D&D Monster Manual 49: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Death Tyrant

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Today is another two-fer post day as I attempt to catch up with my painted stuff. Another D&D model once again, this one is a Death Tyrant from the Dungeon of the Mad Mage set. A Death Tyrant is pretty obviously an undead Beholder of some description, but it wasn’t immediately obvious to me that the balls all around the head were disembodied-but-glowing eyes. Because Beholders have all those eyes on stalks, you see…

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Now, if you were to purchase this model from the Nolzur’s range, the “flight stand” as well as that “crest around the head would be in transparent plastic, as would the eye socket area – sp you could then paint those eyes in and ahve them appear to be floating. The models that come in the Mad Mage game don’t have the transparent plastic, and so you’re stuck needing to paint them. I (obviously) leant right into the obnoxiously huge crest and painted it as a glowing green magical aura. It also coincided pretty much with my new Citadel Terraract Glow technical paint arriving, so this model provided an experimental canvas for that, so this is what it looks like, slightly thinned with Contrast medium over a yellow base coat. I did both the front and back seperately and laid the figure flat to allow the Terraract Glow to dry to avoid having it all just flow down with gravity and pool at the bottom. Gemstone Spiritstone Red for the eyes, and gloss varnish to complete them.

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Once again we have the same deal with the putty-flagstones, and here’s a scale shot to wrap things up for today!

30 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 49: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Death Tyrant

  1. Looks great. While it is too bad that the flight stem portion is not clear, I actually think that this version of the magic effect is better than clear… although maybe it would be interesting to see the Tesseract glow paint on clear?

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    • Yeah, I honestly had no idea what they were supposed to be until I googled a picture of the thing, and had an “ohhhhhhhhh, so THAT’s what those are supposed to be” moment. Followed by “so how the fuck am I supposed to do floating glowing eyeballs in a magical aura?” 😀

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  2. Nice technical painting but I have to admit that I hate the miniature and the effect of the magical stuff supporting the eyes / juggling balls / whatever they’re supposed to be. I think that you’ve done as well as possible considering the seemingly dire material to work with.

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    • Some of these models have potental, and then some very odd choices. While I was working on this one I was thinking about just how different it would be if it were a GW-produced model for the same concept/type of monster…

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      • For all that it seems to be fashionable to criticise GW, I just love their miniatures. If only they could produce a game system I can get my teeth into, I’d probably never look at another gaming company.

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  3. I must admit I’m not a fan of that model but I like the way you’ve steered into the skid, played up a lot of the weirder elements and made a feature of things I’d have wanted to play down. It works too, the end result looks really good (in a crazy, psychedelic kind of way).

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    • Yeah, I don’t think playing down really works on a model like this. If you just imagine the whole thing in purple (or was it green?) plastic, with the weird looking bobbly crest bisecting the skull… short of surgery, and then needing to deal with the mess that would leave where thet crest was…. all for a D&D boardgame model that’s being painted pretty much *soley for use* in that boardgame, and not a cool 40k, etc conversion…. paint and move on!

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