With their large, fleshy mouths and boundless energy, Colossal Squigs unleash untold havoc in battle. These insatiable fungoid beasts messily devour swathes of foes in an instant, squashing everything in their path as they careen towards their next meal.
With Blackstone Fortress, Assassinorum: Execution Force and Lost Patrol all painted I wanted to go back to some army painting for a bit. I was between my Space Wolves, Grey Knights and Gloomspite Gitz and then a few things happened that made the choice easy.
First my wife bought me the Forgeworld Squig Gobba for my birthday. At around the same time the Stampeding Squigalanche boxset was released with an absolute ton of squigs (25 in fact!!!). Finally, Forgeworld suddenly removed all their Age of Sigmar miniatures and I was determined to pick them up off of eBay before they became too rare.
So now I have a huge number of squigs, I think I need to get them all painted! I've actually been slowly batch painting them behind the scenes for the last few months but not quite getting anything finished. As it's been a few weeks since I've posted now I decided to choose a unit to finish off so I can share it. Let's start with the biggest!
Here you can see my eBay purchase. I really love the base, the cave with the squigs coming out is an amazing idea I never would have thought of. It gives so much interest to the Colossal Squig that can sometimes look a bit dull when on a completely flat base. The mushrooms are a nice touch too.
In terms of the paint job it's great as although it's a bit flat, it provides a great base coat for me to work from as it uses a very similar colorscheme to how I've ben painting the rest of my army. All it needed was some a number of washes, then highlighting back up to boost the contrast.
The miniature itself is fairly simple as its 90% skin, but that skin has a lot of ridges, folds, scars and boils to add some color and contrast to stop it looking too flat. The teeth and claws are huge and give that real sense of danger. The main appeal for me though isn't necessarily the sculpt, just the pure size.
All highlights are applied as a glaze. I also used a 50:50 mix of Wild Rider Red and Kislev Flesh between using the pure colors to hep blend them.
Pink horror is applied first, then a 50:50 mix of Pink Horror and Kislev Flesh, then a final 5:50 mix of Pink Horror and Pallid Wych Flesh.
The cave is made from corkboard and the ground was covered in a texture paint. As with the squig I gave everything a shade with Nuln Oil to darken it right down, then highlighted it back up with Dawnstone and Mechanicus Grey.
I then applied a mix of flocks, rocks, tufts, flowers, leaves, plants and water effects, grouped below by company:
Finally I painted the outside of the base.
I think this was a first for me, buying an already painted miniature online. I have to say it was great, as the final result is far better than what I would have created myself. I was able to complete it far quicker too, with the base structure built and a base layer and some highlighting already applied. I will 100% do it again (I already have) and now fairly regularly look on eBay as well as instagram for ideas.
I really went to town on the base and I'm really happy with the result. I love the puddles and the plants from Gamers Grass, so will have to keep an eye out for similar products to improve my bases further in the future. As for the paint job I'm happy with the contrast on the skin. I could have picked out the scars and boils a bit more, maybe with some different colors, but I've got so much to paint I want to keep it simple for now so I can get the whole army done.