The other pair of Bones models that I painted alongside the two Death Shrouds from yesterday were this pair of gargoyles. Well, I thought they were Gargoyles, anyway until writing the text for this post! Turns out, this model is something called Vorvorlaka, and is, in fact, a Vampire. I guess I can see that, in that mostrous and bestial form of vampire we sometimes see. Still, these models hardly scream “hero”-type model to me, so they’ll just be used as a pair of gargoyles in whatever RPG or boardgame or minatures game that calls for a couple of them. I also achieved the slight variation in pose by… I didn’t do anything – they’re bendy PVC models!
As with the Death Shrouds, these were sprayed with Shellac primer to let paint actually adhere to them, and in this case I went over that shellac with Reaper’s own Brown Liner, and mostly painted them using Reaper’s HD paint line, which seems to play well enough with Bones material. I added a bit of flesh and purple to the wings in thin glazes as well as some very thinned green to the torsos – to add that touch of visual interest over everything just being in shades of grey. Most importantly, once again – done, done and onto the next one.
Next models will be much more interesting.
I’m always torn when painting and posting up these Reaper models. Should I include them in the D&D series or not? I mean, they’re clearly designed specifically to be used in D&D (and other derivitive fantasy RPG games), but they’re not licenced, and speaking for myself at least – a lot of them end up drafted into my Warhammer-ish and Kings of War armies, rather than having any plans to be used in D&D roleplaying or even D&D Adventure System board games – especially generic stuff like undead. It’s a little easier when they’re clearly “not-” models for D&D’s more unique creatures.
This particular gargamel model is even more of a quandry – this particular Bob Ridolfi sculpt is these days available in Bones plastic as 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle or (totally) Metal as, erm. “03223: Gargoyle“. The model we have here, though was actually one from Reaper’s (apparently discontinued) Legendary Encounter series of prepainted Bones models.
I’ve had this thing sitting around for years, and it was only a couple of weeks ago when rooting around in a tub of models looking for something else that I fished it out as an “easy win” and then proceeded to base it on a 30mm base, then repaint it. The funny(!) thing is that as a prepainted model from the LE line, it suffered from precicely zero of the fucking endless stickiness and tackiness problems of its Bones brethren that make them such a nightmare to work with.
So, in the end it was a pretty quick and easy model to get painted. I again used a little thinned green and purple inks to play with the plain grey and give it some interest. I should probably work out if it’ll go in with my Dark Elves or my Undead, and then add the approriate flowers for that force. I’ll do that later.