Community Spotlight: Monstrous Beasts, Shatterpoint & Bringing The Gnarlwood To Life

May 24, 2023 by crew

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Executioner by hutch

We start off this week's Community Spotlight with a rather terrifying creature by hutch. They are expanding their Cederwood Road collection and project with some more twisted and terrible monsters that wouldn't look out of place in something like Dark Souls or Elden Ring. Here we have this execution beast which is bloody, grim and awesome.

Executioner #1 by hutch

The painting on this particular beast is awesome and insane and was given what would now be called a "Slapchop" treatment to begin with some zenith work that got it to a good base point. From there, the miniature was given a basecoat of different Contrast paints and washes which helped give that awesome grimdark feel to the miniature. I think it's really awesome seeing the blending work that has gone into the miniature at different points and how it creates something very photogenic.

Executioner #2 by hutch

There are some more work-in-progress elements to this project over on the link above going over the use of drybrushing for some of the highlighting. I think it works exceptionally well and works on such a big miniature like this where you need a little bit more "oomph" to get a miniature to the next level and avoid the different aspects turning into big flat panels of paint. Of course, the initial zenith also helps with that.

Finally, you'll note that a bunch of gore was thrown into the equation and completed the look for the miniature. The blood was used sparingly and to great effect, taking it to the next level in places where you need to tell a particular story. A brilliant miniature for building on the world that hutch has been working on.


Star Wars: Shatterpoint by chaosgorka

Next up, we're looking at some of the work by chaosgorka. They have been working away on a demo copy of the new Star Wars game from Atomic Mass games. Shatterpoint has some interesting miniatures included with it and it's neat to see some folks getting their hands on them who aren't part of the studio.

Star Wars Shatterpoint #1 by chaosgorka

chaosgorka has worked on quite a few different miniatures from the initial raft of releases for Shatterpoint and put their own unique stamp on them. The cartoon and very matte painting style works well on the miniatures and properly brings them to life in a different way from what else we've seen out there. You've got the awesome and brooding Maul there and then more poppy characters like Ahsoka here

Star Wars Shatterpoint #2 by chaosgorka

The attention to detail from chaosgorka is brilliant. I am particularly enamoured with the non-metallic metal on these characters and the lovely glow that you get from the lightsaber. I also have to doff my cap to the way they have taken their time with bringing Maul's sometimes complicated face to life. Sounds weird but it can be a pain to paint that red and black!

Last but not least, we also have some more of the characters that will be popping up in games of Shatterpoint. Say hello to some Mandalorians that may or may not (they have...) allied themselves with Maul.

Star Wars Shatterpoint #3 by chaosgorka

The black here is VERY black but I think it works as a stylistic choice. It does make the burning orange and red pop out from the rest of the miniatures. I wonder if the photograph had been taken on a different background, it might have made them show up a little more and highlight the work done on the black/blue. It is well worth going to see more of the Shatterpoint miniatures painted by chaosgorka over on the project above.


Warcry Terrain - The Gnarlwood by holly

Last but not least, we're looking at some terrain painting by holly. She has been tinkering away on the amazing Gnarlwood terrain that we've been getting in the different Warcry boxes for the last while. She has put a lot of effort into painting these and I am going to be using this as a guide for working on my own terrain as I get into Warcry over the next few weeks.

Warcry Scenery #1 by holly

There are some key standout elements to this terrain set that I liked when I saw it. I think the work on the big skulls and bone elements is immense and it's great seeing that age built into the pieces, especially in the large skull above. I also liked the way that the trees were painted.

Warcry Scenery #2 by holly

The trees from the Gnarlwood are meant to be living and a little bit hungry for blood and bone. So, they are often seen as a little muscular and twisted with an almost fleshlike quality to them. I like how holly has approached these and made them look more tree-ish. I think it works really well and means that the terrain can be used in different games that aren't tied to the Mortal Realms.

Warcry Scenery #3 by holly

There is a nice breakdown as to how all of this terrain came to life over on holly's project and I think at this point, it looks bloomin' awesome. It looks fit to play on, matches the gaming boards from Warcry and there is now enough here to mean that it could be used for larger games. Well, or it could be used for super tight and engaging Warcry games where you want loads of terrain to play around on.

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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