August 6th, 2009: It's August already? Thanks for hanging in there Greyfans. This week is a special project of mine that I've had on the backburner for almost a year. It was inspired by the fanatical devotion of "rossik" who took it upon himself to do fan-art sculptures of the Tharizdun cultists. Now having some experience myself at miniature customization (mostly Warhammer 40k) I finally tried my hand at making my own Greyhawk minis. I'll let you all be the judge of my handiwork, but I think the cultists themselves already love their miniature likenesses. Check it out (plus the bonus "Making of the Cultist Minis").
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Making of the Cultist Minis


What the figures looked like before I got my hands on them.


What they looked like after I painted them up to be Priests of Iuz in bloody robes.


The two poor hunks of metal after I modified them with exacto knives, brute force and 'green stuff', a two part putty like epoxy that is sculptable and dries to a plastic hardness. I tore down the sleeves of the acolytes since the cultists have only gauze wrapped arms, I sheared their top knots down so I could mold the hoods on their heads right and I took the sword off of one mini since only one of the two has a sword (namely the Githyanki Silver Sword if you recall). The other gets to keep a sacrifical knife since that's what cultists do.


The finished product. I sculpted infrared goggles for the 'pun-loving' cultist like he wears currently in the Vault of the Drow. I painted them both in my best approximations of the comic coloration, using "Lich Purple" and "Tentacle Pink" mixed with a bit of Lich Purple. The rest is done with a dark grey.



As you can see in these better lit and photographed close-ups (thanks John), the spiral of Tharizdun is hand drawn with the same .01 ink pen I use to letter my comics. The base is done in "Snakebite Leather" and flocked with faux scrub grass that I got from Gencon.

Good times. I challenge anyone to come up with pics of customized or thematically painted Greyhawk minis of their own. Send em my way and I'll post em!

FOR THE DARK GOD!


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