Well this week has not been particularly productive on my part as I could and probably should have done more but it’s to late now for recriminations so let’s get on with the update. This weeks lucky winner on my die rolled painting generator was draw 14 and this turned out to contain ten 15mm cavemen/barbarians from the “Dragon Fantasy Miniatures range, army of good” produced by Warrior Miniatures, now originally there were twelve of these little chaps though one got broken while I was basing them up (fragile spears don’t you know!) and another was converted into the driver of a “Dodge Viper” matchbox car for a competition a few years back, but what to do with the remaining ten?
I don’t know if you are familiar with the excellent set of rules “Tusk” by Matthew Hartley, well I bought these along with the “Sir Harry” 15mm pack from Irregular Miniatures many moons ago with a view to playing out some “Prehistoric party games” but ended up re-writing the whole set so I could use my Victorian figures of choice rather than the cavemen it was originally written for (but didn’t own!), well to cut a long story short I decided to use these fur clad chaps as my missing prehistoric tribe.
As usual they were first based up on pennies using “Tetrion” filler, then given a spray coat of matt black as an undercoat, chocolate brown or dark grey was then painted over their “fur clad” areas before being dry-brushed lighter shades of the same. The “fleshy bits” were painted up in dark then mid tones of European flesh and the skulls on the leader’s pole were dry-brushed in cream. Hair was added in either light grey, yellow, chestnut or chocolate brown and black dots went on for eyes. I painted up the clubs/swords? (it’s really hard to say which they are supposed to be) as torches with yellow, red and orange glowing tips as in the rules you can burn areas of the ground to drive the dino’s into pits. The shields are a bit of an anachronism (but then so are humans and dino’s running around together so I’ll let this slide if you will!).
The finished figures were given their usual coat of “quickshade” before basing and had a coat of matt varnish to finish them off. I must confess that these weren’t really much of a challenge and with a bit more effort on my part could have been done in a couple of days rather than a whole week, I’ll try harder next time with whatever gets thrown at me I promise.