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I bought a gross of small dinosaurs online a while back for conversion fodder. They turned out to be made of Bonesium, so you PVC enthusiasts might be interested. @BlazingTornado tagging you because you make a lot of SCS Direct / Wicked Duals posts. @Glitterwolf tagging you because at least two of the tags fit your interests. We'll start with a scale shot. The base, tack, and saddle bags are all Magic Sculpt. The tentage up top is small strips of old t-shirt soaked in PVA glue (get it wet first) and rolled up. The beast is probably a bit overloaded, but I wanted to convey its cargo-carrying nature with, well, cargo. Important takeaways: Magic Sculpt and other epoxies DO NOT STICK to Bonesium. They do stick to themselves, which means that the saddle girth isn't entirely decorative - be sure to properly cinch it. PVA sticks to Magic Sculpt if you have a big contact area. Shown next to the original recipe. These critters come glued to a plain square base that's easy enough to pop off. The pegs are a good place to run some florist wire or other structural enhancement between the feet to hold the pegs in the sculpted base. The base is an old school cavalry base shape - it's half of a circle on each end with a straight insert equal to the circle's diameter. 3" x 1.5" just to mess with your grid. I normally cut bases out of food packaging cardboard and lay Magic Sculpt on top of that. It was textured with a broccoli base, making the texture inverse broccoli (which surprisingly does not result in either dessert or chicken nuggets). I painted him up as a reticulated giraffe because a( giraffes are fun and b( the reticulated pattern is actually a lot more forgiving than a solid brown or grey would be.
Every Dungeon and town square needs statues. And some of us don't have all day (or a deep enough silverware drawer) to spend on each one. I don't have a use for a lady carting around several hundredweight of Draconic Head Cheese, but the sculpt's just too nifty to leave in the box of shame. So, a commemorative statue of Lady Janan of Elmoria it is. 77039: Janan, Female Dragon Slayer by Julie Guthrie Just so we all know where we're starting. Start with a Dark brown basecoat. This one's raw umber, but Reaper's beloved brown liner will work a treat. Drybrush with just about any relatively opaque light blue. This will look terrible. Just go with it. If you really loved this figure it wouldn't be getting turned into terrain. Draw the rest of the owl. A glaze of something seafoam green and somewhat translucent. This is something called "Bayberry" in Folkart's catalog. Seal with your favorite flat acrylic. Now I've just got to build a fountain to stick her in.
This is a plastic figure of an extinct mammal known as a Uintatherium, based on a painting by Charles R. Knight. These started showing up in bags of chinasaurs around the time Gary Gygax was statting up the axe-beak, which was a Marx Diatryma. Uintatheriums in high quality army man plastic are still in production to this day, but say "China" instead of "Hong Kong" on their belly. I might have a soft spot for cheap toys. This is William. William is the 3800-year-old unofficial mascot of The Met. He's made of faience, which looks like pottery, feels like concrete, and is actually a sort of glazed artificial sandstone. He was swiped from the tomb of a New Kingdom Egyptian bureaucrat around 1910. This is what happens when one feels that scenery should be interesting and has been exposed to too many frogcidents: Professor Tweedly-hotep (tenure can last a very long time if you're genuinely good at Egyptology) points out the significance of the lotus markings. He then goes on to explain how the invention of the cutie mark allowed the Pharaohs to dominate the toy markets of the ancient world.