Troll Teaser! River trolls Part 1

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition is finally out! Atleast the PDF version. We are still waiting on the physical collector’s edition and the standard rulebook (yes we bought both, so we both had a hard copy)

We have spent the last few evenings making characters and trying the new system, which should be simular to 2nd edition, but as we never played that edition, we had to learn it from scratch!

We are now converting our heroes from our homebrew into 4th edition, which is a little harder than we thought.

Ozzy our Rogue from a scrappy background becomes a thief, our hunter Max who has a background as the son of a Lord is now a bounty hunter, while Dagna our dwarven shieldmaiden goes through some sh*@ and ends up as a Troll Slayer! Yes, they can be female in our campaign! ‘Cause, why not?

One of the requirements for her to advance her career is killing a troll. Which is perfect, since we already have Wanted poster handouts for trolls in the vicinity of Krugenheim (city in eastern Talabecland).

So now I’m working on the trolls for the encounter. Often it’s one or two trolls for such a contract, but we thought it would be really cool to have a leader for them! So today I will be working on the Troggoth Hag from Forgeworld and hopefully get her and some of her sons ready by next month.

I’ve already painted one of her sons a little while ago, so here he is in all his glory!

River Troll

My husband made and painted the 75mm (3″) base while I painted the flowers and ivy on it. The blue skinny flowers are from our garden which I dried and painted in vivid colours.

The troll itself is painted with Reaper paints. Mostly the Olive Green triad from Reaper consisting of Muddy Olive, Olive Green and Pale Green which I shaded and glazed with dark purples. I think it gives him a more evil look! I used Burgundy Wine to make a glaze (heavily thinned paint) and made a wash using Reaper’s Wash Medium. Claws and Spikes were painted with Brown Sand, Driftwood Brown and Stained Ivory. The dark green scales are painted with Scale75’s Black Forest Green highlighted with Black Forest Green mixed with Fall Green and finally a slight highlight of Olive Green to connect the scales with the skin.

Finally a couple of more pictures of the handsome troll! I really like these plastic River Trolls (or troggoths!) from Games Workshop. I had them before, but decided to sell them and make new ones. I’m also working on another troll brother which is my favourite of the ways to assemble the trolls: The guy with the fish!

August Commission Done!

Despite the scorching heat this summer (We had 34 degrees last week, along with most of Europe) I managed to finally finish a commission for a Spanish friend! There is always a fun challenge ahead when doing commissions and this was no exception! Lots of customized minis!

A Dark elf sorceress an undead hero and a group of mummies all ready to rumble in the dungeon!

Disgusting zombies and fierce skeletons!

Group-Picture

Here is the whole crew ready to take on brave adventurers! Again, really fun to paint, albeit quite difficult when painting in a studio without air condition, making the paints dry up before they hit the mini!

 

Forest Goblin Village – Part Two: The Spider Heist

Time for the second part of my Forest Goblin Village! In the first post I showed off a diorama with a brave goblin stealing cobwebs from a bunch of nasty red spiders.

Now the goblins need the spiderlings aswell! This time for breeding vicious pets to attack trespassers. An even more dangerous “job” and a brave warrior is doing his best to tackle the spider.

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As you can see, there are already several unfortunate goblin victims. I guess the spiders don’t like giving away their babies!

Lots of cool terrain pieces were used for this diorama! The spider cobwebs and spiderlings are from Ristul’s, the totem (with the evil eyes!) is from Scibor, the crooked tree is part of a larger tree from Tabletop-World and the goblin carrying the spider aswell as the unfortunate goblins strapped unto the log are from Games Workshop’s Arachnarok Spider set.

Next up is a hut! And I’m going to list the paints I used for the spiders, the webs and the goblins!

New Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) 4th Edition and tribute!

Now that the 4th edition is on the doorstep (not literally, but close), and we had an amazing preview PDF of the whole thing, I thought it would be suitable with a little tribute miniature that my husband pieced together and sculpted, and which I painted.

The thing is based on artwork from the 4th edition rulebook. The artwork really captures the essence and gloomy atmosphere of the rpg, so we did our best to reflect that unto the mini.

Here is the artwork the scarecrow was based on:

WFRP Scarecrow

We tried to make it reflect the artwork as much as possible with what materials we had, and I think Nicki did a great job sculpting his first pumpkin!

I painted some black spots around the “head” to resemble the flies buzzing around the rotting pumpkin head and tried to make the body look as tattered as possible!

Here is a work in progress photo of the piece:

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Some dryad arms were used aswell as a scarecrow body from Ristul’s, some goblin pikes, a wood elf sword, and a fenryll sign if i remember correctly!

All in all a very fun project and we really enjoyed the process!

Forest Goblin Village – Part One: The Egg Snatcher

So I finally got around to take some pictures of our exciting Forest Goblin Village!

A very time consuming but overwhelmingly fun adventure! I painted all the pieces, which my husband built out of a ton of boardgame boards (as bases) and bits from our many collections. We bought an extra arachnarok spider and a citadel forest just for bits!

First off! The infamous egg-snatcher goblin. This little guy had the nasty job to steal fresh eggs from the many spiders sorrounding the village.
They use the webs for building huts, the eggs for food and for breeding spiders, which they use in combat, and they use the venom to coat their weapons.
He is one of the many goblins who risk their lives every day interacting with venomous spiders. Casualties are plenty, but so are fresh recruits! There is always another goblin ready to prove his worth!

Egg Snatcher

I painted the goblin with tattoos and feathers in shiny colours. A sharp contrast to the red and orange colours of the spiders. Lots of tufts from MiniNatur and Gamers Grass were used along with Spider scenery from Ristul’s Market, which sadly closed down. Goblin and loose spiders are from the Arachnarok Spider kit from Games Workshop.

Here are some additional pictures of the diorama piece:

Stay tuned for more pieces!

Overgrown Statue – Lord of the Rings Style

Back in business :-D

I recently painted and my husband decorated this really cool statue from Thomarillion. The base is a bunch of slate stones stacked upon each other, and a lot of tufts and flowers, which are mostly from MiniNatur and some of them are from Gamers Grass.

A simple, but very real-looking scenery piece. It fits into our forest scenery, but also in a garden!

Next up, some of our many Forest Goblin scenery pieces!

Commission Work – May

Last month I did a commission for a Danish customer! I was lucky enough to work on a rare miniature from the now former company Illyad Games, who shut down a few years ago. I had fun painting these minis especially the Swamp creature from Brother Vinni’s (yes, they make other minis than torture victims! And they have the entire business’ slowest shipping and communication) which is painted to resemble a Water Hag from Witcher 3. I used a variety of Skin colours mixed with blues and purples.

The werewolf was painted using Scale75 paints mixed with homemade glazes and washes. A very large and scary miniature! He is mounted on a 50mm base from Scibor Miniatures.

Here are some of the minis I painted:

 

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon – or simply Ciri from Witcher 3

Painted up this beauty a little while ago. She is a gem and a precise copy of her artwork for Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt. She is from Scale75, but no longer available for purchase. A shame, but I assume it has something to do with rights, although she wasn’t named Ciri, but Witch Hunter in the same font! When you see the artwork, it’s easier to see :D

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon

I tried really hard with the eyes, but capturing her eyes proved a difficult task! That girl is wearing an abundant of make up! She looks great though. The most time consuming part were definitely her white shirt, which consists of many layers of white and creme colours for shadow. Think it ended up pretty realistic!

Her base isn’t glued on to the plinth, so it’s a little crooked :) The snow effects were a test from AK Interactive, which is really easy to use and looks very good. Will be putting it up in my shop soon!

I really had a great time painting her. She is of 75mm scale, so rather large, even though Ciri is a little petite! I also managed to get a hold of the 75mm Geralt miniature (also out of production). They have the same size base, so I bought a few plinths for them :)

They were also produced in 35mm scale, and we even sold them at KingGames.eu, but they were our of production before I secured a copy of my own. So if you got some of those, consider yourself lucky!

Here’s the artwork of Ciri. I used my collector’s book as a reference when I painted her, but I am also a nerd!

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth!

I have always thought the Dragon Ogre Shaggoths from the Warhammer universe were awesome creatures. The fact that they grow stronger with every thunderstorm and they can grow as large as mountains is really fascinating! Krakanrok the Black is the father of all shaggoths and is literally the size of a mountain. How cool is that? The good old regular shoggoth is not quite as large, but still an ultimate enemy of any dwarf slayer!

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth

I absolutely love this mini! My husband gave it to me for Christmas 2 years ago (metal version) and mounted it on a 60mm round base filled with slate rocks to give it an awesome look! It weighs a ton though, and my wrists were thoroughly worn out by painting this giant.
I actually prefer the original colours of the Shaggoth, so I used the same colour scheme throughout the mini. Why does he have two bellybuttons, though? It can only be seen from a certain angle, so it’s not a distraction! And it means he was born and not hatched! Well, the nipples gave it away too of course.

One thing I never noticed before painting it, is the tiny creatures braiding his hair (yes they are literally braiding his hair) Most people paint them brown, but I thought it would be really cool if they were the sons and daughters of the Shaggoth, clinging on to him until they are strong enough to make it on their own!

I struggled a bit with the axe. I actually finished painting it in a very worn palette , but then started over again, since I thought he needed something more suitable for someone who enjoys being electricuted. So I painted it lightning blue/teal with purple tones and shadows. Not 100% satisfied but close! Let’s say 89%!
Looking forward to someday painting the plastic normal dragon ogres too :)

Here is some cool artwork of the creature decaptitating a Greatsword hero. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to our heroes if we meet this guy some day :-S

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth

Quick update!

Jeez, it’s been almost a month since my last post! Long story short; Commissions, pre-painted launch, and a week with a throat infection. So nothing super exciting! Today is my first no-more-sick-day, which means I can finally do some painting! Got so many exciting things on my paint station! Just need some finishing touches and photos of course.

Oh, and my package from Tabletop World (from the competition gift certificate) arrived while I was sick with the fever, so that was a really nice surprise!

I bought a few extra accessories now that the shipping was free :)

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Finally got my Windmill, Noble Townhouse, Cottage II and a bunch of River Sections! Oh, and my dog insisted on being in the picture. She likes being the center of attention.. always! So we can say she is a size reference!

Now that I was at it, I thought I’d add all my unpainted Tabletop-World stuff to the table, so I could (hopefully) be inspired to start painting some of it. But oh boy…

Brunnhilde with Buildings

I managed to prime the city walls a few weeks ago, so I’m planning on painting them this week! Still missing Merchant’s Shop, Watermill (to the left behind the townhouse), Fortified Tower (in the background) along with Townhouse III, Ruined Townhouse (already painted one of those) Hmm the only thing I don’t have from Tabletop World is the Wizard’s tower. Decided it was way too big for any display case. Maybe for Christmas, who knows :-P

Again, my dog thought it was all about her.