Miniature Monday: Centaurs
Centaurs are literally “classical” monsters (or creatures), since they originate from Ancient Greece, and today they are present in many wargames and RPGs, may it be as wise beings or creatures of chaos. Let’s see what’s pawing the ground today…
Overall, the miniatures were quite nice to work with. Very detailed, nice texture on the fur rug and the tail. The downside are, als so often with the softer “Bonesium”, very bendy spears. We tried heating an re-postioning, but the plastic just bent again. Finally we decided the spears were “ergonomically designed” to fit the special needs of centaur warfare. Or whatever 😀
Dirk chose to paint the minatures as classic era centaurs.
As our life doesn’t leave much time for hobbies at the moment (long work hours, even longer baby nights) Dirk started painting four centaurs in one color scheme, for use in a tabletop wargame, for example, but only got to finish one. Nevertheless he is happy with the mini, although the bendy spear never ceases to annoy him 😉
I really like the markings on the fur rug, which remind me of a (very large) grey wolf, and the horse part, which was inspired by Prezewalski’s horses, a (sub)species of wild horses and probably how the first domesticated horses looked like.*
The leather armour which is only studded with metal is also a nice touch, it makes the mini look more feral than civilized. Oh, and I envy him for how well he did the face! I don’t like my result as much (see below).
As usual, I went unusual and decided to paint an African version with dark skin and zebra striped horse parts:
They say you should’t combine two different animal prints, and I can see why: the mixture of spotes an stripes gives a lot of detail, but I like it anyway 😀
For the zebra body I used pictures of plains zebras as reference to get the stripes right – I could have cut off parts of the tail (zebras have more of a donkey’s tail, thin with a small brush of hair on the tip) but I liked the mini as it was so I took artistic licence with that*. The spots and stripes were fun to paint!
On the human part I trimmed the tips of the hair to give it a more thick and full appearance (next time I’d try to sculpt a bit to make dreadlocks or sth. similar). The faces were difficult for me to paint, especially the eyes (painting eyes seems to be the bane of my miniature hobby existence), but oberall I’m happy with the result.
Jim sent us a pair of more traditional centaurs:
I really like the choice of colors and the shading on these ones, nice idea to use the grey fur as a contrast to the bronze armour plates, that way they really shine. Funny how everyone of us thought centaurs ought to use bronze, maybe that’s the Ancient Greek “flavour” centaurs have… or perhaps because reddish metals
Jim wrote us he was glad he managed to find a color scheme beyond “brown on brown on brown”, and as I said, the choice of a cool grey and a yellowish brown with the reddish bronze is quite effective.
But be honest: How did you get those spears that straight?! Or were we just unlucky to have some minis with crappy ones?
How about the rest of the herd? Did you start painting a centaur but maybe didn’t finish? Nevermind! Just send us a pic of the W.I.P. (Work In Progress) or the final mini if you just needed a bit more time, and we’ll happily update the article 🙂
*In case you didn’t know, I have a degree in Biology. It does show sometimes, right? 😛
This week’s gallery:
07/03/17 Arran Rabin (Male or 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
8/28/17 Swamp Invasion Part 2: Turtle Warriors, Core Set
9/25/17 Catch-Up Monday: Monday Minis that you missed last time! Bones I & II
10/2/17 Start with Bones III! Mini is still to be announced 🙂