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By Jordan Peacock
Online, from a certain market of miniatures, I found some "Kaosball" team expansion packs on clearance (for a better price than what they're listed at now, as of this writing). Each pack contains 13 32mm-scale minis in 2 poses (6 of one pose on 25mm square bases, and 7 of an alt pose on 25mm round bases), a "bust" that represents the "team coach," and a game-specific 12-sided die (which I suppose isn't much use for anything, unless I actually wanted to play the game). Anyway, this worked out to being under $1 a figure, and the sculpts looked interesting, so I got a few packs. (I find it hilarious, though, that while most of the packs are marked down, the "Felinia Hellcats" -- scantily-clad gun-toting cat-girls -- are specifically marked as "[CLEARANCE]" and yet they're priced at about 3x the asking price for each of the other teams.)
I originally picked these guys up (the "Samaria Barbarians") with a vague intent that "someday" I would run a Savage Worlds convention one-shot scenario heavily inspired by the "Brütal Legend" video game ... but it occurred to me that few if any of my players would have heard of that game, and I'm no particular "expert" on anything rock-and-roll-related, so maybe I'm not the best person to GM such a setting.
However, I could always use a few more post-apocalyptic wastelanders. The "big hair" style here doesn't necessarily look like it would fit the current Fallout aesthetic as established in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, but I think these guys wouldn't look terribly out of place in the original Fallout 1 & 2 (what with all the "Mad Max" and "Fist of the North Star" wannabes wandering about in those games). I removed the figures from their bases, putty-and-texture-stamped the 25mm round bases, putty-and-texture-stamped some plastic 25mm rounds for the remaining figures, and did a few hand swaps and bit-add-ons to give a few of the figures visible ranged weaponry. (I figured that would give me a little more buy-in if I were to field a gang of these guys for an encounter and then they start FIRING on the PCs, versus what pushback I might get if they *appeared* to only be armed with axes.)
I used some paper printed license plates to add some "junk armor" elements to further reinforce the "post-apocalyptic" vibe.
Each team pack also comes with a "bust" to represent the team coach. I went with a bronze-and-verdigris scheme for each.
@Everyone :: Please feel free to share your pix of creations from the Bones Conversion Classes in this thread.
I will **start:
As a beginning exercise Gene Bobby and Jason had everyone pick a body, add one thing, and pass it to the right. That was repeated three times. These were the result.
**Be warned I have moar pix...
I have no idea what caused Gary Gygax, in the first edition Monster Manual, to decide that orcs had pig faces.
Perhaps, like the infamous Punkin Headed Bugbear, he didn't INTEND for orcs to resemble the Bacon People, but rather to simply look porcine, and then miscommunicated it to the artist. I dunno. But when I began playing the game, orcs looked like pigs.
It didn't last; the British brought us green orcs, other Americans brought us hairy gray orcs, and Ralph Bakshi brought us clips from Zulu Dawn with the Zulus painted black and red eyes and fangs added. But for some of us, our first orcs were pig faced orcs.
Some companies make pig faced orcs for us old grognards. Mostly British companies, for some reason. Darksword makes a very fine pig faced orc, based on the splendid artwork of Tony DiTerlizzi... but he's just one orc.
Recently, I noted that this one company (British, of course. What is it about those Brits?) had gone so far as to make pig faced orc HEADS, a whole resin sprue, ready for conversions and add ons to existing brutal monster warrior figures in 28mm. They were indeed vurra fine heads, and at not too high a price. I just hate ordering from overseas due to the hassle factor and time involved.
And then it hit me. I still had quite a few Tre Manor Bones orcs left over from the Bones 1 Orcpocalypse. All I really needed was HEADS.
And so I ducked out and got some farm animals. And threw together a few prototypes. Strictly tabletop quality, because I needed to know how much effort this was going to take, and whether the little rubber pig heads would work in the place of Tre Manor's brutish orc heads... and yeesh, the pigs all look alike... and if they're going to look remotely threatening, they need TUSKS...
...and... hm. Perhaps the project could benefit from further study...
Somewhere around here, I saw an article... rather good one... where someone took a Reaper monk figure and made a pretty good looking Jedi figure out of it.
I've found myself thinking about Star Wars figures as of late, and I have found myself wondering: What figures does Reaper make, Bones or otherwise, that would manage a reasonable or easy conversion into Star Wars characters, or even generic space opera folks?
Ideas? Suggestions? Pictures?
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