Saturday, 7 February 2015

Citadel Barbarians!

Bryon Anvil and his Valkyrie bodyguard
I finished the little group of barbarian models that I started a few weeks back today, and managed to grab two minutes away from the needs of the wife and kids to take a snap of them. They are for use in the forthcoming Oldhammer game at Slayer Gaming in Mansfield on the 28th February. A game that bucks the trend of huge battles, as instead of bringing a whole army and fielding it players are encouraged to deploy much smaller forces. Even a single figure if the player so desires! Warlord Paul is GMing the game for us and I am really looking forwards to the meet up. 

Why barbarians? 

Obviously, they are a considerable step away from the stuff I usually take to games - and experimenting with new ground is an important part of any hobby. I have always been a fan of Robert E Howard's Conan stories after finding a battered copy of his tales in a second hand book shop in 1995 and fancied exploring the themes of bare (no doubt heaving) bosoms and mighty thews. 

The bare-breasted girl on the far right served as my test piece. I was keen to do something with flesh tones beyond just adding white. This was fine for my chaos models as the pasty-skin look is favourable to Slaanesh (and Chico) but not really for sun burned, mighty thewed barbarians. I used a mix of red and dark brown to shade the flesh itself and then worked back up to the original flesh tone - which was the new Citadel one called Kislev Flesh. I added a little Foundry Boneyard 9c to the final highlights and attempted to blend them all in. 

The rest of the colours I kept pretty much consistent, preferring to use a limited palette to convey the primitive nature of these savage types. I used spot colours of blue and green here and there to add variation. The bases were completed in my usual way. 

I haven't fully decided on the background for these figures yet, beyond the name of the chief and I hope they don't suffer the curse of all newly painted troops when the game begins. 

Orlygg


14 comments:

  1. Looking good, boobhammer at it's best :D

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    1. I just need to find a mini with boobs and a beard then I can field the mighty Chico himself!

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  2. Nice fleshtones! The one on the far right looks like uncannily like Daniella Westbrook. A scary opponent indeed.

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    1. I had never thought that - but now you say it I can see what you mean. I better keep the snow basing kit away from this particular model then!!

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  3. nice looking. im sure that male barbarian was the 'barbarian king' on the old combat cards. i wanted that mini for so long lol.
    nice tones and great boobs on show! :)

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  4. Majestic stuff, can't wait for the game.

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    1. Same here, Paul. I am looking forwards to seeing what you throw at my barbarians.

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  5. I'm a sucker for Barbarians and you've done a great job on these.
    Thews sure do get mentioned a lot in the Robert E Howard stories, well played.

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    1. 'Mighty thews cracking' indeed! I love REH and I wish someone did a decent miniature range for his written works.

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  6. Beautiful work! I really love these!

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  7. great work on the flesh tones, and there's plenty of flesh on those models, I'm kinda glad though the barechested ladies are too over the top in that department....

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    1. I don't think you can have 'too much' stereotyping in models of this nature.

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