Miniature Monday – Were Rat
A hulking monstrosity comes bursting out of some sewers, or from under heaps of garbage, maybe? Read on to see what terrors our painters envisioned this week (hint: There are loads of them!)
(posting by Antonia)
Hi everyone! I hope you are still okay, dear readers!
I’m sick*, our little one is sick (since toddlers are perfect human incubators, both cases might be connected…!) and still, we are only one day late with the article! I’ll count this as a win.
*Not that kind of sick, fortunately, but it seems there are enough other respiratory viral infections out to get me *sigh*
Anyway, the Were Rat/Rat Ogre miniature is pretty cool, with lots (and lots!) of muscles and an overall convincing anatomy (although the pose seems a bit weird to me, maybe it bends over a bit too dramatically?). The large skin/fur areas allow for drybrushing and wet blending which can help to achieve a realistic look (and get even a large monster done in no time, as a bonus).
I painted my rat as an albino:
I don’t know why, but I like painting albino versions of monsters and critters – maybe because it allows for a more translucent style and somehow looks like an “inverted” color scheme, which is always interesting from an artistic perspective. But I guess it might also be for dramatic effect, because the light colors make any critter look more interesting and eerie.
To achieve the effect I used mostly white and a “light skin” tone and added brown and red washes when I found that the whole model didn’t look pinkish enough. (The pic seems to be a bit overexposed now that I look at it, maybe I can re-shoot it one day)
Dirk’s Rat Ogre is a real beast:
He will use the mini in a tabletop army of sci-fi rat people and heavily converted it by adding various pieces of sci-fi weapons, armours and tech. He even included a plastic gemstone as energy crystal/warp stone!
I guess we’ll need some time to see all the details – the Ogre is still a WIP but already super impressive! As you know I love genre-bending (as seen with the sci-fi skeleton or the cyber minotaur) and this is a prime example!
Timothy used earthy colors:
I like the strong colors and highlights, the shadows are dark but still work well to emphasize the heavy muscles! The red of the loincloth is a good choice for a spot color.
Michael sent a whole swarm this time!
He wrote “I’m sending in a few pictures this time. We have the Ogre Wererat – there are subtle connections to my piper, as his loincloth is red (darker though), and I used the yellowish Tanned Leather color for his bracer and belt. I’m really happy with how his skin turned out, especially the transition from gray to pink. As you can see, I took the opportunity to paint several other rats as well. I put three small rats (from the first Kickstarter!) on his base, and also painted two larger, kind of diseased-looking dire rats (from KS2, I think), all with the same colors. Finally, I have my group shot of the piper leading the rats… whether it is away from a village or towards one, who knows?!”
A really cool posse or warband you made here! Just by looking at them I get ideas on how to use them in a RPG scenario! And I love the grey-pink skintone. Perfect choice!
Jim’s rat is half beast, half man(ish):
He said: “When I saw this mini on the schedule, I have to admit I groaned a little. I am not fond of skaven, ratlings or rat-men and (by way of extension) Rat Ogres. They have never seemed like threatening or scary opponents to me and are a bit too GW for my taste. Obviously every low level adventurer has to meet his or her fair helping of giant rats, but that’s a different story. However, once I got going on this big guy, I really enjoyed it and found the detail to be quite good. I debated whether to go more rat or ogre or human on the skin but finally went with basically a human skin tone overall. Now I’m very pleased with how he came out and actually glad to paint a mini that I might have skipped otherwise! I missed a couple of things but otherwise he’s finished.”
I like the contrast between the grey fur and the skin, and the pink veins really pop (not literally, I hope). Did you intentionally mirror the loin cloth color in some areas of the torso, or is this just an optical illusion?
Arjen’s creature is a true experiment:
He wrote: “I think this large critter is supposed to be a not-warhammer skaven rat ogre, as I do not know of any D&D rat ogre like this. Anyway, as I probably will not use it in tabletop, I used it to do some more experimenting. I tried to get a bit of zenithal lighting on this mini (like last week), but using a virtual blue light source instead of white. I did not go all the way with this, as I did not make a shadow under its head. Still, I think it worked out well. The lower body is grey brown; to make the mini more interesting I did not only use mixes of blue and grey on the upper torso, but mixed in some purple here and there. I also experimented on the bronze studs and bracelet: I used a metal-bronze paint first and then made it less shiny by applying layers of diluted brown paint (before, I mixed the brown with the metal paint before applying it). I think I like this new technique better as you can assess the effect on the mini instead of guessing in advance what it will look like.”
Thanks again for the insights into your painting process – the lighting effect works well and gives the impression of a book illustration. Adding purple to blue is a nice touch too, because it reflects the variation in natural colors that we often forget while painting with pre-mixed color bottles. I really like this organic workflow approach!
This week’s gallery:
04/13/20 Bones IV Add-Ons: Underdark – Fungoids! Pick as many mushroom people as you like, I added a pic from the graphic, it seems they are not yet on the reapermini page.
Here is the link to Reaper’s graphic with all the core pieces, but it’s one and veeeery long picture so be prepared for some scrolling. On the other hand it has separate numbers for most of the pieces. I will add individual shop links as soon as they appear!
Here is the underdark Add-on.
04/27/20 Bones IV Elf with whip (No. 154 on the KS pic)
05/11/20 Bones III Fomorian giant
05/25/20 Bones IV Ettin (No. 99 on the KS pic)
06/08/20 Bones IV Baba Yaga (No. 96 on KS pic)
06/22/20 Bones IV Add-Ons: Underdark Gloom Stalker (No. 540 on the Add-on graphic)