Sunday, March 6, 2016

Armored Ogre Shield

I am trying to figure out what I need to make next for my first battle of my Gambusian campaign. I seem to be close to being done, but I am not sure. In the meanwhile, I continue on my eternal quest to clean my work table. I ran across a bunch of 15mm fantasy figures that I primed. They included some armored ogres from Splintered Light Miniatures.  They come with large blank shields. Part of the reason why I haven't painted them up was because I couldn't think of what to paint onto their shields. 

As fate would have it, I found the answer in one of my son's story books. My wife is reading to him a kid's version of The Journey to the West. Its a Chinese tale that seems sort of long and convoluted and features the Monkey King. If you remember the 1986 Eddie Murphy movie, "The Golden Child," it has the Monkey King in it. The Journey West is filled with a lot of magic and a whole lot of fighting. Fortunately for me, the book is heavily illustrated, otherwise, I would have no clue as to what is going on. In one story, he and his companions take on some sort of orc-like warriors that are heavily armored and carry big shields that have faces on them, at least that is what the picture shows. Bingo, I found my answer to the ogre shields.

So this is a test sculpt. I did it out of polymer clay. Somewhere, I do have some green stuff that I could use if I was more ambitious. I sculpted it directly on the shield and then baked it. 

Seem to be looking for a contact lens.

The face doesn't look all that fierce, but I didn't have my son's book in front of me when I sculpted it. The nice thing about polymer clay is that I can easily crack it off and make a new one. 

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