With the stormy weather, the light isn't decent enough to paint ( I did manage to paint some chickens for the village on saturday, but I won't show these yet as I want to show them with the accompanying villager, and she's not finished yet.). So I decided to build some figures instead. The results are below:
I've wanted to do this one ever since I first saw the Snow Troll from Heresy Miniatures:
Colourscheme is easy, it will be this:
The other conversion needs a bit of a preamble:
These days, most miniature manufacturers who sell Basilisk figures make the 8-legged giant lizard variant. But looking back at the history of the Basilisk and its description, it has, for a long time, also been described as a rooster-lizard hybrid, very similar to the Cockatrice (One being a rooster-egg hatched by a toad or serpents and the other a toad-egg hatched by a rooster or in a midden pile). They were so similar that for a time the two had been considered interchangeable.
I quite like this ambiguity and the chance for mistaken identity when dealing with monsters...
So I decided to convert the rooster-lizard version of the Basilisk as well.
So in my fantasy gaming there will be three creatures to get confused between, the (Greater) Basilisk (the rooster-lizard hybrid, smaller but more dangerous), the (Lesser) Basilisk (the huge 8-legged lizard, less dangerous than his namesake, but still a mortal terror) and the Cockatrice (the other rooster-lizard hybrid).
Here's the Basilisk (left) and the Cockatrice (right):
Otherworld Miniatures Cockatrice bodies, but the Cockatrice uses the standard bat-like wings that come with the miniature. The Basilisk has had his wings replaced with feathered ones from a giant eagle. When painting they will be further distinguished by giving the Basilisk more reptilian colours and the Cockatrice painted in colours closer to that of a rooster. (I'll also mark the underside of the bases, just to make sure, I know myself.)
Both the Highland Minotaur and the two Lizard-Rooster Hybrids just need basing and they can be added to the painting queue.
The Warts and Wings toads are also ready for primer, as I didn't really have to do anything for that but take them out of their baggies. A mate wanted to see them in the resin though, so they may have to wait for a bit.
Besides, the winter storms need to settle down before I can primer any minis. They've been going off and on for a week now, with no end in sight yet.
See you next time!