Plunder for the Ironclad Fleet [Mar 16 2024 - A Machine for Pigs]

Hello denizens of the Dark Lands. I present Motley Crew, a familiar band with damp boots, doots, and water in their ears. Beware of many images! Entire group shot first with mostly close-ups and WIPs below. Zoom to the bottom of the post for bonus cutting room floor familiars.

From left to right: Stone tortoise drum set, gnoblar hammer drummer, pig butt trumpeter gnoblar, and steampunk music box squig. The ogre pig water-skin bit was just too perfect to pass up.

Familiar squid playing a tortured slayer’s xylophone mohawk was probably one of the more fun projects of the lot. It was entertaining seeing the piles of seemingly nonsensical unrelated bits become these ideas over time.

Tack on this Mage Knight tentacle brain tree(?) as a double mouthed lead singer.

Chaos Squidward and Plankton on his Chum Bucket were must adds for the band. They’ll join Chaos snail Gary in the Spongebobless familiars unit 2.

For astute readers of @flagellant04 's blog the key-sword-tar hobgoblin (or rather key-fireglaive-tar) was conceived and spoiled somewhere in there. I’ll leave its polearm classification up for scholastic debate for those in tune with Spetum Rhetoric’s discography. The large stringed instrument was a must as it’s the only variety of instrument I personally have dabbled in (except maybe tummy drumming). The dark elf corsair crossbow bit was just too perfect and largely spawned the entire concept.

Finally the the gluttonous tummy drummer to close out my contest entry! This lovely concept art by @Oxymandias originated on the discord when some chatter about UK Strongman Glenn Ross intersected with discussions about how to part your beard and play your considerable paunch as a drum.

For anyone curious to the sculpting stages, as I have very few ogre bits in my collection. I used scibor’s plastic wrap hack for muscle skin texture.

Loaded up his back with snacks to keep him in peak ogre performance with his instrument in tune. As a bonus the poultry looks like it’s dancing.

Here are some cutting room floor ideas that didn’t have enough talent to make it through auditions, as such some have abandoned their musical aspirations entirely mid sculpt. The bubble trumpeting Oracle Envoy from Elden Ring just didn’t get finished in time.

As with most good ideas, my growing collection of bowls with feet and nigh obsession with ceramics are @admiral 's fault. See this archive thread for the historical inspiration. (tangentially @MichaelX ’s fault for the easy query archive)

Continuing the theme of blame gaming and idea theft. @chitzkoi poked fun at my pain and panic pots so I lost an extra day speed sculpting a real pain and panic with bonus mini-hades.