Monday, 1 January 2018

From EvanH - 28mm Purple Worm (12 points)

This one snuck up on me - I'm a Monday Challenger, so I had to get something extra in on the rostered day immediately after the free-for-all period finished! I pray I am not too late... 

This is the Reaper Bones Giant Worm, which I have painted up as the Purple Worm, the high-level dungeon denizen nobody wants erupting from beneath them. An old fave from the AD&D Monster Manual, this has been a hardy perennial in many a campaign.




Now as it's a slimy subterranean beastie, I've given it a gloss finish to suggest a viscous sheen over its rugose hide (if I can just use the words 'squamous' and 'blasphemous' in the next few sentences, I win Lovecraft Vocab Bingo).


Hayfever. Gets you every time.

No. he's not sneezing, I used Araldite coloured with a drop of yellow ink to simulate the mucous drool invariably exuded by horrible fantasy invertebrates. I dipped a length of nylon fishing line into the mixture and hung it up to set. I was then able to cut the resulting string of droplets into suitable pieces to glue around the awful maw of the annelid from Hell. 



He is sculpted with a number of nodules, which I picked out in yellow to resemble pustules or similar unsavoury growths. Yellow works well as a contrast colour to purple, and I'm glad I took the time to add this small counterpoint.




I have tried to give the impression that the creature has just erupted from the Stygian depths (hence the tumbling stones added to the base), thrashing to and fro in search of its next meal, spraying the surrounding area with horrid blobs of saliva.

That's the first of my entries for the regular submission phase; as he comes in at 60mm tall, scoring him as a cavalry fig seems fair. So another 10 points on the board then, please, Mr Moderator?

Bonus Round will definitely have to be the next cab off the rank.

Stay tuned!

Ev

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Happy New Apocalypse.....New Year, Ev!!

Now that's just BLASPHEMOUS?  How can you, in all humanity, post something so horrifically SQUAMOUS.  Truly unpleasant.....  I'm shocked....

In fact, I am shocked.... shocked by just how awesome this looks!  What a great colour scheme and a terrific addition of vile, mucus drool being ejected from its cavernous mouth. The Araldite mucus-snot is a thing of beauty (or, at least, as beautiful as any snot can be). Adding the yellow ink was an inspired move, and worked perfectly.  Top marks for boldness in doing this.

I also really like the basing.  As a seasoned investigator of dark and creepy malevolent beings in the 1920s, I'd be scared witless if this monster emerged from the floor of my local temple.  And well done for offering a true Monster in this monster-related Challenge.

A worthy 12 points indeed (a fine 10 points, but with an extra couple added for the very fine, and innovative, use of Araldite mucus-snot).  Top work, Ev!

28 comments:

  1. Wow, that yellow snot effect has scared all the over top adjectives out of me! Great piece, I'll have nightmares for days.

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    1. Thank you Peter, my work here is done!

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  2. revoltingly beautiful, love the snot

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    1. Thank you Martin, what's a repulsive chthonic beast without a bit of slime?
      ; )

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  3. That is some beautiful spittle, really.

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    1. "Complimenting spittle is always appreciated and will make your guest feel more at home."
      - Emily Post, 'Manners For The Modern Age'

      Thank you so much, Curt!

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  4. Wouldn’t want to be in a dark and dank cellar when that thing erupts from beneath my feet. Truth be told I wouldn‘t fancy being anywhere with that beast around. Very evocative painting.

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    1. But he's actually a gentle soul who loves music and flower arranging! His looks are against him, I grant you...

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  5. Great colours, brilliant snot!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, I am quite pleased with the final result!

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  6. Terrific monster! Excellent choice of colors

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  7. Hmm, is that a purple people eater by any chance? Great work Evan :)

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    1. It's a purple anything eater!
      : )
      Thanks Tamsin!

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    1. Ramping up the yuk factor this year, in keeping with our theme. Thanks Millsy!

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  9. Terrific snot, complements the purple very nicely.

    Any chance the adventurers have picked up Goljob’s Handkerchief of Blowing +1 to help deal with him?

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    1. It might be helpful if you were trying to negotiate an escape from his lair, but I fear that he's a 'devour first, ask questions later' kind of guy...

      Thanks for the kind words!

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  10. Fortunately I’ve finished my dinner before perusing the Challenge; truly horrific case of runny nose there... no amount of Night Nurse is going to sort that out.

    Excellent work.

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    1. If unfeasible amounts of slime and mucus persist, see your family wise woman!

      Thanks Nick!

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    1. Thanks John, I'm happy with how he turned out!

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  12. Well that looks gruesome! Nice job on the purple creepy Evan.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! Like I said, let's work with the theme!

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  13. Lovely stuff! The snot is the, um, icing on the cake.

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  14. He(or she) looks suitably icky Evan! I like the mucus spittle you added to it!
    The colors look fantastic on it. I imagine it is a nice sort of monster, but a little crabby about folks stomping across its roof.
    It seems to be screaming"get off my lawn" I can sympathize with that!

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    1. Thanks David, I was going for 'insensate aggression', but 'get off my lawn' will do nicely!

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