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RAGE AGAINST MA'SHEEN
Torgils knew he had to hurry, his rage fueling his mighty thews as he raced down the steps into the evil wizard's sanctum... he encountered a large iron bound door and without hesitation he laid into it with his axe, the door fell before him like wheat before a scythe...
Standing before an ancient altar of evil was his nemesis, the vile wizard Severus and upon the altar was a beautiful young princess... He raced into the room as Severus spoke the incantation to bring forth the Elder God...Ma'sheen... time seemed to slow as Torgils raised his axe on high and rushed forward to do battle...
For this piece, I wanted to create a scene that would evoke the essence of Conan and give a sense of action and danger.
Some of you followed along with my WIP of it and saw the evolution, gave me valuable feedback (thank you!) and finally I completed it in time to enter it into the Las Vegas Open, a local convention with a painting competition.
I entered the "journeyman level" as I'd never won any contests before and was awarded a Gold Pin for the piece. Which, from what I understand, is a lot like Reaper's medals for individual works.
Torgils "the black wolf" from Catacombes Le Regne Sombre, sculpted by Fancagne Didier.
Severus from Enigma - ENM3038
Altar of Evil w/ Victim - Reaper SKU 02580 (didn't use the candles)
Arms from Eldritch Demon - Reaper SKU 77113
Tentacles from Reaper's Creature Components - SKU 03334
Scratch built shelf and desk
Special thanks to Thrym for doing the banner/title for me to be placed on the front of the piece.
C&C are welcomed and appreciated, thanks for looking!
This was a tabletop job for one of my PFS characters Kristoff Kringle and his animal companion Blitzen. Santa is Enigma Miniatures "Bad Santa" model and Blitzen is a D&D Wolf from the Castle Ravenloft board game with the bow from Reaper 89033 glued to his head...
The door to the lodge slams open loudly. The cold wind blows in
violently carrying with it a peculiar stench. You see a shoddy looking
dwarf holding a unique looking staff and dragging a large sack behind
"You 'em Pathfinders?" He asks rhetorically; "Me name's Kristoff
Kringle [150311-4]. Me Grandpappy, you know him, the "big guy," well
last year about this time he sent me cousin Kris [150311-2] down to ye
Pathfinders. Kris was supposto find out if ya'll Pathfinders belonged
on the naughty or nice list. Up north we be herin' lots of talks aboot
"Well Kris ain't never come back. Aboot a month later we get a letter
from some Drangle Drang saying Kris dun got his head bit off by a
ghoul on his first mission and thankin' our family for our sacrifice."
"So this year the big guys dun sent me down to south to complete his
mission. I'm a bit more experienced then me former cousin [inquisitor
1 / Druid 1] so ain't no ghoul gunna bite my head off. Plus I brought
me bud Blitzen to watch me back." As the dwarf points to a large wolf
standing at his side. You notice a pair of antlers loosely strapped to
the wolf's head as you start to question the dwarf's mental faculties.
Oh yeah, here ya go" And he tosses the sack to you with disembodied
heads clearly visible. "I met some of 'em Aspis folks on the road
down.here. They were already on the naughty list and they got all
huffy about it. Ended up meeting my Candy Cane of Judgement they did!"
As he slaps the oddly shaped staff in his palm.
By Chris Palmer
When I had first seen the Darkrasp figure, back when my Bones 1 Kickstarter had arrived, something about its appearance read "Santa Claus" to me; especially with the long "list" he holds in his left hand, obviously containing the names of those who'd been naughty. And I had the thought of some day converting it into a Santa Claus figure. Well, with the onset of my Frostgrave addiction, that day finally rolled around; as I decided I wanted to make a Santa themed warband, and I selected this fellow to lead it. And, given the season of the year, it seemed the perfect time to paint him.
I had to make some changes to the figure to move him a little closer to Santa, and a little further from Evil Priest. I began by cutting off the blade and skull top of his scythe, turning it into more of a wizard's staff. I then glued a small piece of lead shot to the end to make it resemble a stylized "North Pole". Next, I cut the bone-like ends off of the roll his scroll is wrapped around. Lastly, I took some Tacky glue and layered it onto the front of the scroll in an effort to lessen the appearance of the runes that are carved into it, as my plan was to list "naughty" names on it.
As always, C & C welcome.
Full painting write-up on my blog: http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2015/12/death-priest-to-santa-claus-conversion.html
"...you see, sweetie, the biggest bone Santa Claus has is in his HEAD. That means he can squeeze through any crack or hole that he can get his head into. That's why he likes chimneys; they're bigger than his head. But it's okay if you don't have a chimney. Santa Claus can get in through cracks in the foundation, loose or unsecure siding, unused plumbing, or even second story windows, which Bob Vila says is the best way to let him in in the first place. So don't worry, sweetie, Santa will be there. He's inevitable."
And as we stood in the checkout line, the little girl sitting in the grocery basket looked at me in joyful open mouthed wonder, while her mother looked at me with utter horror.
Apropos of nothing, this adorable little girl who was maybe four years of age had engaged me in conversation in the checkout line; her subject of choice was Santa Claus. She had expressed concern that since they had moved to a new home, Santa wouldn't be able to get in, for all that Mommy had made sure to send him the new address, because the new place did not have a fireplace. I felt bad for the poor moppet, and proceeded to quote her chapter and verse from an episode of "This Old House," and simply substituted the words "Santa Claus" for the word "rat."
Don't you worry your cute little head, sweetie doll; just you listen to Unca Doc. He knows.
Man, I'm goin' to hell in EVERY religion....