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Boys and girls of every age--would you like to see something strange? Some no-account mischief-makers on a raid between realms... What's in the sack?! A hostage! A fearsome king with a deep mighty voice! Clasping bulging sacks in his big great arms! They call him...Sandy Claws. More turnarounds: The Pumpkin King, Mister Unlucky, aka Halloween Jack, has got it into his head to try a new job. He's got the basic idea, but never really understood. Snakes and mice get wrapped up so nice, with spider legs and pretty bows. Again, more pix: "Release me or prepare to face the dire consequences! The children will be needing me, so please come to your senses!" This was another fun project. Gauntfield makes a magnificent Jack Skellington. The Santa is the Bones version of 50208. I'll be honest, when I painted the Grave Minions a while back, I had Lock, Shock, and Barrel in mind for the color schemes. Guest appearance by the Tree of Despair, 44131. The Sally analogue is Autumn the Scarecrone, from Bombshell. It was simply meant to be.
Let's jump in front of this bandwagon! 01449, the Halloween Knight, is an exquisite sculpt and perfect for my ALL OF THEM VVITCHES setting. Didn't try to go too overboard but wanted to give him a cape representing the changing of the leaves as we enter this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. He's definitely part of the same cult as the Headless Footman (04031) and the Grave Minions (77537), and you know 30047 fits in there somewhere. I'm looking forward to the return of the OVERGOURD as this is one of my cults that doesn't have a big chunky manifestation of its patron yet (unlike THE PIPER IN THE WOODS, THE HUNGER IN THE GULF, and HIS MAJESTY THE WORM). Here we are with all the scarecrows and jack'o'lanterns. Remember, folks--you can't spell AGRICULTURE without CULT!
There are those that say that the monks at St. Fiacre's should not plant their vegetables so close to the churchyard, that it is unseemly to fatten the marrows, squashes, and pumpkins so close to human bones filled with human marrow. Of course, the same voices don't complain when those same vegetables come to market, ripe and full of rich flavor. But that is another tale, and... ...wait, what is this? Who comes here at this hour? A ruffian in disguise, bent on disturbing the bones in the cemetary?! Nay, ruffians plural! Grave robbers, here to trouble those at long rest under stone! And who is this?! A sinister figure, clearly the ringleader. "Go now, and find me that wizard's grave!" A little foxfire around the eyes and mouth of a carved pumpkin will frighten the superstitious into thinking these grave-robbers are haints. "Not one stone in ten is as it was in the old times; be sure where ye dig!" "Wait, lads--what is that light?!" "That's no sexton's lamp! Take to your heels, boys!" It is, perhaps, only fair that those who mock Jack O'The Lantern get to see the original. A variant of Jack In the Green, easily summoned. "BOOOOO!" "YOU WHO TRESPASS ON THE ROW / YOUR FLESH WILL MAKE THE PUMPKINS GROW" "'Tis every man for himself, lads, and devil take the hindmost!" "TAKE THE HINDMOST? SO BE IT!" "AH HA HA HA HAAAAA!" As I said, the pumpkins from St. Fiacre's are always welcome at market. Something about the tender flesh and delicate taste, the kind you don't find elsewhere. Rumors that a wealthy patron of the monastery was a sorcerer are just that--old wives' tales. And the story of a guardian appointed to keep his rest secure 'till doomsday? Obviously also fictitious. Old wives will talk; this is well-known.
I haven't held a brush in many years, but it was bound to happen again--Evil cannot be contained forever. I now commence the assault on your senses with a selection of miniatures. The pictures aren't very good, but we have a start(l)ing place. Besides, they've just gone through the liner so there's not much (Deep HurtingTM) to see yet. Right now, I'll be looking for tabletop quality. The Imperial Assault minis are the group we've been using for the campaign and a selection of wookiees because I thought they might be fun. Diala Passil (Force-wielding twi'lek) is my character. I plan on painting her pretty closely to the character art. One of the Wookiee Warriors has been hit with Grey Liner, and the other with Brown Liner. I think the grey one will be an older wookie with white/grey fur or perhaps some streaks. I might make the other Warrior a very dark brown or even black. Gaarkhan (wookiee) is another player and will be a lighter (blonde-ish) furred individual. Chewbacca has been included because he was feeling left out, and it's not wise to upset a wookiee. Mak Eshka'Rey (bothan) is our ranged fighter/sniper. Mak will be painted orange/amber as inspired by our youngest cat and will have a blue uniform because I don't much care for green. Davith Elso (Force-wielding human) rounds out the party. Davith will also probably closely match the character art. The goal is to have the four PCs all painted for the final game of the campaign in three weeks. The Undertaker has been given his base of Brown Liner. I'll never use it in a game, but he would make a decent representation of The Necromancer for a fantasy setting that sometimes lurks in my head. The Grave Minions (not pictured--I'm working on it) will be with him and undercoated with Blue Liner. I could really use more Minions (perhaps even some worker-types). I think they're really a neat little concept. Anyway, these will be companions to The Necromancer. I'm betting that at least one will have a white pumpkin for a head, and will all have a blue glow (if I can manage it) in their heads. Vorvorlaka has received his Grey Liner. I'm thinking he will be either grey, or very pale. He might be "in limbo" for some time as I work that out. The Graveyard Golem was also subjected to Grey Liner. This one just jumped out at me as an incredible figure during the campaign. I thought it was one of the coolest things, even though I'm unlikely to ever use it. It's a little intimidating realizing just how much opportunity for color there is with the golem. It doesn't have to be all brown earth and grey stone. The Carrion Worm (also not pictured, hopefully this weekend) will also be hit with the Blue Liner. The current plan is to have something somewhere between a rather fleshy grub and a bloodworm (glycera).