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A while ago I came to the realization I needed an orangutan in academic robes and mortarboard, and would you believe this isn't something every mini company already does?! So I decided to take matters into my own hands, after reading through several sculpting threads and noting good advice from sculpting powerhouses. Professor Pongo here was intended to work as a circus performer, but he also works as a stand-in for Futurama's Dr. Banjo, or Pratchett's Librarian.
Here's the WIP thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84661-doctor-banjo-or-even-further-hubris/
The guy isn't perfect--no plan survives contact with the enemy, in this case my own fumble-fingeredness--but I'm pretty satisfied!
"Mmmyes, so we can see that while the OVERALL equation for combustion of carbohydrates is very simple--C6H12O6 and 6 O2 yielding 6 H2O and 6 CO2--the chemistry of Man's Red Fire is much more complex than had previously been believed!"
"...but while daVinci is justly famed for his sketch of the Vitruvian Man, the original description of human proportions in the Golden Ratio (which can be approximated by dividing the n-th term of the Fibonacci sequence by the (n-1)th, for large values of n [OR if we subtract one from the square root of 5 and halve the result] ), comes from a treatise of the human Roman architect Vitruvius. Of course for the other apes, other irrational numbers must be substituted, as follows..."
"...Naturally, the implications of Darwinian theory for the doctrine of the transcendent Platonic Forms are severe--a fact not lost on Nietszche, who was well-versed in Greek literature as well as philosophy."
"...though it would be imprudent in the extreme to conflate the Chthonic with the Dionysiac, though both are opposed to the Apollonian. Perhaps no better example can be found than that of Orpheus, who faced both and was undone by both, but in remarkably different ways. The figure of Eurydice is key in understanding this..."
"..and so to conclude, ladies and gentlemen, THAT is why the banana, while delectable, does not compare to the humble guava in terms of vitamin-richness. Thank you for your attention."
He's hanging from one arm and can be made to depend from other branches...
or from terrain pieces if need be. Here he is in the Miskatonic Faculty Lounge. Uplifted apes are pulp as heck and I love them.
The thought came to me, burning-hot in my mind, that while probably no one else would ever need one, *I* could really use a great ape in mortarboard and academic robes. An orangutan for preference, given their eccentric genius and their handlike feet. Reaper already does a Cyber-Ape, but that is a violent simian, and also I want three "hands" in use rather than two.
Here's the rough sketch,
and here's an armature I made late last night, compared to Orangutango.
I've been reading the advice posts, so I'll take it slow-ish, work in layers, and be ready to murder my darlings...
...is there other stuff I should be warned about? Is this a fool's errand? (yes, obviously, but can I *do* it?)
Love to hear from y'all!
And here's the last of the faculty: Bones' 80066, the Psychologist; Black Cat Bases' Female Scientist (from their medical/asylum/science section), and Brigade Games' Jessica, Female Scientist w/Recording Equipment.
I'm afraid I'm not great on the eyes (though some of that was a casting issue) and overpainted Jessica's face. I'm happy with the different scales (Jessica is a bitty wee lady) and the pastels.
They're working on an experiment!
"As you can see, with the modified Neural Helmet acting on his forebrain in *these* areas, Brutus here is as docile as a baby rabbit!"
"What if we switched it to stimulate the cortex *here* and *here*?"
"Let's find out! Do you have your pencil ready?"
Featuring a special guest appearance by Bones 80001, Ape-X, as "Brutus," and a better look at Herbert the Owl from the TerrainCrate Wizard's Study set
This is another Bones miniature designed by Jason Wiebe â€” 80001: Ape-X.
I think that a gorilla's skin would tend to be blacker than this, but that made it very monochromatic, so I browned it up a bit.
And here it is again, photographed from every angle, just in case you really need to know what it would look like from a rear three-quarter view.
Painted this guy up a while ago. Intended to use him as part of a diorama, but ultimately decided to leave him by his lonesome. Entered him in the Spaceship Superstar contest and the Year of Giants contest. He was a fun experiment in shaded metallics. Clockwork Brass is so fun!
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