This week it’s a couple of Reaper Bones Lemures.
A Lemure is a relatively low powered Devil in D&D. They’re hardly a well known entity in the game but given the uproar in the 80s from anti D&D Christian groups about ‘Devil Worshipping’ it’s hardly suprisingly TSR (the publishers of D&D back then) gave most of the Demons and Devils from the Monster Manual a swerve in published scenarios and modules.
A quick flip through my 5th ed Monster Manual confirms they’re still part of the game but it’s probably fair to say it would have to be a high level campaign involving Baator (the Nine Planes of Hell) for the PCs to encounter them.
As I’m sure the Warhammerites amongst us have already spotted these miniatures could easily be used in some capacity as small Nurgle daemons too.
I’ve painted them as Ghoul leaders. If you want to read some fiction involving ghouls I can heartily recommend Brian McNaughton’s ‘The Throne of Bones‘ collection of short stories. I know I’ve spoken about this book before on comments sections but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog. Go check it out.
Not a lot to report here this week. I’ve been spending a large chunk of my hobby time constructing some scratch built scenery and that really has eaten into my figure painting schedule.
I have a couple of things to show though. First up are some treasure tokens – resin pieces from Dark Arts Studio. Not the most realistic pieces from a sculpting point of view but I think they have plenty of charm.
I had planned to make treasure tokens using items from old sprues and green stuff but these are so cheap I might just buy a few more of these and save myself the time.
Next up is a couple of Mantic Ghouls. These guys have been on the blog before so no need to talk about them in any detail. The only change is that I’ve re-based them and redone the gore effects as I made the mistake of applying it before the varnish last time.
I’ll hopefully have more to show next week!
These guys from Mantic perfectly match my image of ghouls – balding, fanged consumers of corpses dressed in rags; shrieking, meeping and clawing their way through the battlefields, graveyards and mausoleums of fantasy games everywhere – especially my RPG city game where they dwell underground and unnoticed by the rest of society in the city’s burial grounds, competing with a tribe of feral cannibalistic children for human corpses.
I spotted a seller on eBay that sells individual sprues of these rather than whole units. So a sprue of 2 ghouls for only £1.75 post free, which fitted my curiosity as to how these looked in the plastic without purchasing a whole unit at full price.
They arrived very quickly but despite being packaged well some of the fingers/thumbs had snapped off one of the torsos. Whether this had happened in transit or before they’d been packed I can’t say as I’d thrown the jiffy bag into the bin before I noticed. Not such an issue as ghouls must claw around in grave dirt and occasionally lose fingers trying to rip open coffins and squabbling over corpses with fellow ghouls I reckon. One thing I did think a bit odd on the sprue was a hand weapon resembling something between a baseball glove and Freddy Krueger’s razor fingers. A strange choice for ghouls but optional to use of course.
They painted up very quickly using GW Rakarth Flesh, Agrax Earthshade, Druchii Violet and VGC Dead White mixed with Rakarth Flesh for the skin and VGC Dead Flesh, Athonian Camoshade and VGC Bonewhite mixed with Dead Flesh for the rags.
I can’t justify buying a whole regiment of these fellas just now as I don’t plan on building an undead army until someone releases a decent unarmoured plastic skeleton regiment. If that happens I’ll buy more of them without a doubt.