• Matt

The Lizardmen of Lustria

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

It's strange how you suddenly get enthused for something again. For my old Lizardmen, it started off with playing Mordheim, reading up on the rules for Tilean marksmen, digging out my old Dogs of war army (Lustrian themed), deciding that with the best will in the world my collection of regiments of renown isn't a viable army, imagining the jungles of Lustria these mercenaries would attempt to loot and finally dusting off my Saurus warriors...

I've mentioned before that my all time favourite 40k force was and is, the Thousand Sons. Collecting countless variants of them, reading up on all the lore as well as hunting down third party figures to add to the army. Well for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, my favorite is undoubtedly the Lizardmen of Lustria.

I've collected all versions of their army books over the years and added models from each era to the army.

These books date, from left to right; 1997, 2003, 2008 & 2012.

Before getting onto the figures, I wanted to touch on the current "cannon" version of the Lizardmen, or as they're now known "Seraphon"...

Now for context, I started collecting this army when I was 10, back in 97. in the following 20 plus years the Lizardmen were the ancient guardians of the jungle domain of Lustria. They spawned in jungle temples built by the "old ones" and are heavily influenced by the Aztec's/Inca's. I read novels about human explorers delving deep into the jungles in search of great mountains of Lustrian gold. I converted jungle diorama's, painted models and drew countless crude doodles of Lizardman in my childhood.

As a result the change to the Lizardman lore, to which they are now (in Age of Sigmar) space deamons summoned into existence by the Slaan mage priests from their lofty starships is a bitter pill to swallow.

It is in fact this exact contempt Games Workshop shows for veteran players which gives us the "jaded" status. When I worked for the company there was always a "eye rolling" attitude about "those jaded vets". Hobbyists that would never be happy and should be kept at arms length. Although I appreciate there are players exactly like that stereotype, I am a little more sympathetic for them now.

You see, I would not have taken any issue with Age of Sigmar, if it's creation didn't defecate all over the hobby, story-line and miniature range I grew up with. In fact I think its quite amazing Games Workshop rolled out the replacement to Warhammer Fantasy Battle in this way.

You're never off to a good start with a new game if you've simultaneously annoyed the older player base. Especially by telling them (at least in the lore) all your warriors are dead, the planet is destroyed, every story you ever read ultimately ended here, every character you ever followed perished, every battle you ever fought was for nothing and the army's theme you've followed for decades has been poorly rewritten...

So yeah, I don't consider the current version of the Lizardmen cannon.

Anyway, I think you get my point and rant over... for now.

You want to skip to the models, here we are!

At some point in my collection I resprayed the army black. It must have been in my early 20's as at this point my painting was definitely better than what I churned out as a kid. Most of the army is still undercoated, others (the newer models) are still on sprue.

About 7 years ago I started painting them again and a significant part are finished. Over the next few weeks and months i'll aim to keep this blog updated with new units as and when they are finished. For now this is what's tabletop ready;

Classic Saurus Warriors

There is a special place in childhood memory for these basic Saurus warriors. Yes they're not very detailed and yes they're all in the same pose but that's what makes them classic!

The unit Champion was converted using the old undead Saurus warrior from the Cursed Company regiment.

Current Saurus Warriors

Despite being released in 2003, I still consider these new models and I would have liked to see an update by now. Not that I have an issue with the sculpt but they have a terrible habit of grabbing each other when you try and remove one from the unit. All those sticky out limbs and tails!

Skink Skirmishers

Like those Saurus above, I still think of these guys as new models but they're also 2003 releases.

Chameleon Skinks

Now the little orange fella at the front is a classic special character named Oxayotl from 1997. He was the inspiration no doubt for the release of the rest of the models in 03.

Salamanders and Skink Handlers

Also from 2003, these metal Salamanders spit fire at their foes. Although models from my mid teenage years, they had been more recently re-based with the old Lustrian basing kit.

That's it for now unfortunately, although i'm very nearly finished with a unit of Terradons.

Other than those above, I've got the following in my paint queue;

  • Classic Skink archers

  • Classic Kroxigor

  • Old metal Kroxigor

  • Original Saurus cavalry

  • Plastic Saurus cavaly

  • Classic Stegadon

  • Newer plastic Stegadon

  • A Bastiladon

  • Various Skink priests

  • Classic Skink horned one riders

As well as getting hold of a decent Lord choice like a Saurus lord on Carnasaur.

Lot's to do!

13th of December, 2019

So the Terradons are finished, most of the paint job here was started all those years ago, so there was little for me to do to complete them. Well other than needing to paint the Skinks and bases, so effectively I had already painted the Terradons themselves.

I've also started the first unit of Saurus cavalry. On a personal note, I hate painting cavalry. It doesn't matter what army, it's always my least favourite bit. Not sure if it's to do with the hard to reach places under the mount, the backs of the shields you can't get to or all those reins to paint but I've never enjoyed it.

So when I was in my local GW and the guy there gave me his best Contrast paint sales pitch, I was all ears. Up until now I have been steering clear of them as they seemed a bit cheaty, but if I can save myself a few nights in just one coat on a regiment I just want table top ready? done!