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