Friday, 22 June 2012

the Mast Beast

here you go Brummie, a mast beast - essentially a variant of the Hobby Horse more commonly seen with Morris Dancers and something a little more sinister for the witchhunters to get all wound up about...


essentially a shed load of g/s over a eBob dolly, with an eBob horses skull (GW ones were toooo big by half) and out of sheer laziness, a Warlord plastic ECW foot (actually the foot from the witchhunter himself once he had new boots)... I made the cloth over the body a bit more clingy than it probably would be to emphasise the head and arms of the man inside just incase anyone gets confused and has recently watched Time Bandits...

in the main, I'm very happy with it, there are probably issues with the drapery and movement, and I need to touch up a couple of spots, but it kind of evolved on me from a standing beast to one in the middle of a kind of winding ducking dance... if that makes sense...
 

horse brass appears more traditional with modern beasts, as seen on my main reference here, but I prefer more simple ribbons... I've also assumed real horse hair rather than straw... not sure on what colour to paint it yet, sack cloth looks good, but I can't help but feel that black will make the skull really stand out and look as creepy as hell...


I'm still undecided on Morris Dancers proper, but I do have another very May Pole centric figure in mind...

very big thanks to eBob for the skull - couldn't have done it without it...

4 comments:

Brummie said...

Cracking look sir, Sackcloth would look good mind.

Jet Simian said...

I'm with Brummie - avoid the black if you can. Dirty sackcloth is an option, still suggesting something sinister without being too 'obvious', or you could maybe opt for something more befitting the pagaent colours or Morris colours - red and white (again, with an appropriate patina if you wanted to go there)

Once again your ideas an invention have inspired me. Love the work!

A.J. said...

Your stuff is always awesome. I need to build up my confidence with putty. I'm a big fan of this and the bat guy in a previous post. That's going to be a sweet game!

Luis Miguez said...

Really nice.

Is based in some, well, folk legend or custom?