I was originally going to skip this bonus round, as I was feeling pretty stumped and didn't want to do a foxhole, a series of pavises (pavisi?) or a trench section. I mentioned this to my better half, and she commented, "Well, what about like a stone golem? Would that count?" And then the hamster started running on his little wheel in my head. What if the terrain itself was on the defensive? We looked at miniatures together, and I went gaga over this Earth Elemental from Reaper's Bones line. I started looking a little bit at a group of crossbowmen or maybe some dwarves with hammers to be attacking the Elemental.
While I was at work, Gina bought the Earth Elemental, and since she didn't really like the dwarves she was seeing, went looking for other options, stumbling across a three-pack of Zombie Miners in Reaper's Chronoscope line. Perfect! When I got home, she told me what she'd ordered and I, deciding the Miners needed a directing force, went looking for a western witch to command them, settling on the "Wichita Witch" from Reaper's Savage Worlds (Deadlands) line. I don't know much about Deadlands, so I don't know if she actually is a spellcaster or not by canon, but to me she is.
The Elemental I painted with layers of beige drybrushing to give him a sandstone look, then picked out the crystalline-looking bits as quartz (they have a little bit of a shimmer in person from drybrushing grays and white over silver) and painted a few of the little rock nuggets as gold.
|insert your own joke about his Butte.|
Forgive the lack of a detailed diorama base with everyone on it - Conception to completion on this project was less than a week! With that kind of pressure maybe I should have put some diamonds on the Elemental...