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  1. Darcstaar

    Coal Golem?

    If any of you are like me, you received a package stating you were naughty. For the life of me, I don't know why Reaper would consider me Naughty. I spend money on the Halloween and Christmas promotions. I have backed 3 of the 4 Bones Kickstarters... Wait, maybe I'm being punished for not backing Bones KS 2? I'll need to think on that some more. I have been toying with the idea of painting this...thing. Whatever it is. In order to do so, I needed to get a closer look. Here it is. I have heard rumors of what it is. Some people say it is Bonesium without any hardener. Some say it is some sort of silicone eraser. But, I think I puzzled it out. It must be a miniature. The only problem is, which one. It is like no miniature I have ever seen. I scoured the Reaper web store for days on end. After several pots of coffee, I came to a conclusion. It is painted black, so it must be part of the Legendary Encounters line. But for the life of me, I cannot find a model with a matching image or any evidence that this "lump of coal" has a SKU. The more I stared at it, the more it showed me it's true colors! See that subtle face sculpted into the mini? I decided that to punish us for not backing ALL of the Kickstarters, Reaper sent us a model sculpted by an anonymous sculptor who managed to really soften the details. To add insult to injury, they sent us the main body without the whole sprue of facial and limb features. Talk about punishing the "Naughty!" Reaper, you have stooped too low. I think I narrowed down which creature this is supposed to be. I remembered an old monster from the first Monstrous Compendium I ever owned (TSR D&D 2nd Ed.). The humble Galeb Duhr. I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the resemblance. Now, I am the first to admit that my sculpting and Green Stuff skills are amateurish and unrefined. But I can't stand the thought of an incomplete miniature. And, although Reaper usually has AWESOME customer service for replacing missing parts, for this particular model I fear no replacements would be forthcoming for so naughty a Forumite as myself. Alas, I need to do it myself. But, if this material is silicone, I fear green stuff may not stick to it. So, I needed a framework: I drilled some holes into the model at key locations. I superglued in some paperclip bits. It seemed sturdy enough. I then proceeded to do my best to emulate a Galeb Duhr. However, due to IP, I'm sure Reaper calls this a Coal Golem. I gave him the name Coalie, as you'll read why in the Show Off post later... Now, to paint this model. Black Brush On Primer Coal Black 2:1 Coal Black:Highland Moss For the base, I wanted simple stone scree like you would find littering the floor of a dwarven mine. This is the Stone Grey Triad. 1:1 Coal Black:Highland Moss 1:2 Coal Black:Highland Moss I ended up going a little higher by adding some Frosty Blue into the mix a few times. Then I got to work on the eyes. I imagined the coal golem should have glowing lumps of fiery coal for eyes... Pure White, then some lines of Golden Yellow Added lines of Hearth Fire Then stippled in some Fire Red. I like the effect. Crude OSL with Golden Yellow mixed with Hearth Fire. The left eye came out better, in my opinion. I hope Reaper will think twice in the future about tossing misshapen, incomplete models our way as "free promos" and labeling us as Naughty. I'm sorry for not backing all the Kickstarters, OK! Are you happy now? Well, I'll link to the Showoff Thread Here. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84434-coalie-the-coal-golem-sku/ I hope you liked this idea. Let me know what you think!