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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grotesque Wracks

 The Wrack group took a little longer because I spent some additional time on the bases. 

I've painted up a dozen old metal Grotesques and swapped out the spare weapons and arms from the Finecast Wrack set to make them look a little more like the current Wracks... of course I haven't added the namesake bony rack!  I'll do the next batch up basically in Gray on this same format of 5 new Wracks and 12 old Grotesques to fill things out.

I can still use the Grotesques as ... Grotesques!

Which will be handy until I replace them with larger models.  I know its more efficient to keep using the old models with their conveniently smaller bases but I like the idea of larger grotesques.  That said I'm not at all happy about the price point of the new Grotesque model... especially since it is cast in such a dynamic pose that all of them beyond model one will have to be modified to avoid the appearance of the unit being stuck doing The Monster Mash!  So I'm looking for a model to use in place repeating the Current official model 10 times.  I have two of the new model and think I would like to look at a half dozen alternative models that have the right ambiance.  Let me know if you have any recommendations.  I think Ogres would be workable of course but some of the Steampunk stuff that is out there might have application as well.  I'm not a tournament player so it can be a non-GW model if there is something out there especially cool and appropriately horrific!


 I had a great time working on the bases.  I was going for a swampy effect and am pretty happy with the result.  I still have some work to do with making the water effects deep enough to be convincing on this size and style of base but I think I can sort that out.  These did eventually achieve enough depth of water effect to make a believable surface texture and I was really pleased with the way the stones turned out... they even look a little mossy!

The skin on these fellows looks particularly mottled and unhealthy.  I like the pastiche of color and, although they are too textured and splotchy for the GW style, I think it has a good B-movie horror feel to it.

2 comments:

  1. All though they are roughly the same price as Grotesques, the IG Ogryn may provide an interesting conversion for the Grotesques. Perhaps even some of the new Fantasy Ogre Kingdoms models? Those may even be cheaper. (Just guessing just seen them advertised not the prices!)
    And now you got me wanting to try some water effects on my bases! Maybe I can do it on the Templars in combination with the gloss to make the leg armour look wet and have him standing in water!

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  2. I haven't looked too closely at the Ogre Kingdoms stuff yet. I got the new Army book for them and its one of my favorite fantasy battle armies just because its fun to paint! I thought I'd look over the book before getting any models. I've been trying to finish up reading the first Malifaux book before I get looking at it though... almost there!

    I'm just starting on water effects really, I'd like to get into submerged and semi submerged items and some stuff where I chop down the model to have it wading through deeper water etc... So many possibilities!

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