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Yeah, head down is the iconic way for the miniature. In fact, the name of the beast is derived from the words, "to look downward".

 

The catoblepas (pl. catoblepones; from the Greek καταβλέπω, (katablépō) "to look downwards") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, first described by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus.

 

D&D version: 

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1614 historical:

 

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But, more importantly, I think a "cute" version is a *great* idea! Maybe in the next Bones, each sculptor could contribute their own "cute" critter for an add-on or something...!

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36 minutes ago, rubegon said:

How do you get the pebbly skin texture?  It looks like BBs of greenstuff smooshed just the right amount - is it something like that?

 

No, I lay down a 1 mm thick sheet of GS and adhere it to the surface.  Then I cut in all the rough shapes with my spear tool.  Then it is a hour of slowly refining each scale and removing tool marks.  Finally, I patted it all with a flat diamond file to squish them together a bit and add a bit of texture.  I think the upper pebbled skin on this one took about 3 to 4 hours.  The single ones on the sides were done as BBs as you mentioned. They are a real bugger to get them to stick tight.

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

Yep, too bad D&D decided to make game rules for miniatures that force minis to either conform to the rule or match the creature description, but not both. 

 

Thanks -- WotC is also the same company that didn't put out miniatures for the monsters in their written modules (and sold the miniatures in random packs, anyway, so you got some guy with an ice cream cone sticking out of his forehead when you wanted a goblin); didn't write D&D RPG modules supporting the miniatures and tiles from their D&D Adventure System Games or Dungeon Command; had at least three different D&D miniature lines (HeroScape, D&D Adventure System, Dungeon Command) that shared the same sculpts but had incompatible miniatures (unless you painted the unpainted D&D Adventure System miniatures and rebased the HeroScape ones and didn't mind that your heroes all wore frickin' purple); and ended up with two different scales for their D&D Adventure System Games because WizKids doesn't care unless it's going after Reaper (and even then, you have to prime the miniature again because frickin' gaps, mold lines, and the occasional arm glued in a preposterous position).

 

So back to 5th edition, fights that don't take four hours at high levels, and theatre of the mind, I suppose. :lol: Thanks again for the WIP!!!

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I remember lobbying at the "cute phase" for you to leave it that way! HAHA Still I think the head you ended up with is pretty awesome. 

3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

I personally HATE the D&D base size rules with a passion of a thousand burning suns. :grr:  D&D is NOT a miniatures war game; its an RPG.  Creatures are the size the DM says they are...period

 

 

The lower jaw and teeth on this guy are CRAZY as conceptualized.   I'm one who want all my critters to look like they will fit into an ecosystem.  I struggled to figure out just what use this critter would have for that lower jaw; then I realized that it would be the perfect rake for collecting filamentous algae from swamp water while letting the water drain away.  That's what I ran with.

 

 

 

I couldn't agree more on the ridiculousness of basing rules. It's called FUN! I understand you need a general system of rules to allow everyone to have a good time but getting hung up on something as irrelevant as a base size will never make sense to me. 

You would find a legit reason for that crazy head. I'm just like "that looks cool, going with it"! 

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Thanks for showing this, I can't sculpt but I love seeing how it all comes together.

Since I don't game and only paint for fun/display I never cared about regular base sizes.

 

I once scratchbuild a chariot ( wood and metal parts) for a Marauder Chaos Lord drawn by horses for a GW Chaos Marauder Army.

I just thought it looked cool and I had no intent to game with it, but those who did all pointed out how the base was too big and that it therefore would get killed easily because a whole regiment could basically encircle it, touch the base and be in melee.

I didn't care, I liked the look of it and had fun building it.

 

I like a lot of your sculpts @TaleSpinner the Goroloth and the Arakoth Spider are in my shopping basket in the PM.

I also like this creature but I do not need a core set and I didn't like all of the others it got paired with, so I'm in doubt about the monster set, or buying it in retail later.

Any idea what the price range for the Catoblepas will be once it hits retail? Maybe the Monster set is still worth it?

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Any idea what the price range for the Catoblepas will be once it hits retail? Maybe the Monster set is still worth it?

 

Unfortunately, no.  That side of the business is something that as sculptors we, really have little connection to.  Once I turn the minis over to my clients, the rest of the process is a bit of a black box.  I do know some about how molding works, since we need to know that.  But pricing and marketing are WAY beyond my core competencies.

 

 

Here are the finish pictures of the model as I sent it to Reaper.

 

Important: The pieces seen here will likely change during production.  I cut the model so that masters can be cast in metal or resin.  Once in China though, they will completely redo the part configuration to fit with the steel molds and production needs.  They will add the keyed tabs you see in Bones.  They may have different break points, etc...  I just want to be clear that just because I sculpted it in 4 parts, does not mean it will be in those same 4 parts when you get it.

 

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Scale reference on a 50mm (2in) base:

 

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