This past week I started working on a unit of 10 Squogs to add to my old Poison Dart Frog Army, which is made up mostly of Eureka Miniatures’ Frog Warriors. I thought the Squogs would fit right in with the rest of the troops, as some sort of more tribal cousins.
I started with the ones that came from the Bones 2 Kickstarter in the Swamp Things set, and ordered a couple more packs from Reaper.
I prepped these figures in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.
My plan was to do some conversions on two of the basic models to turn one into a standard bearer and another into a unit leader. I began with the trident-armed ones; and took one and removed it’s weapon arm, and cut off the top of the trident. I then drilled a hole n the cut end, and glued in a section of paperclip wire to make a pole for a standard to fly from. I then re-glued the arm to the body so the standard pole sat vertically. (See center frog in the picture below)
I then glued the 5 trident-armed style figures (including the converted standard bear one, to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a 2 tongue depressors with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue under each washer.
My plan was to try and make them look like this kind of Strawberry Poison Dart frog:
I forgot to take a picture before I started applying paint, so we’ll get right into it. I began by giving all the figures a wash with heavily thinned Reaper “Brown Liner” using a wet brush. When that was dry, I painted the bodies with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”. I then painted the shell armor with Americana “Bleached Sand”. After that, I went back and painted their hands and feet with Americana “Dove Grey”.
Next, I painted the grass skirts with Duncan “Olive Green”, and then painted the little diaper-like bottoms they’re wearing with Crafter’s Acrylic “Bright Yellow”. I then painted the turtle shell shields with Accent “Mustard Seed”, and the spears and standard pole with Americana “Sable Brown”. After that, I painted the teeth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.
I then painted all the straps and ties with Americana “Terra Cotta”, and then painted the pouch on his left hip with Americana Mississippi Mud". After that, I painted the heads of the tridents, the armbands, and the dagger fittings with Accent “Golden Harvest, and wen dry, I went back and repainted these areas with Ceramcoat "Bronze”. After everything had a while to dry, I then applied a wash using Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.
For their banner, I bought a stem of artificial flowers at the Dollar Tree and cut off one of the petals, and then poked two holes in it. I then glued it onto the pole.
I’m happy with how these fellows turned out. Now I’m going to work on the next five of the second figure.