Moo – painting animals

One of the things that make some games shine aren’t the soldiers or the terrain but the incidental stuff like civilians and animals. When it comes to animals I have found that if I paint them from memory they never look right. We have these idealized versions of things in our heads that just don’t match up with real life. Take for example longhorn steers. In my head they are all just a russet brown. However A quick look via Bing Images or Google Images reveals that in fact some longhorns look like painted horses. Few of them look alike!

The technique I like to use when I have a lot of animals is to find several distinct styles, divide my animals up and then paint them according to those styles. Its a fun exercise and the result is you end up with much better looking animals.

Animals can be used as set dressing or they can be a major part of your scenario. These longhorn cattle will be part of an Old West game I’ll run at Nashcon.


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