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“Treants Are A Peaceful Race Usually Found Roaming Ancient Forests.”

"They spend their time guarding and preserving their woodlands,"

This 72mm tall resin model of a Treant is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be purchased from the Lincolnshire-based company’s Fantasy range. Described as being “fond of other peaceful beings”, the multi-part figure was assembled using a combination of metal pins, green-stuff and super-glue before being attached to a “Citadel” circular 50mm base.


Able to “unleash thunderous destruction on anyone threatening their lands”, I initially primed the miniature with “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. I then sporadically ‘blotched’ the “nomadic tree shepherd” with some “Vallejo” Earth and shaded the entire ensemble with a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - These three Mutaints just need shading

In order to really bring out all the sculpt’s wonderful wooden details I next took a soft face make-up blusher brush dipped in “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and patiently drew it across all of the raised surfaces on the Treant. This was followed up by an even lighter dry-brush of “Vallejo” Earth.


With the basics now finished, I set about ‘picking out’ all the marvellous mushrooms and slightly intimidating leaves etched upon the “almost Troll-like” creature’s bark. I used “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson for the tops of the toadstools, and “Vallejo” White with a smidgeon of Pale Grey for the fungi’s underbellies. Lastly, I applied a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Green and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green to the model’s somewhat abundant foliage.

"Berserkers were tough Orcs bred in Isengard."

Sticking with “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” figures, I have made some more progress on three of the last five OOP Federated Security Mutaints I own. Admittedly, these minions of Space Commander Travis haven’t taken too long to base layer, but they still need their eyes ‘dotting’ and washes to be applied before being finished.


In addition, I am pleased to report that yet another 28mm Uruk-hai Bezerker by "Games Workshop" has been completed for my 500-point "Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game" Isengard force. This particular metal sculpt is identical to one I already recently pigmented, so I decided to make him appear slightly different by leaving his helmet just plain metal, rather than giving it the emblem of the White Wizard, Saruman.

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planetmut
May 11, 2021

Love the colours and detailing on the Treant. It's a great sculpt, and the base you did adds loads to it. Nice one!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 11, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Definitely one of my favourite Crooked Dice minis to date. They've really got some super-nice minis in their Fantasy range.

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undercoat2670
May 11, 2021

Very nice work on the Treant. Great wood colour you have achieved and the leaves and details have been picked out brilliantly. More mutaints and beserkers? Blimey you must have built an army worthy of Mordor by now!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 11, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. The Mutaints should be posted up soon, and I've also now finished the final Uruk-hai Bezerker. On to the Uruk-hai Crossbowmen next, LOL!!

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wsd50
May 10, 2021

Nice work on everything Simon, though I do particularly like the Treant, for Frostgrave or you new Clockwork mage project, or maybe even both?


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 10, 2021
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Cheers Roger. The Treant will probably be used for Frostgrave tbh, albeit one in a less wintry setting using just Crooked Dice's fantastic Fantasy minis. The Clockwork Mage project will just be using Rocket Pig Games figs, and spookily I've just had some freshly printed additions arrive.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
May 10, 2021

Great work on all Simon, shouldn't be long now and you'll have your FedSec finished, just remembered you said there was robots to

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 10, 2021
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Not quite there, indeed Dave. In fact, I understand that "Beast In The Broch" who now sell the range, are planning on releasing some additional figs using the original sculpture - which would obviously interest me quite a bit. They have had another sculpture do a few figures but they just don't look the same, so I haven't bought them.

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