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Wonderland-Appropriate Miniatures from Reaper

#1 Postby Jordan Peacock » Fri May 25, 2012 10:49 am

I'm in the process of painting up several miniatures from Reaper, primarily from the Chronoscope line, with characters dressed in 19th-century garb, or otherwise at least remotely appropriate for games of <a href=http://www.tripleacegames.com/WonderlandNoMore.php>Wonderland No More</a>.

I decided to take some photos to show progress, but I think the secondary effect is that when I think the miniature is DONE, all I need to do is look at the photo and see lots of little places where I have to go back and do some more touch-up on the paint (especially on the bases). I may come back and replace this photo once I do some more touch-up work.

Reaper Miniatures #50209 - Alice and White Rabbit:
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I primarily got this for the rabbit. The original mini presents Alice in "cheesecake" style, as if she's all grown up yet trying to wear a dress that has probably the same amount of fabric to it as if she were still a kid. Seeing as I have no particular need for an encounter with evil cheesecake Alices, this miniature is more likely to see use as a PC mini, so I really ought to make it look a little more respectable. So, I added a bit of Apoxie Sculpt putty to build up the apron and hide the cleavage.

I toyed with the idea of lengthening the dress, but that would've represented a pretty major departure; this short of a dress isn't the least bit plausible for 1864 (or 1884, for that matter), but I reckon the typical player won't balk on that point. The "DRINK ME" tag is just a snip of paper, with the label written in pencil; it's ridiculously large for the bottle, but that's about as small as I could write without it becoming illegible.

The White Rabbit model is untouched, save that I transferred it over to its own base, rather than crowding it onto Alice's base as a decoration.

In the meantime, here's a breakdown of minis I thought would be particularly useful for games of Wonderland No More. There's some crossover with Deadlands and Rippers, since Victorian-era figures would be quite appropriate here, so the cut-off point is a bit arbitrary.


Animals, Anthropomorphic:
(Various "beastmen" might work, but I steered here toward "cute animal with props," "civilized animal-man," or "griffin, because we need at least one of those," LEAVING OUT "naked humanoid werecreature" and "humanoid werecreature in loincloth, fantasy, or modern garb.")
* 01424 - Echidnox, Hedgehog Hero
* 01427 - Platypod, Platypus Mage (Legion of Justice and Caeke)
* 01429 - Shaotima, Otter Ranger (Legion of Justice and Caeke)
* 01432 - Easter Mousling
* 03142 - Zizzix, Mantis Warrior
* 03156 - Turuk Stronghull, Minotaur Pirate
* 03493 - Rumscratch, Dwarf Wereshark
* 03522 - Mousling Pirate, Savage, Duelist (3 figures)
* 03529 - Mouslings: Wizard, Arhcer, Warrior (3 figures)
* 03535 - Halloween Mouslings (witch, ghost)
* 03536 - Thanksgiving Mouslings (pilgrim hunter, wife, "native" mouse)
* 03542 - Mouslings: Bard Thief Knight (3 figures)
* 10033 - Mousling Heroes (pirate, barbarian, duelest, wizard, archer, warrior, knight, monk, thief, bard)
* 10034 - Mousling Tavern (bartender, barmaid, foam-sipper, right-handed drinker, left-handed drinker, drinking pair, accordion player, flutist, dancer)
* 14077 - Griffon, Dwarf Monster
* 50045 - Jesse Moonwalker, Werewolf Tracker
* 50209 - Alice and White Rabbit (2 figures)
* 65143 - Griffon
* 89303 - Griffin


Beasts, Jabberkin:
* 14473 - Ice Demon (leave off the spear for a jabberkin)
* 60056 - Jabberwock (Pathfinder)


Beasts/Monsters:
* 02018 - Familiar Pack I (cat, wolf, bat, scaredy-cat, fairy dragon, ferret)
* 02399 - Familiar Pack II (mini-dragon, giant mouse, owl, bobcat, bird, winged imp)
* 02564 - Giant Scarab Beetle
* 02593 - Familiar Pack III (Winged cat, badger, toad, big spider, cobra, big snail)
* 02848 - Familiar Pack V (skunk, penguin, fox, turtle, raccoon, armadillo)
* 02969 - Familiar Pack VIII (vulture, hedgehog, cat, raven, falcon, dragonling)
* 03479 - Murder of Crows
* 03590 - Fly Demon
* 59022 - Prairie Tick Queen
* 65058 - Dire Wolves (2 figures)


Cards & Royalty:
(None of these are FLAT, but flatness is optional for Cards in Wonderland; I picked these mostly because I subjectively thought they might look like "weird, era-inspecific royalty" or are otherwise Card-like in some respect.)
* 02547 - Logar the Executioner
* 02667 - Halfling Wizard
* 02721 - Thora, Gnome Bard
* 02775 - Edward Dumond
* 03178 - Gildwin Rosewick, Wizard
* 60031 - Queen Ileosa of Korvosa
* 60036 - Visbaronetess Delour Aulamaxa


Chessmen:
(Some conversion required, but this is the closest I could find.)
* 02441 - Sir Roland the Grey (Possible alternate take on a Rook)
* 03561 - Brother Roberto, Cleric (Bishop, with a head swap)
* 75008 - Non-Heroic Dollies (4 figures) (Pawns)


Humans, Haberdashers:
(...because they have awesome hats.)
* 50012 - Jack the Ripper (a Haberdasher?)
* 5006A - Urban Zombies II - Zombie with Top Hat (Boneyard)**
* 50072 - Uncle Sam
* 50124 - Merlock the Magnificent
* 50187 - Smedley Cloverdash, Evil Villain

** The "Zombie with Top Hat" can work for a demented Haberdasher with a pet Dormouse. The other fellows work for ... well ... zombies.


Humans, Wonderland Miscellanea:
(I suppose anyone looking classic-medieval or looking Victorian-esque could fit, too, but these just struck me as particularly noteworthy.)
* 02845 - Townsfolk VI: Gravedigger & Henchman (2 figures)
* 03261 - Bergo Ironbelly, Halfling Pirate
* 03579 - Leprechaun and Owl
* 50209 - Alice and White Rabbit (2 figures)
* 60058 - Plague Doctor (Pathfinder)
* 60087 - Master Spy (Pathfinder)


Objects, Animated:
(Because objects animate sometimes in Wonderland.)
* 02887 - Evil Toys (ducky, pony, monkey, spring-dog, teddy-bear, jack-in-the-box)
* 03296 - Monstrous Snowmen
* 03517 - Mockingbeast


Plants:
(Looking good for mushrooms, pumpkins and trees, but not so great for flowers.)
* 02679 - Mushroom Men (2 figures)
* 02992 - Jack o' Lanterns & Pumpkins
* 03041 - Mushroom King
* 03243 - Swamp Shambler
* 03281 - Spirit of the Forest
* 03356 - Pumpkin Horrors (3 figures)
* 03377 - Rotpatch, Pumpkin Golem
* 14209 - Mossbeard, Elven Monster
* 14504 - Saproling Warrior, Elf Adept


Useful Bits & Misc. Weirdness:
* 02695 - Fungus Patch
* 02756 - Familiar Pack IV (iguana, monkey, pug dog, rabbit, squirrel, ferret, dragonling, imp)
* 02870 - Familiar Pack VI (gremlin, vampire mouse, little angel, jack-o-lantern, werepuppy, sock doll, gingerbread man)
* 02983: Familiar Pack IX (bad monkey, doll, demon cat, devil baby, mini-griffon, mini-Cthulhu)
* 03181 - Angelic Wings (4 wing pairs) (stick on a wolf and make a wolgle!)
* 03202 - Hats and Helmets (useful for kitbashing)
* 03486 - Fairy Wings (5 wing pairs) (stick on a tiger or elephant for a flying tiger/elephant, etc.)
* 14041: Familiars I (elven fox, earth elemental, little death, dark fairy, baby worm)
* 14087: Familiars II (baby treant, fairy, baby basilisk, doll, imp)
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#2 Postby SavageGamerGirl » Fri May 25, 2012 3:43 pm

Oh man those are awesome! :mrgreen:

If I hadn't ultimately decided to run Space: 1889, I'd have run WNM!
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#3 Postby Snate56 » Fri May 25, 2012 4:01 pm

Geez, Jordan! :eek: I think we should sticky this.

Don't know if these guys will work or not. They come from Splintered Light Miniatures.
http://www.splinteredlightminis.com/miscellaneous.html



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#4 Postby warrenss2 » Sat May 26, 2012 9:20 am

Geez, Jordan! I think we should sticky this.


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Totally agree --- on ALL his reaper postings!!!!

You did it once again, Jordan.

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#5 Postby Jordan Peacock » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:05 pm

Lanse Tryon has found some excellent quick-modifications for creatures for Wonderland. For instance, on the Reaper Miniatures site, there is a mini-tutorial on how to make Slithy Toves out of Dire Rats (Reaper #02889) and a bit of putty (Reaper #75006 or #75007 -- or wherever else you can get "the green stuff").

That article can be found on the Reaper site, and here's a representative image:
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Further inspiration for Wonderland miniatures conversions (not limited to Reaper) can be found on his DeviantArt gallery (specifically the one devoted to Wonderland, but the rest is worth a look as well).
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#6 Postby Jordan Peacock » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:50 pm

Reaper #50066(A) - Urban Zombies II - Zombie with Top Hat:
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I was a bit surprised, as I picked this set up originally so I could have a few extra "Walkin' Dead" for Deadlands, and I reasoned that the guy with the top hat would fit, and the rest were "era-neutral" enough that they'd pass for old-time zombies. But then...

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... I saw, when I turned the figure around, that it had what looked like a teddy bear in one pocket. And when I base-coated the figure and started off with a wash of black on grey to bring out some of the details and get started with a grimy look, I discovered that the "teddy bear" had a rodent face.

That was when I was struck with inspiration: It's the Mad Hatter, he has the Dormouse in his pocket, and he's got an axe because ... well, he's either stealing people's hats, head and all, or he wants to collect heads to serve as models for his new hat designs, or perhaps he's beheading any competing haberdashers. In any case, this is NOT the nice, friendly Hatter of the book, but a demented, twisted version.

(The head on the base was added on in my version, as were the pieces of paper with "In This Style 10/6" written on them. The base is the standard 30mm plastic base, except I put some Apoxie Sculpt in the recessed area and then impressed it with a piece of plastic with a grid pattern on it, to make the "tile" impression that I then painted in.)

Really, though, I'm curious what the Reaper folks were initially thinking when putting this set together. It seems like there must be a story behind it.
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#8 Postby VonDan » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:16 pm

how about for a butcher


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#9 Postby Jordan Peacock » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:47 pm



Thanks! I would've never thought in that direction. That makes for a fascinating alternative, more "humanoid" take on Rooks.
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#10 Postby Jordan Peacock » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:23 pm

Reaper 14007 "Minotaur, Mercenaries Monster"
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For an upcoming pirate-themed Wonderland No More scenario I'm running at Necronomicon (http://www.stonehill.org/necro.htm) later this month, I converted this minotaur to give him a turtle shell -- producting a "mock turtle" pirate.

(My scenario will be on Sunday, October 28th, 2012, at Necronomicon 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida -- "Avarice in Plunderland.")

This figure is "Minotaur, Mercenaries Monster," but with the arms replaced by a couple of ogre arms (holding a cannon) from a Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy "Ogre Kingdoms" sprue, and then hat, eye patch, pants (and shell!) added with some Apoxie Sculpt two-part epoxy putty.
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#11 Postby Jordan Peacock » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:34 pm

Reaper Chronoscope #50072 - Uncle Sam
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This is a Reaper Chronoscope miniature that I originally purchased and slightly modified to work as a Deadlands character -- though in this case I'm specifically aiming to use this to represent a pre-generated hero for my upcoming Wonderland No More (Savage Worlds RPG) scenario for Necronomicon 2012 -- "Avarice in Plunderland."

The figure was originally supposed to be "Uncle Sam," though I shaved off the embossed stars on the hat band and painted it up differently.  The base is a clock face from a Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy "Fortified Manor" or "Chapel" scenery set, with extraneous elements trimmed off, glued down to a 25mm round disc.

Now, I suppose he's either "The Banker" or "The Watchmaker."


Reaper #02644 Demon Thornwort
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This one is Reaper's "Demon Thornwort," modified and painted up here to be "Mister Pig N. Pepper" for my upcoming WNM scenario. The original figure had a pair of wings and a large sword, but I removed those (and used some Apoxie Sculpt to fill the gaps for the wings). The sword has been replaced with a Warhammer Fantasy Ogre Kingdoms flintlock; the left hand has been replaced with the same flintlock "bit," but with the ogre hand/gauntlet still attached. (I only regret that I couldn't find a couple of pepperbox pistols for the conversion, or kitbash some, but I was in a bit of a rush.)

The base and barrel are resin-cast pieces from War Cast Studios (http://www.warcaststudios.com). I added pants and a head bandana with some more Apoxie Sculpt
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#12 Postby Jordan Peacock » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:45 am

Reaper Chronoscope #50165 Decker Lugstampf, Steampunk Hero -- as "The White Knight"
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I took this "steampunk hero" and painted him up in white armor to represent the White Knight, with the idea that he might have become a more competent inventor than portrayed in <i>Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There</i>. For the helm, I used a Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy plastic horse head I had as a spare "bit," and hollowed it out with a Dremel cone tool enough that I could fit it over the head. (This isn't practical for gaming purposes, as all it takes is a bump to the table to make the helmet fall off, but I just figured I'd give it a shot anyway.)

The base is a War Cast Studios (http://www.warcaststudios.com) resin 25mm round "industrial" base, painted up in white and red quadrants to try to suggest a chess board but with "steampunk / industrial" touches.
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#13 Postby warrenss2 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:28 am

I know you posted Uncle Sam before but this smacks of the Mad Hatter...

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#14 Postby Jordan Peacock » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:29 am

warrenss2 wrote:I know you posted Uncle Sam before but this smacks of the Mad Hatter...


All you need to do is add a little card to the hat brim! :D
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