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"Somehow, Over The Centuries..."

"...At least one strain evolved to produce rats the size of cats."

These (additional) three 28mm scale metal models of some Giant Rats are produced by “North Star Military Figures” and can be purchased as code FGV309 - Boar & Giant Rats from their “Frostgrave" Range. According to Joseph A. McCullough's lore for Felstad, these large rodents "scavenged what food they could" in the frozen city, "including potions and other magic items."


The trio were originally undercoated "Citadel" Abaddon Black, mercilessly dry-brushed "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and drowned in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Their limbs, tails, ears and noses were then painted using a mixture of "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before being dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - The Vermilepus has gone through three different paint schemes

I subsequently spent a little time 'feathering' the join between the Giant Rats' furry hides and limbs with some additional "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and 'picked out' their sharp front teeth using a combination of "Vallejo" White and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Finally I dotted the vermins' evil eyes with a spot of "Vallejo" Heavy Red.


Having completed the last of my Giant Rats for "Frostgrave", I have partly turned my attention back to the remaining miniatures I haven't yet finished from the Alien Pets blister by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". Unfortunately, the Vermilepus has proved particularly frustrating due to my dislike for the colour schemes I have chosen.

"Atomic Mass Games" WIPs - The Black Widow's base has been finished

Initially I had intended to pigment the "bizarre insect-eating" extra-terrestrial in the light green palette used by the 'official' paint-job, but I wasn't at all happy with how this appeared 'in the flesh'. As a result, thinking the little critter looked a lot like a little elephant, I thought I'd give it light grey skin instead. However, following some dry-brushing, this too didn't turn out quite as well as I thought...


Alongside this 'dithering' though, I have managed to complete the base-work on the two different sculpts of the Black Widow I currently own for "Marvel Crisis Protocol" by "Atomic Mass Games". These were a lot of fun, with the more MCU-based incarnation of Natasha Romanova giving me an opportunity to once again dabble with the "Citadel" Technical Paint Nihilakh Oxide.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 30, 2020

Good to have you commenting again, Joe. No worries about the technical issues and I'm pleased you've been keeping up with the posts.


Glad you recognised Spider-man, LOL, as I have a fair few more Marvel Crisis Protocol minis planned over the next few months as I desperately try to claw my way through my backlog. Plenty more "Frostgrave" coming too, now my six Giant Rats are finished :-)

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joehcc
joehcc
Nov 30, 2020

I don't know how or why, but it looks like I'm in! (again)

I have been keeping up with all your posts but until now have beem unable to comment (it becasue technology hates me)

Too many back-post to comment all upon, but as usual you're weird and wonderful collection continues to astound, surpise and anuse in equal measure. (I did recognise spiderman btw and I know a goant rat when I see one !

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 28, 2020

Thanks Undercoat. Good to get the rats finished after such a long time. I'm hoping that the Vermilepus will stay purple and red long enough for me to varnish him tbh. Both of my Black Widow Marvel Crisis Protocol minis are progressing well, so hopefully I'll have some white-suited version WIPs up in my next post.

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undercoat2670
Nov 27, 2020

The rats look great en mass! Great looking swarm. I wonder what colour your chameleon will be when finally done? Glad to see Black Widow coming along nicely too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 27, 2020

Cheers Roger. I must have missed "Hickory House" as a child. Probably too busy watching "Pipkins" instead. No pressure on my getting the Black Widow finished then if you're already eyeing her as Top Ten material, LOL!!!

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