Blackstone Fortress: Dahyak Grekh

Earlier this month, after much fanfare, Games Workshop released the latest in their series of Warhammer Quest games; the ominously entitled Cursed City. Now I enjoy a co-operative game and the thought of smashing our way through shambling zombies of an evening seems like a fine thing to do round our house so naturally I picked it up and you can expect to see a few walking corpses and their heroic adversaries showing up here in due course. However this is also the month of the “Paint the Crap You Already Own” challenge being run by Ann’s Immaterium.

Paint What You Own

I’ve already painted some models for this challenge but I particularly wanted to paint something for Blackstone Fortress – Cursed City’s predecessor amongst the ranks of the Warhammer Quest games. I have an ambition to own a fully painted set of Blackstone Fortress (and all it’s expansions – or at least all the ones with original miniatures in them, I’m not too worried about completionism here). Excited though I am about Cursed City – and I intend to ride that wave of enthusiasm wherever it takes me – I don’t want to get completely distracted and leave Blackstone Fortress incomplete, especially as we’d quite like to delve back into it’s shifting corridors and finish the quest sooner or later. Time, then, to paint some of the “crap I already own” – specifically Dahyak Grekh, the Kroot tracker from the original Blackstone Fortress boxset.

Dahyak Grekh Kroot Blackstone Fortress Wudugast (1)Dahyak Grekh Kroot Blackstone Fortress Wudugast (2)

Although I enjoy a detail heavy miniature I did find old Dahyak here oddly intimidating so I used the challenge as a spur to make sure I actually painted him, rather than bottling it and popping him at the back of the desk for “another day”. With him now done I’m one step closer to completing the original Blackstone Fortress set.


27 responses to “Blackstone Fortress: Dahyak Grekh

  • Alex

    Nicely done mate – I’m in the same boat dude, I really want to crack on with Cursed City, but my copy of BSF is languishing… decisions decisions!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate. πŸ™‚ My rough plan is that I want enough of Cursed City painted to be able to play a game by late autumn/early winter – once the nights are drawing in and games are back on the menu. I’d also like to get Blackstone Fortress fully painted by the end of the year. Let’s see if it actually happens though…

  • Alexander Agostini

    Nice and ‘earthy’ does it πŸ™‚ On average how long does it take you to finish a miniature like this? Cheers!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! That’s a good question. I’ve not timed it I would estimate (not including washes drying etc) about 3 hours start to finish, normally over a couple of painting sessions. It does vary a lot though – and that’s not including the fact that between one painting session and the next several months or even years may go by…

  • terryshithole

    looks great! good palette there. i’m painting this chap at the moment myself, I suspect yours will look better πŸ˜€

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Cracking job mate but I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of you being intimidated! πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Oh I can assure you I was intimidated, I may be 6 foot 4, whilst this little guy is just over 4.5 cm but he’s looks a bit fighty, plus he’s armed with a big gun and a wicked looking beak – whereas I’m a gentle giant and only armed with a paintbrush! πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness I think the intimidation stemmed from the fact that I wanted him to look camouflaged and earthy, leaning exclusively on organic colours, but at the same time not end up looking like a splodge of mud. I think I pulled it off though.

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Very nice! πŸ™‚ I really like him!

  • Pete S/ SP

    A lovely mini- you can just imagine him hiding and waiting for something he has been stalking.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Great work, I really like the cloak, and the colour choices for the lower legs / feet, an all round great looking mini.
    We also got a copy of cursed city and finished putting the figures together the other night so do really look rather nice!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I struggled to get the skin colour looking right for quite a while there but I’m very pleased with how he turned out in the end. Looking forward to seeing what you do with Cursed City, those really are cracking miniatures aren’t they? Captain Halgrim has jumped the queue on my painting desk so expect to see him popping up here soon. πŸ™‚

      • lordcommandereloth

        I will look forward to that! Not sure what colour scheme to use on the skeletons so I see what you come up with.
        Nothing on the painting desk from them yet but the hero ogre is tempting me.

  • Steve

    Fantastic, really well done. Always liked this range of models, the Kroot tracker especially. Makes me want an entire box of Kroot now πŸ˜„

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I keep thinking that if GW were to add another xenos army to 40k then the Kroot would be an obvious choice. The carnivores still look good to my eye, then throw in new shapers, kroot hounds, krootox, a plastic kit for gnarlocs to fill the role of vehicles and you’d have a really cool army with a very different aesthetic to anything else in the range. Dunno if it’ll ever happen but it’s nice to dream isn’t it. πŸ˜‰

      • Steve

        That sounds awesome, would totally take an army of Kroot. Wonder if there’s a way to do a Tau army made purely of Kroot πŸ€”

  • Kuribo

    I still remember when the Tau came out and I saw them in the White Dwarf… Strangely, I’ve never painted a Tau model and that goes double for Kroot. I like how grim this came out! I have to imagine Kroot have seen a lot of things as they are mercenaries if I remember right so a grim and dirty Kroot should be right at home in Blackstone Fortress! πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I still think of the Tau as being new to 40k, even though they’ve been in the setting for far longer now than they weren’t. This is my first ever Kroot and I’ve still never painted a Tau. In fact now I think about it, despite all the years I’ve been painting miniatures, and the huge stash of them I’ve gathered, there are a lot of factions I’ve still never touched. Someday though, as a painting exercise, I’d like to paint one model from every faction in 40k, AoS and WHFB.

      • Kuribo

        We paint 40k, not Gundam models, am I right?! πŸ˜‰ To be more serious, I’ve never been hugely into mechs so I think that is why the Tau’s armor suits don’t do a lot for me. I have a mate who loves them so its cool that they exist for people who like them more than you or I. I think your goal of painting a model from every faction is a really cool idea. I bet it would improve anyone’s painting abilities as well because you’d be forcing yourself to try out lots of different styles and techniques along the way too! πŸ™‚

      • Wudugast

        Aye, I’m the same, never really got into the idea of mechs which definitely makes for a hurdle when painting Tau. On the other hand I love Titans and Dreadnaughts. Likewise I have a mate who used to have a cracking Tau army, he sold it off a few years ago (on ebay, offered to ship it worldwide and it was bought by a guy who lived two streets away!). As you say it’s cool that there are such a range of models and aesthetics out there, and even with the relatively small number of factions and settings I enjoy there are still far more models that I’d like to paint than I’ll ever have time for. I do fancy the idea of painting one of everything though, that at least might finally get me to paint at least one Tau. Who knows, I might discover a love of them after all!

      • Kuribo

        Sounds like we think alike! I don’t care for the Titans (as in, I’d never paint one, probably even if I played 40k) but I think Dreadnaughts are awesome too. I like the SoB tank and the walkers that Ad Mech has so I could never say I don’t like vehicles in 40k which is credit to GW. And who knows, maybe if either one of us paints one Tau suit in XV-88, just like GW’s studio army when they originally came out, we may become obsessed too πŸ˜‰ For the Greater Good (or whatever it is the Tau say, its been a while)!

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I don’t think I’d ever paint a titan – I like the idea of them and in books, artwork etc they’re awesome, but frankly I could paint a couple of armies (or a few dozen Necromunda/Warcry gangs) for the time and money it would take to paint one. It’s why I’m drawn to Adeptus Titanicus really, it scratches that itch of being able to command mighty war engines without having to break the bank and give up years of my life painting a mighty war engine!

      • Kuribo

        I couldn’t agree more on the time it takes to actually paint something that big. It seems like it would get tedious really quickly though an airbrush would certainly help with that! I completely agree that Adeptus Titanicus would be a better way to scratch that itch.

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