Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Statues!

Hi all

another Bushido post, although these statues could be used in a number of settings.  Although I have built a couple of boards for Bushido and have two more planned (when I can find the time...) I have very little scatter terrain to decorate them and for those sneaky ninjas to duck lurk behind.

When I was at Broadside earlier this year I managed to grab a couple of "Ainsty's" blisters from Col. Bills, I had no specific use for them but they were clearly oriental in origin and would fit my Bushido collection somewhere.  Due to painting commitments and other projects they slipped further and further down the painting queue until they dropped off and ended up in my storage (for shame!).

Anyhoo, I was having a root around the other day, thinking about the next board that I'm going to plan when I stumbled across them again and here they are.




As you can see I got the "Buddha Statue" which I think was £4 and the "Temple Dogs" which were £6 for a pack of two.  After giving them a quick scrub, I sprayed them with a cheap grey primer.  I then liberally coated them with Vallejo "Medium Sea Grey" before washing them first in a very, very watered GW "Nihilakh Oxide" and then a generous coat of Army Painter "Strong Tone".  I then gave then a drybrush of the base coat.


I wanted the Temple Dogs to have the suggestion that they could animate in the manner of the Oki Shisha.  This is the blurb from the GCT website,  there is a use for Oki Shisha in Bushido and they can be a part of the Temple of Ro-Kan faction....

The defence of the oldest temples and most sacred shrines is often entrusted to the great Oki Shisa. Mountains of ever watchful stone, still and silent for decades but always ready. None know how many Oki Shisa there are but these holy wardens are the bane of those who would attempt to manipulate their Ki against the Temple or hold sway over the land. The enchantments that gift the Shisa protection also imbue the stone with a keenness akin to a Masamune blade.

With that in mind I painted the eyes of the statues with GW "Teclis Blue" and highlighted with GW "Lothern Blue" and then a further pure white highlight. However I wanted to make them look like they were glowing so I tried my hand at light sourcing again.  Using extremely watered down paint consisting of a mixture of the two blue colours I built up some very thin layers around the upper most surfaces that would be hit by the light of the glowing eyes.  As light travels in straight lines in meant that any surface that was tucked away would not be glazed (if that makes sense?).  Any mistakes were quickly corrected when I applied the finer highlights on the stone faces with a lightened base colour.

not a great photo but it should show the glowing eyes

Finally I added some homemade moss which consists of PVA mixed with flock and green ink and brushed onto the model



Now I know that they aren't made up of the same sandstone that my Temple board consists of but I wanted these to fit into multiple settings, so I stuck to the more traditional greyish look (sorry Zab)





 Hope you enjoy
dGG





28 comments:

  1. Top stuff. And they look great on the board!
    Nice work with the moss!

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    1. thanks Roy, the moss is really simple to make but a bugger to apply to a model

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  2. excellent, I have the temple dog statues and painted mine red

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    1. my small Buddha statues that I use fro objectives are red and they look really good, would love to see a pic of your statues Martin

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  3. They look great and I think they fit in very well on your temple board.

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    1. thanks Bryan, despite the colour differences I think they work really well!

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  4. Those are perfect for the period!

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  5. I too have the Temple Dogs, but must have missed the Buddha, they're great models.

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    1. They are great mate, I love Ainsty's stuff

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  6. Great job Andy, I have painted the exact same dog the other day for a School Busihdo board, even put moss on them! That said, I wasn't brave enough to go for the glowing eyes - wonderful touch!

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    1. Ooh I would love to have a peak at your Bushido board sir, maybe an idea for a post following Dino'vember?

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    2. I'll see what I can do, after all your posts have been such an inspiration to me.

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  7. Terrific posting Andy, and spookily one which ties in with my latest "Wargames Scenery Workshop" purchase; albeit I'll be doing mine brass. Love the eye-work too, as they genuinely give the statues a ghostly glow!!

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    1. Thanks Simon, I've been working on it, still work to be done but I think I'm improving

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  8. Seriously these boards are getting better and better.

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  9. Oh wow, you've just reminded me we have some of these things in the house... very similar. Hmmmm. Ahhh found them! now to persuade herself to let me take them off the window ledges and paint them up MY way, for the table.

    Amazingly cool, and ideal I think for our anime/chibi oriental game terrain, with just a little bit of work to make them look right on the table. Yours look super.

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    1. Thanks buddy, there are so many cool statues like this around that will brighten up any oriental board

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  10. Look great! love the glowing eyes!

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    1. Thanks mate, I've been working on the technique. It's not quite right but getting there.

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