Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cry Wolf!

Ahh-ooooooo!




The Bank Holiday came and went with very little actually achieved hobby wise; that said I have finally managed to clear these cuddly canines from the painting queue!  They are from 'Trent Miniatures',  'DeeZee Miniatures Prehistoric Range' ordered up from the always reliable,  'Arcane Scenery and Models'.  They're  supposed to be Dire Wolves, an extinct member of the genus Canis, but I've attempted to give them a more of 'Timber Wolf' feel to them for use in a North American scenario I'm tinkering with.  This was heavily inspired by a wonderful 'tutorial' over at the very talented 'Paint Bard's' blog; a seriously good painter and well worth a visit.  The miniatures that I've used a perhaps a little smaller and certainly less dynamic than the ones used in the tutorial, but I think the general wolf 'flavour' has been achieved, either way a huge 'Thank You' to the the 'Paint Bard' for sharing his brilliant work.


From the Law of the Jungle:

Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back –
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Rudyard Kipling


Well with a post title like 'Cry Wolf! it seemed a little churlish not to include a link to A-ha's second single from their 1986 album, 'Scoundrel Days'.  More 'synthpop' nonsense, that was 'oh so meaningful' at the time - happy days!




31 comments:

  1. Really nice work Michael, I'm terrible at painting animals and your's look really nice. I'll have to check the tutorial out.

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    1. Thanks Mr. Smillie; definitely worth a look at the tutorial, he is certainly a talent.

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  2. Nice wolves! I've always enjoyed painting wolves with a pattern like that. fun stuff!

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  3. Most excellent looking Wolves, love the paintjob!!!

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  4. FAntastic looking wolves there Michael.

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  5. Great wolves and work and a blast from the past...great song and group!

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  6. Nice wolves..but there´s a better song about them..by metallica :-D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guTTGJ_PK2Q
    Cheers
    Paul

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    1. Maybe a bit loud for my sensitive ears!

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  7. Akela lives! Great job, Michael.

    I would suggest another '80s hair-do hit, 'Hungry Like the Wolf' by Duran-Duran ;)

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    1. Thank you Sir.

      I had been thinking of the Duran Duran track; it was a close run thing! ;)

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  8. Really nice painted and posed Canis Lupus! I must ask, "What's in your forest?" The scratchy sepia color print is a winner! Great job!

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    1. "What's in your forest?", well now you're asking! I'm toying with the idea of an adventure game set in the late 19th and early 20th century, based in North American. Adventures, prospectors or explorers all trying to achieve a set of objectives whilst avoiding beasties, in this case wolves!

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    2. Wonderful, Sir! I look forward to your endeavors!

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    3. Thank you, but who knows if it will ever get off the ground?!

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  9. Beauties i have to say - cracking

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  10. I very lovely and well painted wolf pack there sir. Thanks for the link too

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  11. Excellent painted animals! The colours are all on the right places. And I love the sepia picture!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Peter, the final picture was done online at Pixlr Express, great fun to play with.

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  12. As the wolves look top notch you are forgiven for the A-Ha tie in. Mind you you could have resorted to Duran Duran and that would have been unforgivable!

    Thanks for the link to the Paint Bard!

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  13. Ah-ooo indeed - a fine looking pack of wolves.

    Nice find on the tutorial too - I might get round to doing mine sometime this year - although they will, of course, have goblins riding on them ;)

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  14. Thanks for the mention on the Blog Michael! Your wolves turned out really great too! Did you find them easy to do? I also hope you don't mind if I post a link to this post on my Blog!
    Cheers,
    Bard

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    1. Following your guide was straightforward enough, the only difficulty came with the sculpts as there wasn’t quite as much detail to get my teeth into!

      Thank you for the link back too!

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  15. Nice work Michael. Animals can be quite tricky to get them to look right, you've done a fine job... 'Ah H'a, erm, yes well, I bought their 1st album all those years ago, back in the days of the LP-record... not sure where it is now... didnt they do a lyric: "hunting high and low", that probably goes quite well with these guys...

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  16. Very nice looking. You managed to make them look like a pack and not carbon copies so they look extra good.

    Ian

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  17. These are looking really good – a pleasant change from the way most people paint wolves, lots of facial detail going on.

    Thanks for the link too, must investigate further :)

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  18. Α nice wolf pack!
    Excellent work Michael!

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  19. I do like wolfs that look like big savage beasts.

    They sure do.

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