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My FLGS had a Brain-in-a-Jar, 77493, some months back, and of COURSE it came home with me. But then I hit a wall. The brain was enormous, far too large to fit inside a humanoid's head unless they were of giant size. Then, an epiphany! Inspired by this old pulp illustration and Wells's Selenites.
I also had an old grab-bag Pickled Punk from Paizo: a wretched, foetal thing in a broken jar. So, discarding the jar component of both minis, I did some minor brain surgery and put together this tripod-borne Martian, inerrant in its calculations, an intellect vast and cool and unsympathetic, its distended cranium overshadowing its feeble frame:
Among its peers, the other Martians: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/83813-spacefuture-martians-hydra-zenithians-zombiesmith-greys-incl-group-shot
I see the light at the end of the tunnel! Grinding through the Bones 4 core set, we have reached the last two dozen....and a full dozen of those are kobolds! Soon there will be less than 10 left!
Today I did the Ape Attack! subset
I chose to go different paths with each of them. These are so big, I think they are more useful as individuals than as a team. After all, there is only so much you can to with three giant apes, one of which that for some reason seems to have joined the Roman legions.
And I was not kidding when I said they were giant apes:
They are twice the height of a man, and what looks like ten times the mass.
#83: The Great White Ape
Drybrushed from black with a series of offwhites, ochre, beige and greys, and a couple of skin tones on the nekkid flesh.
This one does double duty as an abominable snowman.
#84: The Barlgura
A barlgura is a D&D chaotic evil demonic creature of the Abyssal plane. Described as semi-intelligent and brutally violent, looking like an eight foot tall blue-skinned Orangutan with wickedly sharp claws. The model is of a much larger Gorilla...Well... close enough. Let's just call him King Louie and leave it at that. "Oobee-doo! I wanna beat up you-oo-oo!"
#85: Ingkay Ongkay
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." (Gladiator, 2000)
So, Reaper...Pray tell. What is it I am not familiar with here? In what context might I need a giant romanesque-armoured gladius-wielding ape exactly?
#83, #84, #85 the Ape Attack! subset
Bones 4 Core set, 2019
Made in Bonesium PVC
40mm and 50mm bases
should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones.
Bones 4 core set: 143/163 just 20 to go!
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.
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