Ambull (Rogue Trader Monster)
Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
So here it is, painted at last – my Ambull!
This classic Rogue Trader monster was given to me by Screaming-Mad-George and Krippie when I was staying with them in The Netherlands a few Christmases back. I procrastinate a lot when it comes to getting things painted, but for this one I think I at least have the excuse I wanted to this old and rare model justice. Even deciding on how to base it took a bit of time - I wanted to allude to the fact that Ambulls are tunnelling creatures so decided that the base should represent the floor of a tunnel the creature has dug. After trying several things that didn't quite look how I wanted I settled with a piece of cork bark sliced through at a right angle which had a texture to it with the look of claw marks. I added some sand to represent rubble that had been clawed away and then sealed it the cork with watered down PVC glue for strength and to stop it soaking up the paint when I under coated it.
The colour scheme I used was based on the picture of a painted Ambull that appeared in White Dwarf 99 but made a little darker as befits my style of painting
From a black under coat I gave the Ambull a base coat of Scorched Brown which I then highlighted up though Graveyard Earth and Komando Kaki. At this point I'd like to point out I'm not exactly sure what all the details on the Ambull really represent so I'm going to just call them by what they look like. I gave the tubes that run from the creature's head and over it back a thin green glaze to pick them out and the gave the softer looking muscle type areas a coat of Yellow Wash and then Griffone Sepia to distinguish them them from the chitinous armour-like plates (which where left as they where after the final Komando Kaki highlight). I then washed the feathery-looking areas on the torso and legs with a mixture of Yellow Wash and Baal Red, followed by slightly watered down Devian Mud. I then gave the mandibles and the claws on the feet and hands an extra highlight of bleached bone to pick them out. The eyes where painted Blood Red followed by Ruby Red and the model was pretty much finished. The rock on the base was dry-brushed Adeptus Battle Grey, washed with Devian Mud and then highlighted with a mixture of Adeptus Battle Grey and Codex Grey. Oh and the base edge was cleaned up with a quick coat of MP paints Primer Black, which had also been used for the undercoat. Simple but effective paint job – I'm very happy with this one!
^For reference here's the original picture of the painted Ambull that appeared in WD99
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