Since a Battle Standard Bearer is such an important part of my Beastmen army (in game terms), I finally got round to painting this Wargor. I’m looking forward to putting him on the field again soon, although having this big banner is probably going to be bad for his health (it’s easier to hide when you’re only primed and have no standard on the end of the pole). As with the Bestigors, the banner itself is done crudely. This is partly because that’s how I imagine the Beastmen themselves doing it, and partly because I’m really bad at free hand painting. If you want to know what a really good banner looks like on a Wargor, then check out Zebrazach‘s amazing work.
Originally I only painted the top skull marking, but after some chat with Justinmatters I added a few random symbols at the bottom.
I almost always use a shield on the BSB in the game, but the model was too busy to put one on his arm, and the cloak stops me from slinging it across his back. My solution was to stick this Warriors of Chaos shield (thanks to Forkbanger) on the base behind him, so as to make it look like he’d driven it in there for better flag-waving action.
Here’s the big boy up-close and personal. I’m worried that the Wargor looks a little colourless since all that can be seen of him is armour and skin from the front, and cloak from the back. I usually try to use the clothing as a bright counter colour to all the dark skin and fur for this army, but there’s so little of it showing on this chap that it’s hard to make it work. Of course, he’s carrying a giant green flag, so overall there’s plenty of colour, just none of it is on his body.
I discussed the basing at length with Furycat, who suggested that I should make more of the ‘stone’ effect caused by the plastic he’s standing on, but I decided against it for three main reasons. Firstly, the Wargor is already a whole lot of grey, and I didn’t want to add even more. Secondly, I thought it might look better if it was consistent with the basing for the only other hero in the army, my Bray Shaman. Finally, it was more hard work than I felt it was going to be worth.
Next up: a few more Gors to make this herd up to a 40-strong horde.