Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kaladrax and the wand of death diorama

Kaladrax and the wand of death, turning those it slays into undead horrors.

I modified this first edition of 10012, Kaladrax so that it looks like he's giving an order pointing its left index at an enemy or direction. I also converted the bones of the right hand and added a Wand of death in his closed fist. The Wand of death comes from Reaper's 10005, The Court of Abyst boxed set. On the base, I used natural rocks, Army Painter Wasteland Tuft and natural dry lichen as tumbleweed.

10012, Kaladrax the Dire Drake was sculpted by Jim Johnson. The 03815 Skeletal Halfling, 03816 Skeletal Elf, 03817 Skeletal Dwarf and 03820 Skeletal Minotaur were all sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

03820, Skeletal Minotaur

Reaper Miniatures 03820, Skeletal Minotaur.
Dark Heaven Legends model sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

03817, Skeletal Dwarf

Reaper Miniatures 03817, Skeletal Dwarf.
Dark Heaven Legends model sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

03816, Skeletal Elf

Reaper Miniatures 03816, Skeletal Elf.
Dark Heaven Legends model sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

03815, Skeletal Halfling

Reaper Miniatures 03815, Skeletal Halfling.
Dark Heaven Legends model sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.


Monday, December 4, 2017

01547, Cal the Chibi Skeleton

Reaper Miniatures 01547, Cal the Chibi Skeleton.
Special Edition Bonesylvanian Figure sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ogre Kingdoms Bruiser

Here is my Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy Ogre Kingdoms Bruiser. I used chains, Mournfang cavalry, Mordheim flintlock blunderbuss and other bits to convert it.

Ogre Bruisers usually act as enforcers or under-chieftains within their tribal kingdom, and they spend a great deal of their time smashing and pummeling in the name of their Tyrant. As a payment for using their fighting skills and brawn, Bruisers have many privileges in the tribe. Not least of these is the license to smack seven shades of dung out of any Ogre not toeing the line, not eating messily enough, or spending too much time playing with his Gnoblars.

This bullying behaviour doesn't make them popular with the rest of the tribe, though most Ogres have learnt that it's better to keep their mouths shut - at least while the Bruiser is within hearing distance, anyway. Occasionally an Ogre will fight back, and in the unlikely event that he wins the resulting brawl, he will be allowed to take the Bruiser's place. This right of challenge serves to keep the Bruisers in line, and ensures that they don't take too much advantage of their privileged position.

A Bruiser is second only to the Tyrant in terms of pure size and strength, and is often related to the Kingdom's ruler by blood relations. Comparable to the chieftain of an Ogre tribe, it is the Bruisers who generally keep order and disicipline within the ranks of the tribes when the Tyrant's eye is elsewhere. They are physically massive and are generally the champions of the Ogre games that play such a large part of their culture and society.

Many Bruisers will seek to grow their reputations by performing great feats of slaughter upon a battlefield. Nothing suits a Bruiser better than being the one who single-handedly turned a fight around. Stopping a chariot with their bellies, breaking entire formations by themselves or squishing the life out of the enemy's mightiest champion are the kinds of deeds that a Bruiser must do to build up his name. With the exception of the Tyrant, Bruiser get the best pick of the spoils and equip themselves with the best wargear around, including outlandish items plundered from lands afar.

Occassionally, a Bruiser will place a leadership challenge to the incumbent Tyrant, but it is common for a Bruiser to be content with the pure violence of his position without the hefty burden of ruling and decision-making. Some Tyrants prefer Bruisers that are no more than huge, muscle-bound thugs with no ambition and the brains and temperament of a Rhinox. Not all Bruisers are simple-minded brutes, however. Many are veterans of dozens of campaigns who have traveled through the Old World and beyond, learning the hard way what works on the battlefield and what does not. These veterans have seen it all, and are content to act as loyal advisers and henchmen to the Tyrant. He, in his turn, is grateful to have at least one or two followers he can trust to do the right thing at the right time.

Top fighting Bruisers are often found as the captains of Ogre mercenary bands, having enough intelligence and experience to negotiate a good deal, while still having the brute strength needed to make sure the rest of the crew do exactly as they are told. Bruisers are sometimes entrusted with the tribe's standard, a massive banner hung with trophies and tokens of the tribe's bloodiest victories and accomplishments symbols that rouse great feelings of pride and aggression in his fellow Ogres. These banners are so robust that they are often used as weapons themselves - having a metal-bound pole smashed into your head by a Bruiser will hurt no matter what's hanging from it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

02712, Eyebeast on custom base

I had painted this Reaper Miniatures 02712, Eyebeast last june, then decided it needed a nice base. So, I just finished a custom base for my Eyebeast. I used Blister Packaging Plastic and Mod Podge to create the saliva dripping from its maw and realistic water effect on the base. I will be entering this toothy monster in Reaper Miniatures 2017 Annual contest Single Figure 40mm - 99mm Reaper entries.

The Eyebeast model was sculpted by Julie Guthrie. I added two eyestalks on its head. The eyestalks are from Reaper Miniatures 03440, Creature Components II.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dark Sword Miniatures Anthropomorphic Hamster Group

Dark Sword Miniatures, Critter Kingdoms - Anthropomorphic Animals.
From left to right; DSM8047 Hamster Swashbuckler, DSM8025 Hamster Thief,
DSM8045 Hamster Bard with Harp, DSM8036 Hamster Mage,
DSM8035 Hamster Knight with Spear and DSM8046 Hamster Cleric,
28mm tall pewter models painted with acrylics.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10012, Kaladrax the Dire Drake (first edition)

Here are some pictures of my entry for the Facebook Paint Your Dragon
Reaper Group Painting Contest.
I slightly modified the pose of this first edition 10012, Kaladrax
so that it looks like he's pointing its left arm finger at an enemy or direction.

I also converted the bones of the right hand and added a Wand of Orcus in his closed fist.
The Wand of Orcus comes from Reaper's 10005, The Court of Abyst boxed set.

On the base, I used natural rocks, Army Painter Wasteland Tuft and natural dry lichen.
I also used crackle paste to create dry soil and Milliput putty
to build the dunes before covering them with sand

Kaladrax the Dire Drake was sculpted for Reaper Miniatures by Jim Johnson.