From the painting desk #44 – Horrors of the deep

October 23, 2016

Last year’s Halloween game was a success, so I’m running another one this year. With my interest going the way of pirates in the Caribbean, this year’s event will be themed accordingly. A few newly painted minis have joined my roster for the game:

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This crab man is one of the post-apocalyptic mutants from Ramshackle Games. A somewhat crude but characterful sculpt, his crustacean appearance makes him a perfectly themed old school Hollywood sea monster. The model was fun to paint, the different ridges and textures making him perfect for drybrushing. I drew some inspiration from real life crabs for the pincers, really making them stand out from pale orange/yellow body.

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The second model is a Reaper Bones spirit. As it was a nice, translucent green plastic, I didn’t do a lot of painting on it apart from a very light white drybrush. After some consideration I painted in blue glowing eyes (which don’t look as horrible as in the photo), but left it at that. I mean, if you’ve got a special effect with the material, why paint over it too much? Instead, I devoted some extra attention to the base.

I’ve themed both bases in the “dark, unearthly ocean floor of death” style I used earlier on my undead pirate now permanently named Armitage Shanks. I added an old Warhammer tobstone and some broken planks to the spirit’s base to suggest a shipwrecked sailor.

These were a fun diversion, and will be going on the table in less than a week! Comments welcome as always.


  1. Very cool! Looking forward to reading about your game…

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    • Cheers! I’ll try and write a post on it as soon as possible after the game, while I still remember most.

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  2. Very cool mate – that bones spirit is pretty sweet, and I love Crab Man! I bet his claws are delicious 😀

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    • Hahah, thanks Alex! Come Halloween, maybe we’ll see if he’s ready to give up his claws for the dinner table.

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  3. I love the Ramshackle “Crabmandu” fig.
    There is a lot of fun to be had in painting and gaming with Ramshackle figures, they are full of character.

    The ghosts look neat too. It looks like you are set for a nicely atmospheric Halloween game Mikko.

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  4. […] decided to bring along an army of the dead as well as two horrible, imaginatively named lackeys, Ghost and Crab man. Luckily a group of heroes was there to thwart Shanks’ evil scheme! The protagonists […]


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