Today I finally completed the flocking and tuft-work on this model – the largest model I’ve painted to date. This model is another of the Large Reaper Bones models, and one that actually dwarfs even the Mighty Goremaw and Mudgullet (as you’ll see in a couple of days). It’s from Reaper’s Bones IV Kickstarter, and doesn’t appear to be on sale on Reaper’s site, though it shares a name with a much smaller ent/treeman model. It’s obviously based on an Ent from Lord of the Rings/Middle-Earth, or more copyright-acceptably, a Treeman (as imaginatively described by GW), or a Treant (as described by Dungeons and Dragons, and every other fantasy IP who followed their lead, including EverQuest, Warcraft and an endless list of others…)
You can see why it took aseveral days just for the flocking and tufts, though! Especially in midwinter here, so temperatures aren’t the most awesome for fast drying. So the model has been sitting in front of a radiator for most of the past few days as well.
I finished the final touches of paint on this sucker yesterday (eyes and fungus growth) but the rest was already done before the end of the month. It did take a good four days to get all of the layers of flock and tufts onto the model, with a lot of PVA and even a bit of superglue, so I finished doing that a few hours ago. I think that due to it being done before July 3rd, I can count this as the last painted model I’m submitting for Ann’s Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge for May & June.
Having just typed that, though – I’ve also got another pair of D&D models that I hadn’t had a chance to post up yet. They’re from the Temple of Elemental Evil game, and even though I finished painting them more than a week ago, I wanted to finish posting the ones I’d finished painting from the Drizzt game first before moving to post the Elemental Evil models. So they got bumped, and then I started finishing these large Bones models and the Aquila. So two more posts for Ann – one for the ToEE models, and then a round-up for her challenge. Then I can get back to posting the final models I finished in June. Of which there are at least 4.
Since it’s July, I’m going to call it one for my own Jewel of July Challenge as well.
Sadly, this massive model didn’t fit properly into my makeshift light box. Well, it fit, technically speaking, but it was too big for my simple background or for my standard little mini-tripod that I use, so I had to use a full-sized tripod, an extra sheet of printed background, and take the pics from quite a bit further back and higher up than usual.
Yeah, I know. A scale should would have been great. Unfortunately, this thing is just SO large and unweildy that it was just a nightmare to photograph. And the hunched-over posture that it holds doesn’t help at all, either. There’s some sense of scale in the round-up pics I just took alongside these, so you’ll get an idea in about 48 hours from whrn this post goes up. As far as gaming goes, I had thoughts of using it in a LotR game, but it’s just SO ridiculously big that it’s actually pretty impractical. I think it’s going to make its way into a glass cabinet, and that will be that for this one. Though Age of Sigmar does have quite the large model fetish…
But you know what? It’s finished. And I’m happy about that. So it’s a win.