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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"Somehow The Killing Of A Giant Spider..."

"...All alone by himself in the dark without the help of a wizard... made a great difference to Mister Baggins."

These seven "cartoon scale white metal figures" of Lord Rascal’s Icky Spiders are produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range. Sculpted by Steve Saleh, these "over-sized and sapient arachnids" will form a Lesser Warbeast unit for my Necromancer's Undead 'Lord Of The Toons' army using the "Dragon Rampant" rule-set by "Osprey Games".

Six of these metal horrors were rather simplistically undercoated using a double application of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, followed by an enthusiastic dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and a unifying wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil. However, as I wanted one of the models to stand-out on the tabletop as their clear leader, I decided to keep one miniature separate from its 30mm plastic lipped base and instead drilled a tiny hole up into its underbelly before attaching a piece of wire to it.

"Age Of Sigmar" WIPs - The Bloodletters have had all their base layers finished

This then let me prime the bloated creature using a combination of "Vallejo" Dead White and Pale Grey without having to worry about how my paint-brush was going to reach some of the figure's harder-to-reach areas without catching on its base work. In addition, it meant I could subsequently dry-brush the albino Icky Spider with impunity, and only once the eight-legged arthropod was completed did I pin it to an already finished stand.

All the crawling critters' eyes were 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Heavy Red, and glazed using a splash of "Citadel" Bloodletter. Lastly, their fangs were layered in "Vallejo" Dead White", shaded with a dab of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and I applied some clumps of static grass around their bases.

"Heroclix" WIPs - The Crimson Dynamo, an Ultron Drone and Batman Beyond

Moving over to a far more bloodthirsty Fantasy setting I have made considerable progress on three more multi-part plastic Bloodletters by "Games Workshop". These Hellblade-carrying warriors will go towards doubling the size of my Blades Of Khorne Battleline unit for "Age Of Sigmar", and just need a few washes and pieces tidied up before being ready for varnishing.

Lastly, I have been a bit remiss lately in weaving a few "Heroclix" models into my painting output, so have set aside a little time to get a couple of "Wizkids" sculpts re-based and primed, including the first of potentially several Ultron Drones, and Terry McGinnis' Batman Beyond. With the entry limitations of the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge in mind, I have also 'dug out' a figure of the Crimson Dynamo which I only had previously undercoated many moons ago, so is therefore still an eligible submission for the event...



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