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.
150829 jabberwocky c
The Bonesium material is really great for monsters!
150829 jabberwocky a
Bonesium works really great with deep detailing!
150829 jabberwocky b
But the bendy Bonesium is not so great for thinner parts that support a lot of weight…like legs…
150829 jabberwocky d
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

 

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