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"So...Xiao Lu. You have expressed interest in this particular carp. Your purse is sufficient for the purchase. Nevertheless, I will only sell to a man with the proper appreciation of the fish, a scholar who can truly cherish it as it deserves.
Tell me, Xiao Lu. What are the Noble Virtues of the carp?"
"Truly, Master Fang, only the injudicious man would sell such a precious gift to a fool.
The different colors and patterns of the carp indicate different virtues, some those of the father, some of the mother, some of daughters or sons, or scholars or businessmen or soldiers.
But the virtues common to all carp are:
Firstly, courageous independence. It swims upstream, heading into the current always. An indomitable will to face what comes. A carp swimming downstream bodes ill; this is known to all.
Secondly, prosperity. Their scales of gold, silver, platinum, and bronze are all auspicious, reflecting money and attracting luck.
Thirdly, fecundity. Their fertility fills the rivers; does not their very name evoke abundance and plenty?
Fourthly, success and transformation through diligence and perseverance. As it is said, 'the carp has leapt through the Dragon's Gate.' With enough work, the carp may surmount even the waterfall that streams down the mountain. And does not the carp that passes the Dragon Gate itself become a dragon? So too will the man who applies himself become accomplished and recognized."
These are two truly magnificent sculpts. The short fellow with the oval base is from an 80's-era Grenadier set of "Vile Villains." (He comes with a Casper Gutman/Sydney Greenstreet Fat Man and a tall trenchcoated fellow with beard and hat, perhaps a Rasputin figure? All very different heights and builds, which I appreciate.) Anyway, he's the star of the show. Those old minis had some fantastic detail work on the faces. And you have to love his long twisty fingernails.
Here's more of him:
Dr. Fang was another sculpt I had to get when I heard Statuesque was discontinuing its Pulp Alley line. Very much in the Pei Mei / Fu Manchu line. The exact sort of person you think of when you hear the phrase "undying leaders of the cult in China." Definitely an old man whom it would be unwise to challenge. I had a lot of fun with the gradient (hey, Breast Cancer Pink in action!) and the koi on his robes.
Here's a thorough turnaround:
The rear wall is GreenstuffWorld's "China" roller on foamboard, airbrushed. Heavily inspired by the opulent color gradients from "Curse of the Golden Flower" (a splendid palace tragedy). The aquaria are of course Chessex dice boxes and some stuff I had lying around. The koi pond is a metal lid from a tube of biscuit dough with a lick of paint and some 'Ardcoat. The lantern comes from the Tortoise Merchant and Drayman.
The chibi smallworld minis are all based on existing normal minis in the Reaper lines. I recognized five of them from the minis I have from earlier Bones kickstarters, but not Arnise the female barbarian elf that I painted the other day.
The reason being that the original was included in the Bones 4 core set. An older metal mini being redone into Bones material it seems.
So I painted her in a similar scheme.
The metal version is called Arnise, Elven Sergeant from the Warlord line, and represents the Sergeant of Almirithil's frenzied half-elven berserkers in the Warlord lore.
Why hello there, you remind me of someone I once knew...
B4Core #95 Arnise, Elven Barbarian
from the Female Fighters subset in the Bones 4 Core set, 2019
Sculpted by Werner Klocke
Made in Bonesium PVC
Plonking away a the Bones 4 core set, this is number 5:
I am not a number! I am a free man!
The metal version of this is called Ankoa, Barbarian Hero.
He has a really small head compared to most of the other minis. I expect he is not too bright. Probably not destined to bear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow.
There's a new playah in town! Come get some!
B4Core #5 Barbarian
from the Bones 4 Core set, 2019
Sculpted by Bobby Jackson
Made in Bonesium PVC
AUGH! The Great Pumpkin Came!
This was my entry in a painting league at another miniatures forum.
In reference to the longstanding Peanuts theme of Linus sitting alone in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to come bringing gifts, Santa Claus-style.
It's a pity for him that Halloween is all about the scary...and the Great Pumpkin probably is not a very nice being.
The miniatures are all by Reaper, the fences are from Mantic's Kings of War Vanguard terrain. I found the simplicity of the fences really helped to sell the story here. As one of the commenters in the LPL-post stated: "Less is more".
Lots more pics, but yah gotsa clicks!
The second of the superdeformed Chibi hero minis from the Bones 4 core set that I have painted, here comes Arnise the Elf Barbarian.
Kissed by fire.
I have no idea if she actually is meant to be a barbarian or not.
Getting that much skin smooth is not an easy task, especially not by drybrushing. ...oh damn I forgot the freckles!
Same height, different scale.
from the Small World Heroes subset in the Bones 4 Core set, 2019
Sculpted by Gene Van Horne (I think!)
Made in Bonesium PVC
25mm integral, sculpted base
should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future
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