I just thought I’d toss up some shots of how the Grotesques ended up looking with a little paint on them. Here they are with just two or three colors each. Please keep in mind, I’ve said many, many times here that painting is not by strongest suit (in fact, I'd ask you to remind yourself of that quite often on these pages). I’m also using up the last of my old paints, so feel free to grab the Citadel conversion chart if you want to follow along...
First, though, I wanted to show off this one last guy (who's still waiting on a perfect head). I mentioned that I was going to go with two squads of four most of the time. This is my other Aberration, the one who’ll probably end up with my ancient haemonuclous, Pyn (last week’s guy with the scissorhand will be with Rakarth most of the time). Like all the Grotesques, he got a pile of spare vials and cylinders, and like the other Aberration he got one of the spare Talos racks to help mark him out.
I wanted to give him a venom blade to go with his close combat weapon. It’s a cheap way to give an Aberration a little more punch in close combat. I tried a few different things (including the blades off old Dark Eldar rifles) before I settled on these. They’re some of the spare fins from the new Raider sets. In this guy’s hands, they look like curving knives, which is perfect. The pommel of each knife is actually an old Space Marine dagger. I cut off the hilt, then cut the blade so its back sat against the guard.
So, as to painting... I primed the Grotesques black and then based their skin with Fortress Grey. The next step will be a drybrush with Pallid Flesh and a very light brush of Skull White. The loincloths will go red to tie them in with the rest of my army (I went with the Obsidian Rose Kabal color scheme). Yeah, it's not much so far, but I just wanted to give a sense of how these guys would look with some paint on them.
It’s worth noting that their pants are essentially just painted on. The uneven texture of the Rat Ogres gives the appearance of ragged material, and once there’s a dark gray drybrush on some of the “bandages” at the ankles and thighs that’ll really sell it. A wash of Nuln Oil should give them a semi-glossy, leathery appearance.
Hopefully next time these guys are seen, they’ll be doing awful things to Marc’s Orks.
By the way... I’ve lucked into a very nice contract with the Crown Publishing Group, but it does mean I’m going to be very busy for the next couple of months. I’d hoped to do a paperhammer Destroyer Tank Hunter this month and maybe start a Warhound before the end of the year. Alas, the Warhound’s definitely not going to happen now, and I might not get to the tank until the end of the year... and someone just tempted me with a new Thunderbolt template. But I’m going to try to keep offering all my cheapskate ideas and tips on a semi-regular basis.