More statues

Making statues is an easy project, and kind of recharges my batteries when I’m not sure what I feel like painting or only have a few minutes here and there to spend painting.

This set is three large and three small statues.  The two guys with swords are from a bag of 54mm or so knights & soldiers I picked up at the Dollar Tree back when I was into buying super cheap stuff.  I try not to patronize ‘dollar stores’ any more since it is almost always nothing but cheap plastic crap from China.  I can get all of that kind of stuff that want on the secondary market (Goodwill, garage sales) without contributing directly to that trade.  Anyway these two guys appear to be lamenting, or maybe they are exultant … it’s kind of hard to say what the expression was supposed to be.  Which is OK — they look weather-beaten and cryptic, which is what I want for dungeon dressing.  The middle guy is a slightly mis-cast chess piece.  Ironically I was saving him to be a giant, and also meant to convert the plastics into giants, for a ‘Hordes of the Things’ army of Ragnarok.  But on closer inspection, they did not seem quite good enough to bother with, and if i ever pursue that I’d be better off getting 54mm Gauls or Vikings, which companies like HaT are producing.  All these guys got was a grey undercoat and white drybrushing.  I thought about adding a green wash in patches to suggest moss but decided to keep it simple.  In hindsight I should have painted the bases white too instead of black, to represent a stand/podium.  Doh.

The middle guy is mounted on a "Heroscape" base (they are kind of big ... maybe 1.5 inches so I don't keep medium minis on them). The other two are on washers, which also adds some heft and balance to them so they don't fall over.

The next three are 1/72 plastics (a Nexus reissue of an Atlantic Greek civilian; a Strelets figure of Charlemange; an Imex Viking).  They are mounted on wooden ‘spool’ beads that I found clearanced at a Michael’s craft/art store.  So much for avoiding ‘cheap crap from China’.  Spools make great pedestals.

I was going to look for some metal minis in my collection to make into statues, but these three are so static and ‘posed’ that they were perfect.  Also, 1/72s tend to have pretty crisp detail that responds well to drybrushing.  I have a box of minis I’d like to sell, trade, or give away at some point and since a lot of them are newer figures, they are a little too ‘actiony’ to make good statues.  (Well, maybe they’d be good for a medusa or basilisk’s lair, come to think of it, or as living statues…)

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  1. Those look great… you picked perfect poses!

    (I can’t say that ten times fast…)

    • thanks!

  2. I would love to see a future post about how you stage your minis during your games. Do you block off the undiscovered areas for a slow reveal or do you have pre-made set pieces unveiled at the right time? I’m curious.

    (Still reading, been rather busy!)

    • Usually, I just set up what they can see on the battlemat. I keep a couple of those plastic drawers-on-rollers things nearby; one had dungeon stuff and one has outdoor stuff. I put the minis in a drawer beforehand if I have a chance to plan ahead, otherwise I jump up and grab them from the shelves and tackle boxes.

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