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I had to change the title since apparently "March of the Murlocs" is already a thing in the current game. And I was so proud of the name, too!
My husband loves his gift (the biggest and bestest success!!!) but it would have been great if my painting for my ReaperCon entry wasn't so awful two years in a row.
All the details, rambling love stories, and modding/creation details are in my WIP thread here!
Hey all! I've been working hard on my husband's surprise birthday present. It was going to be a surprise reveal at ReaperCon, but finances/vacation time mean that it's just me going now. But since I told him about it, that means I get to make a WIP thread! Yay!
I grabbed these really cool "Deep Ones Mutant Fishmen" by RAFM out of the Box of Goodwill a couple years ago. He accidentally saw them so I've had to wait until I was sure he forgot about them, haha. Oops.
When we were teens and couldn't meet up, we spent most nights online together. A lot of that time was spent in WoW. With Classic coming out, I thought it would be the perfect time to get these little guys done! He's always loved murlocs and even built entire decks around them in Hearthstone, so I decided to make them based off of cards I've seen him use the most.
Top: Original minis.
Bottom: Prepped and repositioned for modding. Arms, fingers, toes, and bases were chopped off. The middle one needed a lot of bending to look natural. One lost his head. They all lost their noses....
I don't have WIP photos because this was a SECRET.
They all got little spines drilled and sculpted on, buttcapes, little details like crab and tentacle armor. The reading one got a little "nightlight." I painted the Hearthstone cards before sculpting the head so I could actually reach the book.
(This is a HUGE photo if you right click -> open link in new tab. I couldn't make it wider in the thread.)
I did keep a photo of the angler underpinned head because he looked so happy!! What a cutie! This might be my avatar someday.
The warleader's sword was made with Apoxie Sculpt for the base and Green Stuff details. I accidentally made it too smooth(?!) because I really struggled to get any GS to stick. That meant I couldn't do the multiple layers I wanted.
I also made some terrain on a whim. The little huts are pretty iconic to him so I knew he'd immediately find it in the display area! I drew out the sizes I wanted, cut some baked sticks to size, and doused everything in appropriate amounts of superglue and hotglue. The hut top was made with a ball of foil with Apoxie Sculpt. Once it was mostly cured, I removed the ball and smoothed the inside and outside with more clay. Once it's painted, I'll use long grass to mimic the hay. I still need to add little jars, skulls, lanterns, treasure chest, etc.
Lastly - the cards themselves!
These card images were pulled from the Hearthstone Wiki and I added some short, awful descriptions.
Top left: Underbelly Angler. Play a murloc, you get another murloc. He loves this one. This is Booklight!
Top right: Toxfin. He can destroy most cards in a single hit. He's the one with the stinky fish.
Bottom left: Warleader. Your other murlocs have bonus attack. Big sword guy!
Bottom right: Soul of the Murloc. When your murlocs die, they come back with 1 health, 1 attack. He giggles so much when he plays this. It doesn't look unique, but I think I'll use the ghostly scheme on the Warleader. I don't know if I can do that yet!
Tomorrow I'll be making the little bits and bobs. Hopefully I can arrange all the terrain on Thursday, prime Friday, and be painting next week!
Okay I might have a problem when it comes to collecting and painting dragons. They fascinate me. This dragon has been produced by many companies, I think Dark Sword holds the rights at this point but it was also produced by RAFM and Ral Partha and probably others as well. She is a small thing but still fun and relatively simple to paint up. The dragon back has a very fine scale texture making the wide expanse of a back difficult to display (for her brothers and sisters I will probably incorporate some sort of design) properly. Hope you enjoy
I am almost certain this RAFM miniature, RAF02802, "Desirée Dark, Mercenary," sculpted by Werner Klocke, is meant to be the character Selene from the "Underworld" series. I painted her up, though, as a regular human.
To compare and for the amusement value, here's one of the first figures I painted after coming back to minis after a twenty-year hiatus, a few years ago. It's another version of Selene from "Underworld," this one from Hasslefree (Hasslefree HFA021: Dionne (B)).
I ... think my style has changed, some, the last few years.
And here are a couple more professors: Prof. Smythwicke, Earth Sciences, and Dr. Rangstrom, Palaeontology. Both are from RAFM's Call of Cthulhu line; the kneeling Professor is one of their modern, heroic-scale sculpts, while the bald-headed geologist was part of the Miskatonic Expedition to Egypt collection. (I think by now I've posted all but one of the other Expedition to Egypt figures in one place or another.) The globe was a wretchedly painted Tiny Treasures globe that I touched up a bit. Alas, that I did not seal it or notice the stains! We can say they represent 'regions of anomalous geological activity, non-tectonic in origin.'
The continents are too big and North America is askew, but it should work for tabletop purposes.
The spinosaur (ish?) skull was from a cheap plastic toy I found at the thrift store. I'll use the ribs and leg bones for a palaeontological dig set-piece at some point in the future. Mash them into red modeling clay or somesuch. Maybe I should paint the teeth black? Advice welcome!
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