Spectral Reaper Conversions
Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
Here are 2 Spectral Reapers I finished recently in what has been a rather productive week for me in the painting and modelling department.
The model on the left started out life a HeroQuest skeleton and was converted into a Spectral Reaper to increase the number I could field in an encounter (by a grand total of 1). I trimmed away the skeleton's legs and lower body using clippers and a modelling knife, I then used some iron wire to pin it a couple to centimetres above a base covered in textured plasticard. The ethereal lower body of the creature was then built up around the wire using thin rolled out 'sausages' of green stuff which were then worked into shape using my sculpting tools to mimic the details on the original Black Tree Design models.
^ Both models before painting
The 2nd model is one of Black Tree Design's 'Spectres' that has had it's scythe replaced with a massive 2-handed sword from a Reaper Miniatures accessory pack. I'd had this conversion planned for years - since 2004 in fact - when, while working at Black Tree I came across a miscast of this model that was missing it's scythe and thought it would look cool re-armed with a sword. The pommel of the sword is in fact the head of a map-pin I used (literally and with no pun intended) to pin the sword into place. I suppose this model is now more a 'Spectral Swordsman' than a 'Spectral Reaper' but in game terms it makes no difference, although it does make a nice leader type for the others.
Both models were painted in exactly the same way as the 3 Spectral Reapers I painted before and I won't repeat myself here despite how easy it would be to just copy and paste the text from a previous post.
Ah it's getting toward the end of the post and that means bonus picture time - here's some pictures of the Spectral Reapers I painted previously in action …
^A Wizard, Dwarf, Barbarian and Halfling find them selves under attack
^3 Reapers burst forth from the surface of a magic pool
^Looting tombs awakens angry spirits
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