Friday 24 August 2018

The Watcher in the Water.

I have finally managed to update the blog!! I've been meaning to post an update, but work and other things seem to just have got in the way. Also, I forgot my new apporach to the blog. The idea was to update with smaller updates detailing what I have been painting/collecting, but I kept thinking thinking "I'll get this or that sorted, then have a 'proper' update". But enough of that, I'll start that from September. What I have been doing is collecting a 1990's/4th edtion/Big Hat Chaos Dwarf army, and I am also preparing to paint up the three armies of the Vengence of the Lichemaster scenario.

With that in mind, here is a little update of a distraction I painted. Some time ago (mid 1990's) I bought this and painted it quite basically. On whim, and because I thought it deserved better, I repainted it. It was produced by Fantasy Forge in the early 1990's. Scotia Grendel Miniatures eventually took over the range and now sells it under the name 'Swamp Creature':

As the name suggests, it is loosely based on the idea of the Watcher in the Water, the creature that attacks the Fellowship of the Ring outside Moria, in the 'Two Towers'. I am sure it can be painted up in a more oceanic look in order to terrorise shipping, but I have opted for the murky dwelling creature of the Misty Mountains. Size wise, it is 6 inches long, by 4 inches wide at it's widest. As an aside, I always wondered how it got there in the first place, but I suppose it was put there when a lot smaller by Sauron or Saruman.

Enjoy :)
"Watch out Mr Frodo!"
I base coated the creature in a dark green, and then prgressively highlighted it with lighter greens and khaki, giving the whole thing an Agrax Earthshade wash.
I wanted to give it the look of something slimy, living in a murky, dark, pool. I went for a mix of dark green and dark brown mixes for the pool wate, and also gave the whole model a coat of Citadel 'ardcoat to make it look wet, shiny and slimy.
Icky looking weeds on the tentecle.
The head.
More tentecles!
I painted the sucker parts of the tentecles with Kislev Flesh colour to add a little more colour and paleness.
"Poor old Bill".
A distance photo of the Chaos Dwarf army on a board on the bed. Better photographs soon..!

Next update will either be the Vengence of the Lichemaster armies or Chaos Dwarfs.