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.


  1. In your lead pile do you have one of these that you'd like to part with?

    My first ever miniature ....

    1. Sorry, I can't find what the miniature is you are looking for.

  2. Creepy! (In the best way possible :D) I like the tones and the whole thing.

    1. Thank you, creepy and murky was the vibe I was going for. :)

  3. Great looking watcher Lee, the tones work well for the model. That's a large array of Chaos dwarves already

    1. Thank you, I am glad how the tones turned, makes it look extra slimy.

      Yes, I got a little carried away with the Chaos Dwarfs but the army is mostly collected. I will do a more in-depth update on them soon but I have'nt had time to as of late.

  4. Good work...I do like the Scotia Grendel range...nice and chunky. That's a lot of big silly hats... quite daunting.

    1. Yes you're right, the Scotia Grendel range can be chunky. I have some of their scenery and looks quite substantial on the gaming table.

      I am looking forward painting the Chaos Dwarfs, but it does look a little duanting looking at them all. I still have'nt decided on a colour scheme. I was thinking of the 1990's red, but a little toned down.