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Reaper Chronoscope #50051, "Max Decker, Private Eye," painted up and slightly modified to represent a ghoul pre-gen character for a Savage Worlds RPG "Fallout"-themed scenario or two at Necronomicon (http://www.stonehill.org/necro.htm) in Tampa, Florida.

 

My concept was heavily inspired by a character from Fallout 4.  In my take on it, this fellow was -- prior to the bombs being dropped -- a traveling ElectroSux door-to-door salesman and certified service rep.  AFTER the bombs dropped ... well, somehow he was still around, though his voice got a lot raspier and he had a bit of a skin condition, and some 200 or so years had passed.  He still talks as if the Great War hadn't happened -- talking about his pet Brahmin (mutant cow, typically two-headed) was a car ("Let me see what I have in the trunk of the Corvega," as he checks the saddlebags....), talking about raiders as if they're just "spirited youths," and so on ... even though he pulls his own weight, and his custom ElectroSux Junk Jet is surprisingly lethal (and easy to find ammunition for) in combat.

 

The "vacuum cleaner" is a random bit I got as part of a bits grab-bag at a "game bazaar" at the old Rhubarb Games store in Orlando, Florida.  (Ah, how I miss that store!  But even more so, I miss the game bazaars.  Great source for "bitz.")  I believe it was from a Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf set, as part of some sort of miner contraption.

 

The cow toy used for the Brahmin was originally from a Safari Ltd "Down on the Farm / Toob" set, with some Instant Mold and some Apoxie Sculpt epoxy putty used to grant it the second head.  For the stuff on its back, I used some more putty and then assorted Games Workshop and Hirst Arts bits.  The labels on the barrels (printed paper) are based off of actual labeling from Cold-War era bomb shelter supplies.

 

The rusty tractor in the background is also from the "Down on the Farm" Toob.  Some of the other contents are going to be a bit more of a challenge to make use of (as grossly out of scale as they are from each other), but I think I might turn one of the over-sized chickens into a sign element for some roadside chicken shack, and similarly put other not-nearly-25-to-32mm scale elements to use.  (Similar to how if you ever end up with some 54mm scale knights and you're making 25-32mm scale terrain, they can become statues ... or really big iron golems.  ;)  )

 

 

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Couldn't the oversize Toob chicken just be a mutant, giant chicken??

 

That's another possibility.  Another was to add a few spikes, and transform it into the dreaded Dire Chicken.

 

(Once upon a time, ages ago, circa 3rd edition d20, I played a goofball bard who had observed how there are Dire Badgers, Dire Bears, Dire Tigers, Dire-just-about-everything, and hence reasoned that somewhere, there MUST be a Dire Chicken ... and he had resolved to go on a quest to find it and make the Direst Fried Chicken EVER.  GM didn't go along with it, alas.)

 

The pig, I might see if I can transform into some flavor of Razorboar and use it for Iron Kingdoms.  (All the Razorboar models I have sport armor, which isn't really all that appropriate for boars found in the wild.  I mean, not that I'm so particular that I'm not going to USE them anyway to represent a Razorboar encounter, but I suppose I could find a use for an armor-less over-sized boar, anyway.)

 

Safari-Ltd-Down-on-the-Farm-TOOB.jpg

 

Here's the lineup.  I'm thinking of using the farmer model (way too big for 25-32mm) to stand in front of a ruined restaurant, kind of like a "Big Boy" statue back in the day.  The Shire Horse is close enough to scale that I'm likely to use it as-is.  (Not for Fallout, though.  According to the Fallout Bible, there are NO HORSES in the Wasteland.  That makes me sad.  Not even any mutant, ghoulified Four-Horses-of-the-Apocalypse type horses?  Ah well.)

 

The Rooster and Hen with Chick each are contenders for decorative signage.  I could see the Rooster as the mascot for some sort of hotel/motel, or else transforming it into some sort of Dire/Mutant monstrosity -- for the giggles.  The "Hen and Chick" is weird enough (with a chick on its back) that I doubt I'd ever consider turning it into a "Dire" version of anything.  I suppose it could be the mascot for a fast-food restaurant, though the presence of the chick seems a bit morbid.  (But then, having a chicken as mascot for a place that sells fried chicken is pretty morbid no matter how you slice -- or pluck -- it.  Same as the local "Bubba's Bodacious Barbecue" that has, as its mascot, three pigs wearing shades, dancing amid stylized flames in the background.)

 

The pig's way to big to pass for a normal pig.  So ... barbecue mascot, or Razorboar conversion, most likely.

 

The Ewe?  Uhhhh ... Giant mutant sheep?  I have no earthly idea.  It seems less likely as the mascot for a fast food joint or such.

 

The giant German Shepherd?  Alas, he's just way too big to pass for Dogmeat.  He's too FRIENDLY (look at that pant!) to make a plausible Dire Wolf or Mutant Hound or whatnot.  But I figure I still ought to use it for something.

 

Tiny barn?  Roadside decoration for my N-scale road-war battles, I guess.  Singular hay bale?  If I had a BUNCH of them, it could be scatter terrain for a farm, I suppose, but just one seems kind of ... pointless.  I'll have to think on that.

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