A recent trade with daggerandbrush got me this Reaper Bones Earth Elemental, so I painted it.
During last week I became a bit irritated while painting the models that I had planned, so I put them aside. On a whim I picked up this big goofy thing and painted it instead. It got a reasonably rapid treatment – I wanted the model to be something of a palette cleanser – so I painted it fairly roughly in my painting time over a couple of days.
One thing that I didnt do was try to get the colour scheme that I have been using for my Shonen Knives into the palette. As this was intended primarily to be a “Wandering Monster” sort of affair in various game systems, I didnt think that I needed to bother.
As I painted it I realised that in fact I did have a use for the model in my Shonen Knives force, as a daidarabotchi, which meant that I now slightly regret not trying to tie the scheme in better. Ho hum.
Now daidarabotchi are supposedly gigantic things, larger than mountains and therefore totally impractical to represent in 28mm. That didnt stop the authors of the Kensei miniatures game from incorporating the daidarabotchi concept into their game as a large earth/wood elemental, so I decided that I would do the same.
At least the Reaper “Spirit of the Forest” that I painted for hanging around with space raccoons also doesnt match the Shonen Knives scheme, which makes a sense of sorts. It also means that all of a sudden I have more or less entirely new unit of elementals/golems/daidaradotchi for gaming with. Banzai!