Here is my painted herd of Bestigors. A bleating mob of enraged goaty lumberjacks storming across the field at them has been the last sight for many a disciplined unit of my foes. Sadly, their improbable success on the table has sometimes doomed them to a sad end under a barrage of artillery fire or otherworldly magic, but I take that as a compliment on how scary this herd can be. It’s a well-known meme among our gaming group that painted models do better, so I am looking forward to seeing how the Bestigors get on now that they are dressed to kill.
The painting was quite a nice change after all the Gors. Bestigors have hardly any skin and hair showing (at least, compared to the Gors and Ungors), so it was good to be able to break out some nice blues for the clothing and bronze for the armour. I mainly decided on bronze for contrast with the sea of grey and black that makes up the majority of my war herd, but as it turns out it contrasts nicely with the blue robes too.
I’ve always liked the way these chaps look when ranked up. All you can see sticking out over the mass of unwashed goat bodies is horns and huge axes.
The three amigos. Due to the way victory points are counted in 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle, the herd only counts as destroyed if it’s wiped out the last Beastman. As a result I’ve had more than a few games where a handful of survivors has hung on to the points for the entire unit – they’re always in the thick of the fighting (if I can help it) and inevitably take a few casualties every combat.
Depending on how the battle goes, the Gouge Horn is either the first or last to die. If a challenge comes in from a mighty hero then this chap gets pushed in his way until I can thin out the ranks of the other unit. He’s no slouch in combat, though I can’t think of a time I’ve actually taken a character down in a challenge with him.
There’s not much to be said about the musician. He was a lot easier to paint than the rank and file because he doesn’t have a giant axe blade covering half of his head.
The banner isn’t exactly the finest painting in the world, but I just don’t really enjoy doing pictures on flat surfaces. I originally was going to do a few details, but after getting the moon on the blue background I decided that I liked it just like that. Beastmen aren’t artists either, I suppose. At least it looks a lot less bad at tabletop distance.
Next on the painting table: the Wargor Battle Standard Bearer.