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After the Northern Penguin aka Great Auk were hunted to extinction in 1844, the convergently evolved Penguins of the southern hemisphere continue to eke out their existence in the Antarctic.
Of course, the reality of the north and south poles being totally separate worlds has never stopped people from making stories and images with, say, polar bears and penguins in them. Or walruses. (Or Pandas).
Such as here at the North Pole where Santa lives, we also find Ice Golems using Giant Penguins as guardians on leashes.
Sic 'im, Mumble!
This is another mini from the Ral Partha Europe kickstarter "Wicked Wonderland" featuring the Evil Santa I painted around Christmas, and some other polar creatures.
They are cast in metal, I made a 60x35mm base for them.
Sadly, the christmas minis seem to have gone from the RPE webside. Maybe they are only availabe for Christmas?
That still only counts as one, since they are connected and on the same base.
Hey! I could've sworn you were tap-dancing just now!
The three large penguins are from the Reaper Bones 4 kickstarter's Fan Favorites expansion, and released to retail together with the Dire Penguin as the "44104 Penguin Attack Pack".
The smaller penguin comes from Reaper "02848 Familiar Pack V" and is made in metal. I painted it as a chick on account of the perfect size.
And the Dire Penguin:
Because, of course there has to be Dire versions of Penguins too. It craves your fish!
This one did not want to be photographed against this background, and turned overexposed and invisible. We'll call it well camouflaged. I had to faff about with global settings in photoshop to make these pictures even viewble. The rest of the photos were unusable.
I painted it for the Reaper challenge league's January three colour challenge: choose and use any specific blue, green, pink. together with white and black from Reaper's paint line. Mixing allowed, but only with those specific colours. You can see which ones I used in the picture.
I chose to paint it as a kind of wierd Albino Penguin, and only mixed in a small amount of the green for shading.
I did not have any other reaper black left, and had to use Nightmare Black which is a very dark blue black.
I mean, Dire Penguin? That is some serious Cosmic Horror right there. Where is a Shoggoth when you need one to come and clean up?
Featuring minis from:
Ice Golem & Giant Penguin
Ral Partha Europe
"Wicked Wonderland" kickstarter
44401 Penguin Attack Pack
Sculpted by Jason Wiebe
Penguin from the 02848 Familiar Pack V
Sculpted by Sandra Garrity or Michael Brand
The reaper minis are all available from reapermini.com
These minis were finished on Jan 23rd, 2021.
Presenting the Chimera, a monster from the game Etherfields by Awaken Realms.
Not super happy with her skin, it went blotchy and all my attempts to fix it made it worse!
Despite that, I think she ended up pretty snazzy.
As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
Welcome to Nemesis Lockdown draft page! Campaign is not yet live (currently planned for May / June), but you can see here some of the first information and leave your feedback! There will be gradually more and more stuff we will be sharing here, so you can check it out from time to time, but most importantly - click "Notify me on Launch" if you don't want to miss the campaign!
Nemesis Lockdown is first standalone expansion to Board Game hit - Nemesis (BGG rating #35 overall, #9 thematic). Lockdown will bring the same cinematic, thematic Sci-Fi horror feel to totally new setting: Base on Mars. It will come with lot of new, fresh ideas and content while keeping some of the core Nemesis mechanics that makes every play an unforgettable story to be told.
I should have known when they asked us to prepare the landing platform. There are only two reasons to make a night sample transfer. It’s either too urgent to wait, or it’s a black op. Both spell trouble.
My survival instinct, honed by twenty years of work in the Sample-Return Receiving Facilities, was screaming, considering the rumours that reached even our remote site.
Maybe if I bailed right there, I wouldn’t be crouching in a dark lab, sweaty palms clutching a scalpel, and this damned soft voice repeating over my head: “Containment Breach, Containment Breach…”
Things only got bleaker when they told us there would be human BSL-5-ET subjects coming. Extra-terrestrial samples and living people don’t usually mix. They SHOULD NEVER mix. Something went really bad out there, and we got caught in it.
When Martinsen and Sovich processed the first sample, I only caught a peek from behind the armored glass. There was one word on the container.
I wasn’t there when the actual breach happened. There were screams over the intercom. The main power went out. Soon, I saw Martinsen and one of the human subjects running to me from the isolation ward elevator, as if the devil himself chased them. I’ve seen it for a split second, before they were caught. I’d rather take my chances with the devil, than with the thing that took them.
Now, it’s been fifteen minutes since I last heard any shots. The pain in my mangled leg subsides. I get up and slowly make my way to one of the security stations. Am I the only one left? No, thank god! Sovich is still kicking. I have her on a live feed from the main terminal. She’s…
Changing the logs! Switching her name for mine. Frigging rat! When the board learns we had a containment breach, there will be hell to pay, and she wants to make sure the bill is on my name.
Now, she turns towards the main console. In the middle of it, under the protective glass, is the A3-5 button, a big chunk of red plastic. They told us it enables the “Code Red Emergency Protocol” but we had no clearance to know what the protocol actually is.
Don’t do it, Sovich. You might just nuke us. Don’t…
Of course she does. She wants to play the good girl, an upstanding citizen.
Well, there’s still time to fix everything. No one will call until morning. We’re on a dark side of the planet now, blocking all signals. I need to get topside, to the secondary console in the other building. Re-write the logs, access the classified procedures, and see what new trouble she got us into.
The only things between me and my salvation is a broken airlock, a long stretch of hellish surface, and enough gamma radiation to hard-boil an egg. I’m betting these things can’t walk outside.
That would be too frigging unfair...
By Disciple of Sakura
Just a quicky here, since I banged this guy out today as a gift for a friend who'd mother just passed away. We backed this kickstarter in part for this mini for him, so I figured I'd better finally get it finished up for him. Pewter mini, very cute.
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