D&D Monster Manual 35: Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV)

Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV) Treant

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.

Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV) Treant

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.

Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV) Treant

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.

Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV) Treant

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.

Mossbeard the Treeman (Reaper Bones IV) Treant

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.

Small Scenics – Dragon Statues, Moria Well, Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble.

Dragon Statue Terrain, Lord of the Rings SBG Moria Well, Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble

Today it’s a combined post of a few different small scenic items I’ve finished this month.

Dragon Statue Terrain

First up are a pair of dragon statues. These are actually from one of those Vietnamese “Variety Stores” (aka Junk shops) that are common in my area. They sell a wide variety of things, from cutlery to tat to tools and other random stuff, usually very cheaply, and pretty much all imported from China. I imagine that many places around the world have something similar in heavily multicultural areas. My mum actually got these for me a few years ago, since to a woman her age, this stuff all looks pretty much the same, whether it’s a GW model or an expensive Sideshow statue, or something that cost two bucks from a Vietnamese shop.

Dragon Statue Terrain

At the time I gritted my teeth and thanked her, and then stuffed them into a plastic tub to maybe turn into scenery one day down the line. I found them a few weeks ago while looking for Ork artillery, and remembered them, and so got them out and painted them in her memory. Nothing too special, just a bit of highlighting, shading and weathering. I left them just a little dirtied up, and more importantly unbased so they’d maintain a generic enough look to work inside a dungeon, in a temple, or outdoors and exposed to the environment. I’m glad I got them painted, and the table will have a little bit of her on it whenever they’re in use. 🙂

Lord of the Rings SBG Moria Well

Next is a bit of the Mines of Moria boxed set put out by Games Workshop back in 2005. This was the third update of the SBG rules after the Return of the King set had run its course. I’ve gotten all of the other bits painted over the years, but this one still had a tiny bit left to do in it, so it was basically overlooked rather than ignored. I did rebase it onto a 60mm round, and added some flagstones made from thin card in order to make the piece a little better looking and more useful on the table. 

Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble

Finally, we have a few more bits of my Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter pledge. Basically six little rubble piles. These had been sitting around for months and bloody months, primed black and slightly tacky. I found them next to my light box the other day and brought them inside to knock out. I think I’d planned to strip them back and start again, but I only remembered that after I’d completed them. Just simple drybrush jobs here, though the broken wood was done with Contrast Wyldwood over painted-on Wraithbone. All finished – as with everything elsein this post – with a little bit of weathering powder. I’ve varnished them with Reaper’s paint-on sealer and let that dry and cure for a day before going over it with AK Interactive’s Matt Brush-On, and they’re not tacky again yet. Let’s hope that stay that way!