Sunday, September 4, 2011

You don't want to play in his Reindeer Games. The Wendigo

Painted up the Wendigo from Darkson Designs awhile back.
This miniature really grew on me.  The sculpt is seriously creepy. I think it is because the face is just a little bit cute, and those extra long arms.. yikes. 

For those not familiar, a Wendigo is a Native American myth of an evil spirit which can take the shape of a deer or weredeer and is associated with ravenous cannibalism when it possesses a human.  There have been a few movies with Wendigo in them, but I think my favorite was 'The Last Winter'... a subtle monster movie rather than the classic slasher variety, and the deer spirits, if maybe not actual wendigos, are definitely creepy.  

This mini was not the easiest to assemble.  The arms you will want to pin, and the antlers should first be glued together thoroughly, and then attached to the head. It's a bit fiddly, so you'll want to fill & support with some green stuff, which isn't bad: the nature of antlers and how they're connected to the skull lend itself to this.

The Warhammer Forum has painting contests about once a month or so, and this time the theme was 'Monsters' likely inspired by the recent release of so many Warhammer Fantasy monsters.  I entered this fellow in the contest for fun, figuring he'd likely have trouble being a contender since he's a smaller monster with less detail than most of the mega-sized monsters in that genre (he's tall for a 40mm based monster, but he's no dragon) but it is fun to enter and I enjoy putting something in a contest that is unexpected or from an uncommon genre.  Though the mini is intended for weird world war II, I can see a lot of potential in fantasy, horror or other genres as well.  Check out the contest here, there are a lot of great entries this time, some really nice painting.  


Dr. Willett's Workshop said...

Really odd mini, I kind of like it, nice paint job too as usual!

Paul of the Man Cave said...

Love it!!!! Great job mate :-)

Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks for the feedback!

Yeah, it's quite an unusual mini..when I first looked at it I thought 'oh yikes, that's a nasty one", but he really grew on me.

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