Sunday, 25 June 2017

Slann. Wizard 1

Slann wizard and their slave litters are one of they great army centrepieces and i am luckily enough to have four of them.
With the first slave unit completed i set confident enough to start one. the slaves were based and painted the same way as the slave unit

Metal work added and rusted using Forgeworld powder

Final shading and touches before adding the blue

Figures finished and matched up with slave fighter

Completed base 

The Slann Mage was painted in greens to give the army a more unified feel

 The litter is painted in subdued shades and more natural colours, drawing on the colours from Apocalypto (scene featuring noble in the city marketplace)

It also keeps the focus on the Slann Mage

His fan Bearer/ personal standard I have put on a separate base (still WIP) I also might add a back banner or two to give it more height

Side by side with Mage I painted about 25 years ago

Slann. Baggage Train 1

Going though the rules I found that you are allowed a free baggage train every 1000 points, which for the Slann consists of a train of porters, 5 Slann bearers and 5 human slaves. My initial thought was to also add a terrain piece, a pile of luggage and food baskets under a canopy.
For the Slann bearers I plan to use one of the loin cloth Slann brave figures and cast up some using GS as i don't have that many figures to spare. For the human slaves I looked at casting up some of the slaves from the wizards litter bearers and have the two poles joined up to have a pack slung below but  I  came across some baggage carrier on Wargames Foundry,  Askaris bearers (DA 021) from their Congo range which fit in well with the original slaves

in the background you can see me sketching out the idea for the baggage dump but i will post more on tat when I start it properly

rebasing and then all ready to paint in the same style as the Slave unit. I used a similar colour range with the baggage to keep the contrast with the face paint

Happy with how these have turned out and match up well with the other slaves, will look at getting some more to use for convoy scenarios. The baggage dump and Slann bearers will have to wait a bit until I get the rest of the 1000 completed!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Slann. Jaguar Warriors 1

One of my favourite figures from the range are the Totem warriors, the elite regiments of the Slann. Though I have seen them described as frogs in Onesies, they are based on Aztec elite units who wore quilted suits styled as various totem animals 

I have one of each of the Totem warriors sculpted, Jaguar, Eagle and Crocodile but with the current OOP prices and rarity,  being able to field whole units of them is highly unlikely. To find a way around this i tried out casting my own using Instamold and Green Stuff. 

After a couple of false starts I was able to produce one with acceptable detail, though their was a fair amount of flash to clean up with a knife and file. Quite a lot of time later, the figure was ready for basing and painting, thought in the end I decided to cut off the mace and replace it.

The finished Jaguar warrior with replaced sword and Shield. ( I think from The Assault Group range)

Really happy how the figure looked in the end, casting and prepping the figure is certainly tine consuming but worth it and gives me an option of using the Jaguars as a basis for Heroes and also an elite unit.
So far attempts with the Eagle and Crocodile warrior have not been as successful due to the more detailed sculpts.

Slann. Spawn Band. 1

The Slann Spawn bands are one of the compulsory units and represent the slann levy drawn from the more sophisticated end of society, larger villages, towns and city districts. The unit will eventually be twenty strong and made up of Slann warriors and figures I am not using for other units. I am also using some figures from the Pantheon Of Chaos Kickstarter, one of the figures from the range is a frog style Chaos beastman and fits in well with the less structured look of the Spawn bands, the human armour being salvaged from a raided human outpost.

Coa'tla Demonflesh (PTB 05)

The first ten 

Initial Paintwork, green skins

Itza City Milita, Water Lily District Raising.
Completed unit with unit standard bearer, the flower standard is from Outpost Wargame Service and their  Aztec range. Shields are GW Goblin shields

Pantheon Of Chaos figures 

Unit champion Tlamani Imotl with water lily glyph on his shield

Once I have completed the other core units in the army I will come back and add the other ten to the unit.