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Dr Boom

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  1. I originally got this mini when it first came out and really loved it back then. An upcoming Skull and Shackles adventure requires two undead cyclops, so I sourced another one. This figure has so much fine detail as well as a lot of wide open spaces to practice blending and freehand. As an bonus, I've included a pick of the original one so you can see whether I've improved over the x years since I got the first one. Firstly the new one. Mostly based on the painted version in the webstore with a few extra touches. And the original, mostly based on the artwork in the Pathfinder adventure. The original looks like it might have spent a few thousand years in a dusty crypt somewhere, and I do like the subtle patchiness of the paler blue robe. Still I like the more recent one better.
  2. When I needed mites for my Dreadmir campaign I had completely forgotten about these little terrors from the Stoneskull Expansion from Bones Kickstarter 3 and I found them by accident when I was looking for something else, I've painted these as mites (pale blue skin with sunken, heavily lidded purple eyes) to go with the metal mites that I already have and they're a much better match that the Kobolds I repurposed to round the numbers out. There are a couple of spots where the matt spray has knocked off some of the paint (sometimes happens when I use a spray undercoat on the old white Bones), however I've since touched them up. Hope the party has their tetanus shots before they go up against those rusty knives.
  3. The Corrupted Hermitage in The Show Must Go On needs some Corrupted Retainers to keep it safe from pesky adventurers. The game art shows them as burly beaded men with tridents and I had an old bendy Bones Vagorg from Bones Kickstarter 3 who might serve the purpose alongside the original metal one I bought and painted when it first came out. The metal one is painted more according to the original art the mini is based on, however I thought I'd try something different for this one. While the armour looks more like platemail (impressive for a sorcerer), it could also pass as hide armour like the Corrupted Retainers wear if painted the right way. For White Bones, the detail on his half-orc face protruding from beneath the helm is quite good, however I tried to hide that with a beard. Couldn't quite get all of the bends out of his trident even after repeated visits to the boiling water / ice water mugs, and he has got a bit of a lean. Overall a quick job to serve the purposes of the game done mostly with contrast paints.
  4. The latest to emerge from my Dreadmere Box - these guys will stand in for a pair of Slurks which are lurking outside the Corrupted Hermitage in The Show Must Go On. These are lovely busy little miniatures - a dream to paint with lots of little nubs and tubercles to pick out. I based the colour scheme on Cyclorana australis, the prettiest of Australia's water holding frogs, because the contrast between the tan and green works well. I used a combination of washes (Agrax Earthshade all over a Corax White undercoat, with a Waywatcher Green wash for the green bits and some Reikland Fleshade in a few places), traditional blending (Rakarth Flesh through to Pallid Wytch Flesh for the belly) and contrasts (Snakeskin Leather for the brown bits and spots, Magos Purple for the mouth parts).
  5. Rounding off the last of the circus related reaper minis I recently bought is the Circus Ringmaster. A nice clean mini to paint and I'm happy with the extra time spent on the NMM for the megaphone. Doesn't equate to anyone in my Extinction Curse campaign directly, however when you're on a circus roll . . . As a bonus, something that does turn up in The Show Must Go On is the Mechanical Carny. There is nothing even remotely like this in anyone's catalogues that I know about (not even Wyrd), so I tried a scratchbuild. The following was made from a dollhouse wooden bowl, a pair of wooden shields, a pair of space marine arms, spare clown hands from Bonzo and Zonkers, the end of a polearm of some sort, part of the engine from a 1:35 scale WW2 BMW motorcycle, a washer, some plastic rod, a grass tuft from a GW LOTR cavalry figure and some unidentifiable part from the bits box. Couldn't quite model the extendable boxing glove hands in the adventure art. The aim was to have him look slap-dash, hastily cobbled together and badly maintained.
  6. Having painted her favourite lion Leandrus, I had to get a mini to pass for Danika the Daring, cruel animal trainer at Mistress Dusklight's celestial menagerie. Danika is one of a trio of former fellow performers to pester the party (alongside the psychotic clown Jellicoe Bounce-Bounce and fire breather Viktor Volkano) and challenge them to a performance duel. Not much in the way of female lion tamer miniatures freely available at short notice, however one of the versions of Vermina seemed to fit the bill. I already have the "Rat Queen" Vermina (SKU 50139), so this one I could paint up fairly close to the way she is portrayed in the published adventure ("The Show Must Go On", the first adventure in Pathfinder's Extinction Curse adventure path). I didn't want to remove her rats, so I'm just going with the rats being some tasty treats to train her cats with. She doesn't look happy, but I'm just putting that down to the time she ran into the party when they made their escape from the Celestial Menagerie in Session 0.
  7. Sorry about that ;) The rectangular base was the last old school citadel cavalry base in my base box. I would have based them both on this sort of base as they fit in my storage boxes better, but I didn't have time to order in some more. Speaking of which, does anyone know of a good source of smaller than 25mm bases. I like the ones you get with the small Nolzur's minis, but I need a stash to base some of my smaller Bones figures.
  8. That would be about right. I've seen that brand if not that product in some of the local FLHSs. Might have a closer look before I order online
  9. I needed a male lion to play Leandrus, companion to Daring Danika in Mistress Dusklight's Celestial menagerie and while I have a nicely painted metal celestial lion, he is a touch on the large side. Besides, I got this pair in Bones II (or I). A fairly quick job on the pair of them, but it does the job.
  10. Trigger warning for Coulrophobics . . . After the Cave Bear scooped the pool for the rights to play Bardolph the Performing Bear, it's time to find someone to play Jellicoe Bounce-Bounce, the psychotic clown from Mistress Dusklight's Celestial Menagerie. Luckily, Chronoscope comes through with two worthy candidates. Firstly, Bonzo, who bears a striking resemblance to a certain cinematic clown we'll call Centsmarts. I really hate painting white, however this gave me an opportunity to play with the pale pink of the greasepaint, a cool white for his undershirt and a warm white for his pants and ruffles. Nasty looking piece of work, especially those teeth . . . Next up is Zonkers, who despite being described as a "Killer Clown" has a much more friendly disposition. I painted him more according to Jellicoe's art in the published adventure, however I don't think he carries the same psychotic demeanour. Vote below - which clown needs to be sent in against the party?
  11. Last Extinction Curse minis for the time being, although holidays means I should get a few more painted over the next few weeks. Alongside the Vermlek's this adventure calls for some Abrikandilu demons to mess up the Goldenlaws church. "Wrecker" Demons have vaguely goatish figures and spend most of their time destroying the works of Gods and men. While the minitaurs aren't a perfect match, I can see these guys as pesky little vandals ripping the place up. Looking at that nose and the general shape of the head, I reckon if you whipped off the horns and rounded the ears up these guys would also make good koala / drop bear warriors
  12. Another quick paint for Extinction Curse - this is Margara playing the role of Pruana Two Punch, proprietor of the Mad Mug. Pruana is a brawler who is quite ok sitting back while the party teaches a lesson to the lazy thugs who use her inn as a base, but she's more than capable of defending herself. While she normally doesn't use weapons other than her formidable fists, Margara's mini is the only female dwarf in my collection who doesn't seem to be armed and armoured to the teeth. Now just to find a cheap pack of farm animals to provide her goat Violet
  13. The First Extinction Curse adventure needs a trio of boars - two juveniles and an adult to harry the party in an orchard. While the scale is wildly out, I thought I'd use two of my metal dire boars painted ages ago as the juvies, and the Bones IV model as the adult to differentiate. Here's the adult. Need to work on the focus for that camera. Once again, a fairly quick job, but I experimented with some different shading and colours for this one (including a pale khaki highlight and a deep blue wash)
  14. Playing catch-up on a lot of minis here - my players in Extinction Curse are progressing much faster than I can paint, so the last few weeks have been a bit of quick and dirty paintjobs with a lot of Citadel Contrast paints. In the first adventure, Vermlek demons are needed. For the uninitiated, these are essentially enormous worms which devour their victims from the inside and wear their skins. The show isn't all that convincing, however, and once the jig is up they have the disconcerting habit of erupting from their host. There are some pre-painted ones which look a little goofy, so I had the idea of repurposing the heads from my Bones IV Giant Maggots (the lower halves will be used in an upcoming project for the end of the adventure) and attaching them to a humanoid body with some greenstuff shreds showing the remains of the skinsuit, however I couldn't quite find a body with the right proportions - until I uncovered my old Bones III Grave Minions. I'm unlikely to need some pumpkin headed gravediggers any time soon, so I now have a pair of jack o'lanterns rattling around in my bits box. Even better, the vermleks in the adventure are posing as gravediggers, so they fit the bill rather nicely. Not as happy with the skin suit remains as I was hoping, but overall I'm pleased with the effect. They'll start off as some normal gravediggers from my collection, then I'll swap these guys in once the party figure them out.
  15. Finally, Nothic minis. I think I played in two separate Lost Mines of Phandelan without a nitric to use as a mini
  16. And just to contradict my last comments about "realistic" minis, I'll go with the mouselings - the geisha does it for me. Maybe I can justify them a "realistic" oriental Ysoki.
  17. That blending on the skull is fantastic
  18. Carrion Crown is finally behind us and the group has asked to play through the Extinction Curse adventure path for Pathfinder 2E, although I'm converting it back to 1E because I have so much invested in 1st edition. It's been a busy couple of weeks (sorry I didn't notice the birthday shout-outs over on the social pages), however I've got the party together and most of the miniatures we'll need for the first session. For those of you not familiar with the adventure, the party is a group of performers who escape from an exploitative circus to start their own, all the while fighting off a conspiracy of horrors from deep beneath the earth who want to send the Isle of Kortos back to the sea floor from which the God Aroden raised it. In each adventure the party gets to throw a circus performance, so each character is encouraged to come up with a scene stealing act to rake in the money. Without much further ado, let me introduce . . . The yet to be named Aasimar Bard whose performance involves singing up a storm to make the angels weep, as played by 89021 Mystic Theurge This character has an Azata background and the miniature probably depicts how he'll be in a level or 10. He'll be the literal voice of the party, and he uses his bardic inspiration to help the other characters in their acts. I tried to get a glow effect on the eyes, and through no fault of my own, that right eye turned out really well. The yellow foliage that looks like it's being lifted up with him was also a fortunate accident. Next up, hailing from far off Minkai and with a mysterious past is Emiko, Kitsune Rogue (played by 77474 Dijoro, Female Kitsune and 77057 Juliette, Female Sorceress as her human alter ego). I shortened Dijoro's weapon to make it more like the sword that the player wanted. I also tried a bit of freehand dragons on the jacket. Emiko's contribution to the circus is more along the lines of close up card tricks in the side show, however she helps to keep the performances going behind the scenes where she can. Then we have Chug Dignugget, Gnome Drunken Master Monk, as played by 77166 Balto Burrowell. Chug's act is a chaotic display of acrobatics and juggling sharp objects, all while displaying the deceptive grace of the Drunken Master. Finally, there's Draven Drovic, Elven Ranger, played by 77384 Arathanel. Draven found himself on the wrong side of Queen Ileosa's ill-fated and short-lived rise to power, ending up on the streets of Absalom where he joined Mistress Dusklight's circus. Before his fall, he made himself useful to the human rulers of Korvosa by bringing Drow to justice. His signature act "Impale the Queen" is a combination of sleight of hand card tricks and sharpshooting with his bow. That's how we're looking for the time being - I'll be posting regular updates to the minis I'll need for each of the adventures. Thanks for looking.
  19. Wow - this teaches me to keep an eye on more than one or two forums (and to check my notifications). Thanks everyone - sorry it's taken me so long to get back (birthday week was a big one).
  20. The mouselings are done really well - clean lines and bright colours give a great cartoonish appearance, but I'm a sucker for "realism" (at least as real as fantasy figures can be) - Ezra still rules
  21. Back to number 1. I like the pink highlights on the troll, but the detail on Ezra wins it for me.
  22. My favourite is the middle of the three brigands. Understated yet ominous.
  23. I’m going to go for the Marsh troll, mainly for the purplish eyes on the fish and the orange/green contrast
  24. Nicely done. Coming from the state Kronosaurus queenslandicus was named after and obsessed with prehistoric beasties as a kid, I was always a bit miffed I couldn’t visit the original fossil in the Queensland Museum (it had been snaffled up by the Smithsonian). Fast forward 30 or so years and I did a stint teaching at a place a few hours down the road from the newly opened “Kronosaurus Korner” museum established at the site of the original discovery. Some of our students even managed to uncovered a 4m Icthyosaur skeleton on a fossicking trip. You’ve done a great job bringing it to life. That eye looks like it’d be at home atop a tower in Mordor.
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