Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Run for cover.

Finally some dinosaurs for 'Dinovember'!  Fast and wily, Compsognathus was a small, bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur likely to have grown to the size of a large chicken during the Jurassic period.  Devouring insects and small lizards on a daily basis, Compsognathus would sometimes scavenge, given the opportunity, hoovering up the meagre leftover pickings of larger predators.
In fact, I first used a pack of these on my 'Scavengers!' project last year.  Now there were, as usual, convoluted and unrealistic plans to do a number of these terrain pieces and so I had ordered up a couple of packs of our pint sized predators from the 'The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company', but never got around to using them.  As I was scrabbling around for ideas for this year’s 'Dinovember' I suddenly came across the remaining miniatures and remembering a post by Mike C of 'Mike’s Random Wargame Meanderings' fame, I decided to make a series of simple stands basing the Compsognathus up in multiples of two or four.  
Having given the beasties the simplest of paint jobs it was time for basing and before I knew what was happening small patches of jungle were appearing before my eyes!  Added to the now customary static grass and multi-coloured tufts were fish tank planks and some 'Pegasus Hobbies' banana trees* all giving some much needed ground cover for my new additions.

*another impulse buy that was not quite as I had hoped, being a tad small for my liking.

51 comments:

  1. Brilliant! And they look great all together! Looking forward to the next entry!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, more fun planned in due course.

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  2. Wonderful job, a jungle in miniature!

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  3. Nice work, sir. Compsognathus for breakfast anyone! (fried of course)

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    1. Sounds tempting, you just need to be able to catch one first!

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  4. Your creativity has run rampant! The simple paint jobs work well for these and the settings you placed them in are a dream!

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    1. Thank you Anne, they really are very small and fiddly, so simple was definitely the way to go.

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  5. Yet more really fine Jungle goodness!

    Christopher

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  6. Excellent work. The jungle terrain looks brilliant as well!
    Don't bother too much about the size of the banana trees.

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I must admit I had hoped they would be taller, but not having seen a banana tree in real life, I'm not sure!

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  7. So creative, beautiful and realistic...I seem to hear and feel the jungle here ...

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, that is a lovely comment.

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  8. You do well in reminding us that not all dinosaurs are very large. Excellent to see them the long and the short and the tall!

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    1. Thank you Clint, it certainly takes allsorts to keep the world turning.

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  9. Excellent work on these Michael, my son loves all things dinosaur gives his thumbs up

    Ian

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    1. What more praise could a chap want - thank you both!

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  10. Great stuff Michael. You can almost hear the chirps and shrills of the Prehistoric world emanating from these bases. This is turning out to be a cracking series of posts :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, I must confess, I do like this time of year!

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  11. Great work on the minis and those amazing bases!

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  12. Love the horde basing idea - really suits this little guys and having them in 'natural' vegetation looks rather spectacular. I imagine they would be quite a pain when they attack en mass too

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    1. Thank you Paul, but I can't claim the mass basing idea. It certainly seems to make sense give the nature of the beastie involved.

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  13. Ah, the wonderful little world you must live in! :-D Always great stuff on this blog. Thanks for giving us a peek! ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Jason, it is indeed a wonderful world, somewhere to escape to when it all becomes too much elsewhere.

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  14. Nice work, Michael. IIRC compys finished off Hammond in the Jurassic Park novel, the scene reused with a different victim in the second movie.

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    1. Thank you Jez, and they do indeed, that poor child!

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  15. Love the bases with the plants. Excellent.

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    1. Thank you very much, that is very kind of you.

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  16. Until the final wo photographs, I was convinced these were huge creatures - a compliment to your skilful brushwork I think.I thinkt

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  17. Very nice indeed mate. The mini-dioramas are superb and really set them off.

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  18. Great dinosaurs, basing and vegetation!

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  19. More awesome Awdry magic. Great stuff Sir Michael, simply splendid!

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  20. Looks fantastic, Michael. Those banana trees are just the right size for the job.

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  21. Lovely Little dinos and i love the scenic bases!

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  22. Lovely work! I like the idea of grouping them like that.

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  23. Very nice work Michael! The basing really is top notch

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  24. What's a hunter to do? If you stay in the open then the big dinosaurs will get you, but hiding in the bushes doesn't seem so attractive either :-( . Nicely done; I do like to see the odd critter lurking in cover. I have a rattlesnake under a cactus that gets used in my Old West games, though it's never bitten anyone yet...

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  25. Hola amigo
    GUAUUUUUU que bueno.me encanta los bichos y la escena que as echo,dan mucho juego
    un saludo

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  26. Wow Michael. That's blown me out of the park. They look great.

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  27. Great work on those tiny models! Love the basing as well.

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  28. Those are great. I really like them.

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  29. Lovely! These little buggers look great. Fantastic idea to make the bases looking like jungle. One can almost see them stalking through the dark undergrowth in a land before time ;-)

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  30. I get the shivers thinking of these little fellows stalking me through the underbrush and biting my legs suddenly. Even if they are the size of chickens, they're creepy. And good looking, thanks to you. :)

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  31. Super super work with the bases and they dinos look great too as they blend into the terrain just like how predators should.

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