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.

77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth (Reaper Bones) D&D Monster Manual 34/Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2020 #23

Reaper Bones 77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth

Well, after finishing Goremaw the Rather Large Worm and maaging to get him posted up yesterday, I immediately got stuck onto today’s model – another Reaper Bones feature. This time, Mudgullet, the Froghemoth – also from the Reaper Bones III Kickstarter campaign. The
“Froghemoth” part seems to have become a deleteted reference now. I guess because “Frogehemoth” is apparently a real D&D thing. Something I only learned yesterday via accidently seeing one pop up on Amazon. When I saw it appear as a goal during the Kickstarter, I assumed (for some reason) that it was an original creation. More fool me to think that Reaper had any originality at all. They’re a decent company with generally nice-to-very good models and products (sticky Bones excepted), but let’s face it – pretty much everything they do is based on D&D or some other IP of someone else’s. I mean, we ran on GW for their lack of creativity and plethora of obvious pop culture references, but Reaper apparently just comb their way through the Players’ Handbooks and Monster Manuals and whatever other splat book they can get hold of…

Reaper Bones 77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth

So back to Mudgullet here – Yesterday when I discussed the fact that I’ve had three big, annoying Reaper Bones models taking up way too much space around the house, I suggested that I might be able to get another one of them finished. This is the second of those three that I was referring to and hoping I might be able to get completed – and also one of the oversize models that was destined for the next Tray anyway. Thanks once again to Ann’s Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge for May & June for giving me the impetus to actually get the damned thing finished, like, NOW. TODAY. (Actually yesterday by the time this goes up, but as I type this the PVA on the base tufts are drying alongsiode the final coat of gloss varnish.)

Reaper Bones 77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth

So when I actually saw this thing pop up in the stretch goals for the third Bones KS, my own D&D-limited mind went to different place. I thought of Warhammer’s Nurgle Plague Toads, by Forge World. Clearly, the Froghemoth model would fit in with my Daemonic Nurgle force as a gigantic daemon. A Greater Plague Toad, if you will. I’ll just find some appropriately epic Nurgle Daemon rules, and use it as a proxy in friendly games. It’s got a lot more chance of that happening than actually being used as a D&D Froghemoth! The base originally seemed to have a kind of aquatic theme, with a pile of roe behind Mudgullet. I added a few resin skulls and then painted them all in bone, so they kind of fill an ambiguous, dual purpose. Are they supposed to be skulls, or eggs? Yes.

Reaper Bones 77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth

One final point on the whole Nurgle thing. Yes, I was “lazy” by just painting it green and calling it Nurgle. If you see the real plague toad models, they’re covered in pustules, torn skin, tri-marks of Nurgle and so forth. Now, if I cared more about this model, I might have attempted to go to town with greenstuff and putty. Now, I wouldn’t have been able to do nearly as much as the amazing job Pandora’s Bitz Box did there, but even so – but – this big arse chunk of heavy, cheap, underdetailed, sticky bones PVC just doesn’t warrant that kind of time investment. Even enough to add triad-pustules. Nope, I had enough trouble fighting the tackiness of this damned thing. Even with liquid greenstuff used as a primer coat and AK Interactive’s paint-on Matte varnish on top, some of it still remains tacky. Nope. Proper care and work goes to proper models. This thing is painted, and it looks decent – I call that good enough!

Reaper Bones 77581: Mudgullet the Froghemoth, Nurgle Plague Toads, Oldhammer Beast of Nurgle, Oldhammer Plague Bearer of Nurgle

So will I get the third of the giant Bones models completed in time for Ann’s Challenge? Maybe. There’s just under 5 and a half hours left of June here in Australia as I type, or I could go with another 23 or so hours for the US West Coast. I think Ann allows stuff to be finished and posted up by the 3rd of the moth for her challenges, so I just might. The painting is about 95% done, but there’s a lot of flock to add and have dry, so perhaps it’ll be done, perhaps not… Either way, it’ll also be something that qualifies for my own The Jewel of July challenge that begins in just under 5 and a half hours!

I do also have two more smaller-but-still-larger-than-an-ogre models that I may be able to finish by the 3rd that would also fit in Ann’s challenge. Wish me luck!