Miniature Monday – Dire crab
As seemingly any other sort of creature, crustaceans also sometimes are just “extra large and extra nasty” , aka “dire crabs” – have a look at what our painters caught in their nets this time!
(posting by Antonia)
The dire crab was one of the sculpts I really was looking forward to when I first saw it on the Kickstarter page – large arthropods are kind of cool, but in metal versions I often had problems attaching the numerous legs (or keeping them attached), but in superglue-friendly leightweight bones plastic that was an easy task.
I like the uneven structure of the back – it really invites washes or mottling techniques instead of being just one plain surface.
In hindsight it would have been easier to paint before assembly, because the legs overlap somewhat. I’ll keep that in mind for the next time – I’m sure I’ll find use for more than one dire crab as soon as they hit retail over here.
I picked very exotic colors for my crab:
Since I plan to use the crab in a pirate-themed D&D campaign which is set in a tropical environment, I did a web search for “crab species” and picked a nice colorful one. The result got very bright, which I kind of like, although I might “wash out” the colors with light drybrushing later, because in larger/older arthropods colors often seem less intense, and this crab is obviously supposed to be quite large, so… It also needs some detailwork on the legs/joints, but overall it looks ready to terrorize some pirates!
Michael also found inspiration in nature:
He wrote: “I live in Maryland in the U.S., and this area is famous for the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). I did my best to represent the vibrant colors, and added a gloss coat to the carapace. In hindsight, I wish I had modded the model to give it longer lateral spines and paddles on the back legs to look even more like a blue crab, but I only thought that once I was well on the way. There’s a little water effect on the base to give it some surf.”
So cool that you picked a local species, very convincing! Blue crabs are seafood, right? Are they cracked like lobsters, or put in some sort of soup? For someone who lives very close to the sea I eat surprisingly few seafood, I guess.
Concernig modding – I’m sure with some extra sculpting the similarity would have been even better, and I always like how little changes go far – maybe you can do some conversions on any of the oncoming miniatures?
Timothy´s crab features traditional colors.
Timothy painted what I consider the “classic” crab/lobster color, an intense orange/red tone and probably a wash on top. I like your choice of colors, and it shows nicely how just one extra color (the bone white) can help to pick out details like barnacles, spikes and claws!
Jim picked some strong colors too:
He said: “My crab is definitely a fantasy world monster! I looked at a few real world pics and then did what I wanted anyway. I may have gone a little too simplistic but the pics didn’t turn out all that well, either. I think it looks OK in person and is certainly fine for tabletop use. In any case, it was a fun beast to paint and I really enjoyed the change of pace.”
I like how you painted the asymmetrical claws, it seems that your crab might use them like a fiddler crab in courtship behaviour – or maybe as a special sort of camouflage or to lure prey? Who knows?
Arjen painted not one, but two crabs!
He said: “I loved this mini, so I got two during the KS. One I painted as what we in the Netherlands consider a normal crab, which is something orange brownish from the North sea. For the other I sought a more colorful / different one and found the Atlantic blue crab a lot of fun to paint. I have not decided if I will keep the original bases, so did not do any work there. For the blue crab I created some darker areas on the shield by applying little spots, which looks well from a distance, buy less nice up close. ”
Wow, I really love what you did with the colors – the gradients seem very smooth and subtle in parts, those crabs do really look like real world animals! I’m also surprised how color combinations which might sound weird on paper (grey/orange and especially olive/blue/pink!) translate into such convincing natural patterns! Well done.
This week’s gallery:
10/28/19 Bones IV Villagers: Younger Man with stick (B4 Core) Nr. 50 on Kickstarter graphic.
I added some miniatures to the schedule now. We might still shuffle them around, do extras (like “Show me your project!”) or add more, just tell us what you think in the comments!
–> Since reaper re-organized their online shop recently, some of the links might not be working anymore. Until we come around to fix that you can always use the miniature’s name and use the search box on top of the page.
Bones 4 finally! Yay!
I had to remove some of the shop links because the miniatures are not yet in official retail (the shop links showed “leftover” KS packs which seem to be out of stock completely now)
Here is the link to Reaper’s graphic with all the core pieces, but it’s one and veeeery long picture so be prepared for some scrolling. On the other hand it has separate numbers for most of the pieces. I will add individual shop links as soon as they appear!
11/04/19 Bones IV Villagers: Woman with bucket (B4 Core) Nr. 149 on KS pic
11/18/19 Bones I-III TBA
12/02/19 Bones IV Monsters: Wyvern (B4 Core) Nr. 81 on KS pic
12/16/19 Bones IV Villagers: Bandit with Dagger & Sword (front row, right) (B4 Core) Nr. 100 on KS pic
I added some first picks from the Bones 4 Core Set, some monsters, creatures and villagers. The adventurers I’ll check next, the group was just too large for a quick pick. Any more suggestions?