Reaper Bones 44021: Maggotcrown Bonesack #Monstermarch5 (C.Lewis)

Reaper Bones 44021: Maggotcrown Bonesack

Another intro here from Azazel – Mostly I’m pointing out that this is the second one of Marouda’s Models for the Month of March. This here is Maggotcrown Bonesack, and I think it’s one of the better models produced in Bones. I’ll discuss why and the model itself a little more at the end of the post…


Marouda – This one, I cant quite remember how I attained it exactly. Azazel was showing me the model and saying how easy it would be to paint and described the process of different shades of flesh and making the hands and feet purple a well as the flesh around the stomach tear. Anyway I ended up painting him along with the Iguana and large model (yet to be revealed). It was fairly painless to paint except for a couple of things.

Reaper Bones 44021: Maggotcrown Bonesack

I almost had a painting disaster when Azazel left the pot of purple undiluted wash next to me and I covered the whole model in it, I didnt realise it was to use on specific areas very sparingly. Luckily I showed Azazel my work as soon as I had done it for praise, and he ran to the sink to wash off the purple ink. So the model was reset and after he was dry I could apply the ink under the arms etc. Azazel has been showing me painting mistakes he still makes, like stuffing up teeth, but how they can be easily fixed. Azazel painted the teeth in the stomach area as this was too fine/small for me to paint. With the very fine detail work I have been giving everything a go and doing what I feel comfortable with, but I find myself almost going cross eyed trying to be careful and neat with the painting. I found this model a lot more fun and easier to paint than the iguana.


Reaper Bones 44021: Maggotcrown Bonesack

Our Modern and Fantasy heroes show how easily this model crosses genres.

Azazel again – Sooooo yeah. This was a model that I wanted to paint myself for both Swordmaster’s Monster March and Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenges, and while I was prepping it by compelting the process of pinning it top the base and adding sand to one of the worst of the GW Shattered Dominion bases, someone seemed very interested in it. Not wanting to discourage Marouda, even though I’d wanted to paint it myself (like the Iguana!) I instead guided her through the process, and did things like demo ways to apply paint, contrasts, etc – and also ended up doing the finely detaily bits – and also the base in my usual style. So in the end it was a bit of a collaboration, and this obviously explains why it looks like one of my figures. Once Marouda gets more reps in, I’m sure she’ll develop her own style, but let’s face it – there are worse people to be tutored by than I – turns out I’m good at teaching! 😛

Anyway, the model. It’s a good size and a versatile enough sculpt to be used for a lot of things in my opinion. Undead Ogre. Chaos Spawn of (probably) Nurgle (I mean, that is –or was- a human who has been seriously punished by something!) It could be used as an Abomination in Zombicide, an Science Experiment Gone Awry, an Alien Virus… quite a lot of options for this one. So Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Modern, Pulp. A very versatile model for such a disgusting mess. I also like the fact that it can easily read as either male or female, and between the shape of the breasts and the very slight and subtle vagina dentata it’s got going on, that’s my own personal read of the model. (And yeah, If it was completed earlier I’d have submitted it for Fembruary, as well. After all, females can be monsters, too!)

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2021 #26, D&D Monster Manual 59: Wizkids WZK73403 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Shambling Mound as Proxy Chaos Spawn #Monstermarch5

Dungeons and Dragons ,Wizkids WZK73403 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Shambling Mound

Yeah, some of these post titles are getting a little unwieldy. Such are the trials of models that are very much part of two different series I’m painting, I guess. A very simple story for this one – I was ordering some stuff from Amazon a few days ago and a couple of interesting Nolzurs’ models popped up in the little recommendation thing that they use to sell you more stuff, and I ended up adding a couple to my cart, and then a couple more, and then a couple more. Admittedly, a few of them had alrteady been in my “save for later” cart, including this one so it was just a matter of finally pulling the trigger on them.

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As far as what this monster is supposed to be, it’s basically Swamp Thing, D&D Edition. I guess it’s also another take on Tolkien’s Ents and Huorns, but then, such creatures have been part of pop culture for as long as it’s been a thing, and by extension, folklore and mythology for centuries and millenia….

Dungeons and Dragons ,Wizkids WZK73403 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Shambling Mound

Also admittedly, one of the biggest reasons I grabbed this thing now were the promise of a quick “easy win” for Swordmaster’s Monster March since I knew I could use the challenge as motivation to get the thing painted quickly. So that’s what I’ve done. Painting was done in a rather organic (!) manner, using multiple coats of different contrast paints, regular washes, drybrushing and spot painting, all in many layers. I used Vallejo European Thick Mud paste for the basing rather than my usual sand, thouigh I did paint it in the usual palette so the model would fit in with the other Nurgle (and D&D) models.

In order to give the whole thing a slick, wet-plant-and-mud look, I coated the thing with AK Interactive’s Semi-Gloss Spray Varnish (that stuff is NOT the same as satin – look how bloody shiny it is!) A touch of matte varnish on the rocks, and my first little play with Greenstuff World’s Liquid pigments. More on that stuff as I keep using it and leaning more.

Dungeons and Dragons ,Wizkids WZK73403 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Shambling Mound

A small detachment of Minotaurs Astartes detour from purging the Imperium of the High Lords’ enemies to fight some Chaos scum.

So another quick model to add to my Nurgle forces – or even any potential narrative games set on a Death World. Need to try and paint a ton more poxwalkers, and then maybe some of those new Plaguemarines as well… And by “new”, I mean the current models…

Also a quick shout-out to John of JNV who does love a good carnivorous plant when I manage to get one painted up!

And here’s another pair of my favourite t-shirts for Imperial Rebel Ork‘s t-shirt challenge. After the reaction to the helmets in the other post with t-shirts, I think I might have to finally start photographing some of my collection of geek-crap to show off here.