32mm scale gaming miniature conversion of Reaper Bones #77231 "Rugg, Bugbear Leader" and Reaper #0263 "Shrend, Alligator Man," along with pieces from Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy (dwarf battle banner) and Wargames Factory Roman Legion (legion battle standard), wire, and putty.
The figure is built up around "Rugg, Bugbear Leader," a "Bonesium" plastic figure with a very stout structure, left hand pointing in a commanding gesture, and right hand holding a banded and spiked beatstick. The head and tail are from "Shrend, Alligator Man," blended, gap-filled, and with seams concealed with a good amount of epoxy putty (including the lumpy shoulder guard and thick necklace/amulet). The battle banner was a spare bit from a Warhammer Fantasy dwarf set, with some wire for the banner pole (to make the figure more resilient when stored, in case the banner might get bent), while the Roman Legion banner pole pieces were used to add baubles and bits to the figure's jewelry.
This was put together for an Iron Kingdoms Unleashed RPG campaign run by a friend. I got word that, as we're approaching the ending of the campaign, the chieftain father of our group's leader (a mighty gatorman warrior named "Sharptooth") would show up and give us our final (for the campaign) quest. (We also had a friend visiting from out of town, and he would have the opportunity to play this character, rather than just relegating it to NPC status.)
Rather than just digging out a random "gatorman" mini to represent this special character, I decided to do a special conversion. "Sharptooth" is distinctive for having a battle banner on his back, so I figured it ought to be a trait that runs in the family. Furthermore, one cultural trait of Gatormen in the Iron Kingdoms setting is that they tend to collect trophies from other sapient species. Since the chieftain ought to be especially accomplished, I went with the dwarf banner, littered as it was with various bits and baubles (trophies?) hanging from it.
The character's name was given as "Chief Rainmaker." I didn't imagine that swamp-dwelling gatormen would be *terribly* concerned about the rain, but I was inspired to treat it as a sort of euphemism. That is, he's called "Chief Rainmaker," because when he goes berserk in battle, *it rains blood*. To illustrated this, I tried painting some stylized (gator) teeth on the banner, with a stylized breaking bone, and then some "red blood drops" radiating outward.
The background terrain element is the base of another Reaper Bones figure, Kaladrax (#77192) -- a gigantic skeletal dragon. I end up using the decorative base as "scatter terrain" in games far more than I have need for a gigantic skeletal dragon.
Also, the grass texture is actually a printed gaming mat (on a material similar to what's used in mouse pads, only a lot larger). It looks surprisingly convincing for grass, save for the slight moire pattern effect that tends to show up in digital photos, and the faint texture of the mat itself (which probably does more to give the game away).