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  1. Over the last few months I've been working on a lot of Egyptian/Desert themed miniatures. I got into it with a handful of Dust Scorpions, and have worked on quite a few pieces since... I really enjoyed working on these Mummies, for example! They were really easy, and I kept it simple: After cleaning and priming them, I painted them Nut Brown, drybrushed them Linen White, and then hit them with a wash of Army Painter's "Soft"... used up the last of my bottle, too. Got a new one on order, along with some Acid Beetles... But yeah, it was a pretty simple three-step process, plus a little color that I added to the bare faces of one sculpt. I did five each of two sculpts, since... That's what I left Reapercon with last year. I have a couple other mummies I've found since finishing these I also have to do - they're sitting based up on my desk, ready to be painted, but I haven't gotten around to them yet... This guy is all set, though! The Mummy Lord of Hakir, IMO one of the best Reaper mummy lords despite it's age because of how it looks more like a mummy than a lord. A lot of the other ones are a bit fancy - this one reads from a good distance as a mummy lord, since it takes the classic approach of monster+shiny=boss monster... Pretty simple job on him, too. Did the body same as the other mummies, then painted the helmet and staff the same "sample" brown and did gold over it. Then turquoise over that - it needed some color... Last but not least, the lion pack! Two male lions and four female, all in metal: I know I've said this in a couple of these posts so far, but I really do like these better in metal. The ability to bend the tail to different, more natural poses is 1000x better than the stiff, oddly-curled tails of the plastic ones - which I also have, for comparison. The fur detail is much more consistent, too - deeper, and without the smooth patches the plastic versions have, it took a wash really well. These guys are on the 35mmx60mm oval bases, to give an idea of size. They are very, very large. Not necessarily too large to use, but more on the scale of a Mesesnian lion than a modern lion, and they feel huge when you're holding them. Fitting them on a 2" base would work, but it'd be a squeeze... I like the ovals, since I sill think abandoning the idea of a "long" size was a mistake, and the 35x60 had plenty of space to experiment with Tajima1's desert flock, which I continue to be unable to recommend enough. After years of using the Army Painter ones, these are easier to apply and get better, more interesting colors, and I'm really glad I grabbed like four boxes of the desert ones... Even so, I've used two boxes so far, so I may need to order again pretty soon... In terms of what comes next for my desert escapades... well. I have a bunch more mummies, some finished and just need to be photographed, some just primed. Two basilisks, which are all set to be worked on tonight. A bunch of arthropods incoming, too - a bunch of Acid Beetles that are going to be done in reds and greens on desert bases, nine medium-sized scarabs, a giant scarab, eight giant centipedes and a band of seven "desert raiders" - the Khamsin archers and axe(?)men. Plus a bunch of terrain, which should keep me busy... It's gonna be a long December!
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