I’m probably going to have quite a bit to say about this mini, but I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible.
The mini comes from one of Games Workshop Chaos Spawn kits. It’s a great kit for anyone to have, because it has loads of tentacle and other mutation bits. Originally I picked it up just for those bits, and I’ve been using them a lot. Just about any mutated piece I’ve shown to date (Chaos Warrior/Blockers especially) has used parts from this kit.
Then I found out that there was a special card n Blood Bowl that let you summon a Chaos Spawn as a random event. So, I set about gluing together different bits to come up with the (hard to photograph) monstrosity above. Primed it black…and there it sat, on the desk, in a tray, …and sat….and sat, and got moved around while I tried to complete other stuff.
Basically I just didn’t know how to paint it. I knew it needed to be weird, but it just wasn’t clicking. I was getting really tired of it taking up so much space in my ‘working tray’ though. And one day I just kinda thought about it, looked at the examples on the box it came in….and things started to fall in place.
Right side (Yes, its right arms are basically horns, and essentially has an upside down face as an armpit. Truly Chaos.)
One of the examples on the box art had a dry brush of red/orange over black, which looked interesting to me. An effect I hadn’t really used before, so I started with that on the back, working towards brighter colors as I went. Then I decided on a blue/grey to contrast that, some flesh areas, horns, etc. The feathers on his left arm, I tried to do with Contrast paints and that effect didn’t really work out like I thought it would.
For the base, I had that alien/greenish thing that I knew I wanted to use. Another part that had been sitting around painted green, forever. I used Stirland Mud on the base, dry brushed it, then dry brushed some bright green for a weird swampy/luminescent effect. I also used Nurgle’s Rot for the first time, to create some slime coming out of the alien plant. That was pretty fun and the stuff does a really good job of making green slime.
All in all, after I got over the painting block…I really enjoyed painting this mini. I know it’s not’s the prettiest thing to look at, but from a painting stand point it was fun. There were so many different textures to work on and techniques to play around with. It was a very organic process. Unlike my other minis, I was also able to complete it in about 2 days. Which is really nice! Also, the larger scale made it easier to get most spots with the paint brush.
So yep, that’s a wrap up! Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments! I’m tempted to tackle the second spawn in the box, but that’s probably a long ways down the road still.
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