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Here's something I have been meaning to do for a while, since apparently I have had Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain pack of three giant wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain #8560) and RAFM's three dire wolves so long I can't even remember when I got them or how on earth I got an RAFM product I can't seem to find mention of on the internet.
I also nabbed a set of Reaper's #02830 Wolf Pack, which contains three smaller wolves, still impressively sized next to humans.
Here they are, cleaned and glued to bases (all nine wolves were more prone to tipping over sideways than I like).
Reaper, on one-inch fender washers:
Thunderbolt Mountain, on 1.25-inch fender washers:
RAFM, on 1.25-inch fender washers:
And here they are together for a size comparison, from left to right: A Reaper wolf from the set, the Bones wolf from the Familiar Set #77176, Reaper's Willow Greenivy #03682, a Tom Meier giant wolf and an RAFM dire wolf.
I would say the Reaper wolves are the most classically wolf-shaped. They are a bit large for wolves (see the picture above for scale). They are realistic and look well posed for various purposes.
The two larger sets of wolves are almost the size of small ponies and look like they are begging for goblin riders.
The Thunderbolt Mountain giant wolves have the elegant long, thin legs Tom Meier gives a lot of his creatures (I have also seen some astonishingly elegant wolfhounds and impossibly graceful insect-like horses from his hand). Here they look maybe almost a little too long and thin, but they are certainly beautifully sculpted, as are the ranks of fur sliding along the animals' forms. Their poses are realistic and expressive.
The RAFM dire wolves, as large as the Thunderbolt Mountain ones, are a lot more cartoony. Their faces are kind of pushed-in and piggy and their anatomy doesn't make as much sense. They move oddly, although melodramatically. They definitely have a mood of menace to them.
Something was a little off with the casting of the Thunderbolt Mountain wolves. Two of them had little pits along their spines, as though there were just not quite enough pewter in the mold or something. I filled them in with epoxy and tried to smooth it out to match the surface.
At the moment the figures are glued but not yet primed. When I paint these, I am thinking of painting them mostly as realistic grey wolves, white arctic wolves, and perhaps some black wolves.
Here is a group of speed painted bones skeletons I painted back in February. I spent maybe 4 hours total on all of them. I am still planning on adding some plant materials to the base.
Skeletal Spearmen (77001)
Skeletal Archers (77017)
Skeletal Swordsmen (77018)
All the bones skeletons I have painted so far:
And all the skeletons I have ever painted, because I love me some group shots. The ones in front (and back) was painted over 20 years ago, before I started basing. Miniatures from Grenadier, Ral Partha, Rafm and of course Reaper.
This is one of a pot-luck batch of modern adventurer women figures I got from RAFM, a real mixed bag. Some of them are terrific, some ... kind of goofy. This one seems to fall a bit closer to the goofy end. She is in a pose my martial arts friend called "Kill Me Now", and her face is rather unfortunately flattened front-to-back.
I figured I'd paint her up quickly tabletop style for use as a mook or opponent. I did get a little bored painting her just plain, though, so I gave her Goth-Egyptian makeup.
So while in the google hangout thing we've been trying, I've been busy. I thought it might be an excellent opportunity to burn through some of my RAFM that have been lurking about for years, so here's what I did this week. Some of these will be hilariously infamous to people who have been listening in while I worked.
I started with 3926 Female Druid:
Then on to the troll butts, consisting of 3722 Troll Chieftan:
And then 3723 Troll Warrior:
Then I did 3910 Female Cleric:
3733 Lich Summoning Demon:
Then the infamous egyptian pope lich... uh... box thing. (aka 3743 Lich Priest):
Then 3610 Hill Cyclops:
Then 3909 Male Cleric:
And finished off today with my personal favourite... 3737 Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit:
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