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"If ever you chance to go to the woods
Be sure that you go by day,
Or the Spindly Man with his long thin arms
Will spindle you clean away."
Scarecrows. The purpose is to inspire fear. For crows, the idea is that it looks like a human.
For people, the issue is that it doesn't quite.
Gauntfield is a truly horrific sculpt. For one, scale creep aside, he's very tall. Over eight foot in scale, if I were to judge. For another, his hands are way too big, coming down to knee level. And those hands are clutching a sack full of bones. That's a red flag. Oh, and he's a reanimated skeleton with a jack-o-lantern sack mask. That sadistic grin! the flapping tatters! The sculptor is very like Gauntfield himself, in that they are both...
...outstanding in their field.
"When it comes to SURPRISES in the moonlit night..."
A Bombshell promotion netted me this Autumn the Scarecrone. Less overtly skeletal, but still a construct of cloth and straw given malign, shambling life and carrying a sickle. Tatterdemalion, rag-tag, hobbledehoy.
The crow on her hat is a nice touch.
Her paint job and color scheme are loosely inspired by Sally from "NIghtmare Before Christmas."
Bonus: Bombshell's Pumpkin Pal!
B:GCC - Mission 11 "Major Gas Madness" has Scarecrow as the major villain to beat. You need to find his toxin formula and escape before you croak. There is a lot of deadly gas about (surprise) so you need to be careful. There were no new heroes to paint in this mission, so I painted up a set of thugs instead.
Scarecrow and Hazmat Thugs
Not the Scarecrow I'm familiar with, but a cool one nonetheless. Fairly easy to paint, although sometimes the paint seemed to not want to stick to some difficult to reach areas.
I thought Hazmat Thugs would be a nice combo to paint up with Scarecrow. I was debating on what to do with the area of plastic between the strap and the gun. Do I paint it black? Or light blue? or white? Or yellow? In the end I decided that these guys were minions so who cares. Black was the least amount of work and looks good enough for what they are on the table for.
Continuing my list of things I've painted lately, I had all of these done around the same time as that last post, but had to wait to grab pictures of them. I'm hoping to get a camera soon; these are all taken with my dad's iPhone, since I have a Moto with a camera that is hot garbage.
First up, Reaper's Young Forest Dragon as a blue dragon:
This is a great mini at a great size! It fit super-well on a 2" base, which was perfect, since I probably use that more than any other size cat. I kept it real quick, and debated blue vs tan wings a lot longer than I should have before deciding that it needed to break up the color. This really was a quick paint job otherwise - paint blue > wash dark blue > drybrush just a little > paint spines > wash spines >paint wings > stripe in high and lowlights on wings > make mouth porble. The wing undersides look kind of wierd in pictures but make sense from viewing angles....
Now THESE. THESE WERE ANNOYING. Many of those little white spots are just camera glitter. A handful are where bubbles kept the paint from sinking in. Whoever sculpted these is evil... I had to go over them so many times. The texture just does not want to sink paint. It wants to foam.
That said, these are beautiful minis, and great for the monster they represent. And, having since done the bat swarm mini, which is 100000% worse to paint, these aren't THAT BAD (they are). All in all, a perfect medium-sized swarm mini with a ton of visual interest and crows that look like real crows...
These were fun! I picked up like 5 of these lads last Reapercon so that I could have a bevy of recognizable donkeys for party members to choose from when buying a donkey, and they're nice and sleek and very easy to paint. I might get a bunch more this year, just to do some up as a herd of zebras, also... they're actually pretty much perfect for that with just a touch of GS. The bottom two are classic brown-cross and grey-cross donks, pretty much the iconic white-bellied donkeys, but I wanted to try stripes, so I did the top one as a quagga, a sort of extinct donkey-like zebra fellow from South Africa.
Again, the goal of this is to make good tabletop stuff, not showstoppers, so none of these paint jobs took more than an hour or so, except the dragon who took like 3? And I should have some more out in the next day or two - I've already finished three Bat Swarms, six Giant Bats, and five Stirges, and I have like a dozen briarlings and a couple saprolings to finish, so Operation: Get broccoli Done Before Reapercon is actually clipping along pretty well with 30 minis completed in the last month and at least 20 based up and ready to paint....
By Painting Miniatures
I plan on posting something a little more friendly looking very shortly. coughwyrmgeardragoncough but in the mean time I painted this for fun and practice!
Also would take some advice on dealing with small details like a face. On this miniature it was nearly impossible to just paint specific details of the face without smooshing the entire face with paint. I'd wanted to give the figure blood red eyes. That didn't work out and I ended up painting over the face in white to start over again.
I do overall like how this miniature turned out. The bones aren't crispy perfect white, the clothes look like a creature that's been walking through mud and dirt for a long time. Didn't know how to paint the base so I went with some of my extra black wash which worked out as it sort of made it look like it was standing on bone.
Tried a new technique on the scythe. I did the base coat as filigree silver, then I did a paint of dragons blood red, then when that dried i went over it again with the black wash to give it this dried blood effect. A technique that is probably standard but one I personally just learned by experimenting!
By Disciple of Sakura
So, I went to Origins this weekend and entered the Reaper Speed-Paint. I was only supposed to be at the con on Friday and Saturday, but I paved on Friday and won my Saturday semifinal, so I called in sick on Sunday so I could compete in the finals, where I managed to pull off a win. Friday was the scarecrow, Saturday was the hobgoblin, and Sunday they gave us the Jungle Titan. I'd already painted two of the three before, which certainly didn't hurt when it came go time.
I didn't get a chance to get pictures in my photo studio before heading out on vacation, so these are the shots I took with my phone at the convention.
We had 45 minutes in round 1, 50 minutes in round 2, and a whopping 60 minutes in round 3.
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