Green grow’th the holly
So doth the ivy;
Though winter blasts blow ne’er so high,
Green grow’th the holly
The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any Thorne,
Rise Ol’ Moon’s Green Kyngge,
On Winters Day in the morn.
Old Terran lullaby, M16
I have finally finished the Green Kyngge, one of the main characters of the Green Mechanicvm!
The Green Kyngge has been built on the basis of a Khorne Juggernaut turned upright to resemble a walking, albeit six-limbed, humanoid. A homage to Toni’s amazing Green Mechanicvm Centipede!
It was a surprisingly fun and fast build where I dug deep into my bits box and it almost build itself. I ended up making good use of the metal head of 54mm Preacher Josef from the original Inquisitor game, a metal cherub from the banner of Sister Celestine with its wings cut off and replaced with an enzyme enhancer (the cherub is hard-wired to the big gun to aid the aim of the Green Kyngge), a plastic chaos banner top used as the Kyngge’s Crown, an old Chaos Warrior cape used as loin cloth and a set of keys to the Green Room from the amazing Belasarius Cawl plastic set.
As you will see in my next post on the Crataegus Legion Army List I have a lot of stuff to finish before summer!
As such, I have to stick rigorously to my painting approach to all the miniatures as part of a larger, collective canvas and not get caught down by intricate blending and detailing. If not, I fear I will not be able to finish it all in time.
For the Green Kyngge this has meant that the painting process was very organic (no pun intended!) and pretty fast aiming for an overall look that fits into the look of rest of the army more than elaborate painting as I would normally do with a character of this status. It was all about getting the atmosphere and world building aspects right!
I have used different tones of green, brown and blue as the overall palette with purple, orange and yellow as additional tones used in the shading and highlights. For instance a very bright yellowish green on top of white hightlights to make the green pop even more. He was painted with big brushes and sponges for the large areas and more focussed detailing on his face, cherub and shield.
My next painting project is even bigger: Radix Arborea Sixten Vreeswijk has been primed and is ready for paint!
Green Man Cometh!