Monday, May 29, 2017

Shadow Empire - Guardian

Here we have the test model for a unit of guardians for the Shadow Empire. He's from Macrocosm's range of Ball Monsters, which have a huge selection of gribbly balls. Big, small, even deflated, (and at the time of writing are on sale). There will be six, but for now there's just this fella. I'm taking the line that hundreds of years ago Lo Pan had a few more of these guys floating about than just Mr Lonely there below.

I took the scheme partly from the movie version, mostly for the darker extremities, but I changed the skin tone to make him more ruddy. The super-blue eyeball gives him a nice focal point. Painting faces is one of the most satisfying parts of painting a model, so this guy was quite pleasant to paint.

I added some veins and liver spots to break up the skin a little. With the liver spots, I found about a 70/30 water/paint mix was about right. Usually I want to avoid tide marks like crazy, but for this effect that's what I wanted.

Yeah. It's like something you'd be afraid to show the doctor, isn't it?

The rest of the guardians are a mix of Bruegel-like grotesques, one-eyed, two-eyed, pitted skin, boils and so on. More when they whole gang is done, but I'll leave you with a final shot for scale.

'A guardian. What it sees, Lo Pan knows.'


  1. "It's all in the wrists man!".

    Love it.

  2. I can see Lo Pan stroking one of those on his lap.

    Looking good. That force is phenomenal now, unlike anything that I recall seeing.

    1. Crikey, that's very kind of you to say. Each addition is proving very satisfying, an itch long needing a scratch. With a definite list of units to reach the finish line I'm finding it easier to tick away at the army.

  3. That's fabulous! The eye! The teeth! The wrinkled...ball...sack?!

    1. Thanks Axiom! He turned out pretty testicular alright. Inevitable really.


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