28 mm scale
28 mm scale
Unlike many of H. P. Lovecraft's horrors, the Elder Things were not supernatural or truly malicious in any way. They were aliens who traveled to earth in the Cambrian era, founding a strange civilization and bio-engineering the dreaded Shoggoths as their servants. Though hinted at in various eldritch volumes of the past, their existence was only truly discovered by Antarctic explorers from Miskatonic University in the 1930s, precipitating the loss of most of the expedition.
This alien from H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness is actually a figure I sculpted myself about 5 years ago... I primed it and everything, but I think what stalled me then was that I couldn't decide on a reasonable colour scheme. If you look at fan art of Elder Things online, people seem to go with everything from "grim grey" to "tropical parrot with tentacles". I finally decided to go with a bit of colour, but I tried to keep it muted or a bit desaturated... I don't think Elder Things are specifically "evil", but I didn't want it looking goofy either.
I made this piece out of greenstuff over a wooden bead and wire; the results were pretty detailed, but when I revisited it it was obvious the wings are not nearly as robust as they should be... one had broken off. It definitely wouldn't do well as a gaming figure. I think that if I made it today I'd also use a very different wing design, this one is a little too simple/static. Oh well. I still like that weird tool it's carrying.
|He didn't remotely recognize the species, but he|
figured politeness couldn't hurt.