Untamed Beasts – Part 4

What would the Untamed Beasts be without a beast (allegedly entirely undomesticated) prowling at their heels? Having distracted myself long enough with the Iron Golems it’s time to focus on getting the Beasts wrapped up, starting with the Rocktusk Prowler (or Goat Lion Thing as its often known).

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Of course, even a beast wants someone to talk to. Enter the Beastspeaker, wearing a rather fetching Rocktusk Prowler skull helm. Honestly I found her quite tricky to paint and I’m not entirely happy with how she turned out, but she’s done and on the whole I’m satisfied with that.

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Alas, what with things being busy in so-called “real life” at the moment, I’ve not managed to get quite as much painted for Fembruary as I might have hoped. That said I’ve between this lady and the Iron Legionary I showed previously (an Iron Maiden perhaps?) I’ve managed a least a couple of female miniatures, and without diverting my focus from Warcry.

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With these two done the Beasts are now almost complete, there’s just the savage Heart-eater left to paint so I’ll get him done ASAP then crack on with more terrain and the rest of the Iron Golems.


37 responses to “Untamed Beasts – Part 4

  • Thomas

    Nice ones! The hunter with the whip is quite stunning.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I wasn’t entirely sure I’d got her right but then I’d spent a lot of time staring at her – always good to get an outside perspective 🙂

      • Thomas

        Staring at models will only make you question everything in the end. At least that’s how it works for me. Sometimes you just have to call it and move on.

      • Wudugast

        Absolutely agree. Something I found really improved my painting was learning to say “Ok, this one is as good as it’s going to get” and moving on to apply everything I’d learned to something new rather than continuing to batter my head against the same model to no real additional effect.

      • Thomas

        Since there is always a new model to paint, I believe this is the best way to tackle it. Calling it and moving on is such an essential skill really.

  • imperialrebelork

    The Beastspeaker (good name for an audio system) is really cool. I think the painting looks great and the beast is a real monster. Love it

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Think you are being harsh on yourself, she looks great to me.

    • Wudugast

      Well thank you very much 🙂 Perhaps I am, it may just be a case of having looked at her so long I only see the imperfections. After a few weeks I’ll probably get used to her and be happier with how she turned out. Compliments help though! 😀

  • Faust

    Looking good! Are you still experimenting with Contrast paints? Looks like the main body of the beast and the beast speaker’s cloak might have been with Contrast?

    I like the beast, especially that yellow coat. I also like the beast speaker. I think you’ve done better fur (on the cloak) in the past, but it’s still good.

    All good, keep on wowing us with your painting! 😀

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 😀 Yes, still playing around with Contrast and working out what it can do for me. I don’t think I used any on the lion-beast though and not much on the beastspeaker this time though. The fur at the top of the cloak was done with contrast (and I agree, it’s come out better in the past – but it was good to experiment, even if it didn’t turn out quite the way I would have liked). I used a little on the rest of the cloak, working over traditional acrylics to try to recreate a tanned flesh effect I’d had success with in the past. Again it didn’t quite come out the way I would have liked but I’m happy enough so I reckon I got away with it (just about!).

      • Faust

        That’s the fun of experimenting, sometimes it turns out great and sometimes not as much. But it’s all a learning experiment. Since I’m painting teams, I like to single out a figure or two for some experiments when possible. It adds some uniqueness to the team, and hopefully something new to my skills.

        The Contrast paint certainly is interesting. I need to keep working with it to figure out exactly where it will fit in. More experiments ahead, to be sure.

      • Wudugast

        That’s a good way to approach things. I don’t think I’ll ever be a convert to painting entirely in the contrast style – it just isn’t how I work – but there’s still a lot of mileage in it as a useful addition to my painting toolkit. Are you still painting then (you used the present tense there and naturally I latched onto it!)? I must confess I’ve not made any progress with my Orc Blood Bowl team, I really need to get my arse in gear there. Very curious to know what the next team to be released is as well, I thought we’d have seen something by now.

      • Faust

        News on next BB team, probably not until May.

        Yep, I picked the paint brush up back in late Jan or early Feb. I was working on the arcade machine, then hit a snag while waiting for parts. We just moved houses too. Throw in some kit-bashing, experimentation with Contrast paints, and it’s been real slow going. I just told Ann I will join her Paint challenge, so at least 1 thing should show up on my blog by the end of the month! 😉

        On Contrast paints…I did have a somewhat interesting experiment last night. I went back over a mini and painted highlights over the Guilliman Flesh coat. Process wise, I found it much easier, as the Contrast flesh emphasized the high/low spots on the mini, that I was having trouble seeing with the ‘normal’ layer, wash, layer method. I might be able to do the same thing by just using a stronger wash though. I’d share more info on my blog about Contrast paints, but I don’t feel like I have my head wrapped around them enough yet.

  • Wyrhta d'Voiyd

    Yes, the whip is tricky to paint. But don’t worry Wudugast, you did a great job on this little chap. Remember what a french philosopher say: “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      That is very true and something I always try to remember and apply both to my miniatures and the rest of my life as well. You can only ever do your best and keep learning from everything, mistakes and successes alike 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Fantastic- such a sense of movement from the sculpt and your paintwork.



    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah the sculpt is wonderfully dynamic, with the paintjob I just wanted to make sure I emphasised that as much as possible and didn’t do anything that would take away from it.

  • Alex

    Lovely job mate – the Beastspeaker (really?!?) looks like a sod to paint, but you’ve done her proud 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Aye, really – ‘cos she’s the one that speaks to beasts innit? Yeah she was a bit of a nightmare to assemble as well but we got there (via plenty of swearing of course!). Glad you like her 🙂

  • patmcf

    Its all been said before I came along, late again Great Stuff mate ,and even though they have all said it ! love the whip !

  • Marvin

    Very impressive stuff, as usual!

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  • Azazel

    Very cool. I missed Fembruary this year, but at least you’ll be glad to know that Zookeepers are on the list of essential service jobs, so she’ll always have a job to do!

    • Wudugast

      Haha! I was hoping that being a wilderness-dwelling barbarian was also an essential job but apparently it’s not and I need to stay at home 🙂

      • Azazel

        I’m hoping I can work from home for the next while. Another week until I find out… :/

      • Wudugast

        Fingers crossed. They really should let you, the more people are able to isolate sooner the better I reckon. If there’d been more of a push to have people socially isolating in the UK sooner things here would be a lot better than they are now, unfortunately the Westminster government fucked around as usual. Plus I do reckon that working from home at least some of the time should be standard for office-based staff anyway, it was in my last two jobs and I got a hell of a lot more done with a lot less stress than I did when I had to commute just to share a work space. Reckon they’d let you start working from home now if you asked? A mate of mine did that and his boss was happy to approve it, he knew the writing was on the wall and saw it as being a fine chance to dry run all their systems before they had to send the whole team home.

      • Azazel

        I’m sort of working from home now, though as a government job we have to follow what the department decides for us. I’m hopeful, but not so hopeful that I can treat it like a given, especially as our own PM seems more incompetant than Boris in some ways.

      • Wudugast

        Wow, more incompetent than Boris? Surely that’s like being the rainiest part of Scotland or the biggest slapper in Essex, it’s a hell of a lot of effort to achieve and the results really aren’t worth it…

      • Azazel

        Well, in some ways, yeah. In others notsomuch. He’s been luckier in that we haven’t had as many cases as quickly, but he’s certainly obliviously tone deaf with some damned stupid decisions.

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