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    • By Maledrakh
      Again, an entry for a painting league at another forum.
       

      Susie and the Snow Goons! RUN!
       
      In homage and reference to the seminal comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Here we have Calvin's instantly recognizable wierd snowmen, and Susie, his neighbor/friend/schoolmate and part-time nemesis in addition to Calvin and Hobbes themselves.
       
      Search for Calvin & Hobbes. You will not regret it.
       
       
       
      Calvin and Hobbes
       
       

      Susie. I made her santa hat in plastic putty.
       
      50042: Townsfolk Modern Children
      Sculpted by Bobby Jackson
      The third child in the pack was used as Linus van Pelt in my round 4 Great Pumpkin Peanuts homage piece.
      03668: Tiger
      Sculpted by Geoff Valley
       

      Obligatory size comparisons.
       
      Made by Reaper Miniatures
      Made in Metal
      25mm round, and 25x50mm oval 3D-printed bases.
      available from reapermini.com
       
       

      The Slytherin one
       

      The Gryffindor one
       

      The Ravenclaw one. Also, a true Goon. He is coming for youse kneecaps!
       
      03296 Monstrous Snowmen (3)
      Reaper Miniatures
      Sculpted by Jason Wiebe
      Made in Metal
      25mm round 3D-printed bases.
      available from reapermini.com
       
       

      The last snow goon is from Ral Partha Europe from their Wicked Wonderland kickstarter from last year.
       
      XM1802 Sinister Snowman
      Ral Partha Europe
      from the 2018 Wicked Wonderland kickstarter
      Made in Metal
      25mm round 3D-printed bases.
      available from ral partha europe
       

      We're walking in the air (...)
      Suddenly swooping low
      On an ocean deep
      Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep
      And walking in the air
      We're dancing in the midnight sky ...
      (from The Snowman, 1982)
       
      I used Warlord Games WGS-STG-10 Melting Snow for the snow on the bases.
    • By Maledrakh
      Short Wart's Cohort Mort
       
      Being a band of bony retribution soon to cross the Brandywine and come a-knocking on little round doors under the hills.
       
      Most of these skeleton minis are from the same second hand purchase where I got the zombies that were featured a few week ago. I got the incomplete undead mammoth off Ebay several years ago, and Short Wart himself is an Oathsworn Halfling Necromancer. All minis have been given 3D printed bases, most of them 25mm.
       
      There are a lot of pics beneath, although some are distictly unfocussed, as if a dark power did not wish to be documented...

    • By Maledrakh
      Yet another of my entries in a painting league on another forum
       

      Pride and Joy
      A nice walk in the park for the Lovecrafts.
       
      Sorry about the pics being a bit blurry, I am still struggling with the camera. It seems it is not meant for such small items.
       
      Most of the miniatures are from a recent 2019 kickstarter by Bear's Head Miniatures, apart from the large Star Spawn that is from the game Cthulhu Wars by Petersen Games. One of the kickstarters for that game had an option for one each of the miniatures extra, and this one is from that set. I hacked off the moulded base it originally came with so I could have similar style bases for the whole family.
       
      Lots of pics and such below, go on, you know you want to click it:

    • By Maledrakh
      Paintedfor a painting league in another forum: 
       

      "Bring Out Your Dead!"
      I envision this as a wandering band who collects the dead. Sometimes they need to make ther cargo dead first. Being death warmed over themselves, they do not know what else to do with their unlives.
       
      lots more pictures beneath the click:

    • By Rigel
      "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.




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