Ankheg: Bones II Figure

Chris Palmer

    This week I also completed the Ankheg figure from the Bones II Dungeon Monsters Set.  While I didn’t see myself having much use for it as a 28mm monster, I thought it would look pretty cool as a Giant Anhkheg (D & D Monster Manual spelling) to go with my 10mm “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” fantasy armies.   So, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  Then, I glued to a black-primed standard 3" x 1.5" BYV  sized metal base with Aleene’s Tacky glue.

     I began by painting the outer body of the creature with Folk Art “Dark Brown”. I then painted the underbelly and the inside of the legs with GW “Tanned Flesh”. I followed that with painting the upturned ground around the beastie with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.

   Next, I painted some of the lumps on the base as boulders using Folk Art “Medium Gray”. Then, when everything had a chance to dry, I gave the entire creature a wash with GW Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.

   When the wash was good and dry,  I painted the mandibles and the claws on the tips of the legs, with Accent “Real Umber”.  I then drybrushed the outer parts of the figure with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the under-parts with Americana “Shading Flesh.   I painted the eyes with Black, and added a tiny White dot to each of them to make them look shiny.   Lastly, I gave the earth around the base a drybrushing with Americana "Mississippi Mud”, and followed that with some Americana “Khaki Tan”.
         I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Later that afternoon I flocked the base, leaving parts of the upturned earth and boulders around the creature bare. The next morning I sprayed the figure with Testor’s “Dullcote” spray varnish.

     I’m very happy with how this figure turned out, and I think it looks suitably terrifying in 10mm.

A 10mm unit of High Elves collectively craps their pants as the earth erupts before them.

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