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“...Resembling Humanoid, Leafless Shrubs, Complete With Limbs And A Head.”

“They could root themselves in soil, becoming indistinguishable from regular, dead shrubs.”

This 32mm scale resin print of a Twig Fiend is produced by "Rocket Pig Games", but actually 3D printed by “FullyCycled” over on “Etsy”. The model is one of several test prints I recently bought in order to see just how well such figures can currently be manufactured, and as part of an ever-growing homemade project pitting the forces of a Clockwork Mage against those of the Natural World.


The figure comes on an incredibly large pre-printed stand which contains a serious smattering of smooth rocks, and is the only place where the tell-tale striation signs of a 3D print are visible. Luckily, despite its width, the stand laid reasonably flat, so I was able to ‘squeeze’ the wood-based creature on a “Citadel” 60mm circular base.

A Grave Gnasher summons a Twig Fiend to battle a rampaging Tin Construct.

Unfortunately, I did have one mishap with the miniature whilst I was cleaning off some support struts from it. The monster’s resin is surprisingly brittle, so as I was desperately trying to smooth down one of its head-tendrils with my modelling knife, the entire tentacle-like branch snapped off and flew across my hobby room.


Despite some desperate searching I was unable to locate the missing piece, so was forced to think somewhat creatively as craft a replacement part. My ability with Green-Stuff is not great, so I started searching around my bitz looking for a suitably curly tentacle or some such. Happily, what I did spy was one of the resin staff ends belonging to a Mindflayer, which whilst not quite as curly as I’d hoped, did provide me with enough bend to somewhat fit in with the rest of the Twig Fiend’s tendrils.


Once this piece had been whittled down at one end in order to fit inside a small hole I drilled into the brute’s back, it was super-glued in place. I then gave the entire figure a double coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, and shaded it with a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

"Kitbash Games" WIPs - Immolator is slowly having all of her detail 'picked out'

The creature’s bark was later dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and some “Earth”. I ‘picked out’ the monster’s tendrils with “Vallejo” Heavy Green and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, before giving them a soft dry-brush of (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green. I did consider dotting the Twig Fiend’s eyes with a fluorescent green. But ultimately liked the look of the dark, deeply recessed sockets.


Having completed another of my “Rocket Pig Games” 3D printed models, I have been busy pigmenting my resin figure of Immolator by “Kitbash Games”. This character is actually a yellow-coloured alien villainess in the “Supers Unlimited” pantheon. However, I wanted to use her as an American heroine for my Weird War Two games, so have greatly diverted from the model’s ‘official’ palette.

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planetmut
2021年6月04日

I love the Twig Fiend, you've done an excellent job on the shading and highlighting of its body. I like the Immolator too, but is that greenish colour the colour of the resin/plastic?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月04日
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Cheers Planetmut. The Twig Fiend arrived a little larger than I anticipated, but it is an excellent figure imho. The Supers Unlimited minis are a grey resin, so all the greens are my work.

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wsd50
2021年6月02日

Lovely work on the Twig Fiend mate, I think the group photo is deceptive as the size of the figures as they look smaller than I imagine they actually are!


And another very nice figure from Kitbash as well, I think I like her dark flesh better than the "yellow" you described as her official palette.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月02日
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Thanks Roger. I think the size issue is probably because they're all huge when compared to the regular 28mm figures I paint. For example the Twig Fiend is 42mm tall and spans a 60mm base, so he is a big critter.


I love the Kitbash Games minis enormously, and still have a backlog, so I was super-pleased to be in the mood and power through Immolator is a single session. I'm pleased I didn't stop at her being entirely spectral too.

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undercoat2670
2021年5月31日

Great wood effect on the twig fiend. You get a much better look in the group pictures I think. Lovely painting. All those minis look great together, what a great range of minis that is turning out to be. Your superhero has an unusual colour scheme. Can't wait to see the finished model!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年5月31日
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Cheers Undercoat. I like to include group shots whenever I can as they show off the sheer scale of some of these "Rocket Pig Games" minis. Definitely more to come too, as I nearly have a couple more 'Nature' units finished.


Definitively an impulse pick up & paint on Immolator. Just couldn't seem to put her down once I'd decided upon a colour scheme. She's now finished and should be posted up in early June.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
2021年5月31日

Great work on the TreeKin Simon, has a very natural look to it, and great start on Immolator, like the green to white powers emerging from her hands

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年5月31日
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Thanks Dave. Really like these Rocket Pig Games sculpts, especially the Tree-based ones as a straightforward dry-brush really seems to bring out all their details.


I was actually going to leave Immolator entirely green/white at first as I'll be using her as the Green Ghost in my Weird War Two games. But I thought that'd be a cop out, hence the decision to go with something more solid-looking. Not sure if the name suits her now though...

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