Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

One of my all time favorite poems is by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland:

Jabberwocky
From “Through the Looking Glass”  (1871)

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

 

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

 

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

 

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

 

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

 

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

I love how all the words sound like real English words. To quote Alice “It seems pretty (…) but it is rather hard to understand.”
This then, is the source of the +5 Vorpal Sword.
Also, the not entirely unrelated movie “Jabberwocky” by Terry Gilliam which is absolutely frabjous!
Unsurprisingly, since not only the Vorpal Sword, but also the Jabberwock itself  has found it’s way into D&D, Reaper makes one in Bones. Because that’s what Reaper does best.
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The Bonesium material is really great for monsters!

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Bonesium works really great with deep detailing!

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But the bendy Bonesium is not so great for thinner parts that support a lot of weight…like legs…

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Hence most of my Bones dragons and such are drooping all over the place! This one has actually been straightened and stood up!

Majestic Dragons bending over in the dust?? NO! This will not do! SCREAM at your Bones! This needs  \../ METAL! \../

This Jabberwock was all bowled over and in a sorry state before I inserted metal pins all the way up the leg from the base and again through the lower calf (the bit running parallell to the base). And the base itself needed some serious weighing down to keep from tipping over all the time. Good thing I had those old Heavy Metal shields from back in the day lying about.

I left it tilted to the side in this way on purpose as I think it helps to convey it’s rabid insanity.

 

 

Jabberwock

Bones KS1 89016

Reaper Miniatures

Bonesium PVC

50mm round lipped base

 

Painted so far this month: 41

Painted so far this year: 192

 

A Shaggydog story

Once upon a time I read a short story by Isaac Asimov, entitled “Shah Guido G”, a story about a floating cityisland named Atlantis, it’s Shah named Guido G and the synchronized landing of a flotilla of flying craft called Waves all at the same time. Yes, you might guess correctly what happened next, and that the whole story was nothing but a massive setup for a single punchline. Groan. It was a so-called Shaggy Dog story, and I realized that Asimov even actually gave that fact away in the title. (read it like) “Shahgui-doG”. Groan again.

You see a Shaggy Dog story rambles on at length, only to end in a punch-line like sudden and “humorous” way.

Does Rickons wolf’s name have any double meaning? Let the unending conspiracy theory-like debates commence!

 

Dire Wolf

Bones KS2 92607

Reaper Miniatures

Bonesium PVC

50x25mm oval base by Warbases.

 

Painted so far this month: 40

Painted so far this Year: 191

Ringwraiths; or playing around with colours for black cloaks

Again some simple paint jobs, this time around I am trying out some colour combinations for dark cloaks, that are supposed to be black. But painting black straight up black really does not work all that well, the minis simply become…Not sure how to put this…lesser?

I have a really nice black cloaked figure lined up for painting, but painting it straight black will not do it justice. So I am using some Ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings by Citadel as guinea pigs:

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Greenish

Red

Reddish

Blue

Blueish

Brown

Brownish

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Greyish

I think the Blue one worked best as “Black”.

I wanted to keep them looking as a unit, so I did not go hog wild. They were each painted with a different undercoat, a very dark version of their respective colour. Then given a liberal wash of Army Painter Dark Coat Quickshade Ink and left to dry. When dry they were all given a drybrush of dark grey followed by a light drybrush at the edges with a lighter grey. Using same colours for the drybrushes gives them a coherent, unified look.  They will work great as a unit of wraiths (or even the Necromancer himself)  in Kings of War as well as Sauron’s personal SWAT team.

The backdrop worked very well. The colours turned out much more like in real life in the pictures than ever before. And the “auto color” global colour adjusting function in Photoshop barely changed the colour values, which has to be a good sign.

 

 

Ringwraiths on Foot

Lord of the Rings Battle Game

Citadel Miniatures / Games Workshop

Metal, 30mm bases.

 

Painted so far this month: 39

Painted so far this month: 190

 

Oathsworn Fire Giant / Efreeti, and trying out backdrops

/fanboy gush start/

Oathsworn Miniatures have some fantastic, old school miniatures, in the style of the period when Citadel Miniatures had soul, also known as “Oldhammer”. Oathsworn is a cottage industry company, consisting of sculptor Michael  Lovejoy and his lovely and talented wife, Jo (who is learning to sculpt as we speak). With 5 or 6 successful kickstarters under their belt, great communication and behind the scenes how-its-made guides and video clips, last but not least delivering on schedule, with consistently high quality every time. I cannot recommend Oathsworn enough.

This is the kind of company I would buy almost anything from, just to support them and their work, even if I never got around to actually painting anything…something which I intend to correct in the coming months.

/fanboy gush stop/

 

First out is the Fire Giant or Efreeti.

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With his asbestos loin cloth.

As you see, I am trying out some new backdrops I printed off from massive voodoo and miniarmyhugetimesink.

Yes, I see the brighter spot should have been directly behind the mini and not to the top, but in this case I chose to do it like that. Cause of the flaming sword. Yeah, right. So that’s settled then. Totally not because I am a complete noob at this. Learn from my mistakes.

 

at any rate: Which one is better?

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Did I mention that I struggle with flames? Turns out I not only struggle with, but actively detest painting lava-like crusts as well. Hence the not so impressive paint job. I simply do not have the patience.

Which means that Balrog will be sitting around for a while before I take a stab at painting it…

Metal, 40mm base.

Painted so far this month: 34

Painted so far this year: 185

 

Experimenting with the Translucent Bones, part 2!

My earlier attempts at painting translucent Bones miniatures did not turn out very satisfactory, mainly because the paints and inks I used were rejected by the Bones material, and did not stick to the mini as I wanted, due to a lack of undercoat. And then I really screwed the pooch by using too-opaque paints. Oh well, live and learn.

This time around I have undercoated the translucents with Army Painter Anti-Shine Clear Varnish spray.

That certainly made a difference!

These are my first two experiments with this:

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The 97267 Slime was originally clear. I did a simple wash of Army Painter Soft Tone Quickshade Ink (the water based dropper bottle, not the tinned oil based furniture stain used to dip). And turned it into a perfectly serviceable Ochre Jelly. That is still translucent!

I used one of the oval bases from Warbases for this model. They are such a find! And saves on shelf space compared to round bases.

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The Shadow Tenctacle Spell Effects were originally purple. I enhanced them with a wash of Vallejo Purple Ink.

I think they actually turned out very well, and have kept them simple with only a single coat of ink. They still have that magical translucency. Just make sure to draw off any ink that starts pooling.

For the next ones, I think I will be experimenting a bit with different coloured inks.

and they still count as painted, even though it feels a bit like cheating…

Painted so far this month: 33

Painted so far this year: 184

The Rocky Horror

As I was painting the statues, I had some paint left over on the palette. So I started this rocky thing to lessen the wastage:

 

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Bones KS2 Roper  77227 Stone Lurker

Not to be confused with that demon-thing from the *ahem* “adult anime” Urotsukidôji.

Basically, a stalagmite look-alike monster that suddenly throws its rope-like tentacles around the unwary delver that comes too close.

Painted so far this month: 30

Painted so far this year: 181

 

The Last of the Werewolves

When Mantic ran their very first kickstarter, they pumped out stretch goal after stretch goal with concept drawings, riding on a wave of success they did not anticipate. Some of these drawings created a lot of buzz, such as this really great werewolf:

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and when the minatures arrived and were unveiled there were much of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I actually do not think they are all that bad, but then again, they are not as good as the concept drawing. I expect the prime reason for this is the miniatures are multi-pose, with ball-socket arms and waist.  And in restic, which the vocal internet has decided to hate.

I have done six of my nine werewolves earilier, time for the final three:

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I posed this one to be like in the drawing

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The Dwarf having a lie down is an extra from one of the plastic Dwarf sprues from Mantic.

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and they are so easy to paint! Woof Woof!

 

Painted so far this month: 29

Painted so far this year: 180