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What Is It You Seek?"

Updated: Oct 27

"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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