Untamed Beasts – Part 5

After the most recent additions the Untamed Beasts were almost complete, with only their leader – the fearsome Hearteater – needed to complete the set. Life is keeping me busy at the moment but I didn’t want to stall so close to the final hurdle so I knuckled down and got him finished, ready to lead his followers on a hunt into the wilds of the Bloodwind Spoil.

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And with that the Untamed Beasts are, if not tamed, then at least fully painted. Here’s the finished warband posing for their traditional group-shot.

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Being undoubtedly mighty, if not particularly magical, he’ll be my contribution to the March Might and Magic challenge being run this month by Ann’s Immaterium. Full props to the challenge as without it I might easily have let this slip as work and life pressures continue to pile up. It’s still early in the month so perhaps – and I make no promises here – I’ll find the time to tackle someone equally mighty from the Iron Golem side of things, although it may be that the best I can manage is to bash through some more terrain. Watch this space!


36 responses to “Untamed Beasts – Part 5

  • Mikko

    This warband looks absolutely lovely, wonderful work Wudugast!

  • Alex

    Lovely job mate, and a cracking warband. I really like your decisions on skin tone, and the palette you used throughout is just brill. High-5 dude!!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The skin tone started out very much as a way of testing myself and stretching my skills (not to mention making sure than not everyone in my collection was white – or green!) but it really worked out. Glad I did it, cheers for the encouragement throughout 🙂

      • Ann

        I agree, skin tone was good. Let me see if I can guess what you did. I have that Khorne champion guy kicking around with the ball-and-chain and sword that I was thinking I’d like to paint with a similar skin tone to what you did here.

        Assuming you used GW paints, Rhinox Hide, highlight with Bugman’s Glow and Cadian Fleshtone?

      • Wudugast

        Good guess, I might try the recipe you suggested – sounds like it could work quite nicely. In the case of these ones however it was Rhinox Hide then Dryad Bark then Baneblade Brown.

      • Ann

        I’ll be curious to see how it turns out if you do. I might try your recipe and then the one I mentioned (I’m not sure but I think it probably comes from a Warhammer TV tutorial probably) and see how they turn out.

        Also, a painter at the game store told me he’s been having good luck making glazes out of contrast paint and using them at the end on flesh (and other things) to sort of “tie it all together.” I tried that on the flesh with the dwarf I’m working on (he’s a white guy) and I didn’t really notice that it did much. Maybe I diluted the contrast paint down too much, who knows, or maybe the effect is supposed to be more subtle than what I was looking for?

        In any case, great job. You’ve caused me to want to put my long neglected khorne champion out of mothballs and paint him, maybe for April.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Excellent my friend. I do like a group shot as you know and the whole crew look stunning. The figure itself is imposing to say the least and I agree with what Alex has had to say. I would also add that I like the way you have done the fur trim. I have always tended to go with darker browns but the orange/brown you have used is very nice and something I will explore.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! In the past I’ve tended to fall back on either brown or white fur but neither would really have worked here, hence the need to chart new territory and try orange. Helps him to stand out as the leader as well. The stripes were fun to do as well, used to be something I dreaded but Contrast made it very straightforward.

      I do love a group shot myself, although I find them a little tricky to photograph so it’s always nice to know that my efforts are appreciated 😀

  • Pete S/ SP

    Wonderful paint job on a very dramatic figure.



    • Wudugast

      Thank you! He’s an awesome miniature isn’t he – I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t pop up in a few Golden Daemon entries in years to come. In fact all of the Warcry leaders have looked outstanding so far, he was a lot of fun to paint so I’m looking forward to tackling some of the others.

  • Ann

    Nice miniature and great job painting him. A very nice, little warband you have assembled.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’m really pleased with the look of the whole warband, I’ll crack on with the Golems next, then tackle some of the others. I’m quite getting into the idea of putting together Warcry warbands, might try some of the non-chaos factions as well just to dip a toe into them.

      Cheers again for setting up the challenge, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have over the rest of the month but I’d like to tackle the Iron Golem Dominar if I can, he may not be at all magical but – like the Hearteater – he’s certainly mighty!

      • Ann

        They really are a nice, little band of freaks and murderers, which is what one expects as your special brand of excellence. 🙂 I’ll look forward to seeing the golems.

        Certainly, I thought a challenge might be fun, plus I’ve noticed that some of the people, who have done a lot of challenges in the past aren’t doing them right now, so I thought I’d step up and start some. They help me a lot with painting, they are fun, and maybe they might help other people too.

        As for your contribution, I set it up so that pretty much anything is welcome, even terrain, and it can be just one miniature if someone doesn’t have the time or inclination to do a squad. Plus people have until the end of April 3rd to finish so there’s that. I pushed the date forward a little because I announced it a couple of days into March and I wanted to give people the full month.

        I might do another challenge next month, though I haven’t figured out what yet. April Angels & Aberrations? 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Hmmm… I do have some terrain I’ve been meaning to work on, I might try to get it done too. And if you do an April challenge then sign me up, I don’t have many Angels but I’ve got plenty of Aberrations!

      • Ann

        Great! Like I said in the original challenge post, terrain can count. 🙂 I see no reason not to do an April challenge as well. I have an Etsy rust monster that ain’t going to paint itself! I think for Angels, that would include “angels of death” and not just the halo brigade.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Great work on this one, I love the blood stain on the top of the weapon really adds to the whole model.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’m a strong believer that less is more when it comes to blood stains, but sometimes it really brings a bit of extra punch that a model just doesn’t work without. I wasn’t entirely happy with him until I added it and as soon as I did he just popped.

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  • Argentbadger

    Wow, that looks utterly wonderful. Great paint work on a really nice new miniature.

  • imperialrebelork

    I don’t know why or how I missed this post man. He’s magnificent!! You really nailed the skin tone. Well bloody done

    • Wudugast

      I don’t know how you missed him either – I’m well worth paying more attention to 😉 Seriously, glad you like him mate – there were some touch and go moments whilst I was painting him but I’m really proud of how he turned out, especially the skin 🙂

      • imperialrebelork

        Can I commission you to paint my many, many Zulus haha

      • Wudugast

        Nah mate, you committed to that madness – it’s all on you! 😉 Plus you’re looking at what 200+ Zulus, and it took me more than 2 years to paint 100 clanrats so I don’t exactly have form for getting these things done quickly. If only you had an excuse – nay a civic duty – to stay indoors and work on them… I’ll have you know that considerable time, effort and money has been spent on engineering this global pandemic in an effort to force hobbyists to tackle their piles of unpainted plastic, the least we can do is take advantage of it!

      • imperialrebelork

        Hahaha that’s true. The least I can do is take full advantage. I’m still working at this stage though so fingers crossed… God did I just say that??? Scrap that. I hope everyone is safe and if it turns out I’ll be at home then I’ll make the most of it hehe

  • Azazel

    Great looking warband here, and I do like the fact that as a more insular-looking warband you’ve gone for mono-skin tones as well. I like the fact that not every warhammer guy is a white guy now, since I’ve always done that, but something like a khornate cult seems to be a larger and more …inclusive(!) group than the smaller, more tribal looking warbands from War Cry that seem to (mostly) look like monocultures.
    And besides that, the dark skin works a treat with the bone weapons and armour!

    • Wudugast

      That’s my thinking, squads – particularly larger squads – in organised armies or hordes, would have mixed skin tones, whereas smaller insular cultural groups probably wouldn’t – originating from a single isolated culture. So for each of the Warcry warbands I’ll probably go with a single skintone throughout, with the exception of the Spire Tyrants who’ve been drawn together in the fighting pits – they will have a range to show they originated from all kinds of cultures and ethnic groups.

      • Azazel

        Yep that’s my thinking. Are the Spire Tyrants the Heavy Metal guys with the Ogre and Chaos Dwarf that you’ve been painting?

      • Wudugast

        The ogre, chaos dwarf et al are the Iron Golem, a culture of chaos worshipping metal workers and smiths. The Spire Tyrants are these dudes;

        They’re chaos worshippers who’ve ended up fighting as gladiators in the arenas for the entertainment of other (presumably richer!) chaos worshippers, and have now broken out and gone off to rampage around as warbands of their own. The Spire Tyrants will originally have come from all over, perhaps even taken from non-chaos cultures as slaves, before forming together into a group. The others are all said to have come from a single location, hence trying to unify them with a single skintone.

      • Azazel

        Makes sense, and to be honest I got a similar gladiatorial vibe from the Iron Golem(s), with their armour style and especially the inclusion of a CD and Ogre…

      • Wudugast

        Agreed, I do find it interesting to see two very different looking warbands when each is essentially “chaos marauders with gladiatorial stylings and a dwarf”. I’m very tempted to tackle the tyrants next now, they look like they’ll be interesting to paint.

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  • Faust

    I had seen this guy in Ann’s roundup and was pretty impressed. Love the skin tone and the contrasting colors of the outfit. That cloak in particular really stood out to me.

    Sounds like work has been keeping you busy, hope it’s getting better now.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man. I must admit the cloak was a bit of a struggle to get right but I think it paid off in the end.

      Work is always really busy at this time of year, it’s peak season for us. Quieter this year with the Corona virus situation, which is a worry, but still enough to keep me out of trouble 🙂

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