Thanks a ton guys! I've definitely been thinking about some scenery for these guys, and a game mat would be a great start
some little scatter-terrain rocks, and little shanty-buildings and such. I'll see what I can put together @Magen
Is that the May edition one? I'll see if I can pick it up!
I do also have a bit of a bumper update
first off is a redux of my elk-men (with a new guy!).
Someone mentioned that the previous photo looked a lot like a scene from a comic, so now I've been wishing I could draw well enough to make one. Til then, there's always Prisma
I've been having little ideas for it so I'd better learn to draw. Things like having the Crows speak in little speech bubbles with just punctuation or little drawings.
Anyway, enough rambling there
on with the update!Over there, I spy two big stags. White Hands by the looks of it. I know little of their braying tongue, but enough to barter us supplies. Perhaps enough to procure a guide to our destination.Looks like they're on their way to the herdstone. Meeting places for the horned folk. You can find them scattered all through the nine systems, and a little beyond. Monuments to the Old Gods...There it is, the herdstone. Great stone menhirs erected where the veil allegedly wears thin, back in the times when the warherds swept through these worlds. Fell monuments. See how this one weeps blood from its pinnacle.See the younger bucks on the periphery. Not quite their full-horned glory just yet, but practicing for when their time comes.The elk-folk wander around in family-bands, plus a pack animal or two. People say they used to congregate in massive numbers, but not any more.Judging by the silhouette I'd say a young doe. Not yet a full mare. Barely of breeding age by the looks of things.See that one over there? That's a Bray. Close as they get to cultural leaders these days. Elders who preserve their histories, administer what passes for justice amongst their kind, and lead the bacchanal rites to appease their vengeful gods.
And now for the new guy
I've been waiting for a while to share this one!Bjorn's teeth! See that over there. That's a mammut. Elk-men giants. Sometimes an elgr's born that never really stops growing. They do slow down a bit around the fifteen foot mark, including bionics, but I've heard tales of ones up to twenty five.Poor things are sterile, mind. Part of the reason you don't get many of them.Call themselves 'Tsagaan Gar'. White Hands. Forest folk. Quite different to their warlike cousins on the steppe.
So yeah! That's the elk-men so far
must admit it was a little daunting painting such a big model after so much painting little dudes, but it went really smoothly
I've been wanting to add a little more height-difference to some of my warbands so expect some more as soon as funds have recovered
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And also! I've put together that tutorial you were after Loosh on the basing
(contrast and compare the picture quality...)
1. First step is just a layer of sand (I pinched mine from a beach near me!)
2. I've also got some slightly bigger 'rocks' which are a fine aquarium substrate, but anything that's a little more coarse than the original sand will work. Three little blobs of these offer a bit of variation to the level which is what we're after.
3. Quick undercoat...
4. Quick coat of Abaddon Black (would be easier if I was less stubborn about using white undercoat...)
5. Now this one is a paint in the backside to capture on my camera, but a quick drybrush of Nurgling Green (or any lighter colour like Fenrisian Grey, Administratum Grey, Celestra Grey etc.) to pick out the tips of the sand.
6. Again difficult to see, but a quick coat of Nuln Oil.
7. Once that's dry I dab a couple of small clumps of static grass. I've got two different colours that I've mixed together as I couldn't find a green that didn't look too vibrant. For this it's kept pretty sparse.
8. Once that's dry it's time for the final touch of snow. For this I use a mix of baking soda, pva and a little dab of off-white paint. Takes some trial and error to get the quantities right (less baking soda than you think), and be sure to muzz it up well as it's the aeration that gives it its volume. I try to dab on bigger bits on the rocks that stand proud of the ground, and then semi-drybrush it over the smaller rocks which gives a neat little effect
oh, and make sure to streak some up the strands of static grass too. Sometimes I've forgotten to add the grass until the last step and it looks odd with no snow on it.
Oh, another thing is that it's tricky to get the quantities right for a small amount of snow so I tend to do it in batches (it also helps spread out the waiting times between glue drying in the different stages). So here's the latest lot waiting for paint!
So yeah, hope that was useful