WITH all this tutorial business I haven't had much chance to post up anything else recently, but needless to say behind-the-scenes I have been steadily chipping away at the leaden cliff face that perpetually looms over me and it is my efforts from this modest quarrying that I want to share today.
First we have a shambling mound from Oathsworn Miniatures. A great sculpt from an equally great company, although I wish they'd do more classic D&D monsters! I'm definitely going to pick up their Owlbear next. To be honest, by his very nature this guy required some perseverance to get painted. In one regard he's pretty easy because there's no call for pissing-about with any freehand action, but all that intricate detail in which he's clothed takes an incredibly long time to paint and highlight. I believe this is also an issue with the Otherworld 'mound too, but I think you'll agree that the end result makes the time taken worthwhile!
Next we have a slime from Reaper Miniatures which I've had kicking around for years. Not an especially exciting miniature, but indispensable dungeon fodder nonetheless! I went for a mucus-green, which I think worked.
Finally - miniature-wise, at least - we have a couple of Ral Partha 'Giant Rat Swarms', sculpted by Bob Olley. I must admit that the gloss varnish finish doesn't really do much for these rodents, although they look much better in the flesh than the image below would suggest. Again, not especially exciting, but mandatory dungeon gribblies!
Aside from miniatures I have also been working on some new terrain. I've always thought that marshes are an especially fantasy-friendly type of terrain. This may largely be because of Tolkien's famous Dead Marshes, although I have walked many of the mires on Dartmoor which in the mist can be incredibly eerie locations. Regardless, they are a place of potential peril even in the real world, never-mind if haunted by marsh trolls, shambling mounds, will-o'-wisps and the like!
The marshes below were created using 2mm foamex as the base, which is sanded lightly on one side (to help adhesion) and then cut into shape with a Stanley blade. The trees (from the sadly defunct Fantascene) are then glued on and Milliput is used to blend them into the base. PVA glue is then spread over the bases (and covering the Milliput), leaving gaps where the water is going. Aquarium sand is then sprinkled on and later, when dry, watered-down PVA is used to seal it. Once dry the whole lot is then primed black. At this point he sand is dry-brushed to taste and the trees likewise painted. The 'marsh' areas (represented by the primed foamex) are then painted and when dry covered with vile-smelling yacht varnish, or some other suitable water-effect product. When dry static grass and reeds are added and voilà!