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Skink Oracle and Troglodon base


hakoMike

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The local Warhammer store is having their 1st Anniversary painting competition, so I'm painting up a Troglodon for the event. The theme is "hero" so the Skink Oracle on the back is the hero. So I'll be entering Skink Oracle (Suitably Aztec-sounding name), the Unflinching Gaze of Azyr.

The oracle's body is the stock model from the Troglodon. I swapped the head for an old metal Skink Priest head. The head for the stock model suffers from the injection molding process, and doesn't have a lot of character from the side. The metal one has cracked lips and a more grizzled appearance.

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 As much as I love the whole "bifurcation" thing this model has going on (fate's path diverges... the skink has a split tail, the Troglodon has a split tail, the divining rod the skink holds has a split end) I wanted the model to be a little more savage than that. Maybe he tells the future by bifurcating your skull and reading your spilled brains, I dunno.

Here he is with his skink champion club. The feathers are regular paper, stuck into a small hole I drilled in the club and some very thin superglue wicked in for rigidity. 

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For the base, I wanted a little drama, so I put a vignette of two skinks taking down a plaguebearer. The stones and fallen idol are sculpey, the plants and vines green stuff. The plaguebearer is a Plague Drone rider (I used the plague drone as a manticore for my nurgle sorcerer lord) cut up and reassembled to lay moderately flat. 

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The  plan was to make the plants by the plaguebearer withered in response to his proximity, but I haven't found a good color scheme to portray that. The darts are also intended to glow, but the yellow I chose just blends in too well with the colors of the plaguebearer. I'll probably switch to blue to make the osl noticeable.

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I decided on black eyes for the lizards with 1-2 white speculars. I think it makes them much more vicious looking than big pupil anime eye lizards.

Contest ends in two weeks, so expect some Troglodon pics soon!

 

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