D&D Monster Manual 62: Tomb of Annihilation – Su-Monsters and Velociraptors

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Su-Monsters and Velociraptors

My next pair of simple Tomb of Annihilation model sets here – a trio of Su-Monsters, which are actually pretty nice sculpts, considering their PVC model origins – and a trio of Veliciraptors.

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Velociraptors

It’s almost like the D&D designers went back to the actual information with the Veliciraptors, as they’re represented by much smaller dino models than we usually see. Which is, actually, how they were. Thanks to Spielberg deciding that Jurassic Park’s Velociraptors and Compsognathus should essentially swap sizes for dramatic purposes, we had a couple of generations of people thinking that Veliciraptors were much larger than they actually were. Which has remained the perception through pop culture, not to mention been subject to the usual exaggeration in size since then….

Does it matter? Well, truth be told, not to most of us in our day to day lives in a manner that affects them in that everyday manner, but by the same token, does it matter to most of us in our day to day lives if the Sun revolves around the Earth? or if the Earth is flat? Or if both Dinosaurs and the Moon Landing are hoaxes? You see my point.

Anyway, it seems that these D&D Veliciraptors are roughly accurately sized. Which was a nice surprise to see. Paint-wise they’re pretty simple. Some contrast over a green base with a darkened spinal area. Not that you can really see much as they’re soo teeny-weeny!

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Su-Monsters

Su-Monsters. That’s certainly an interesting name for something. Luckily I checked out WTF these things are supposed to be before painting them, and went with a “close enough” approximation of their description, though the blackened face was tricky to pull off, since it looks a bit unnatural and I think the models looked better with their skin in that fleshy grey. But whatever. I’m not really sure what else to write about these? They “feel” like they’re from some old D&D splatbook like Oriental Adventures, but despite being very reasonable sculpts for D&D boardgame minis, I don’t care enough to look them up again. Evil Jokaero! Done!

3 more models for Ann’s “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge, which I am no doubt spamming like mad with those pingbacks right now!

20 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 62: Tomb of Annihilation – Su-Monsters and Velociraptors

  1. Wonderful work on all mate, they look very effective.
    If Spielberg had only waited a year or two he could have called them Utah Raptor, or Uber Raptor, and they would have been the right size, just would have needed to add feathers ! LOL

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  2. Very nice work with both. I’d completely forgotten about Su-monsters. I had to go back to 1st edition to find them, although they seem to have reappeared in 5th. I’ll have to add them to my list of figures I want.

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    • Thanks mate. They’re newer and nicer sculpts so they’re probably somewhere in the various Nolzurs’ ranges. Are they actually from OA? A few of these ToA monsters have a kind of OA “feel” to their names…

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    • We’ve started playing Zombicide again, so I reckon it’ll be a little while before we get back to the D&D boardgames, but at least it gives me a chance to get them (close to?) completely painted before we get there(?)
      .
      Which is better than getting them finished after we complete the entire game….

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