Russ’ Grot – Community Grot Project

When I heard about Matthew Everett’s Community Grot Project I knew I had to be involved. In the two and a bit years that I’ve been back in the hobby I’ve only painted two other Greenskins. That, coupled with the fact that this was a Gretchin from the 2nd Edition Warhammer 40k boxset, meant that my participation was a no brainer.

What did require some thought however was how to paint him. In the time between volunteering and receiving the Grot in the post (accompanied by Da Rulez, see below, and a sticker) I had been wracking my brains on themes, warbands and conversions.

In the end, it was a chance encounter with the ‘Warhammer 40,000 How to paint your models’ leaflet, which I found amongst some old magazines and rule books that swayed me. The leaflet describes how to paint the contents of the 2nd edition boxset, which of course includes our Gretchin.

Of the two Greenskins I’ve painted recently (both for my paint swap challenge miniature – see here) one was indeed a Gretchin. However, painting something so small isn’t exactly easy for me so I set about base coating and shading, following the images as a guide. I tried to get similar tones using the current citadel paint range but had to compromise in a couple of places – namely the gun (I didn’t have any Mournfang Brown and my attempts to recreate it with the colours I had failed spectacularly) and the blue around the boots and on the sleeves (I forgot my Macragge Blue). Once the highlights were finished, I called him done. I feel he looks better in person as my camera phone doesn’t really capture the skin tone correctly.

Below you can see my finished mini ready to be returned and added to the Bucket O Grots.

Overall I’m happy with how he turned out and am pleased with how he looks compared with the paint scheme I’d been following. I hadn’t painted a Gretchin in Goff colours since I was 14 (some 23 years ago!) so this provided a pleasant nostalgic experience for me.

I thought I was finished but, as Matthew reminded me, he needed a name. As this model is from the 90’s I opted to give him a name inspired by someone who was prominent during the time. I introduce Bruise Willhiss. So named because he once lost his shoes while scaling an Imperial high rise hab block and cut his feet on broken glass causing him to hiss in pain. All his pals found this very amusing. However, one didn’t laugh for long. Hans Grubbier fell to his death while fighting over a chronometer with Bruise. Yippe ki yay muthakrumpa!