Kiwichildís Lizardmen speed-painting.
Iíve been out of the gaming loop for almost 5 years now, apart from Space Hulk, since moving to Japan with my wife. Although Iíve been doing my Genestealer Cult and some Squats for sheer hobby fun, I decided I need a break from them and am embarking on a new plog. I will come back to the Cult at a later date, but I need to try something new because Iím running low on motivation.
Purpose, what will this plog be about? Lizardmen speed painting! Thatís right speed painting. My Cult is my baby and I have no problem spending hours painting up claws or 5 stages of highlights on a single colour. That being said it does get quite tedious and long winded, hence a speed painting project. I am working towards a 1000pt list and will launch a second stage to bring it up to 1500pts and a third stage to 2000pts.
Motivation, well the main drive of this plog is to get a 1000pt gaming force done and on the table. In the past month I was contacted by Arnond, as he is trying to set up a small scale tournament for fantasy players here in Japan. Arnond is based near Tokyo and I am in Nagano, on the map itís a short distance but getting there involves jumping a mountain range or going around it. The idea of playing the games at the nearest GW has been floated and that shop is pretty close to my sister-in-laws place. So the idea is to drive down with the missus, drop her and her sister off on a shopping expedition and then leg it to the GW and play some fantasy!
Goals, to get 1000pts of Lizardmen on the table, roll some dice and start spilling some warm-blood. This will be a gaming army and not a display project, hence speed painting. The models will be done to tabletop level with more time being spent on characters. Transport will also dictate some choices on equipment. I donít want too many spears and banner poles that can snap on the way to Tokyo. I will also try to keep the size of the army to a manageable size to cut down on the amount of stuff I have to lug around on the way to and from Tokyo.
Inspiration, I bought a Lizardmen army box-set about 6 or 7 years ago. This was before the introduction of the battalion sets, so I got a heap of basic infantry and some special choices. The box has sat in storage ever since while I eyed different projects. I have always wanted to try dipping as it seems to work really well on Lizardmen. However dipping is smelly and messy, this combined with a wife and small apartment, the possibility of doing dipping has been dropped to preserve domestic harmony. Then came the release of the new GW washes, beautiful! The main shading part of this project will fall on them.
Paint scheme, all the figures will start with a Tamiya fine scale spray, this is a light gray basecoat, scales will be done blood red, weapons will be dwarf bronze, teeth and claws are bleached bone. A 60/40 mix of Gryphone sepia and Badab black will make the wash dip followed by some minor dry-brushing of scales and weapons with blood red and shining gold. Details like eyes, teeth and claws will be picked out to give the figures some more pop. Weapon hafts and handles will get bestial brown and bubonic brown.
This wee chap will get a blowpipe alittle later.
Note: The base colours have been done with Tamiya paints and the dry-brush is GW. Bases are yet to be done, so what colour bases would compliment this colour scheme?
Riding beasts or large creatures will be painted in a different scheme, at the moment Iím still deciding on this. Currently Iím looking at base-coating them in a desert yellow and using a brown for scales. Any input and ideas would be great. Base wise Iím going to go for an all gravel base with Woodland Scenicís grass scattered around in clumps. Colours for the gravel will start from a gray to a bleached bone, again input or suggestions would be helpful.
Heroes: 1 Saurus Scar Veteran, 1 Skink Priest.
Core: 19 Saurus (full CMD), 10 Skink Skirmishers, 10 Skink Skirmishers.
Special: 3 Kroxigors, 5 Cold One Cavalry.Total miniature count: 49
This stage will give me the basis of the army and following stages will give me a wider range of units to play around with when I make new lists.
Still to do: 19 Skinks, will scrap mouldlines, glue and base them over the next couple of days.
Painting schedule, base-coated miniatures are playable that being said they look stink so onto the speed painting. My work schedule leaves me with free time on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday nights + Weekends, Thursday/Friday nights are taken up with other work, but allow me an hour or two for dry-brushing/detailing. After assembling the stage one models, Iíve found I can spend about 3 hours a night before needing a decent break and wind-down. Therefore Iím trying for around 9 hours per week. Weekends are subject to availability, poker games/nights out/BBQs/ shopping trips and general domestic/marital duties have the potential to distract me.
(I am posting this from work and will update pics later today)edit - viola done