Flail snails again

Some time ago I made the flail snail on the right; more recently I made a second, more naturalistic flail snail.

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Click to embiggen … at your peril!

 

The new one, on the left, has a real seashell for its shell (lightly washed with dark brown), and the body is made of polymer clay.  The flails were also polymer clay, formed around some florist wire so they’d be less likely to break, and to give them an easy way to attach.  The older one, on the right, has a shell from a cheap plastic animal, a body of epoxy putty, and the flails are wire with mace-heads from cheap plastic knight toys.

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While I have no doubt that others have made their own flail snail minis (this lovely one came up early in a GIS), I do find it odd that no miniatures company ever made them.  They hardly require much skill, though I guess as one of the infamously “dumbest monsters of D&D” lists, and an example of what’s so terrible about the Fiend Folio,  the poor flail snail is subject to too much ridicule to get a fair break.

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Behold the flail snail!

Constructed from the maces of four 54mm cheapo knights, florist wire, the shell of an el-cheapo toy sea animal, and a mix of Crayola wet-set clay, liquid nails, and white glue.

The color scheme was suggested by my five year old, who assures me it looks “freaky.”  (The flail snail is probably her favorite Fiend Folio monster, and I’m seriously proud she has a favorite. She was also pumping me for ideas for tricks and traps so she can use them in “her D&D game,” which as far as I can tell involves her telling other kindergartners what they “control,” such as the sky or ground, and when they can move, etc.)

 

Published in: on November 27, 2010 at 12:15 am  Comments (7)  
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Flail-snail related update, and an S&D hiatus, and Santa Cruz

(The horror! Swiped from Got medieval; which in turn swiped it from some old book…)

I’ll not be posting anything for a while as I take a much-needed family vacation but in the meantime this is your chance to review some older posts and the fine blogs on my blogroll. Also please check out two blogs devoted to all things Medieval:

Got medieval

and

Per omnia saecula

Got medieval has, among other great things, a series called “mmm..marginalia” which takes a deeper look at illustrations from medieval books. P.O.S. got me with a series on medieval films (movies about the middle ages, not made during the middle ages) and is also one of those blogs with a long and interesting blogroll.

Partisans on either side of the great flail snail debate will appreciate reading about the historical antecedent of the flail snail here.

(Nature’s most perfect knight predator? Or just evidence of glue huffing at the Fiend Factory? You be the judge.)

Also, I’ve scheduled an automatic post to pop up later in the week without my intervention, so we’ll see how that works.

Anyway, any advice on good shops for miniatures, and/or used books, and/or old RPG stuff, in & around Santa Cruz, CA? And/or Monterey? I’ll be in that area part of next week.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 6:00 am  Comments (3)  
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