Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2021 #25, D&D Monster Manual 57: 44116: Thrasher Snail (Reaper Bones Black) as Proxy Beast of Nurgle #Monstermarch5

Reaper Bones Black 44116: Thrasher Snail, Proxy Beast of Nurgle

Long enough post title for you? Sheesh, yeah!

Today’s model has a few layers of “what is this one?” in it. More than you’d expect for a simple snail model, anyway. The official name of this model from the Reaper Bones 4 campaign is “Thrasher Snail“, though as with a huge proportion of Reaper’s stuff, it’s their “Not-” version of a D&D monster, just renamed to avoid copyright issues. In this case, it’s a Not-Flail Snail. So that’s all pretty straightforward to start. However, as I’m much more of a Warhammer guy than a D&D guy, when I saw this thing, the poorly-cast flails did trip me up for several months as I scratched my head on this low-import figure trying to clean them up properly, and then figure out how to assemble them, as I just didn’t like the look of the flails.

Reaper Bones Black 44116: Thrasher Snail, Proxy Beast of Nurgle

So last weekend, motivated to get the thing painted now and finally by both Swordmaster’s Monster March and Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenges, I decided to just say “fuck it” and forget about the flails, fill in some of the holes on the sides of the snail’s head, and give it a lovely twisted unicorn-style horn to make it fit in with how I’d always planned to use the model anyway – as a Beast of Nurgle. I did need to do some carving to assemble it, as it didn’t fit together nicely. I found that adding the Bones Black to boiling water softened it enough so that my hobby knife cut through it very easily, as opposed to it being closer to resin in regards to resistance to a blade (though not shatter-fragility) when at normal room temperature.

Reaper Bones Black 44116: Thrasher Snail, Proxy Beast of Nurgle

Once I’d made that call, painting was a little tedious in painting the striations onto the shell before adding multiple glazes (and some Contrast), but overall a breeze that went quickly and easily, and was simple enough that I was able to add a layer here and there before work and after work even when bloody tired and not really in the mood to put brush to plastic.

Reaper Bones Black 44116: Thrasher Snail, Proxy Beast of Nurgle

In the end, this was a nice quick project that adds one more model to my very slowly growing Nurgle Daemonic horde.

As an addemdum, fellow blogger Imperial Rebel Ork (or, IRO) has asked people to post up some of their favourite t-shirts. I’m currenly in a state of T-Flux, but I did manage to find a few that kinda fit well enough to wear, and so here are a couple of them, with my ugly mug suitably covered so as to not scare small children and pets.

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2019 #22: Beast of Nurgle V1 (1990) Awesome August ’19

Realm of Chaos, Lost and the Damned, Nurgle Daemons, 1990, Beast of Nurgle, Original Oldhammer

I finally finished it! I’ve had this model since it was released, back in 1990-1. It’s been glued together almost as long. One of the feet fell off, and was lost to time, so I had to recast it using Oyomaru (aka Blue Stuff) and Kneadatite (Greenstuff). Luckily, because Nurgle, it being slightly imperfect was fine. Despite the base feeling a little big (especially compared to the 40mm square it came with), I’ve gone for a 60mm round here rather than an oval for consistency with the new models that I’ll be adding later and mixing in.

Realm of Chaos, Lost and the Damned, Nurgle Daemons, 1990, Beast of Nurgle, Original Oldhammer

The Main reasons this one took so long to get painted were the gaping big bloody seam down the middle of the model’s face and body, because metal (finally sorted with putty) – as well as no pressing need to paint it for anything (now rectified with that Nurgle Daemon Army I’ve been working on), and working out a scheme (just based it on the other models in the force). So now the bloody thing is finally done! Hurrah!

Realm of Chaos, Lost and the Damned, Nurgle Daemons, 1990, Beast of Nurgle, Plaguebearers, Plague Bearers, Great Unclean One, Original Oldhammer

Here’s a nice little gathering of the old-school, original Oldhammer Realm of Chaos Nurgle Daemons. Well, except for the damned Nurglings! I guess I will have to paint them sooner rather than later after all!

I did also pick up three more of these a few years ago on eBay. And I have a V2 Beast that I bought just to use as tentacle bits who has since lost a few, so I’ve also got that in need of repairs. I also found a metal V3 beast in blister just the other day. (And I still regret passing on the pair of those I saw second-hand that one time). Once those five are assembled and painted though – all of my metal Nurgle Daemons will finally be done and I can allow myself to start on the newer plastic plastics while continuing to work through the last few resins.

Well, all the metal will be done except for the Nurglings… but they can be done on a more casual basis, surely?