From WizKids’ line of Nolzur’s Marvellous Miniatures comes the “Treant”, which is D&D-speak for Ent, or Treeman if you are more familar with Warhammer.
I find this mini looks angry and scary, not like a benevolent living tree shepherd at all. A malevolent one, on the other hand, fits the bill precicely.
And seeing as I have been painting undead halflings and there is a strong historic connection between Halflings and Treemen as allies; so undead treeman.
Hence, Torchwood the Furious here.
By sheer bloody-mindedness he survived the forest fire which claimed his copse-kin and now, blinded in one eye, disoriented by the violent trip down the river rapids that saved him from the flames and bereft of his erstwhile crowning glory of foliage, he stalks the forest looking for travelers to stamp out some revenge for the firey fate that befell his beloved glen.
Lighting a campfire are we? Baroom Baroom, meet your Doom!
I started with the basic white undercoat it comes out of the pack with, and painted the entire thing with New Citadel Deepkin Flesh for an offwhite tinged with green. This I drybrushed with several tones of grey before I gave the whole thing a thinned down wash of athonian camoshade (greenbrown) mixed with some Reaper Stone Wash (grey).
When dry, It was more ghoulish green than I had thought, so I again drybrushed here and there with several shades of grey, some brown, green, yellow and other colours I happened to have on my palette. Then I went heavily in with black on the upper right arm, the right side of the face and upwards including all the branches to make him look partially burnt. Some more drybrushing with greys going to pure white on the fingers. Some details here and there like fungus in red and eyes in reds and blues.
For the base I made a new flock mix using some items that I had ordered from serious-play.co.uk, several shades of static grass and scatter ranging from autumn mix, brown, muddy, wintery, charcoal grey, plus dark green mix. All this I dumped into a 1.5-liter storage box with lid, added a few spoonfuls of my black flockmix, dark red static grass and some autumn spongeflock, and mixed it all up. Should be enough to last a year or two…
I had glued him to a 95mm lipped base that I printed for the occasion, and painted the ground Vallejo Earth brown. When dry, I stuck a bunch of different tufts all over the base, and then used thinned down PVA all around the base and tufts, and dipped the whole base in the flockmix a couple of times.
It worked a treat, and gave a much darker overall tone to the mini than my earlier and much brighter green flock mix would have. I might go back to the Tribe of Sarrassa and redo the bases with this flock come to think of it.
Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures line, Wave 7 2018
95mm 3D printed base
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 322 /365 goal // scenery and terrain: 48)
February: 44 // 10
July: 42 // 38
Future LPL13-entries that I cannot post quite yet: 6