Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Protoplasmic Terror

Shoggoth
no scale


Formless protoplasm able to mock and reflect all forms and organs and processes - viscous agglutinations of bubbling cells - rubbery fifteen-foot spheroids infinitely plastic and ductile - slaves of suggestion, builders of cities - more and more sullen, more and more intelligent, more and more amphibious, more and more imitative! Great God! What madness made even those blasphemous Old Ones willing to use and carve such things? - "At the Mountains of Madness" by H.P. Lovecraft




This Reaper Bones miniature is a weird and convoluted sculpt that captures the amorphous spirit of the powerful bioengineered creatures that Lovecraft wisely described in vague terms.  I've seen various interpretations, but this one definitely fits the bill.  It is small for 28 mm but perhaps it's an immature specimen, and consequently the Bones figure is "priced to sell", as they say.  A quick, fun paint job!

"Don't worry Leela, they're quite harmless if you know how to talk to
them... Would you like a jelly baby, teke-li-li?"

4 comments:

  1. It's almost like it's reflective.
    That's a fantastic paintjob, beautiful!

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  2. How marvelous. I like how this rendition of the Shoggoth (which your paint job really accentuates) is the truly alien quality of it. It's not just a blob with human looking mouths and eyes -- it is a true otherworldly substance.
    By the way, I love your Tom Baker Doctor and Leela. I think the Leela is a sculpt from Citadel (I have the same mini and always thought it was a Citadel) but I'm intrigued by the Doctor. He looks magnificent.

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    1. Thanks! Both the Fourth Doctor and Leela are Black Tree Design figures, actually. Glad you like them! I posted both here previously:

      http://paintingagency.blogspot.ca/2013/01/savage-sidekick.html
      http://paintingagency.blogspot.ca/2011/12/fourth-doctor.html

      And yes, I agree, that's exactly why I like this shoggoth. It's very alien.

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    2. Black Tree. Fascinating. And thanks for the links. I like being able to examine that fabulous scarf in detail, not to mention the Dalek parts in the base. Sweet.

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