Saturday, 6 May 2017

Slann. Slaves 4

With the Slaver completed it was back to the GS and building collars for the 19 slaves, once it had dried I then added the arms and started to Batch paint them.The shields were prepared separately with the skull motifs being filed off and then painted.












The face paint was added after the skin was completed so it could be seen round the edges and it was clear it was applied paint and not a blue face.






I have decided not to give the unit a standard due to their low standing and lobotomised nature, though when I start on the second unit i might review and add some sort of skull/ corpse topped staff.

The completed unit fits in well with the rest of the painted army and will certainly be added the other unit once I have completed the core units on my list and can get hold of another Slaver


Next on the build list is the Slann Mage...





Slann. Slaves 3

With the first slave done i started the production line with the first slave unit of twenty, though this would be 19 slaves and a Slann slave master.

The Slave master is a pre-slotta release and I trimmed off part of the base and used cork and GS to have him standing on a partially submerged pillar, this would obscure the base and also give him a bit more height to help him stand out over the slaves. I had also extended his slave whip





At first glance the slaver can look quite a blob but as with a lot of the Preslotta slann there is a huge amount of detail and was a pleasure to discover and paint










Slann. Slaves 2

Deciding to use the Ansar Tribesmen set from Perry miniatures for my Slann slaves i needed to do a bit of conversation to help them blend in with the Slann slaves that would be bearing my Slann mages.

using my very basic Green Stuff skills I was able to add a slave collar, though i was very mindful I had now committed myself to having to this another 39 times!



I also decided on using another of the shields from the Goblin sprue, these wooden plank style would match up nicely with old pre-slotta slave designs






I wanted to give him a minimal colour scheme that would would work in massed ranks, kept the robes a dirty white, and a painted face that would mark them as sacrifices as well as tie them in with the colours of the army.

One down and 39 to go...







 

Slann. Slaves 1



all for wanting an army based on frogs, the slave unit is actually one of my favourites. The idea that the Slann are using lobotomised human slaves makes for a unique start point and underlines the alienness of the Slann. i always imagine the Slann view of humans similar to that of the Apes view of humans in the original Planet of the Apes, at best a resource or tool and at worst dangerous vermin.

With the original range several Slann slaves were produced,  several warriors pre-slotta and then a club wielding slave and the mage litter for slot base. 

I had a couple back when I first started collecting and even attempted to cast my own using Plaster of Paris and Lead to very limited success, but starting up again the prices and rarity of slaves makes it impractical.

Looking at a modern alternative I looked at Aztec and Mayan ranges from several companies including Wargames Foundry, The Assault Group (TAG), Eureka Miniatures, Outpost wargames service, Perry Miniatures and Gringo 40  

GW Dwarf, GW Knight, Perry Miniatures, Pre-slotta slave, Slotta Slave, Gringo 40, Slann

overall I found Gringo 40 the best in sculpture quality but a bit too tall, I didn't want the slaves bigger than the Slann or too far from the original style if possible as I would still be using the slaves with the Mages.
Both Wargames Foundry and Outpost Wargames Service also supply extras like banners and shields which I will use but the figures looked a bit small and didn't quite match the slave look I wanted.


Slann slave unit using TAG aztecs from Jon's Wargames  mini'sBlog:

Slann slave from Perry miniature from theottovonbismark blog 


In the end I have settled on the plastic figures from Perry Miniatures, they are slimmer than the GW slaves but i figure these have been bred to fight and minimal unadorned sculpt works well. Being able to field 40 from a singe box is also very appealing!

The Perry Miniatures come with a range of heads and weapons, I will be using the bare heads and will match them up with GW shields rather than those on the sprue to help blend them into the army








Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Slann. Terrain


Despite my attempts to stick to a painting plan i have ended up being a little distracted with some terrain. Using CD bases I wanted to build a half abandoned shrine with statue and sacrificial stone.
The initial inspiration was an old Mcdonalds toy I had picked up. The toy was from the Disney Film Atlantis and had a suitably ancient look to work with both fantasy and 40k slann.


The alter and sacrificial stone was aded using cork and cardboard for the flagstones followed by general stones and sand added



I then added extra details, skulls and pots ( jewellery beads) and a shield from the Eru-Kin Kickstarter for a focus


I then added a base plate to the statue and magnets so it can be removed for transport
It was then painted in the same style as the unit bases and dried blood effect added to the sacrificial stone




 

 

Using a second toy i also created two more bases as ruined statues














Thursday, 30 March 2017

Slann. Beast Handlers 2


With the Cold One Warhounds completed i turned to the Giant Scorpions which need a little bit more work. 


They had lost a set of legs each before their original construction (I think I had gained the two in a school swap many years ago and they had lost them when I got them) and a couple of leg sections had broken off. I decided to stick with the legs i had and paint them up like Black Scorpions.
The extra room on the bases gave me more room to decorate so one would have a broken pillar to climb over and the other a partially decomposed body


To provide extra support with the Scorpion with the damaged legs he is held up on a rod under his belly which is hidden by some foilage





The finished handlers








Completed Scorpions and Handlers

Since completing these i have acquired another Handers and two more Cold One Warhounds,i plan on adding these to the existing pack and using the handler for some other beasts, possibly Giant Spiders.