Miniature Monday – Warg
Imagine you’re alone, deep in the woods, dusk is coming, and somewhere, not too far away, something snarls. And howls…!
This week we’re taking a look at some ferocious wargs – and an important personal announcement at the bottom of the article 🙂
(posted by Dirk)
Since I had extra long work hours this week, I didn’t manage to paint my warg – fortunately Antonia had fun with trying two different fur designs so you’ll still get two Vogel Wargs 😀
I think this is one of the most useful minis in the core set, considering that (giant) wolves are a “staple monster” for RPG encounters, especially in lower levels. Plus, they are a part of many tabletop armies and in bones, they’re considerably cheaper than most brand versions 😉
The mini itself is nice to paint because of the possibilities for painting fur – the quickest way being base color, wash + drybrush to give a nice looking mini in just a couple of minutes.
Of course our painters gave it a bit more time 🙂
The first one Antonia painted in a classical “grey wolf” style with no hints of brown – a color scheme often used in fantasy illustrations, although real wolves mostly show variations of grey, brown and beige at the same time.
I like the fur pattern; with just a few colors and wet blending you can get a realistic looking fur instead of a one-color-only-wolf as you can see in many armies of miniature manufacturers (won’t tell a name).
The second one is a more “exotic” – inspired by palaeo-art showing ice age mammals, Antonia used a warm grey base coat with a light brown mane and dark spots which remind me a little of hyaenas:
In fact the mini lacks the finishing steps, a soft wash and perhaps lining around the eyes, but I already like where she is going.
Jim sent another example of a “classic” wolf color scheme with variations of grey and black:
I like the overall dark feeling this mini emits. A fearsome stalker for sure. How did you create the color gradient, Jim, by layering, drybrushing, washes, or a combination of those?
Arjen sent in a pic-in-pic with a WIP of his warg, which gives insight in his workflow:
He wrote that on first sight the pic might show two different miniatures, but in fact we see two steps of Anjen’s technique to create a realistic fur coloration by layering black, brown and white with drybrushing – a great way to simulate the “tipping”, i.e.the fact that a wolf’s hairs are multi-colored each, with different colors from bottom to tip. Nice technique, plus the the pic-in-pic idea is a great way to show the different steps of a mini 🙂
This week’s gallery:
Personal Info: We are happy to announce that we are expecting our first child in early November 🙂
Therefore we don’t know how much time there’ll be left to maintan weekly arcticles – we’ll probably have “Baby Break” for some time and and then switch to a two-week schedule until we manage our daily routine 🙂
09/19/16 Beastman Champion (Core Set)
Want to participate in next week’s post? Email the pictures of your minis until 09/04/16 to
09/26/16 Show me your army/project
10/03/16 Hordlings, small demons/familiars (Add-on, but since they’re small and cheap we’ll keep them in anyway)
10/10/16 Egregis Darkfathom, Dark Sea Priest (Core Set)
10/17/16 Companion Animals – Feline, Hawk, Wolverine, Wolf, Bear (Core Set) -> paint as many as you like
10/24/16 Stone Lurker, classic dungeon monster (Core Set)
10/31/16 Kar Drakir, Reptile Warrior (Core Set)
11/07/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
11/14/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
Good looking guys!
Arjen, try a bit of black wash on the teeth and the eyes, of the tundra wolf. I think you’ll see them pop more! If needed, you can re-paint the original colors on top, if the teeth/eyes have become too dark after the wash has dried.
First off: Congratulations on a new baby Vogel!
I think everyone did a great job of actually trying to replicate the coat pattern of a real animal instead of the typical plain brown or gray. I particularly like where Antonia is going with the Pleistocene Dire Beast version. I wish I had thought of that!
The quick answer to your question is: A combination of all three! I started with a creamy off-white (a craft paint) and then mostly used wetbrushing/drybrushing with 3 or 4 shades of gray and ending with just a little black along the upper surfaces. I just tried to get as close to some pictures of real wolves as possible.
I do apologize for the quality of the pic. I did it quickly late on Sunday night and it shows. I originally meant to take a pic outside in natural light but didn’t get around to it.