It’s been a long time. But I got a new desk light and some new paints and got back a little bit into the hobby.
I completed this small squig herd unit for 9th Age, which has been waiting there on the work desk for the better part of… two years. For once, I have bases and all! I am a bit rusty and I didn’t have that much time to dedicate to the project, as usual, but it’s nice for me to complete something. Most of the models are from the new Gitz kit from GW, with one squig and one of the bagpipes being last generation GW metal and the weird goblin mutant with the gong classic Rackham.
I had forgotten how hard it is to fit the unit together on the small bases – these squigs and goblins keep squabbling, of course! Some still end up being obscured from most angles. The Orcs & Goblins I will manage to paint in the future will stay on the square bases, just because it was my very first army and I want to at least ideally try to complete it as it was meant to be years and years ago. But, in the future, I’ll probably switch to round bases.
The handlers all have instruments – I guess we can say the goblin in armour is screaming his head off and that the iron mask he wears is amplifying the sound. I have another possible unit, 30 strong, in which all the handlers will have long forks, and five more squigs to add to this unit, if I want… The new bagpipe model is really nice. The older one, though the sculpt and my paintjob are not as interesting, it had some character. The mutant is one of my favourite minis in its Confrontation faction.
The squigs from the new kit were very easy to assemble and paint. I followed a handy tutorial and I must reckon that it sped the process up immensely while keeping the results quite nice. Generally speaking, I realised it pays off to study and plan a little before starting to paint – still, I like experimenting as I go even if things can get a little messy.
I also started using some glaze medium, and it makes shading the smaller surfaces and handling nmm much easier.
I’m not sure if or what I will paint next, but I’m glad I managed to do this, and I still do my best to follow the wonderful work you all are sharing. A big cheers to everyone!
Resources and references:
- Vince Venturella, Hobby Cheating: 174 – How to Speed Paint Squigs to a High Quality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9FNSAUiMmo
- Vince Venturella, Hobby Cheating: 214 – Exploring Colors – Red. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGmNE6Kv0O0
- Vince Venturella, Hobby Cheating: 106 – How to Paint Mouths, Tongues & Teeth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKl61t2hbAc