Saturday, 27 June 2015

Asgard Fantasy Monsters FM24v2 Silent Shambler

And next from the Lead Mountain... something. To be honest I don't know exactly what this is supposed to be - the Asgard catalogue simply lists it as a Silent Shambler, but there is no information anywhere on what a Silent Shambler actually is or does. I suppose it shambles around... silently. Asgard figures tend to fall into two categories - good or bad - and I think this is one of the good ones. It's still coarse, especially compared to modern sculpts, but what I really like about this figure is the pose - it gives the impression of something long and lanky ambling around. Whilst the face isn't finely detailed, I think the teeth do help to give it an expression of malevolence. And it has real presence - just look at it next to that unwary Elf!

My best guess is that a Silent Shambler is some kind of stealth predator, perhaps a form of ape or lemur that dwells in forests and marshes, moving silently before leaping upon unwary adventurers - certainly the long limbs would suggest it is some kind of tree dweller. The name suggests that it is blends well with its surroundings, hence the choice of colours for the paint job - light brown for the fur (that incidentally is sculpted almost like tree bark... hmmm) and then a dark wash, followed by dry brushing. The face is simply picked out with an undead skin tone, with a suitable wash and then dry brushing, whilst the eyes were kept as a solid red block for contrast. The base is just standard flock.

I was really pleased with this figure, considering how old it is - I can see this getting a decent amount of table top time!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

CItadel C34 Air Elemental

The sun is out, the grass is growing, and the weeds are threatening to engulf the garden... who planted that triffid anyhow? Basically my spare time has been spent in the great outdoors, cutting and trimming, leaving the Lead Mountain to hold it's treasures. Until now... next out was this gem from Citadel.  

Now, I think that Citadel went through a purple patch just before it moved to slotta tabs for its figures, and this one was a product of that era. It is a fantastic sculpt - really atmospheric (if you'll forgive the pun) and full of movement. And it was really simple to paint - white primer, then GW Draaken Nightshade wash, then dry brushing. The mist/cloud around the base is simply cotton wool tugged into shape.

I am really pleased with the way this turned out - maximum effect for minimum effort - and I can see this getting a LOT of table top time.