Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Black Dog WIP

a quick WIP of the lone phantom dog...



it's a GW Wild Warg, the head was cut down, lower jaw removed, back hair removed, and generally the whole head got trimmed down to a vaguely more doggy head shape... loads of g/s so far and it's looking ok, I need to redo the lower lip as that was left from when I'd given it a thicker lower jaw, but that is thinner now to help make the snout more pointy... new ears were a quandry, as I didn't want it too wolf-like but floppy mastiff ears didn't look right and as it looks like it's stalking, the forward pricked ears helped with the body language... the problem is, I don't want it too wolf-like as they are always described as big black dogs - although the last wolf was killed a hundred years before my planned period, the sightings of the dogs go back far enough for the witnesses to know what a wolf looks like... I plan on making the feet slightly bigger, and am pondering on the tail... a short tail would remove the wolfishness of it and a bushier tale would just add to it, so a short tail seems likely... but would make it a bit more hyena-ish, but I can live with that... and of course, as it's a Warg under there, it's big, and is currently on a 30mm base...

now, the various Black Dogs are usually harmless, but mostly the theme is that they were a portent of death... in game terms, aside from some tweaking for the shapeshifting Capelthwaite, this doesn't really offer much in the way of a danger, unless of course the reason that they herald a death, is that they are doing the killing...

erm... and yes, I added the demon dogs lipstick down there as well, just seemed wrong not to... no balls yet though...

6 comments:

Michael Awdry said...

Great work on the demon dog; always impressed by anyone that push the blasted greenstuff around so that it actually resembles something.

Brummie said...

Nice g/s stuff work. Look forward to seeing painted

Jet Simian said...

I thought I could spot the Warg underneath, but there's nothing wrong with what you've done with him at all!

Did some versions of the legend really have Shuck with one saucer-like eye, or have I been too influenced by the old Usborne Book of Ghosts?

Whatever, you've now got The Darkness' 'Black Shuck' going through my head. Well done!

anevilgiraffe said...

the Yorkshire version had large saucer like eyes, not heard of a one-eyed variant, but hey, there are so damned many of the things, why not...

Jet Simian said...

FYI, you've inspired me to also find the book and illustration that's haunted me all these years!

http://jetsimian.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/the-stuff-as-bad-dreams-are-made-on.html

Climperoonie said...

@Jet - Not just your imagination, my grandfather collected Shuck and general devil-dog stories in the 60's and there were a few in there that described the cyclopian Shuck variant!

Love the sculpt here, it's going to look awesome finished!