Progress on projects has been slow recently, but today I was able to finish up basing on some of the lovely Skull-Swords from Warlord Games. To date, I’ve only played the Slaine Miniatures Game twice, and quickly realised that having more than the three Skull-Swords supplied in the starter set was a good idea! (One of the Drune feat cards allows you to bring on an extra unit of three models). One quick order from Caliver Books later and I had the Drune Warband set.
Like the other Slaine models, these are cast in flexible plastic resin (Siocast, I believe). The models in the box had virtually no flash and cleaned up very quickly with a sharp scalpel; only one model required assembly to stick on its crossbow with a dot of superglue – all the others are one-piece castings. As a nice touch, they were also supplied with four game cards and 25mm round plastic bases.
The Drunes were the first baddies I encountered in the Slaine 2000 AD strip ‘Sky Chariots’; the Drune Lords are the evil priests who drain the power from Tir na Nog (The Land of the Young) and the Skull-Swords, their followers. Warlord Games have done a great job with the sculpts on these. Slaine afficionados will recognise the early design work of Mike McMahon (which also features on the front cover of the box), but with the more outlandish helmets, weapons and shields from the pencil of Massimo Belardinelli.
The set contains nine different miniatures, six with melee weapons and three with repeating crossbows (although the crossbow has been rotated 90 degrees to a traditional bow position, presumably for production purposes).
Like the last models, these had an undercoat of Halfords Plastic Primer followed by Halford White Primer. Painting was the same as for the Slaine starter set models with a mixture of earthy / yellow/ brown colours chosen for the Drunes. Games Workshop Contrast Paints work a treat on the deeply-incised detail of these models.
After the base coats, I added a few highlights using regular acrylic paints and sealed the Contrast paint in with a coat of matt varnish. Metallics were done after varnishing to preserve the shine with a base coat of Army Painter Gunmetal, a wash of thinned GW Contrast Black Templar and a final highlight of AP Shining Silver.
I really enjoyed painting these and will be back for more Slaine in the new year!