Sunday, 22 May 2016
Skinks with javelins
neon tetra look (& also inspired by some of the more garish lizards & snakes on Attenborough's 'Life in Cold Blood'), as I think it looks so good on these figures, especially in contrast with jungle scenery & the gold. I'm certain the Games Workshop colour scheme was inspired by the famous Aztec double-headed serpent artifact.
About seven years ago (when I last GMed a Warhammer Quest group), I finally gave up on 28mm-scale dungeoneering when I made the classic mistake of assuming £7.20 was the price of three Skaven Poison Wind Globadiers from Games Workshop (not reading the small print of "1 figure included"). At the time I threw my hands up in the air & lamented that I'd never be able to afford to populate my WQ dungeons with additional Monsters at the ever-rising GW prices (Globadiers are just a low-level foe).
This led to my (currently on-hold) 15mm-scale Warhammer Quest project... I'm pleased with how my tiny scratch-built dungeon tiles turned-out, but despite the excellently-sculpted 15mm-scale figures, this scale feels a bit lacking at times in terms of detail for this type of gaming.
Since my last foray with actual WQ gaming, I've become a lot more savvy with using alternate miniatures suppliers, & ebaying GW miniatures. This, combined with the fact that I'm a huge fan of dinosaurs & Aztec/Mayan history means that I've wanted to collect some Lizardmen for a very long time (but never actually fancied playing Warhammer Fantasy Battles). I like the traditional Old World setting in Warhammer, but there's always been something about Lustria (Mesoamerica/South America) for me - Aztec-dinosaurs (some of them riding bigger dinosaurs!), pirates, zombie-pirates, Amaxon tribes, & Empire conquistadors in a tropical jungle swarming with deadly creatures is a real winning fluff combination! So I decided collecting a Lustria-themed Monster collection for 28mm-scale WQ was the perfect excuse to purchases a few packages of Lizardmen (mostly still intact plastic sprues) from ebay. The Lustria setting was catered for back in the day by official GW rules, & there are still plenty of dedicated websites for WQ with stats, quests & so on - e.g. Warhammer Quest Chronicles.
These Skinks are the first of these figures that I've painted-up. It's been a while since I assembled models from sprues, & I'd forgotten how lush the selection of options can be. These GW Skinks are one of the better sprues, with some nice poses & interesting details, & I really enjoyed painting them, as well as doing the basing using various Gale Force Nine flocks, static grass, Gamer's Grass tufts, & snippets of plastic aquarium foliage. I did agonise a lot over whether to base them more dungeon-generic (flagstones), but in the end they just look so good with the blatant Lustria theme that I went with that. Being obsessive, this does mean that I'll have to acquire a new set of 2D6 Giant Spiders etc to put on jungle bases though :-s
Addendum: I noticed by a weird coincidence that GW released their reboot of Warhammer Quest last week - Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Sadly it is set in their new post-apocalyptic Warhammer: Age of Sigmar universe (more psychedelic & OTT WQ, with new mechanisms. Ogres are now 'Ogroids', whilst the Elf is an 'Aelf' etc...), wheras I will be sticking firmly to the slightly tongue-in-cheek 'Oldhammer' universe, & ignoring AoS.