To filed somewhere between deranged and down right disgusting, I have little to add in my own defence. Like a good many other hobbyists when not painting or playing with toy soldiers, I'm thinking of buying them or at least looking at their shiny loveliness on the info-web*. At some point I must have come across 'Warlord Games' dead livestock, which is already an interesting idea for a piece of scatter terrain, but something about them must have sparked an idea that quietly smouldered until the flames of creativity really got hold!
*Not a phrase, I feel, that reads well to the casual observer !
'Witchfinder General - Days of Revelation' takes its inspiration from English Folklore, historical events and of course Hammer Horror of the 1960s and 1970s. All too often these cinematic gems** start with a grisly discovery, or the unexplained disappearance of livestock before the greater evil is finally discovered. It occurred to me that 'Warlord Games' with their pot bellied and rigour morticed cows had given me the perfect starting point to create my own plot point or objective marker.
**Who am I trying to kid, most of them are ghastly, but they still formed part of young Master Awdry's formative years.
After much crazed machinations out came the trusty Dremel and on went the safety glasses as chunks of metal were hacked and sliced away. To give the impression of the exposed ribs I just ran the Dremel down the belly of the poor beast before tapering the now proud top edge slightly.
Some small marks and nicks were then added with a Stanley knife before the ubiquitous green stuff was employed to fashion some intestines and torn hide. In a bid to add balance to the piece a couple of 'Fenris Games' resin mushrooms were added to the less gruesome of the two unfortunate creatures, which I have to say that I'm rather proud of.
Now I know that this will not be to everyone's tastes and for that I apologise, the last thing that I would want to do is offend someone's sensibilities, but I hope that they convey a sense of gruesome horror and fear, setting the scene for any 'Witchfinder General' scenario.I can also categorically state that animals were harmed in the making of this scatter terrain.
“It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild and menacing.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Superbly gruesome m'Lord :)ReplyDelete
Why thank you kind lady.Delete
Excellent! I can almost smell them!ReplyDelete
Now there's a thought aroma for war-games, not sure it would catch on. :DDelete
That's some nice dead cows!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Frank.Delete
Great work, Michael, and I love the Arthur Conan Doyle quote at the bottom. Very fitting :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you Simon, the quote seemed to work, but I appreciate that it is a tad anachronistic.Delete
Alien Cattle mutilation? May not be your intent but probably the best stands for that I have ever seen. Also as you say usable for Folklore type games.ReplyDelete
Now that's a cracking idea, well done that man.Delete
They look quite snazzy, well done!ReplyDelete
Great, I smell this death!ReplyDelete
Thank you Michał.Delete
Those are revolting, top job. The crows in you wheat field will have plenty to eatReplyDelete
Thank you Martin, missed a trick not photographing the crows with them.Delete
Excellent work on these poor beasts Michael!ReplyDelete
Thank you Rodger.Delete
Epic work Michael!ReplyDelete
You are too kind Sir, thank you.Delete
Great work on some characterful objectives. I like how you worked those mushrooms in too.ReplyDelete
Thank you Brian, I got rather carried away with the mushrooms, but they add a certain something.Delete
How true about Hammer house of Horror, they were in my child hood too along with brilliant American b movies like "Them"ReplyDelete
These cows look great and would really add to a table.
Top stuff Sir.
Thank you so much, good to know that I wasn't the only one scared witless as a boy by such gems as 'the house that bled to death'.Delete
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(*I couldn't resist! Lovely, grisly work, Michael!)
Well that made me chuckle, thank you my good man.Delete
Lovely and macabre sir!ReplyDelete
Thank you Andy.Delete
Truly 'orrible. Very reactive modelling. You're not going to think those cows are just lying down for a nap.ReplyDelete
Thank you Matt, they are well and truly deceased, bereft of life, one might say. ;)Delete
Pretty erm well not nice as such, but erm well done? Well no they're definitely not well done either they're pretty rare. Anyway: great work!ReplyDelete
Very good Sander and thank you.Delete
Two daisies who will be pushing up the daisy´s ?ReplyDelete
Lovely conversion... I can´t find anything to Beef about..certainly Looks more realistic than just a couple of cows lying on thier sides.
But how to find out what killed them? A Steak out?
Tremendous punning Sir, certainly brightened my morning.Delete
Wow! At least the pigs came out unscathed!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jay, the pigs are safe and sound but have requested to be rehoused in a different project box.Delete
That is well done Michael, horror movie good!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Francis, certainly had fun putting these together.Delete
Really nice (if that's the right word).ReplyDelete
Probably not, but thank you nonetheless. ;)Delete
Very well done! These definitely look quite nasty.ReplyDelete
Thank you Nick, nasty was definitely the goal with these.Delete
superbly goretastic sirReplyDelete
Thank you so much Mr. Smillie.Delete
I'll take that as a compliment, thank you. :DDelete
Really gruesome, very impressive!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Luca.Delete
An unusual subject alright. If a tad gruesome, but it certainly adds something - particularly this well doneReplyDelete
Thank you Dave, not for the feint hearted, but fabulous fun to do.Delete
Gruesome but very effective!ReplyDelete
Udderly brilliant. The shrooms are a nice touch.ReplyDelete
*Groan* Thank you so much Mr. Finch, the mushrooms becomes all consumingly when I started painting them, I have have to more of those.Delete
Poor Daisy!!! Great work Sir M!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ray, yes poor daisy is well and truly pushing up daisies. (Thank you Paul)Delete
Not quite what I was expecting from the post title, but excellent nonetheless. The mushrooms are beautifully painted, Michael. Didn't you do a dinosaur carcass too? Hmmm, Witchfinders versus velociraptors? Now that would make a visually appealing (and unexpected) game...ReplyDelete
I wonder what you were expecting from the post title? You are of course spot on, there have been a couple of Dinosaur corpses over the years and both came out as I tried to work out how to model the intestines. Just reading that back makes me wonder if I should get out a bit more? :DDelete
They look fantastic.....excellent job😀ReplyDelete
Thank you Matt.Delete
Perfect, your work on the hide is excellent, the mushrooms are a great touch as wellReplyDelete
Thank you Ian, it is a sad fact that I spent longer working out the colour palette for the cows than I did assembling the intestines!Delete
I always like it when you are on your summer holidays. Always amazed at the speed you can churn bits out at this standard.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mike, got to love a long summer holiday to tick off all these ideas that have been simmering for all year.Delete
As always some splendid atmospheric pieces. I'm envying you for your endless crearivity, my friend. Unfortunately I have no talent at all for creating such vived scenary pieces. I always need an assembly scretch...ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Stefan, but the like you I always prefer to have some reference material then it is just one small step to realising your own ideas.Delete
Gross (nn the right way), and very well done. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much.Delete
Disgustingly ingenious Michael. Well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you Terry.Delete
Gruesomely disgusting Michael and therefore it is marvellous! Love the very scenic final photo of the culprit.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Simon, a bit odd this one, but great fun to do.Delete
que bueno si señorReplyDelete
Thank you J.D.Delete
Revolting, in an excellent model-making sort of way. Useful too, as they could range from the war-torn fields of Normandy to SF weirdness featuring the Greys.ReplyDelete
Thank you A.J. Alien mutilation, now there is an idea!Delete
Those cows are great. I especially like the mushrooms on the base.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much, they started as a simple base filler, but soon became one of my favourite elements.Delete
Fantastically gruesome, sir!ReplyDelete
Thank you Gordon, I hope I didn't put you off your supper?Delete
I can pay you no better compliment than to say ... eewwwwReplyDelete
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