D&D Monster Manual 36: Temple of Elemental Evil – Earth, Air, Fire and Water Elementals

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Earth, Air, Fire and Water Elementals

Back to the D&D Board Game series today – The four eponymous villains from the Temple of Elemental Evil box. Each of the foursome took a rather different style of painting.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Air and Water Elementals

These first two of the models come in a dark but slightly transparent plastic – The Water Elemental took some Contrast Paint, as I actually painted it alongside the three from Drizzt. Because of the dark plastic, though, it turned out much, much darker. The extra-swirly details on this model also rendered the look of it rather indistinct. As with the Drizzt models, I drybrushed a bunch of Vallejo Foam Effects white to give it a slightly better look. I’d still call the Pathfinder models far superior to all of these Boardgame models.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Air and Water Elementals

The Air Elemental on the other hand was another Contrast Paint Experiment fail – it just looked awful with both grey and white attempts (each of which I quickly washed off). In the end, the best option to make it look like a decent Air Elemental was to go properly white, and then give it some subtle shading. Sure, it looks a little like a snowman, or a soft-serve-ice-cream-swirl-man, but trust me – it looks a lot better than stock. Once again, though – I think the more recent Pathfinder models are better.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Earth and Fire Elementals

The next two models again both take different tacks. The Earth Elemental was another Contrast Paint experiment that had an …average outcome. I don’t recall which of the paints I used here, but it did give the Earth sculpt a real “prepaint-dip” type look, which can pretty plainly be seen in these pics. I gave it a drybrush to finish off, because, let’s face it – it’s a mediocre sculpt that doesn’t deserve more time than I gave it here. Good enough for gaming.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Earth and Fire Elementals

Finally, the Fire Elemental started with a yellow spray – the same bright yellow spray used to base coat the Yochlol. Following this was a paint wash of thin white to brighten the deepest parts of the sculpt, then after it dried, a redo of yellow, then orange, red and then a very dark grey for the highest (coolest) points, including the fingertips, “ears”, and end of the tail. A few layers of drybrushing to give a kind of OSL-effect, as well as a black wash to finish the base in order to increase the OSL-shadow-contrast on the floor.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Temple of Elemental Evil - Air and Fire Elementals

This final pic gives us a sense of scale for the two larger elementals next to an ogre, as this pair are my final submissions for Ann’s Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge for May & June! Wrap-up post for Ann’s challenge (with a group scale shot) tomorrow!

25 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 36: Temple of Elemental Evil – Earth, Air, Fire and Water Elementals

  1. Bet your glad to have these finished with how much trouble they’ve given you, the end results have definitely elevated what could be some really dull sculpts

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    • Thank you, Dave! – These ones weren’t too much trouble thankfully. I got them all done in about 4 days (2×2 for each pair) so they were fast enough that they didn’t have time to feel like mental blocks or hateful tasks.

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    • Thanks Roger :). It just looks a little silly compared to the other… well, ok, these all look a bit silly. But the Earth Ele just looks like an angry little cartoon midget – which does have a kind of amusing appeal I will grant you…


  2. Nice! I’m actually really liking that water elemental – the higher contrast makes it feel like a little slice of the deep, dark sea coming to drown you.

    That ice-cream elemental, though.. I have no idea how you’d make that look like anything other than ice-cream 😅

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  3. Nice work on those Az! The air elemental is pretty recognizable alongside other ‘elementals’. Standing on its own, not sure what I would think of it. Too bad the grey didn’t work, that would probably be my instinct. The water one is a bit hard to make out.

    My brain wasn’t registering the fire elemental well (too little sleep as of late), but then it made sense as I read through. Hotter in the center, kinda like an explosive effect. Very nice.

    The earth one I kinda like too. Looks like the Contrast paints were giving you a kind of blotchy effect, which can be annoying. But I like the earthy brownish stone color.

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    • I’ve been alternating between calling it the “soft serve elemental” and the “fart monster”. Do either of those work? 😉
      Yeah, lighter = hotter close to the centre of the model, darker further out. As a solid model that doesn’t really look anything like flames it’s a bit limiting in what you can do with it, really…. I have some of the Wizkids ones now that I’ll get onto in a bit and see how they turn out…
      Colour isn’t bad on stony. Just the way the Contrast worked on it made it look like a pre-dipped “prepaint” miniature. You know that specific look they have…

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      • The Water and Air Wizkids ones are done, I’ll be adding some of the others to the next tray, though as D&D models they can jump right into the queue as replaement models for these ones! 😀


  4. These are certainly not the finest D&D sculpts but you did well with them and hopefully cranked them out quickly. They will certainly look great on the tabletop which is the most important thing!


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