(I bet you thought I forgot about these guys)
There can be a lot of different motivators to get a hobby project done. Sometimes people rush to get something done for a tournament or campaign, sometimes people are trying to get something done for a painting contest, sometimes it's an RPG and sometimes it's because you can't let yourself start "the next thing" until you finish "the last thing". And so I circle back around to my gnolls.
Just the other day I received the next batch of figures for my planned 'classic monsters' fantasy RPG (I've firmly decided I'm definitely going to use the Pathfinder rules) which consisted of 6 Pig-Faced Orcs and 2 Rust Monsters from Otherworld Miniatures. These figs look AMAZING and I can't wait to get started on them but I can't bring myself to get going on them until my gnolls are done.
To that end I painted the third of my 5 gnolls, this one is the cleric of the group. Following my friend Darren's suggestion I went with grey skin and red fur for a straight from the Monster Manual look.
I think it turned out pretty well, but for the next fig I'm definitely going to go for more of a brown-red for the fur.
If I can get the other 2 gnolls done this weekend I think I'll take a crack at doing the Pig-Faced Orcs as my fantasy unit entry in the Immortal Brush Competition!
...oh, and one other thing. In the same order as the Otherworld fantasy figs I also got 4 of the new Judges on Lawmasters from Mongoose/Warlord. That means that the same fire that got lit under my butt to finish those gnolls might also get me to finish my last 10 Judges on Lawmasters from the previous generation of Mongoose miniatures.