Nov 252012

The last few months have been really slow on the painting front. In an effort to remedy that I decided to go for something I could just motor through. These timber wolves from Blue Moon is a perfect example of that.

Arf arf arf…

I bought the models second hand from Tomsche over on LAF. I’ve had them for a few years and never cared much for the models. With some paint on they’re not too bad though and considering how useful wolves and other animal/critter models are when building warbands for skirmishing, I’m surprised I haven’t gotten to them earlier. I have four more that I haven’t finished yet, but I wanted to get something painted up on the blog this month.


Rather content with how the paint job turned out, as I really did not spend much time and effort on it. I used a method described by Harry in his mammoth thread on Warseer. The whole model is painted in bleached bone, then most of it is washed  with a very, very thin bestial brown. I then paint the upper body gray, increasingly darker until almost black. I drybrush the whole thing with bleached bone (heavily on the lower parts, and then less and less the darker the fur gets). The lighter parts get further highlights with skull white mixed in. The bases are custom cut pill shaped plywood bases from Fenris. I think I spent more time on them than the actual wolves.

Here’s the stat line I’m thinking about using for SOBH: Wolf, Q4+, C2. Animal, Long Move (26 pts)

Sorry about the dodgy photos by the way. I’m trying out a new-ish camera. Got my father in law’s old Nikon D70 as he’s bought something new. I guess I’ll be able to take better pics once I get to grips with it and also get a proper tripod. My old one can’t support this new one.

The total tally for 2012 is now a whopping 70 painted – 254 acquired = -184! I received three figs this week, but forgot to take a photo of them. They’re in the stripping jar now. The only three models I haven’t stripped, by the way! My collection consists now only of bare, primed and based or painted models! Mostly bare metal though. Mostly…

Coming up next, my entry from the last Golden Gobbos. Yeah, I haven’t gotten round to taking a proper pic of him either. I had to finish up these wolves first, as they sort of tie together. I also have a little surprise up my sleeve. Just need pics taken!

  11 Responses to “Blue Moon wolves”

  1. I rather like those minis and your paint job looks great – I’ll have to come back for the tutorial when I get round to some of my wolf riders.

    Speaking of which, any idea whether these guys would be big enough to mount the later Marauder goblin wolfriders on. Got a load but I hate the plastic wolves they came on?

    Cracking entry to the Golden Gobbos by the way – looking forward to seeing more pics of him.

  2. Wolves are a fantasy gaming staple and you’ve done a smashing job on these guys. Can’t wait to see ’em in action in a forthcoming battle report!

    • Thanks Gareth! I’m afraid you will HAVE to wait though… no games scheduled this year. =( I’ll see if I can squeeze something in during the holidays, but none of my regular gaming buddies are available.

  3. Wow – really impressed with both the wolves and the painting method. To be honest, the tutorial really highlights how awful the plastic ones are compared to the ones you’ve just finished!

  4. Hey phreedh, nice wolves.

    Oh, and I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster award. Swing by and have a look:


  5. Nice paint jobs, they look a lot more like wolves than my usual grey or black plus drybrush efforts. I watched The Wolfman (2010) last Sunday and it put me in a lycanthropic mood. If anything miniature comes of it then I will be back here to try out your method.

    The pack looks good. What is it about the figures that you dislike? Is it the slightly Disney-bad-guy-esque faces, or something else?

    Incidentally, despite having finally got around to cleaning chemical gunge off a jar of stripped miniatures last weekend I still have two (three?) more. Unpleasant, time-consuming, toxic work that I never stay on top of.

    Whats next?

    • Thanks Paul! They looked really rough before painting, the texture didn’t look much like fur and they have an odd comicy look. Much better when painted though!

      Next, I’m going for gold on the Doomforgers. =) After that, I have my silly vow to Thants that I should finish painting the plastics I got from him. Which reminds me, I haven’t painted the grenadier dwarves either. Maybe during x-mas. I’ll try to send my wife and sprog off to her parents or something. Have some quality time. Problem is, I’d probably end up playing Dark Souls on the 360 or something similar. =/

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