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Reaper Bones review #212: Clay Golem

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Clay Golem

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I judge my golem sculpts by whether they could be easily painted a different color and be mistaken for a really angry naked guy. Ben Siens' sculpt fails that test. This clay golem is really, really muscular -- his neck muscles are the size of most people's thighs -- and he's hairless. But other than that, there's nothing that specifically indicates he's a clay golem.

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The golem has been with Dungeons & Dragons since the original Greyhawk supplement:

Golems are magical constructs made of inert matter animated by high-level spellcasters through the use of powerful spells during magical rituals. The main aspect differentiating one type of golem from another is the material from which it is built. There are four standard types of golems, from weakest to strongest: flesh golems, clay golems, stone golems and iron golems.

The clay golem is of course created from the original concept of a golem, drawn from Talmudic lore. Putting a rune on the golem's forehead is one way that would clearly distinguish this sculpt from so many others, but to be fair it's a problem with most golem sculpts. Unfortunately, much has been lost from the original golem story: it's ability to turn invisible, summon spirits, and its lack of communication skills.

A suitable brown paint job can help, but mostly this is a pretty boring golem sculpt. You can purchase it at Amazon.

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