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As usual, the new format holds a "hard mode" challenge!

March and April 2019 Challenge

Your challenge is: 9!

Bonus Challenge: The First!
March 8th is the birthday of Ralph H. Baer, often called the "father of video games." To tribute these early games - paint a character to resemble an early video game character (Think 16-bit era or sooner) the more obscure, the better!

Addendum: It doesn't have to ONLY exist in that era. It doesn't matter if it's the only incarnation of it like Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure or Power Pete, or originated but is on 5183 of the series (looking at you, Final Fantasy.) but the spirit is to that era.

Bonus Challenge: The Second!
Bringing back the classic for April, the "Fools' Brigade!" Paint a mini in a patently absurd scheme! CAV with a bullseye on it...elf with an "I'm organic" tabbard, etc. The more outlandish the better!

Hard Mode Challenge! Ides Of March
Famously known as the date when Julies Caesar was assassinated, March 15. Make a small diorama (or large, whichever) of such an assassination about to, or having recently happened. Characters and environment. This will be counted as # of miniatures + 2 base and scenery.)

As always, the game is made up and the points don't matter!

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Whoooo, the new thread ^_^

 

EDIT: I still intend to do some of the bonus challenges from the previous period though... At least the shelf of shame one.  Still debating about the finger painting one ^_^;;;;  That 8/16 bit classic era of gaming definitely sounds like an interesting choice to try for....

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Hey look I'm on time. Maybe even... early...

 

I begin this post as a place to store links to show off threads.

 

This here is a placeholder for the obelisk I painted earlier this month but haven't taken pics of yet.

 

In the queue pile:

Cultists!

Minis I need for Saturday (undead dudes, robots)

Clockwork dragon

Various monsters, some half-finished

Pile of d00ds. Just... a pile.

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I can play again, at least until a toy or two arrives.  I even have a few things to take pics of already, if I get around to it.

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Succeeded the first time.  I will try again!  though i hope crossovers count because i just finished a bunch of characters this week even though they were started last week.  the question is, can they be molded into a challenge for this month's challenge!

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I'm back in, hopefully I'll get more done this time. I'm considering doing a dragon for the April Fools challenge if I can sort out a suitably ridiculous colour scheme ^_^

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I have no ideas. Be lucky to do nine of something...

 

That Bones bull that is sculpted like it is made of scales, does it score as 2-3 ?

 

This guy:

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77256 ... painted by @Nightwing

 

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On 3/12/2019 at 8:03 AM, NomadZeke said:

...not-a-gorgon...

 

??  Not a Gorgon?  I thought Gorgons went public domain 1000 years ago +/— 200 yrs.  

 

Or maybe not. Maybe a scale covered bull called a Gorgon dates to 1607 and went public domain, IDK, ~1800 or so.

 

 


the cover of the very old book, depicting what looks like a scaled bull on the cover

“The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes is a book from 1607 detailing mythical and legendary beings as described by one Edward Topsell, who appears to have believed he was writing about real animals he'd simply never seen before. Here he speaks of the "Lybian Beast" or "Gorgon,"a dreadful bull-like creature which feasts on poisonous herbs and so possesses a lethal breath.

Did Gygax read this book? We have no proof, though we have corroboration from another entry in The Historie which treats the lamia as a species of creature, half woman and half lion. Considering the mythological Lamia is an individual and a child-eating demoness by trade, the similarity of The Historie's version to the D&D interpretation cannot be overlooked. There's also the "Wilde Beast in the New found World called SU," a monkey-like critter reminiscent of another oddball and unique D&D creature.

Further corroboration comes from Jon Peterson's history Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures from Chess to Role-Playing Games, which also attributes the development of D&D's Gorgon to Topsell's work:

 

From Topsell, for example, Dungeons & Dragons inherits a gorgon that looks like a bull and petrifies with its breath, rather than the gorgons of the story of Perseus, of whom Medusa is the most famous. (Chapter 2.6, at p.154)

I've seen other references that use "African gorgon" to describe the catoblepas, which Topsell's book was referencing. Of course, the catoblepas is a separate creature in D&D — but then, it's more known for a lethal gaze than deadly breath. Thus, despite similar mythology informing both Topsell's "gorgon" and the D&D catoblepas, two distinctive monsters are produced.

What about the metallic hide? Well, for that, let's look at another mythical creature with which Gygax was likely familiar. The Colchis Bulls, or khalkotauroi, were mighty and terrible bronze bulls that could breathe fire. Overcoming them was a task with which Jason, of Argonauts fame, was charged. It may be that Gygax liked the myth but wanted to find a more accessible name than "khalkotauroi" and one less real-world-referencing than "Colchis Bulls," and inadvertently determined from various readings that Topsell's bull-monster with the killer breath and the other dangerous legendary bulls with ultra halitosis were references to the same creature. Thus was produced a thing with the best of both worlds - metallic hide, poisonous breath, and no unfortunate neck deficiency.

Needless to say this is all speculation, though it does look to sources that refer to the "gorgon" as a bovine creature.”

 

—research posted by Jason... [I think]
 

 

Found that ^ on stack exchange > Link to original source <

 

 

At any rate thanks for confirming it counts as 2.

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