Miniature Monday – Squog Warriors
I once saw an old (veeery old) movie of dangerous killer frogs from the swamps that was filmed with real frogs. In every scene with this monsters you just could see fat frogs sitting around and … croaking! You wouldn’t believe these pets could hurt anybody! But the buddies (or froggies) our painters dealt with aren’t so nice at all – look on….
(posting by Dirk Vogel)
Before we present the froggy warriors, there is a Kickstarter which could be interesting to miniature painters, and since Dave used to write about interesting projects in this blog before, I thought we could mention it:
Mantic, a UK based miniatures manufacturer, is kickstarting a range of hard plastic terrain pieces. This is not exactly a small company needing help, but still there could be some interesting stuff for either wargaming (fences, walls etc…), basing/dioramas (furniture, treasure pieces, tool racks…) or RPG use, like real shelves for the wizard’s players are about to plunder. It runs until May 15th 00:59 CST, i.e. 5 days from now.
Although we didn’t mange to finish the frogs completely, at least we did some work on them – I have to say I was quite surprised how many details the minis had. The weapons were kind of bendy, but that was in fact useful because we could just bend the arms away to paint underneath. The detachable skull of the boss frog, which we painted as an extra, was also a nice gimmick.
My squogs are still a WIP.
As there were so many items from the sea on these minis (i.e. starfishes, shells as armor) I decided to paint them as sea-living kuo-toa (from D&D). I’m still undecided how to paint the metal parts as iron would rust in the sea… perhaps gold or coral as spear tips?
Antonia chose a really exotic color scheme:
I am really thrilled by her color choice of poison dart frogs! It was an elaborate process with different layers – first the bright colors and then the stripes and dots – but I think the result shows it was worth the trouble.
Arjen also send in some WIP-frogs.
These will be some kind of striped frogs, as the work-so-far shows, very nice. Did you had a real life pattern as a guideline, or did you just followed your imagination? I like the horizontal pupils you painted, just like real frogs!
Jim send in some reinforcements…
The above picture shows Jim’s squog warriors in detail. He painted them as leopard frogs, aiming for a more temperate climate. I especially like the details on the left shield, the painted eyes make a frightening look!
The other picture shows the whole frog invasion! Nice minis, where are they from?
this weeks gallery:
05/22/17 Imrijka, Iconic Inquisitor (Female Orc Inquisitor) Core Set
06/05/17 Kelpies (Sea “Elves”) Core Set
06/19/17 Female Centaur and/or Male Centaur (both Core Set)
07/03/17 Arran Rabin (Female Thief) Core Set
07/17/17 Mystic Theurge, Core Set
07/31/17 Gauntfield (Grim Reaper Scarecrow), Core Set
08/14/17 Olivia, Female Cleric, Core Set
Nice work. Even the WIP’s. The poison dart frogs are really spectacular!
I was happy to see these minis come up in the rotation because it gave me a good excuse to do the whole pond. The Bones trio came out a little too green due to my own glazing error, but the others worked out just about right.
The extra six frogs (I prefer bullywugs) were manufactured by RAFM in Canada. I got them from Greg Gillespie through his Forbidden Caverns of the Archaia Kickstarter. They are a little smaller and more Old School, which I like. Actually Greg is pretty OS, which is why I like the guy. I’m not sure if he has any more available, but they aren’t part of the regular RAFM lineup.
Thanks for your kind words, we’re happy to give you the opportunity to paint the frogs 😉
I (Dirk) thought about bullywugs, too, but settled with kuo-toa as I could use them in an oncoming adventure…
The RAFM-frogs are also great, perhaps I find some on ebay or so…
Kuo-toa are specific to the Underdark,
for sea / ocean living fish creatures you’d be better with Sahuagins
These all look great, I especially LOVE Antonia’s color scheme. Wow. I may steal it for my last remaining frog.
So yeah, my frogs didn’t quite get done in time. I got a bit too ambitious, I tried to paint both frog warriors plus the shaman with bases, while simultaneously painting a party of 6 D&D characters. I got as far as 5 pcs and 2 frogs, but no bases.
But I have something a little special planned for next week, so hopefully I can make the deadline next time around.
Thanks for your comment and the kind words!
We know how it is to get too ambitious… but it seems you got most of the work done 😉
Feel free to send your WIP-frogs, even without bases. I think out readers would be glad to see them.