Thursday, 16 February 2012

Gutter Gophers


From today's TMP preview announcement:

"Many strange creatures evolved in the End Times, but few were stranger than the hairless beasts that lived in tunnels in the ground, or in city sewers, breaking out enough concrete and asphalt so they could use gutter drains as access points.  In the cities the scavengers called them gutter gophers, and the name stuck, even in the blasted wildernesses of the world.
They had evolved from something, but what?  No one could say for sure.  Were they giant rodents or, as some said, lions bred with the giant crickets of the desert?  How was that even possible?
No matter what their origins the creatures were a terrifying menace to all, especially at night when they preferred to hunt, scrabbling up from their holes, creeping silently, then setting on the unwary victim in a pack, snapping at him.  All it took was one bite and the venom did its job, immobilising the victim, slowly dissolving its muscle tissue.
Silent on the approach, when they finally did attack one pack member would rear up and loose a deep bass howl that froze even the stoutest heart in mortal terror."

I painted these soon to be released Khurasan minis very quickly. Basing them took longer than usual, as I cut up plasticard to simulate broken concrete... But the painting was super fast.

I basecoated them with Vallejo basic skintone, which is very pale.. Paler then Citadel Elf flesh. In fact I'm so used to Citadel foundation paints that I was a bit surprised at having to do 3 coats or so to get an even finish.

Next i washed the whole mini in Citadel Ogryn flesh wash. I went back and did some highlighting with the thinned original color after it was dry.

The teeth and eyes were painted in with yellow and bone respectively, then had Citadel Devlan mud wash applied over them with the tip of my brush to seep into the detail and "line" them. When dry, I did a dot of white to give them some pop. It worked well for the subject I think, and was easier than what I normally do (paint the item black and then dot on the color).






These are great minis for all my favorite genres: Sci fi, post-apoc and Cthulhu, they fit perfectly and disgustingly into any game I might run!


15 comments:

  1. These are some of the creepier minis I've seen in a while. Just plain creepy, and realistic looking all things considered.

    I like the added concrete 'slab chunks' on the bases as well.

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    1. The slabs were done so I didnt have to fill the gaps, the bases have very hard edges so cracked slabs seemed like a good idea.

      If you have seen the burrowers movie they are even creepier!

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  2. beautiful minis and great painting job as usual.

    :)

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  3. Wow...weird looking! Ditto the creative basing.

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  4. paint job is just how they should be. truly disturbing.

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  5. OH, im so buying many of these. Alien attack dogs? yes please.

    Indeed very nicely done sir.

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  6. Man, these are nice. Creepy is a great word for them. Beautiful paint jobs.

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  7. Thats a really startlingly effective result for so simple a technique. They look great Spacejacker.

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  8. Very "The Burrowers". Lovely things!

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  9. The eyes are glowing! Fantastic work my friend.

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  10. Thanks for the comments everyone, it really makes my day:)

    I have 2 more Khurasan goodies waiting to unveil, one of which was done almost entirely with Citadel Washes over a light base. I'm going to have a crack at the post-apocalypse mutants next.

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  11. Damn, those look incredible for such "simple" technique you used. Basic skintone you say ? I own medium, light and sunny Vallejo ones... Ogryn flesh ? God, just got griphonne sepia! your recipes doesn't seen to work with my proxies.

    Somehow you managed to achieve an ultra-disturbing shade of color. for those little nasties.

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    1. Basic skintone came in some kind of WW2 pack of colors.. I don't have the packaging anymore. Ogryn flesh is essential for flesh IMO, in this case 2 light coats worked better than 1 heavy, as the detail is very fine.

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