Tuesday, 6 December 2016

CXII. The Moss Monster


The Moss Monster.
A hulking thing made of mud, gnarled roots and moss.



The Moss Monster is a part of the new faction I'm introducing to Gardens. It will consist of animated scarecrows and similar rickety constructs, as well as some slimy critters, led by a Witch. Conveniently, I'll be able to use the models as a Malifaux crew (Zoraida), seeing that each of them will be either a converted Malifaux mini or entirely scratch-built.
I wanted the Monster to resemble an Ancient Leshen from The Witcher 3 videogame. 

The Moss Monster is a converted Bad Juju from Malifaux. I replaced the original head with a GW horse skull. The antlers are from Mierce Miniatures. I left out some of the details I didn't want, such as human and alligator skulls and voodoo dolls. And I gave his right hand scythes for fingers. After painting I glued flock and tufts on to make him nice and fuzzy.
The original model.

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 So far the Monster is accompanied by three Treefolk.


They are slightly converted Malifaux Waldgeists. My problem with the original models was that they looked as if drawn by three different artists, all with different styles. So I intervened a little bit with green stuff and natural roots to bring them all together.

I didn't take a proper picture before converting, so here is the boxart so you can see what exactly I did with them.

35 comments:

  1. Wonderful, really.
    The model delivers all the promises behind the concept.

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  2. oh what a awesome models! Dark and mistic!
    best regards

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  3. Can definitely see this behemoth crashing through a misty, foreboding woodlands! <3

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  4. The hulking beast is fantastic! His chums are pretty damn good too! I love your reimagining of creatures & monsters Ann.....your extremely creative.

    Well done, again :)

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  5. The new 3D designed Malifaux models have this artificial look. That especially does not suit those natureal shapes. But the conversion on the Moss Monster, repacing the head, the very textured paintjob and the flock adds to the model everything its orignally design is missing - the natural feel and character. This extends to the Waldgeists as well, although their models are quite good. As always great job.

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  6. Very godd one! The grass "topping" comes out very nice. Cool vibe in this one!

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  7. That is a thing of beauty! Absolutely love it!

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  8. Fantastic! The Moss monster is brilliant.

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  9. So good Ana. Love the Moss Monster - very boreal!

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  10. As ever it's terrific atmospheric work. Have you ever seen the horror film The Company of Wolves? Your characters and setting remind me a lot of that - it's a sort of Grimm's fairy tales with extra grim. Anyhow, it definitely captures the atmosphere and look. The only thing I'm not totally keen on is the skull on the waist of the third of the treefolk - otherwise, it's brilliant.

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  11. This is so incredibly good! I love the conversions and the moss and tufts give them just the right look! 10/10

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  12. Swampthing and family. These are breathtaking.

    I might have to steal your Moss Monster idea for a future rpg monster I'd thought up - though your beastie looks after cooler than my own idea. :)

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  13. Fantastic :) You're on such a tear right now I can't wait to see what you've got planned next!

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  14. Fantastic, can't wait for the lore on this new faction

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  15. Impressive work. Great use of the horse skull and antlers. I love treefolk as well. Can't wait to see next models from this faction!

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  16. Fantastic work, i like this idea!!! Swamp thing....

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  17. Just incredible! The moss looks perfectly like those deep woody trunks, roots and rocks you find next to streams and covered with ferns! Can I ask whether you used for the flock? Was it some stock product, or have you adapted it in any way?

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  18. Thank you so much, everyone!

    @Toby - Thanks! I have seen the film.
    @Axiom - I first covered him with spongy flock, which I then painted. I use this one from Noch: LINK. The really fuzzy bits are Dark Moss tufts from Gamer's Grass: LINK.

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  19. Loving that moss monster to bits!

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  20. Absolutly superb, amazing job!

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  21. What mierce arts did you use?

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    1. The antlers are from "Leofwen, Fane-Bearer of Dēra on Great Hart," if that's what you're asking:

      http://mierce-miniatures.com/index.php?act=pro&pre=mrm_dkl_ang_dra_wcf_132_000

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    2. Awesome. You said you used a GW horse skull too. Do you know from what box?

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    3. Sure. :) It's from Black Knights:

      https://www.games-workshop.com/en-NZ/Vampire-Counts-Black-Knights

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