Gyrinx and Other Critters

Gyrinx: psychic space cat and psyker’s familiar. He will be named Trim, after the cat belonging to Matthew Flinders, which seemed appropriate for a space-faring psychic cat and also a nice nod to a piece of Australian history.

I particularly liked this model, from Bombshell miniatures, and I am pleased with how the paint-job came out, though these large photos are quite unforgiving! I may even buy a couple more to paint in more exotic colours, a la Cheetor’s, as linked to above.

Trim, Bombshell Miniatures Cat
Trim, Bombshell Miniatures Cat

Colours used were GW Fiery Orange for the fur, inked with W&N orange ink to shade. The fur was then dry-brushed with Fiery Orange. I then painted stripes on with GW Snakebite Leather before dry-brushing with yellow then white. The muzzle ears, chest, socks, and tail tip were painted white. The nose is GW Tentacle Pink. The eyes were painted white then inked with GW Asurmen Blue wash to give them a blue tinge, yet having that empty look so appropriate for psykers.

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More Reaper Iguanas.

Reaper iguanas
Reaper iguanas

Left is based on GW Scorpion Green and the right on GW Snot Green. Both were dry-brushed with yellow then white before having the stripes added and another quick dry-brush of white.

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Some dogs.

Celtos King of the Gaels' hunting hound, Brigade Models (L) Rottweiler, Bombshell Miniatures (R)
Celtos King of the Gaels’ hunting hound, Brigade Models (L) Rottweiler, Bombshell Miniatures (R)

Both just painted black then dry-brushed very lightly with white. The brown patches were layered with GW Vermin Fur then GW Leprous Brown, then Leprous Brown with white added.

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And, lastly, I pulled the Escher out of the cabinet to paint her base to match these a bit better. I thought to do a comparison shot at the same time, so people have a better idea of how big these models are. (Click for a bigger pic.)

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Scatter Terrain and Reaper Critters

I made this piece of scatter terrain for my 40K table the other day. All of the studio photos from the 2nd edition era featured copious amounts of scatter terrain in the form of oil drums and various boxes (see the banner at the top of the page, for example!), and this is my first homage to the genre. The barrels are GW (from the 3rd edition box set but still available from GW) and the ammo boxes are resin pieces by Victoria Miniatures.

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Everything was sprayed black. The barrels were then painted all over with Snakebite Leather then dry-brushed several times with Evil Sunz Scarlet. A dry-brush of Fiery Orange was the final highlight. They were then lightly dry-brushed around the edges with Boltgun Metal. Chestnut Ink and W&N Burnt Sienna ink were used to add streaks of grime and oil. The boxes were painted with Dark Angels Green then dry-brushed successively with Snot Green and Scorpion Green before having the latches and cross bars picked out in Boltgun Metal.

As usual the flock is Woodland Scenics Golden Harvest static grass but I also added some MiniaNatur grass tufts which I randomly bought last time I visited my local model rail shop.

They look good on the tabletop, but all of the imperfections of the quick painting method show up in these large and unforgiving photographs. 🙂

I also painted some critters from the Reaper Familiars Pack IV. They were painted for the Reaper Paint-a-Long on the Random Platypus Forum. (Click for bigger pics.)

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I’m interested in people’s thoughts on the bases. They are experimental in terms of which shade of green to paint the rim. All my fantasy stuff when I start painting it later this year will have these bases and I am undecided as to which colour is best. The colours used are all GW. The pug is Dark Angels Green, the squirrel is Snot Green, the Iguana is Knarloc Green, and the weasel is Goblin Green. I probably lean towards Knarloc or Goblin.

I realise a lot of people don’t like GW style green bases: I do.

The method for the bases was as follows:

1. Paint Goblin Green

2. Dry-brush with any yellow (I used GW Golden Yellow)

3. Randomly splash Windsor & Newton Sunshine Yellow ink around the middle of the base.

4. Splash W&N Burnt Sienna Ink around the edge of the base.

5. Once dry, dry-brush bleached bone all over.

6. Dry-brush white lightly concentrating on the edges.

7. Randomly splash the base with W&N yellow ink.

I sort of followed the method here.

Thanks for any comments or opinions 🙂