D&D Monster Manual 51: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Nolzurs, Wizkids

So now, on New Year’s Eve, 2020 I find myself posting up the first models I completed in November. Nothing too exciting to discuss here – another pair of models from the various D&D adventure board games. I went with milky, pupiless irises with a bit of a fade effect on the main/central eyeballs to suggest damage, and/or blindness. Because zombies. Then similar, “white” eyes, with a bit more of a bloody stain on the smaller eyeballs.

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Nolzurs, Wizkids

The differences between the paint on these two isn’t vast, but there is a little more to it in-hand than seems to have come up in the photos. One is a little more greenish, while the other is a bit more brownish, though both have use of the other’s primary colour as well as purple in the shading and of course, some bloody reds.

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Death Tyrant, Nolzurs, Wizkids

Here they are alongside their fellow ex-beholder mate from the same boxed set, the Death Tyrant. As with the Death Tyrant, the same sculpt is available as part of the Wizkids “Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures” line, albeit with removable/swappable eyestalks. Tarmor actually painted one of those not too long ago.

That’s it for me here in 2020. I’ll see you tomorrow (probably) in 2021. Happy New Year and all that – especially to those of you bunkered down and hunkered down across the world right now. Hopefully 2021 is better than the shitty year that 2020 has been!

15 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 51: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder

  1. Really good choice on the eyes. They look fantastic and I like seeing all of the Beholders together too. You really do a bang up job painting these D&D minis this year and I can think of a better grim note to end 2020 on 🙂

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  2. Nice, smart idea on those eyes. Makes me want to paint all my zombies like that! Well, maybe a few when I get around to my Undead team. I also see the slightly different colors you mentioned. Comes out more in the photo with their other brother. Cheers mate, and hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    • And to you, Pete! I do wonder why they haven’t put a “real” beholder in these games yet. I mean, there was that mini-one from Drizzt or whatever, but no proper full-sized one – just a lot of variants!

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  3. The eyeballs look great. I may borrow that idea for my Zombie dragon. Do you have a specific colour recipe or did you just go with the flow? I can spot the subtle difference in coloration and they do look slightly different. Nice way to make them distinct models.


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