D&D Monster Manual 52: Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk

Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk, Wizkids

First up, Happy New Year to those of you who are reading this in the timeframe it’s been posted. Secondly, here’s another pair of models completed in November. I’ll really need to get out and photograph the rest of them so I can wrap up the November stuff as quickly as possible. These sculpts don’t appear to have been used in the Nolzur’s line, but do appear as prepaints in the D&D blind-box themed sets. I tried to add some interest to the models and distinguish them from one another slightly via the use of some mottling and dappling on their wings and flesh, but they’re a bit meh.

Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk, Wizkids

I used quite a few glazes of thinned paints as well as some thinned contrast to make it seem like their mottled patterns were within the skin, rather than like warpaint slopped onto the surface, and that effect turned out (mostly) okay – it’s just the ruddy flesh shades I ended up with in the end I’m not super happy with. Later on I saw a very nice looking colour scheme that I would have probably stolen outright, but alas, it was too late by then. I have started to add small tufts to the bases of the ToA models, as it seems to be more of an outdoor setting. There’s also a bit more brown in grey of their bases. Just enough for me to feel like they work as something that could be on a flagstone road in the jungle or in a ruined/slightly overgrown temple, but also subtle enough to work if we combine sets and have them inside a dungeon. Ptera-folk inside a dungeon? Makes as much sense as most of those old-school “monster mash” D&D-style dungeons!

And yes, those are indeed unplanned tide marks of the base rims, and no, I don’t particularly give a fuck. 🙂

17 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 52: Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk

  1. I like what you did with the skin tones as well. These two cold-blooded blokes would be a bit bland without your creativity and extra touches so good on you for that! I can’t help but think these guys would have been better if they were sculpted like they were flying instead of being grounded but that is absolutely no fault of yours and I can see where a board game wouldn’t want to bother with that sort of thing too.

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    • Yeah, especially for the mechanics of the particular game, being ground-bound makes more sense since they’re essentially frozen in place until they have an activation. Not that it makes sense thematically, but I guess them’s the breaks when you’re half-man, half pterodactyl, half bear, half pig…

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      • I guess being in a dungeon crawler would make flying tough as well now that I think about it. I’m sure the heroes won’t complain about pterodactyl’s inability to fly either!

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    • Oh, they’re not terrible or anything. Just not …great. More on a colour scheme level than on a technical one – and then mostly because I saw a better one! 🙂


  2. Damn, that other painters mini is crazy, I can’t imagine how long that took them. Anyways, I like yours too, and I think you did the mini a lot of justice. That mottled effect is really sweet and pulled off smoothly with your glazing over the top.

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    • Yeah. At first I thought it was something like a larger scale collector’s sculpture, but looking further at their page it seems to be a 3d model, though for what exactly I’m not sure…

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      • I was thinking after I posted, that it seems kinda crazy to go to that extreme on that particular mini as well. Unless you really like Pteranodon-Men. I hadn’t even really heard of them as a D&D thing till you posted it even. Oh well, they got a cool looking mini, and I’m sure people have thought I’m crazy too!


  3. Definitely an odd bunch. The mottling worked out very well and does give thrm some individuality. I also like the fleshy, leathery skintone. They look like old school special effects in a dinosaur documentary or b-movie. So something uncanny but hand-made about them. I actually like the marks on the rim. Gives them a grungy feel and looks intended.


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