Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Warden, Apr 24, 2016.
@Warden getting better with every post, any closer with the uniform heraldy.
sorta. Not as much as I would like But it is my next art project after the current sketch is completed
I have written down some (sloppy) notes in my notebook for which colors will go with which clan, plus the one I already had of preferred weapons and the clan mon crests. I also have been gathering a small database of Japanese ukiyo-e pictures for inspiration, I plan to use some of them to change up the "helmet-crests" of the saurus warrior helms, and/or make the individual saurus clans have different head crests to go with their individual spawnings or spawn-clans.
I am considering using the saurus painter as a starting point, and make a skink and a saurus for each clan, with a bonus saurus oldblood (daimyo) for some of the greater clans.
I noticed that @n810 used photoshop to make some unique skink and saurus color schemes in Ye Olde INTERACTIVE Saurus Painter (the one with the skeleton-tattooed skink is still my favorite), but I am a bit intimidated to use an art program I have never used before... all I have ever used on the computer is just straight up Microsoft paint. And the sketch-up, but that was to build the temple city.
More progress will be made shortly. I am currently coloring in the last picture, but I seem to have misplaced by dark brown colored pencil. And I can't decide if I want to make the creepy cold-one the standard green or go with a more sickly brown or alternate color.
Edit: Another problem that I encountered working on a saurus template- the Japanese samurai didn't use shields very often! They did sometimes, but not enough to justify every saurus heraldry example to have one. I am not sure what to use as a replacement for the shield!!! I was thinking potentially a dagger, a second macana, or some other weapon. Or just leave it as a fist.
Here are the notes I have together so far, next is the sketches for the first saurmurai and askinkagu models. Not sure if I am going to cover all the daimyo or not as each one will be unique.
Also took WIP shots of where I had to stall out on the Tlaxeda Clan warrior:
starting to add black.
If I can do this right, and maybe repaint it, it would make an excellent Lizardmen of the Dragon Isles army book cover!
I feel a book coming on, you know you want too......
Happy (belated) national green day
In honor of the Old One of the Emerald Isles, I offer the following tributes: green saurus pics direct from the saurus painter.
Spoiler: More pics
Since the painter is so easy to use I went ahead and did one drawing for each of the saurus units I have in my army blog (green, red, black, and yellow).
I am currently still experimenting with using the saurus painter as a starting point for working on my samurai lizardmen pics; using Microsoft paint I edited the image to remove the shield and bring the weapon down in front of the saurus.
Originally I planned to keep the "mayan-aztec" look for the samurai lizardmen main weapons (macana-clubs), but I am increasingly feeling the need to swap them out for straight up Japanese inspired katanas instead. I also plan to add shoulder-armor, a back banner, and a helmet, with potentially some battle-dress robes as well.
More WIP shots, this time with some saurmurai armor. This project would look a lot better if each individual lizard was hand drawn on paper, but that will take too long for the amount of time I currently have for this project.
Spoiler: earlier WIP shots
with the sword:
first armor/banner test.
Figuring out where to put stuff on these drawings is tough mostly due to all the spikes.
And the head-crest gets in the way of making a true samurai looking helmet. I think if I ever were to make an actual model-army version of these dudes I would consider going the 5th ed saurus route, where they don't have all the spikes. Would make it easier to fit into the samurai-helmet motif, and it would be easier to place the banners on their backs.
On an unrelated note, do they have Cold Ones or Coldonealikes in the Dragon Isles?
Yes they do! Specifically this clan, but nearly all the saurmurai clans have access to at least some of these creatures (saurmurai were basically knights, after all, and very experienced both fighting and firing from horseback). I have been calling them "raptors" as well, as they are kinda like velociraptors.
I also am still working this picture (here is an update for you, had to put it on hold).
Spoiler: saurmurai on cold-one
Some quick sketchs for Mayan-inspired/Lizardmen murals to go on the inside of some terrain I am currently making:
The blue one is supposedly from Tulum, images are also here.
Awesome sauce! Love it!
Try mounting the banner pole parallel to the backbone [?] and go with a triangular banner [?]
Japanese / Nipponese but adapted to the Lizardman posture. You are right, the 5th edition plastic Saurus would probably have straighter more vertical backs.
I have been assigned a burial mound in the summer Fun Terrain contest, so I have been sketching out some ideas.
My plan is to make a fairly small burial mound, nothing fancy, just with some Lizardmen snake statues or a lizard-mouth for the doorway. If that works well I might try something more ambitious:
Since the vast majority of Mayan temples fulfilled the role of both ritual center and receptacle for the bodies of the dead elite (usually kings or queens), I am thinking of making a small pyramid/large tomb, with doorways open on the sides. I tried using magnets in one of the last small temples I constructed, and am thinking of using them again to allow the top to open for potential Mordheim skirmish-action.