Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (With Silver Bullets)

Day 16 and our advent brings us ... werewolves?

A clockwork orange at the bottom of your stocking.

Were there wolves in the Nativity? I'm guessing they were implied. After all, the shepherds weren't just watching their flocks because they had a thing about gazing at sheep in the moonlight (this, after all, was Judea, not the Rhondda).

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've been tackling my latter projects by halves, so these two Skin Wolves round off the pair I painted back in September.

Forge World Skin Wolf
"Nobody move! I dropped my contact lens!"

This is the third of the Forge World set - the crouchingest (it's a word) of the pack.

It's a good pose, but take my tip: don't glue it to the base before painting - there's a lot of underside to be reached and it proves a bugger to manoeuvre a brush once the 50mm round is stuck to it.

Forge World Skin Wolf
My, what a big base you have Grandma.

Same painting recipe as before:

  • Grey flesh; Dawnstone base, Nuln Oil wash, Space Wolf Grey drybrush, White Scar drybrush
  • Torn skin: Cadian Fleshtone base, Nuln Oil wash, Kislev Flesh drybrush, Dawnstone drybrush
  • Fur: Dawnstone base, Black Ink wash, Space Wolf Grey drybrush, Zendri Dust drybrush
  • Loincloth: Zendri Dust base, Agrax Earthshade wash, Ushabi Bone drybrush
  • Belt and cuffs: Leadbelcher base, thinned-Black Ink wash, Ironbreaker drybrush, Tinny Tin highlights
  • Tongue: Emperor's Children base, Agrax Earthshade wash
  • Blood for the Blood God: bloodily applied.

Forge World 2012 Event-Only Skin Wolf
And yet he cannot whistle.

The fourth member of the pack is a limited-edition model, available from the 2012 Forge World event (or else a daft mark-up on eBay).

The model comes with an alternate left hand - the other one is dragging along a human victim, It's a nice touch, but the clothing is too distinctly 'Old World Empire', which takes away its versatility. So I made the empty-handed version, and kept the victim for other projects.

I'm not sure he's *that* much better than the other three, but it's nice to have another unique model, and there aren't any others. He does have claw-marks and a Chaos Undivided scar on his chest. The howling pose does allow me to trace blood trails down his throat, which I quite like.

Forge World 2012 Event-Only Skin Wolf
Forge World: top breeders recommend it.

Since this one was going to be the alpha, I wanted his fur to be a little different. So rather than the Dawnstone base, I left the White undercoat, washed with Nuln Oil and highlighted from there. Hopefully that makes him appear an older, more senior member of the doggies.

Forge World Skin Wolves
Woof Woof!

That's the monstrous infantry part the warband done (unless I can think of an excuse to get some Fimir in there, hmm). Still waiting patiently for their warscroll (who'd have thought my painting would be faster than their rule-making?), so until then... Crypt Horrors? Minotaurs? Chaos Ogres?

Forge World Skin Wolves
Packing Power

And it's Christmas, so like a cheap cracker, I'm pulling this joke again:


  1. There's probably a way of reading the Nativity where the Shepherds are lycanthropes infected with 'angelic' spirit power during the Full Star Moon. Can the Three Wise Warrior Kings defeat them, or will Herod's Sheepwolf Army triumph over the forces of good?

    Michael Baying-at-the-Moon to direct, of course.

    1. They bring Frankincense, Myrrh and a nice can of Retributor Armour Spray.