Miniature Monday – Charnel Grub
After such a long pause, you could think this blog was dead. I mean, it isn’t, fortunately, but some here come the scavengers anyway! Big, fat charnel grubs are crawling all over caffeineforge… and no, that’s not a baby joke 😀(posting by Antonia)
As I wrote last week, we took a longer break as anticipated, and time will tell if we can keep up with a less tight schedule. Below you’ll see the new list of minis, feel free to add comments!
This week’s mini was painted by Dirk, still in 2016.
He chose a greenish-rotten color scheme, inspired by D&D’s “carrion crawler” including pale tentacles which fit the theme. I like the overall look, especially the shiny surface. Dirk thinks about adding some gloss varnish or glue for extra slime, I think that would work quite well!
Jim’s grub is brightly green:
He went in a similar direction as Dirk, but much brighter – the color really gives us the right idea about the hostility of this critter. I find the choice of grey for the tentacles interesting – is it not to divert the attention from the main green color, or did you have some real-life inspiration for that color scheme, like a caterpillar or reptile?
Arjen sent in not one, but two versions of the grub:
He wrote he started the left one some time ago, but didn’t really like the result, therefore he started a new one for the Mini Monday (right one).
I love the opportunity to compare his two approaches – he said he likes some details on the first attempt, eg the color gradient on the mandibles, which he’d like to repeat some time on the second grub, but overall prefers the second one concerning the color scheme.
I think both have their merits, the second one look a bit more like an actual grub, with the pink and fleshy parts.
After our announcment of continuing Mini Monday, William got excited and painted his charnel grub too!
He said he chose a certain color triad, organge, purple and bright green to have the grub resemble a poisonous animal, e.g. e tree frog, and I must say: Well done! This crawly really looks like some tropical insect whose colors scream “danger” towards anybody coming too close. He even painted small streaks of green slime, oozing out of the lateral pores! Great idea 🙂
As a new thing he treid turntable photography and even ent in a gif! I hope it works for you readers, I think it’s a neat way to show off a mini.
William, how much time did that cost and what kind of equipment did you need?
this week’s gallery:
Since several readers requested it and to give all of us a chance to get back on track, next time we will have a show of your recent projects – what do you want to show?
Aftre that we’ll go on with the miniature menue as chosen before and meanwhile think about more options. Any suggestions are welcome 🙂
02/27/2017 Show me your projects – what did you paint over the winter break? Minis, terrain, or more?
03/13/17 Anti Paladin, Core Set
03/27/17 Burrowing Horror Vers. 2 (aka Bulette/Land Shark) Core Set
04/10/17 Dwarf Cleric (aka Father Christmas/Dwarven Santa 😉 okay, I’m kidding here) Core Set
04/24/17 Tick Queen, Core Set
05/08/17 Sqoug Warriors (Swamp Invasion Part I) Core Set
glad to see you back
Nice job, everyone! I love all the slimy green grubs.
As for the turntable, it took me a while to get it right because there was a fair amount of trial and error. But if I were to redo it now, it would not take very long. It also took very little in terms of material – I used things I found around the house and spent a grand total of zero dollars. In the first version I made, the setup consisted of a motor from a clock, which I attached to a round black lid. That gave a turntable that rotates once per minute, and made some passable but rather choppy gifs. I detailed the process in a thread at the reaper forums: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53680-diy-photo-turntable/.
The new version has some lego gears attached that make it rotate once every five minutes, which gives more frames and a much smoother video. It also uses a large reaper base as the support, which makes it more stable. The final step is setting up the camera on a tripod to shoot 180 frames over the course of 5 minutes, and stitching the pictures together into a movie.
Hi William, thanks for the answer and the link! What kind of program/app did you use to create the gif? Or was it done online?
I’m a little relieved that mine isn’t necessarily the brightest version! William’s is definitely poisonous looking. I can’t remember any particular reason for the gray tentacles. Also, it’s good to see so many grubs for the first MM back! Let’s keep it going.
p.s. I’m envious of William’s turntable, too!
Hey, great job everyone! They all look gross but I that is my reaction to the subject matter rather than people’s painting skills!
William – your colour scheme is very original and looks awesome. I also love the turntable and I definitely want to give it a go sometime in the future.
Thanks everyone for the love on the turntable. I recently updated the thread on the reaper forums (http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53680-diy-photo-turntable/) with updated instructions. The gif was made by uploading the movie file to gfycat (https://gfycat.com/ShabbyShowyAdmiralbutterfly), and then downloading the optimized gif file that they produce. In the past I have also used a program called ImageMagick to make the gifs, but gfycat seems to give better results.