Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Slaaneshi Champion, Serpentmen, and more C27 Snakemen.

Mid-Febuary and the painting of snakemen is progressing nicely.

Apart from five C27 Snakemen, I have painted three Grenadier Miniatures Cthulu range Serpentmen, and a 'Realm of Chaos' era Chaos Champion from 1988.

Enjoy :)

 Five C27 Snakemen, and Chaos Champion.
The first of the S'lararet Splintered Fang's. 
I have converted and painted this Snakeman up to be either a unit hero or independent hero, and framed him to be an aspect of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion. I liked the idea that the Eternal Champion can be an aspect that can be throughout space, time, and alternative universes, and so thought I would have a Snakeman 'Eternal Champion'. I swapped his sword for an old plastic Chaos Marine one, to look like a sibling of Stormbringer, and painted him albino and in black armour.
 Another S'lararet Splintered Fang, painted up as a grey Snake.
 Third and final S'lararet Splintered Fang. 
I painted a S'Sirron Fangthrane a while ago with predominantly red armour, and so thuoght I would paint one with predominantly green armour as well.
 A converted S'Sirron Fangthrane, converted into a standard bearer.
I snipped off the axe and axe sharft, and the drilled through the hands, adding a brass rod. I then added a plastic standard from GW's current Grave Guard set. 
With GW's current Tzeentch releases, I have borrowed the look and painted this Snakeman in a flow of colours, blending pink, to red/purple, to blue/s, to grey, to give a Tzeentchian magic feel. 
 Rear view.
 Close up of the standard.
As the Snakeman is quite colourful, I went for a darker, more muted standard. The runes are from the 1st Edition Warhammer supplement 'Forces of Fantasy'. It reads S'nethen, the name Chaz Elliot gave the Snakemen in the background he gave them.
 The runes from the Forces of Fantasy supplement. They are in the Dark Elf section.
 Higgat Dwarf Slicer, painted with dark green armour, and bright red skin.
 Rear view.
 Slaaneshi Champion.
Now the Snakeman army is'nt Slaaneshi, however being serpentine I thought that this Chaos Champion might fit in nicely. I think of him (or her, or Hermophrotite?) as a Snakeman who has mutated into this form, rather than a humaniod who has mutated with serpentine features.
 Close up. 
I went for a green skin to suggest a Snakemen origin, and painted snake-like eyes. Streotypically, I painted the male rune on the sword blue, the femal one pink. I kept with the gold armour colour to tie in with the rest of the Snakemen.
 Rear view.
 Grenadier Miniatures Cthulu range Serpentmen.
These critters are a lot smaller than the Citadel C27 Snakeman range. However to overcome this I have built up the bases with Milliput and added stuff to the bases to make them look less small. 
I will use these as Chaos Sorcerers as they are smaller than the warriors, unarmoured, and less armed. 
There are three sculpts: an unarmed; armed with a dagger; armed with a stone axe.
 Unarmed with part of the skeleton of a plastic horde horse on the base.
 Right hand side.
I painted a few random magical runes from the Force of Fantasy artwork of a Goblin Mage.
 Serpentman with dagger.
I painted him up with Rattle Snake skin.
I have noticed that the superglue I use on the base has turned a little white, and so will fix this later. I thought that the long grasses make the Serpent Man appear to be emerging from long grass with a dagger, ready in ambush.
 Right hand side.
 Axe armed Serpent man. He is armed with a stone axe, and I went for a dark brown robe to contrast with the bright red skin.
 Right hand side.
More Snakemen from e-bay!!

Next update will be more Snakemen and other add-ons of the army.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Yet more C27 Snakemen!!!

Yes, it's already February (Happy Imbolc), and I have painted, yes, more Snakemen!

Only five painted this week, but I am steadily working my way through them. I have sixteen left to paint, and so am well over halfway through, and I am halfway through another batch (or hatch?) on my painting table. I also have a few other odds and ends that are to go with the army, such as Wizards, a couple of Trolls, a Harpy, and a Chaos Warrior. I reckon that they will be finish in about three or four weeks.

After the Snakemen, I have a mind to return to paint a few of the Fantasy Tribes Goblins, as I miss painting Goblins. I also might paint up a few more Slann as they need to be finished, and am wondering if I should re-base them on 30mm round bases as I have seen some based up in that manner and the look rather nice.

Yesterday I finally got around to sending off my order for the 'Diehard Miniatures' Kickstarter. For the record I have ordered five of Tom Prow's wonderful Skeletal Snakemen to add to the Snakeman army. I have also ordered enough Eru-Kin to build the Slann army in the 'Magnificent Sven' scenario, with enough spare to convert that force into a proper 3rd Edition Edition Warhammer Armies Slann army.

Enjoy :)
 Five Snakemen; two S'lon Life Smasher's, and three S'Sirron Fangthrane's.
 The first of the S'Sirron Fangthrane's, painted in a standard Snakey green, with yellow underbelly. I did paint the axe shaft brighter to offset that, and in keeping with the North American vibe, the fur pelt as raccoon.
 The second S'Sirron Fangthrane.
I went for a much brighter, tropical look for this one, with a dash of red armour. He reminds me of the 1990's Lizardmen. 
 A plain, drab, desert looking Snakeman, great for hiding and ambushing unwary travellers!
 The first of the two S'lon Life Smasher's.
Again, as I have in this batch, gone for a few basic green and drab Snakemen. I did'nt want too many of the Snakemen to be too bright, to avoid the 'explosion in a paint factory' look.
 A dark brown and converted S'lon Life Smasher.
I have twisted his neck to make it look like he is looking at something or tasting the air. I also twisted his body 90 degress to emphise this, and to give him a slightly different look.
 Close up of the armour. I went for mostly green armour to make it look like a Goblin, as well as offset the dark brown of the skin.
Rear view of two of the  S'Sirron Fangthrane's, just to show PETA that some Snakemen prefer fake fur! ;)
 WIP S'Sirron Fangthrane. 
Given GW's recent release of their lovely looking Tzeentch miniatures, I thought I would borrow one of their paint schemes for the standard bearer.
 WIP of one of four of the Grenadier Serpentmen (from their Cthulu range I think) I have. 
I was'nt going to use them, as they are a lot smaller than the C27 Snakemen, unarmoured, and not very well armed. However I have decided to use them as Chaos Sorcerers. Also, I want to keep the Snakemen Warriors all C27 range, to keep a consistent look, only having the Grenadier Snakemen as Sorcerers, and the Diehard Miniatures as an ally contingent. 
Because they are smaller, I have built up the (40mm lipped) bases a little with Milliput, and added items to the bases (in this case part of a Skeleton Horde box set horse).
A possible army General?
With what I have stated above, having only C27 Snakemen as Warriors, having a serpentine Chaos Hero as an independent Hero or Army General, seperate from the rank and file, might work. 
Looking at him/her/hermaphrodite, it could easily be a Snakemen with the Rewards and Personal Attributes of 'Face of a Demonette', 'Hermaphrodite', 'Multiple Arms', and maybe more! 
It saves me buying another Snakeman, and adds a bit more Chaos fun! :) 

Next update will be more Snakemen!!!

Monday, 23 January 2017

The third Snakeman hatching, and the 101st (Catachan) Airborne.

In the past week I have painted another six Snakemen. The painting of the Snakemen is going well and I am having fun painting them. I do feel I need to paint more real world Snake colourations, as well as some more brightly coloured Chaos looking ones. My next batch (hatching!) will be a mix of these.

Other than the Snakemen I painted a few Catachans. I had a fair sized plastic Catachan army some time ago, and it had a few metal ones in it. I have seperated and painted stripped most of them, and plan to do a small, veteran force, of metal only Catachans.

I have always liked the Catachans as they are more of a tough and independent army, not so grim and dull as Cadians. So, I have painted a few test miniatures, and rather than the standard Catachan green, I have opted for a variation of the 101st Airborne uniform of the US in World War Two. I am not intending to focus on them as yet, but will do in the near future.

Enjoy :)
 More Snakey fellows!
 A converted Higgat Dwarf Slicer. 
I have replaced his broken sword with one from from the GW Tomb Kings range. 
I have painted his armour in a bone effect, and added an Ox skull from the Tomb Kings Skeleton box set to emphasize the desert look of the bases. 
He will either be the army General, independent hero, or unit leader.
 Rear view.
 The first Saranth Elf Mangler, with Rattlesnake skin.
 Second of the Saranth Elf Mangler, this time in blue.
 Third Saranth Elf Mangler, in a Tree Snake green.
 Rear view of the three.
 S'lon Life Smasher.
 I have noticed a few of the S'lon Life Smashers have miscast shields. Instead of the usual round shield, they are (mis)cast into a teardrop shape. Often, but not in this case, the snake skull can be lacking detail and teardrop shaped as well.
 Higgat Dwarf Slicer.
I have painted him with Vallejo Flourescent green to give look of the more brighter Tree Snakes. 
Like the American 101st Airborne in World War Two, I have painted these Catachan in a slightly darker kharki uniform, with russet boots, and wood look rifle. However, they are still Catachans, and so I have painted the bandanas red.
  Close up of on of the riflemen.
 Rear view.

Catachans face off against Snakemen on a distant planet!?

Next update, almost certainly more Snakemen!

Monday, 16 January 2017

The second hatching of Snakemen this year.

Quick update this week.

Over the last week and half I have managed to paint up another half dozen Snakemen. I am really enjoying painting them with their new more colourfully individualistic look. I also converted a Snakeman into a standard bearer.

Apart from Snakemen, I have been paint stripping and tinkering with 40k Squats and came up with an idea for alternative bikers. The 40k Squats won't be started until the Snakemen have been finished. I have also been picking up a mixture of odds and ends from e-bay/Oldhammer Trading site, from 1980's Lord of the Rings Uruk-Hai and Orcs, to the odd AD&D Githyanki!

However I shall not get too distracted, so the Snakemen will be the focus. I have 26 to paint, having already painted 19. I also have a few oddments such as Human Cultists and a Harpy to paint as well. 

Enjoy :)
Six more Snakemen.
S'lararet Splintered Fang. 
I have painted him up as a unit leader by adding runes on his shield and on the black bladed sword. 

Incedently, I have been referring to all the Snakemen as 'he'. However I am sure that some of the Snake'men' may just as well be Snake'women'. I will refer to them as 'he' for the sake of grammatical ease, but assume there may be a mix. I'm not sure how to 'sex' a Snakemen, but I am pretty sure even asking them, let alone any other method, may be fraught with danger! :)
S'Sirron Fangthrane. 
With a slight Chaos Tzeentch or Slaanesh vibe I painted him up purple. I am not sure if there are any purple Snakes in the world, but this is the Warhammer World.
Another S'lararet Splintered Fang.
Unlike the other Snakemen, I have given him a slightly Khornate look with the red shield and bits of armour.  The army won't be Khornate, but it's nice to add a different dash of colour.
Higgat Dwarf Slicer. 
I slightly bent the tail to give the impression he is slithering around the skull. 
I painted the face on the breastplate blue to look like a Troll.
Another S'Sirron Fangthrane, this time in a more straight forward green, based on innumerable real world Snake colourations.
Sarannth Elf Mangler.
 I have painted him up in a stipey paint scheme taken from Jean-Baptiste's Snakemen here:
 Right hand side of the above Sarannth Elf Mangler.
S'Sirron Fangthrane conversion.
I have converted him into a standard bearer by removing his double handed axe, and drilling though the hands, and adding a piece of bass rod for the shaft. The standard is a slightly trimmed standard from GW's current Grave Guard plastic box set. 
I was tinkering with 40k Squat miniatures when I hit upon the idea that I could mount my spare bikers on Citadel's limited release Space Marine Riding Lizards.
I have been wondering what to do with the Lizards for a while. As I have 10, I will use 8 of them as alternative Squat bikers. I think they fit very well and look great. I will conduct some minor conversions such as re-postioning the Squars arms, adding reins, and slight re-postioning of the Lizards heads and legs. I'll rebase then too.

Next update will be yet more Snakemen!