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D. Williams did a spectacular job on these three. I was genuinely surprised by the sheer heft of the set--even at the price you are getting a lot of mini for your money! The Stag Knight and the Boar Brute are big fellows. But don't take my word for it; let's see pics! This is the sort of thing that happens when you cross The Fey: you get transmogrified into a half-man, half-beast cursed to wander the woods. At least this gentleman pulls it off with dignity and grace. (And he IS a gentleman: got a coat of arms and everything on the shield!) More pictures: Big, like I said: here's a comparison with Sora Goldflame, Female Cleric, 03283. A moment of praise for Jeff Grace's sculpt here: she is gorgeous and dynamic, an heroic pose and beautifully detailed armor and shield. Fantastic for a light cleric or a paladin. (Ignore the "medic" armband; I had difficulty keeping her dainty arm glued on and this was a workaround). It's appropriate that Sora's pose is 'punching up.' Next up, the brutish hog-man! Again, just a hefty chunk of metal. The other giant boar is from Black Tree; came with a mounted orc as a separate piece. I love the man-hog's giant mace and the combination of tattered clothes and fancy adornment. And here is a size comparison with Vistaril Quillscratch, Wizard (03393). Tre Manor did a great job with this sculpt. Scrawny arms in abjurative gestures, beaky nose, long beard. Classic wizard. I painted him as more of a druid-type. Again, you can see that Mister Hog is simply massive. Another shot with a female cleric (she was a Reaper freebie I remember...I think one of the Anniversary series, but I can't find her on the site). The beast-man is intrigued by this "word sandwich." Thirdly, the foxy werefox archer. Smallest of the three (meaning regular humanoid scale) and also with the fewest humanoid features--or at least the most torso fur. If memory serves, she also shows up in the Lady Lycanthropes pack. A finely detailed sculpt. In hindsight I probably should have put some white patterning on the blue cloth; maybe later. More angles: Again, scale comparison: Thank you for viewing, and remember: DON'T CROSS THE FAE! More beast people forthcoming!
Two copies, primed with Titanium White and a wash of Burnt Umber: This is a Kitsune figure Reaper offers only as part of a set. I got mine from two copies of 03495: DHL Classics: Lady Lycanthropes (which also includes a werewolf and a weretiger). She also comes in the set 02900: Beastmen of the Wyld (which also includes a boar-man and an elk-man (American elk or wapiti, not European elk or moose)). I will confess, I had seen her around in the store and thought her sculpt only okay and kind of flat looking. But then a couple of gorgeously painted examples changed my mind: So I got two copies of 03495: DHL Classics: Lady Lycanthropes, since I knew I was going to need lycanthropes for a game soon and there aren't too many females out there. Just to get a sense of place I sloshed a little drab green, mixed from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, and a dab of Phthalocyanine Green, onto their bases. I decided to paint one up as a silver fox and one as a classic red fox. Using my standard method of slopping some beginning colors on, I mixed up a neutral grey from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna plus some white and daubed it on one of the figures (plus some pure white on the tail tip). I took some of the straight Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna mix -- which is a transparent dark near-black with violet overtones -- and laid it on the silver fox in the standard places. If you Google silver foxes they are beautiful, almost like Siamese cats, with silver heads and backs and black legs, tail, ears, and face. I did similar things with the reddish kitsune. I mixed a dull rusty red from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, a dab of Titanium White, and a minuscule amount of Phthalo Green to grey it down just a hair, then I daubed it on the parts of a fox that would be red. I washed her darker bits with that same Ultramarine Blue-Burnt Sienna near-black, and a light brushing of pure white on her tail tip. Then I took some pure Carbon Black and laid in their eyes, noses, and lips. It's really hard to see on the silver fox, but there is a difference between it and the "black" on her face. So they are a real mess right now, but there should be some interesting developments as we go along.