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Most of this Early Modern Monster Hunter/Classic Monsters series I've been doing is based on late-Renaissance and early-modern Europe, with notes of high moors shrouded in cold mists; filthy cities with crooked narrow cobblestoned alleyways; high castles on remote crags, etc. But the world's a big place, and it's good to remember that the pulp authors that popularized the monster hunter as recurring character (particularly R. E. Howard and Manly Wade Wellman) had a soft spot for Africa in their stories.
So here's Ogana, a hero straight out of a Charles Saunders story, with a great Don Cheadle profile. Another fun sculpt, easy to paint and embellish.
[Side note: if you need to make a Sword and Soul adventuring party, this guy plus Nehanda, Jaatu, Rhasia, and Jigeke would be pretty rad.]
Far to the north of the grassy fields of his home, the red desert whispers and calls. There, a traveler may sometimes find the great pillared houses and temples of the very old men from long ago who once lived there, in the times when the land there too was fertile. But the red desert spread and spread and swallowed the grass, leaving none for the cattle; and the old men could not move their houses to follow the grass, having built them of heavy stone, and so there the pillared houses stay, empty except for the sand and the wind.
Or perhaps not so empty, thought Ogana, hearing the grating sound of a large stone slab moving over stone, and then the pad of footfalls in the rapidly deepening dusk, footfalls so light on the sand, lighter than that of a man full of blood and water and meat. Ogana hastened to hide himself behind a column and watched.
It seemed not *all* of the very old men from long ago had left this place.
This is the Crypt Lord from Wargods of Aegyptus ( Crocodile Games).
He's part of my Shifting Sands Project.
Omar was furious!
His good for nothing son had been herding the goats and when he returned by the end of the afternoon one was missing!
He hadn't even noticed it wandering off.
After he had smacked his son around the head, he took him with him to search for the little goat.
They had to be quick, it was getting late, Omar didn't feel like walking around in the desert at night.
They searched for the little goat everywhere where his son said he had been.
Omar got an eerie feeling, with every mile they got closer to the ancient ruins of a forgotten civilization.
He rather not go there.
To his dismay his son pointed at some tracks, unmistakenly goat prints and heading for the ruins.
Cursing under his beard Omar slapped his son around the head again.
Let's go! He shouted at the ignorant youth.
It didn't take them long to reach the ruins.
Ancient walls and buildings, some half buried, some above the ground, others no more than mere rubble.
Omar had been there once before and that had been during bright daylight, now it was getting dark and he felt uneasy.
His son once more found tracks of the missing goat.
They led to one of the smaller buildings.
Alright! Omar said, you stay here and warn me if you see anything strange!
I'll go in and find the goat!
Omar stepped into the building, it was dark inside.
Now where could that stupid goat be?
He walked through a sort of hallway, then he heard a muffled sound around the corner.
Finally! He thought.
Omar walked into the next room and stared into two red glowing eyes.
Presenting the Scarab Mummy, a minion for the Egyptian faction in the game Twisted, he's a mummy that's been redesigned to have a more pleasing beetle theme (which I guess technically makes him more of a Flesh Golem).
Had a lot of fun with this one, I'm still pretty bad at painting gems but I think I'm getting better.
As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
After wanting to learn how to paint minis for a long time, I was finally encouraged by some friends to take the leap. I found the Reaper 'Learn to Paint' kits and have found them an incredible resource for a new painter. While I know my work on these minis isn't perfect, I'm really happy with how they came out for the first models I've ever painted. Working through these has given me a lot of confidence, and I like it a lot more than I thought I would!
I will say that I struggled more with the layering technique in the second kit than I did with the wash/dry brush technique from the first kit. I'm happy with the progress I've made, though.
Now that I've finished all of the minis that came in the kits, my next project is to paint the minis in my Fury of Dracula game.
I'm really happy to finally be exploring this side of the gaming hobby!
The painting theme of the month has been chosen! The Undead of October will emerge from their (freshly painted) graves The miniatures have been selected… Here’s what's on the painting table:
9 Bones Skeletons (from Bones 2)
6 Undying (Death, minotaur, lizardman, elf, halfling, & dwarf skeletons from Bones 3)
Bone Fiend (Bones 2)
4 mummies (Bones 2)
Hecklemeyer & Styx (25th Anniversary mini)
Dust King & Tomb (Bones 3)
Demi-Lich (Bones 2)
3 Nefsokar mummies (Bones 1)
26 (or 28 if you count the broken tomb and the tiny puppet) minis, in 31 days? Less if you count the vacation in the middle of the month… Plus one day since I started on the last day of September. Granted, the skeletons should all go really quickly, but even still, it’ll be a push to get it done, but this would push me over 100 minis for 2018…
Since everything is already lined with brown liner, the plan is:
Dirty Bone on all the bone and mummy wrapping!
Scorched Metal all the armor and weapons
Heavy Sepia Wash pretty much everything
Demi-Lich - Thinking green/purple flames?
Hecklemeyer - Black & White costume? Black, White, & Red?
Nefsokar mummies - Lots of gold and bronze.
Dust King - Seriously tempted to paint it up like the ice lich from Warcraft…
As for their bases? That’s a little more work. The skeletons, bone fiend, and maybe the dust king will get bases to match the flocking on the tombstones. The demi-lich and hecklemeyer will probably get some sort of sculpted flagstone base. The mummies? Haven’t decided. Seriously tempted to give them dungeon flagstone bases too…
Okay, so it’s really unlikely I’ll finish all of these in October, but maybe by November?
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