly different, bone colour to the rest of him, in line with my other skinks. 

And here they are with friends. I think I've achieved the 'stand out, but not too much' look for them. One more unit down. I've only got three minis left to paint, and I'm not sure what order to do them in, so next post could be a Saurus Oldblood, an Oldblood on a Carnosaur, or a magic floating frog...

Saturday, 11 April 2020

The Lizard Project - Saurus Warriors


You may have seen in my last post, I've been updating my Seraphon/Lizardman army. This week I have mostly been painting Saurus Warriors:

Here we have two units of ten each to add to an existing unit of 20, which will allow me to fill out one of the battalions if I fancy it. It's also some little units that can be summoned by a magic frog if I go down that route. I think they turned out ok, but these guys were a bit of a chore if I'm honest. They are a somewhat elderly kit now and looking at them compared to the Saurus Oldblood on the Carnosaur they look a bit too goofy and not particularly threatening (I can't help but imagine them walking with the Argonian walking animation from Morrowind). Like the Cold Ones, they are a bit uninspiring, so I'm glad they are done.

As with before, I'm not sure how I painted up the first batch, so they aren't quite perfectly matched with their older comrades, most notable in the brighter gold. The difference is more apparent here however as the big unit is still on the old bases. I don't currently intend to rebase the entire collection, it seems a lot of work for an army I'll probably not use much, and very unlikely to take to a tournament or anything. At least it's an easy way to tell the 20 strong unit from the others!

At a glance though, aside from the wider formation in these pics, I think they'll pass. Which is good because I'm ready to move on and paint some big dinosaurs!

To round this post off, I put together a selection of the updates from this one and the last, and took some more photos. I think as a cohesive army, they are starting to look pretty cool.