Friday, August 25, 2023

The Witcher: Old World - Lost Mount

The oil paints work extremely well to paint horses.  The colors and subtle and smooth transitions look great to me.  I recall painting some horses for a medieval caravan several years back and recall being fairly unsatisfied with the flat results and lack of realism.  

While slapping a base coat on followed by some sort of brown wash gets models on the table for games, enjoying the process was always lacking for me - until now.  I am really looking forward to painting the horses for the Zombicide: Undead or Alive game!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Witcher: Old World - Rotfiend

The Rotfiend was a quick model to paint.  The addition of the Epic Basing Bog Myrtle Bush adds some extra interest to the overall model I think.  Distressed flesh is especially well suited to the oil paints and turned out very...disgustingly well, I guess. 


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Monday, August 21, 2023

The Witcher: Old World - Cyclops


This Cyclops' asymmetrical face is a bit disturbing to me.  Maybe that is the intention and if so, well done. 😂  To me, having the context of other video games/movies/rpgs, this looks like a mutant Hill Giant of some sort that just happens to have one eye.  In other reference material, the Cyclops has its own race and thus has a bit more symmetry to its face and a single more purposefully placed eye.  The miniature obviously followed the art on the Gwent card so the game at least falls in line with what the Witcher world considers what a Cyclops looks like.

Ok, getting over my own preconceptions of what a Cyclops should look like, this is a pretty neat - and big - model.  There are ample skin areas to blend and the details are fairly well defined and easy to paint.  

The subtle veins and deep color transitions were made very easy due to the properties of the oil paints.  I've said it before and will say it again - painting with oils has been a literal game-changer for me.  The ease of achieving better results than I could do with acrylics in a fraction of the time allows me to paint more miniatures than I ever have before.  The pleasing (to me) end results drive me to paint the next miniature in the queue.  Thanks again to James Wappel for being a great teacher and artistic inspiration!

The plants are again from Epic Basing and add some nice color contrast to the overall piece.  I'm guessing the artist envisioned the cyclops preparing to stomp on an unfortunate opponent, but in this context, it looks to be carefully stepping over the mushroom.  Wouldn't want to slip!

Looking forward to seeing this one on the game board!

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Sunday, August 20, 2023

The Witcher: Old World - Harpy

The Harpy is the first creature I've painted with oils that has feathered wings.  I think they turned out decently enough relative to the minimal time spent on them.  Given it is a boardgame miniature and not a display miniature, I decided to not spend time shading and detailing each individual feather.  Once I get to the Griffin, I may put some more effort into detailing the feathers as they may be a bit larger and well-defined, but we'll see.

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Saturday, August 19, 2023

Witcher: Old World - Ships

The ships were a fun and quick set of models to paint up.  With these complete, all of the pieces related to the Skellige expansion are now painted up and will be added to our games.  I'm looking forward to seeing what perils await in the seas traveled to reach the isles.

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Friday, August 18, 2023

The Witcher: Old World - Siren


The Siren has a lot of similar colors to the Wyvern palette, which worked out well together and again proved to blend nicely on this model.  Completing this model gets us one step closer to being able to add in the Skellige expansion next time we play which I'm looking forward to.  Just the ships remain to be painted to round out the expansion models.

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