Sunday, 5 March 2017

THE PILTDOWN IRREGULARS

I don't use drybrushing much, but looking at a few blogs of painters who do, I decided to give it a go on this mix of cavemen and barbarians that form the front line in the picture of the Joe Dever battle I am rebuilding.

It was certainly very quick, and although I'm not elated with the overall result it will do. I've since tried out a quick method of paining muscled flesh using washes which I'm very pleased with, but I guess the drybrushing gives these hairy chaps an old school not quite human look. They are a real mix of figures (as in the original picture I am re-creating). Citadel cavemen, vikings and beserkers, Minifigs cavemen, Ral Partha hillmen, Asgard cavemen, even a Barry Minot figure (did you know he made the top of the Egyptian staff in Raiders of the Lost Ark?). One of the cavemen has a pet wolf from the Ral Partha WWW range...again in the original picture.

They are under the watchful eye of their god, Uncle Magnon...... a pebble I picked up off the beach in Lynmouth North Devon a couple of weeks ago.







Uncle Magnon.

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  1. A diverse and charming unit,if one can say that about such chaps. I think the painting has worked very well.They certainly look the part. I like Uncle Magnon but wonder if a model crow alighted on him would be a nice touch.

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    1. Corvid addition a possibility..... we'll see.

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  2. The flesh has come up nicely indeed and they're looking pretty good after their drybrushing. I recognise a few of those ugly mugs in the throng too! I wonder if Uncle Magnon would stand a darker wash and light drybrush too? Strangely rocks sometimes seem to look more realistic after you've painted them than they do in their natural splendour!

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    1. I'll try that tip on the old Magnon.... many thanks.

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  3. They look great to me. Good to see this project moving inexorably forwards. May I suggest some audial inspiration? https://trogool.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-river-skai

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    1. Hey Gareth

      great to hear from you. Once again, you seem to have come up trumps with the music suggestion....... I'll be trying to get the cd as soon as I can, completely otherwordly (with a hint of Mike Oldfield in there?). I can't stop listening to Tarot, so thanks for that mate.
      cheers
      Mike

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    2. Pleased you like it! Shades of Poledouris too I think. Heavily inspired by Lord Dunsany and Lovecraft, apparently. I don't wish to bombard you, but this might also tickle your fancy: https://lordwind.bandcamp.com/album/ales-stenar

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    3. I recognised the Lovecraftian names (I did try reading Gods of Pegana by Dunsany, but it was a bit turgid). Lordwind excellent, I really must start this streaming lark, rather than buying CD'S. Feel free to suggest anything else I might like....

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    4. I'm really enjoying Fief at the moment (in the same vein as Trogool, but more medieval): https://fief.bandcamp.com/

      You'll pleased to hear that I have just ordered some Denizen Legion of the Damned, as well as a Ral Partha Storm Giant and some adventurers. Also just stripped some C01 Chaos Fighters. Something's afoot!

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    5. Arrrrghhh, more tempting sounds. I am so tempted to buy the Trogool CD but it works out about twenty quid to get it posted here as well. Denizen figures are very nice (quite small), so I look forward to seeing your brushwork on them. The RP storm giant is a cracker too.

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    6. I promise not to post anything else after this, but I completely forgot about Wytch Hazel! Lend the latest album an ear: https://badomenrecords.bandcamp.com/album/prelude

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  4. I like those. I also like your Oriental looking Hobgoblin's. So much so that I am building a Hobgoblin Ronin force. Searching the net for the Ally Morrison figs and totally regret flogging the one I had off.

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    1. I did have a couple of those AM hobgoblins once.... and I like the high elves he did at the same time in Russian garb.

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