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"Wood Woads Were Powerful Humanoid-Shaped Guardian Plants.”

"Each wood woad contained the soul of a creature."

This 32mm scale resin print of a WoodWard is produced by "Rocket Pig Games", but actually 3D printed by “FullyCycled” over on “Etsy”. The sculpt is clearly based upon a Wood Woad, which first appeared in the Monster Manual III for “Dungeons & Dragons” in 2004, and is one of many test prints I have bought over the past few months in order to see just how well such figures can currently be manufactured.


The figure is actually 40mm tall, and comes on a pre-printed stand. The Lawful neutral plant is encircled by a handful of pebbles and a pair of large(ish) rock formations which was clearly designed to help support both its shield-hand and club. I therefore decided against removing the model from its surroundings and simply super-glued it to a 40mm circular base by “Games Workshop”.

A Grave Gnasher, Twig Fiend and WoodWard

Created through the gruesome ritual of “removing the heart of a living person, planting a seed into it and placing it inside a cavity in a tree”, the miniature was primed using a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. I then shaded it with a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, before dry-brushing the entire model with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna.


In order to lighten up the creature’s well-sculpted bark, I also applied a dry-brush of “Vallejo” Earth across the entire 3D print, and made sure to make this particularly heavy around the forest-based warrior’s shield. In addition, I took the opportunity to ‘pick out’ the WoodWard’s actual head, which was slightly visible when viewed down the top of its trunk, with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.

"Battletech" WIPs - This Ice Ferret has been primed, washed and dry-brushed

Considering that the walking plant’s hand-weapon was simply pigmented with “Citadel” Doombull Brown and The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, I was a little desperate to add another colour to the creature’s palette so as to break it up a liitle. I had considered trying to paint its shoulders red to suggest that they were actually toadstools of some kind, but ultimately I went with a super-subtle dry-brush of “Vallejo” Heavy Green over these areas instead.


Alongside my latest 3D printed monster I’ve managed to make some progress one of two Iron Ferret “Battletech” models I aim to paint up as a French Levasseur-class medium War Walker. This solid-looking 6mm scale (1:285) mech by “Catalyst Games Labs” will accompany the British forces in their bid to rescue Poland from the Axis clutches during the early days of Weird War Two…

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undercoat2670
Jun 22, 2021

The wood woad looks very good. The group picture isn't as dark as the main one and really shows the detail superbly. Great paint job, really good wood effect. Love them.

It is interesting how people have different tastes isn't it, as this mech is my favourite so far in terms of design and colour. I really like it a lot! The world would be a boring place if we all liked the same thing!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 22, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I'm really enjoying all these Nature-based 3D prints Rocket Pig Games have released. I too really like the Iron Ferret as its so different from anything else I've so far seen from the Battletech range. I think its colour scheme looks good on it too - especially as its now finished and had its based flocked etc.

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planetmut
Jun 20, 2021

You've done a great job on these terrifying tree creatures! That group shot is something I would not want to meet on a dark night, especially as I live literally 30 feet from the Vermont woods :-)


The mech is looking fine too, and I like this sculpt; its head has a very menacing look to it. Nice one! Any chance of a group shot of the mechs when they're done?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 20, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. Still a few more of the Nature folk to finish, including a second WoodWard - as I liked the sculpt so much I ordered another one, LOL.


Definitely a group shot or two of the mechs is on the cards, but there might be a BatRep before that, as just as soon as the French war walker is finished I'll have enough for an opening skirmish set in Poland 1939. 😉


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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 20, 2021

Great work on the Wood Woad Simon, nice progress on the Mech, out of all the ones shown, I like the design of this the least, but that's just personal taste, the painting is great however

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 20, 2021
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Cheers Dave. I think the group shot shows the variance in colour of the WoodWard's wood better than the somewhat darker top pics - where all the browns seem to have merged together.


The Ice Ferret is very bulky and different in design to the other mechs I've painted. Hence my decision to make it French, and allow it to stand out that bit more on the battlefield.

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wsd50
Jun 20, 2021

The Wood Woad has come out really nicely, that is quite a good little collection for you game now. And another very nice Battlemech, I really think you need to stop painting these, or I'm going to end up buying some!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 20, 2021
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Thanks Roger. I'm afraid there are a good two dozen more mechs coming over the next few months as I work my way through my collection - there's even some rocket-powered infantry to paint too.

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