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"What Is It You Seek?"

Updated: Apr 1


"Two snakes. Coming together. Facing each other. But they're one."

This 28mm scale Aztec Style Serpent Statue is produced by "Wargames Terrain Workshop" and is one of several statues to be found in their resin cast scenery range. Rather embarrassingly I've actually owned four of these 75mm tall carvings for quite a few years now, and only recently decided to finish this particular effigy for "Frostgrave" whilst listening to Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian: The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus".


Feeling that the idol might be something which originated deep within the borders of the snake-obsessed Stygia - perhaps in supplication to the Hyborian Age kingdom's god Set, or the sorcerers Thulsa Doom and Thoth-Amon, the model was super-glued onto a 65mm "Citadel" plastic circular base. It was then treated to a few coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed in (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey.

"If you were on the battlefield, and a King Tiger appeared, you found an excuse and you left"

With the basics completed I next 'picked out' all the serpent statue's metal banding with a base-coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before treating all these areas to a combination of Gold and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. I also applied plenty of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand to the idol's sacrificial skulls, shaded them in both "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson, and finally highlighted the grisly trophies in (more) "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and (plain) White. As a final touch I applied some additional highlights to the metallic areas with a little extra "Vallejo" Gold.


Sticking with snow-based models, I have managed to add a third 10mm metal Königstiger tank by “Pendraken Miniatures” to my Axis Late Winter army, which can be purchased as Code GRV21 Tiger II, Henschel turret from their extensive collection of German World War Two armoured vehicles. Rather awkwardly, I accidentally ordered this particular multi-part kit as part of a larger order in May of this year, so was keen to get it pigmented as soon as I realised my blunder - having previously purchased an identical pair at Salute 50 just a month earlier.

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - These four Frenchmen are having their details 'picked out'

The King Tiger was double coated in "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey, doused with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed using some (more) Adeptus Battlegrey. The models' tracks were painted in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, layered using "Vallejo" Gunmetal, and shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I also added a little colour to its visible shovel and tow cable using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, or "Vallejo Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade as appropriate. The large tank was completed courtesy of some transfers taken from both "Decal Details" DEC-GR-100 WWII German Insignia and Swastika, and RU-108 Russian 10/12mm armour numbers sheets.


Lastly, I have found a little time to get cracking on the final four figures from my Napoleonic French blister of Fusiliers In Greatcoat Marching by "Wargames Foundry". These line infantrymen have been gathering a little dust over the past couple of weeks as I've been temporarily distracted with my commitment to Zomtober. However, with a trio of "Games Workshop" Nazgul already close to completion for that annual event's final submission, I felt I had a chance to make a little more progress on this particular quartet.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 12, 2023

Great colour choices on the statue Simon, gives it a very dark and foreboding look to it, great looking Tiger as well, and good progress on the naps as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 12, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I think the dark palette contrasts nicely with the snow flock. Big fan of Pendraken's tanks, so it was a pleasure to paint another King Tiger. 😀

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undercoat2670
Oct 27, 2023

You are painting loads of stuff at the moment aren't you? What a variety too!

I like the statue, it is detailed and you have painted it well. I really like it.

The King Tiger looks fabulous and your army must be bulging now. Pun intended!

More Napoleonic soldiers! Blimey you are in the painting zone at the moment.

Eclectic and interesting as always.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 27, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I do have a lot of stuff on my painting desk currently, as I'm trying to clear what I can to give me some better focus moving into 2024.


Hopefully once the new large(ish) gaming mat arrives I'll be able to better show-off all my Battle of the Bulge forces - and possibly even reignite my Battle for Moscow armies from over a decade ago. Either way, I foresee Pendraken's 10mm range getting a lot of hobby time during the next twelve months.


I'm trying to get eight French Fusiliers finished so I can actually give a basic game of Napoleonic Xenos Rampant a game - hence the push. And then next month I'd like to start adding…

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wsd50
Oct 26, 2023

Wow you are all over the place in this post, nice work on the snake statue mate, Mark.A.Morin did some for his Astec project a while back and his along with yours are making them very tempting!


As you promised a very nice king Tiger, that's going to be quite the tidy little battleforce you are building up there mate.


I like your "Nappies" too, good that the greatcoats hide some of that infuriating detail on their uniforms, but I think I actually prefer the campaign look of them especially for skirmish gaming.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 29, 2023
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Luckily, some of them have trousers on which whilst I understand were predominantly tartan too, could also be just light grey. 😉 Besides, as I'll only be painting the odd one or two Highlander figures for this project - for now at least, it shouldn't be too bad..?

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Oct 25, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Great work on King Tiger!

Love ths progress on French soldiers too!


Best regards

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 26, 2023
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Cheers Michal. Big push on my Napoleonic figures coming, as I want to get a fair few more completed before the end of the year.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Oct 25, 2023

Great post - good to see lots of progress on multiple projects.


That snake looks like it'd fit in really well with a Conan-type setting.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 25, 2023
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Thanks Dai. Much appreciated. Expect a big Pendraken & Napoleonic push next month as I try to clear some space on my hobby table, LOL!!


Yeah. The serpent statue is superb. I need to find another one in my backlog and paint it up for a summer-based tabletop. 😀

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