Three of the smallest Shonen Knives to date join the fray.Hobby progress has been satisfactory recently, mainly on the terrain front. But before I start posting about the development of Kuripu Jima, I wanted to post about these three Shonen Knives that I barely painted in time to use at Knavecon a few weeks ago.
Of these three Citadel figures, the dwarf is the most peculiar. The sculpt drifted from through a number of old Citadel ranges over the years, suggesting that even the manufacturers were not sure what the sculpt represented.
After checking how various people have painted the miniature in the past, I found very little consistency in how the different areas were treated. Are the horns growing out of the guys head? Or are they part of his helmet? Is he even wearing a helmet? What are the three spiked protrusions on his chest? Are they part of him? Are they some sort of cuirass?
The figures visible flesh – the arms mainly – looks atrophied, like that of a zombie model. As that feature was impossible to ignore, I painted the flesh in more unhealthy tones than the rest of the Shonen Knives.
As for the rest of the model, I made my choices and fired ahead. I quite like the unusual model now that its finished. What sort of dwarf does it represent? I dont know, its in the eye of the beholder I reckon.
I love this model. I used to have a pack of these old dogs years ago, but I sold them on. I regret it a little now and I am keeping an eye out for a few more.
I reckon that this particular sculpt is the nicest of the three that were available. Its is probably my favourite of all the dog miniatures produced by GW over the years. Asslessman did a nice job of converting one of these pooches into a cyber-hound recently too, definitely worth a look.
There are a few variants of this model, usually with little horns on its forehead, making it an oni or yokai or something similar. This version was marketed as a Halfling Ashigaru. Like the dog, I would like to pick up the other variants and similar sculpts for this force. It was a fun model to paint.
I also painted a high kicking ninja along with these three, but I stupidly forgot to photograph him alone, so his riveting tale will have to follow at a later date.
The next post will be about the ever expanding terrain set that I have been preparing for these models. I am quite pleased with how “Kuripu Jima” is turning out.
Thanks for reading!