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Hasslefree's Gnolls


Female Gnoll Cleric
Product #
HFW402
Manufacturer
Suggested Retail Price
£3.50 GBP

Male Gnoll Trooper #1
Product #
HFW400
Manufacturer
Suggested Retail Price
£4.00 GBP

Male Gnoll Trooper #2
Product #
HFW401
Manufacturer
Suggested Retail Price
£4.00 GBP


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SultanSevy writes:

Very cool… First time I've seen these puppies… Gotta get me some GNOLL!!!


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22 March 2009page first published

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Beowulf Fezian writes:

Even since I played D&D, I've been a fan of Gnolls. I collected several Ral Partha Gnolls, built a Naresh warband for Chainmail, and when Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian offered the opportunity to do the new(ish) Hasslefree Gnolls, I jumped at the opportunity!

The miniatures arrived in the mail one week later: two males and a female leader. These are beautiful sculpts, with dynamic poses. As usual with Hasslefree, the figures were crisp, clean, and mold lines were almost inexistent; I cleaned all of them in less than five minutes!

I primed them in Rust-Oleum Light Grey, and proceeded to the painting.

Primed Gnoll
Primed Gnoll
Primed Gnoll

First, I painted the figures GW Bestial Brown. The armour, muzzle, ears, straps and claws were painted GW Chaos Black. The weapons hafts were painted Calthan Brown, and the loincloth Mechrite Red. The mane received a coat of Vallejo GC Charred Brown. Pouches and bags were painted GW Gretchin Green and Fenris Grey. Finally, the teeth were painted Bleached Bone. The idea was just to block the colours in, nothing fancy.

Gnoll in progress
Gnoll in progress (back)
Gnoll
Gnoll

Once that was done, I drybrushed Vallejo Black Grey on the leather straps, and GW Charadon Granite on the ears. I then washed the entire figures with Winsor & Newton Peat Brown. Where the ink pooled too much, I removed the excess ink with a brush.

Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnoll

Since the manes looked too flat, I mixed Charred Brown with a little yellow and drybrushed that part until I liked the effect. I also drybrushed the skin (and especially the face) with Bestial Brown, and then lightened the colour until it looked good. I also highlighted the claws with grey.

The Gnolls were then given a coat of Krylon Matt Varnish to protect them and kill the ink's gloss.

Up to now, I had not decided whether the armour was going to be leather or metal. Upon closer analysis, the armour had some shapes that would be extremely difficult to do on leather. Besides, metal would contrast better.

I started drybrushing Vallejo Gunmetal Grey, followed by Boltgun Metal and finishing with a little Mithril Silver on the armour and weapons. It looked a little too clean for Gnolls, so I washed the metal parts with Winsor & Newton Peat Brown (I love the stuff!). It gave definition, and made the metal parts look a little grimy and rusty, and the ink's shine actually looked good. I painted the buckles with Mithril Silver.

The shields were painted Chaos Black, and lightly drybrushed with Boltgun Metal. The inside was painted Calthan Brown, and the whole thing was washed with (yes, you guessed it!) Winsor & Newton Peat Brown.

I painted the bases Gretchin Green, covered them with diluted PVA glue, and applied my own blend of Woodland Scenics flock and static grass. The flock actually helps the grass stand up.

Gnolls
Gnolls
Gnolls

Now the figures were finished! I placed the shields in place with Tac to take some pictures, and send them to our Fearless Leader. There, these beasties will crack the bones of many a defeated enemy!

Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnolls
Gnolls

My intention in doing this article is to prove that you don't have to be gifted with a brush, or spend countless hours on the table, to get nice-looking figures.

And some pictures taken here at TMP:

Gnolls
Gnoll
Gnoll
Gnolls
Gnolls