Untamed Beasts – Part 1

I’ve been banging on about Warcry since it was first revealed, yet despite the fact that it’s been around six months since it was released my plan to paint up some warbands has currently only summoned a single paltry dwarf. Time to get myself into gear, starting with a pack of savage Untamed Beasts.

I liked the idea of giving them dark skin, partly because I thought it contrasted nicely with the pale hides and straps they wear and partly because I thought it would be a nice change of pace. I’ve rarely painted dark skinned miniatures before so it was a fine chance to push my skills a little.

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Having dipped my toe in with the Plainsrunner above, and finding myself pleased with the results, I decided to crack on with another straight away.

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I was also curious to see how the colour scheme would look on one of the more elite members of the warband – and one of the few who’s wearing any metal – so my next move was to test it out on this Preytaker.

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Here’s the three of them together, ready to hit the streets of Carngrad and pick a fight as soon as the rest of the gang turns up.

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Overall I’m pleased with how the warband is looking so I’ll aim to tackle the rest of them soon.


20 responses to “Untamed Beasts – Part 1

  • Alexander Winberg

    Great result!

  • lordcommandereloth

    They look great, love the contrast between the skin and the bone weapons.

  • Alex

    Lovely work mate, the contrast between skin, bone and hide is really nice. I love that cheeky little blue-grey spot colour as well mate – the perfect splash of cool in an otherwise warm palette. Superb! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Yeah it really needed that little bit of blue to bring everything together, originally I tried painting them without it but it just didn’t work half as well.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Figures with a dominant amount of flesh offer a significant challenge when it comes to shading and highlighting but these look excellent. Can only echo Alex’s comments on the contrasting. Great job all round.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, flesh can be a challenge – and a lot of the barbarians I’ll end up painting on this project seem to have a real aversion to wearing a full set of clothes so I’d better get the hang of it! I think I’ve pretty much got the “outdoorsy Caucasian” look down pat but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone as well.

  • Mikko

    That skin tone works a treat, these look great!

  • savageddt

    Must say I kinda like the African vibe you went with here.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The background for the warband is that they come from a huge savannah where they hunt great beasts and monstrous predators so Africa seemed a natural fit. Plus I think the way in which good agricultural land (in the real world) has been settled for thousands of years means that when we think of hunter-gatherer cultures in Eurasia we tend to think of colder, more marginal areas and I didn’t think these guys were wearing nearly enough furs to keep warm in that kind of climate.

  • patmcf

    Oh Mate! these new guys are really good, totally agree with the comments above!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great- really brutal looking- the skin contrasting with the equipment works really well.



    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete. I think you’re absolutely right that there’s a real feeling of brutal savagery to these models, and that’s something I wanted to make sure I emphasised. It’s all too easy to pigeon-hole them as “the normal barbarians”, especially in comparison to some of the more unusual warbands (Unmade, Corvus Kebab etc). Hopefully I’ve managed to do something a bit different with them, whilst playing up that feral element.

  • heretic30k

    Nice choice of colours. I like the Untamed Beasts because they remind me of the Darksun D&D setting. Hopefully all of the Warcry factions will get expanded over time.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Not that familiar with Darksun so just looked it up, sounds quite interesting actually, will have to read into it a bit more. Aye, it would be great to see the Warcry warbands expanded on, although what I’d really like to see is more chaos tribes. Apparently they had about 50 in the initial plans and picked the best eight to start with, would be great to see some of the others – and more monsters like that Ogroid that’s coming out as well.

      • heretic30k

        You should check out Gerald Brom’s Darksun artwork. He is kind of the Blanche of D&D/Darksun.

      • Wudugast

        I do like Brom’s work, he’s an excellent artist and with a very unique style. I’ve got a couple of his art books in a box at my parents house but I’ve not looked at them in years, now you’ve reminded me of them I’ll have to dig them out next time I’m there.

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