Yup, I've been cutting the heads off horses
I've always liked the grenadier barbarians that you can get from places like Forlorn Hope, Battlezone, em4 etc (actually, most of the grenadier miniatures in their fantasy range are at least solid sculpts, if not gems), and this is what they can look like if you are as talented with the brush as LAF supremo, Professor Witcheimer:
|Look at those vibrant flesh tones!|
But they don't make centaur versions, so I decided to get a little hack-happy with my new razor saw...
|This is actually the second horse and rider - the first was already cut and shunted by the time I thought to take photos|
A spot of pinning and greenstuff later (and some mold line removal; goodness but the metal they use is hard - it took ages!) and I had this, including my first ever attempt at sculpting mail. Not bad, imo, but the "rings" are a bit large.
|Blurred by the speed of his gallop!|
|I was pleased with a natural looking curve from "man spine" into "horse spine"|
|See what I mean about the giant mail? It'll have to do.|
And then the usual grey spray undercoat (Wilko's finest generic spray paint) with a black wash (my Badab Black has finally run out so I've replaced it with Army Painter "Dark Tone" ink; an exact substitution, pleasingly).
Reassured that this would work I ordered the other three I needed for my little cavalry unit and, as soon as my new pin vice drill bit arrives (today, I hope) then I'll get on with the rest. Hopefully with smaller mail, this time! And then, eventually, paint....
Advice, suggestions and fawning flattery all welcome!
btw - the illustration at the top of this piece is by Pixar artist, John Cooley, who has done some great film scene sketches in the Pixar look... but definitely not for children!