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Nearly two years after I started a thread for showing off the figures of my Pathfinder Society characters, I present the second figure. (For that thread about the first character, click here: link.) This is Sister Ayano, a kitsune archer (level 8 now: paladin 5 of Shelyn / zen-archer monk 3). I did some extensive conversion to the elf archer Caerwynn, from the Warlord line. Here is the finished Ayano: You can see the Work-in-Progress thread for her here: link. You may have noticed the concept art for two kitsune figures in the "Eastern Legends" stretch-goal from the recent Bones III Kickstarter. I'll be sculpting those two. So if you like the way Ayano the kitsune looks and you wish Reaper made others figures like her ... well, you're in luck (sort of). Enjoy, Derek
One of my characters in Pathfinder Society organized play is "Sister Ayano", a kitsune (fox-person shapeshifter from Japanese folklore) who uses a bow. Sometimes the character is in human form, sometimes in fox-person form. In order to have a painted figure for this character, I've converted one of Reaper's female elven archers into fox-person form, but I also have the original version for when the character is in human form. The figure that I chose is 14116 Caerwynn, sculpted by Werner Klocke. I did a lot of the conversion in late 2013: (kitsune form): - Nip off the human head (and big hairdo); - patch the sleeve and scabbard, previously covered by the hair; - sculpt the fox head; - add the fox tail (though awkwardly wedged in by the quiver). (human form): - Remove the pointy elf-ears and patch the hair. (both forms): - Add an amulet/holy symbol; - remove and lengthen one limb of each bow, like an asymmetrical Japanese daikyu. I intended to add the figure to my Show-Off thread about my Pathfinder characters: linked here. But I got sidetracked with sculpting and painting other figures, so the converted kitsune and elf sat around. When I visited some friends in Seattle in May 2014, we got together for a paint-day but I didn't have any figures with me. One friend had a bunch of unpainted Bones, so she gave me this elf archer and I painted it in the colors I had in mind for the kitsune. The figure is male and has obvious elf-ears, but I painted the face with more feminine rosy cheeks and red lips, and I explain the ears as an incomplete shift from the fox form. So I've been using this figure whenever I've played the kitsune character: Two months ago (April), I returned to the conversion and decided that I didn't like the position of the fox-tail, so I cut the quiver away from the legs in order to give more space for the tail. And then I decided that her legs should be more foxlike (digitigrade) ... so I used my nippers and needle-nose pliers to mangle the pewter legs into an armature for the new pose, and I sculpted foxlike legs over the pewter. But soon I realized that I preferred humanlike legs, after all, but with open-toed boots to show fox feet ... so I chopped off the fox legs at the knees, set new armature-wires, and sculpted new lower legs and feet. Finally, I added the new tabard (skirt/loincloth) and the new strap for the quiver. Here's how the conversion looks. Ready for paint, at last! Derek