Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken & Tentacles (Desert Edition) (Monster MAYhem ’21)

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken

More Shadows of Brimstone today! I’m making a bit more of a concerted effort to at least get all the models from the inital two core sets painted, so we can, you know, play the fucking game. Especially since regardless of the models’ quality, the game does have pretty great feedback and reviews for a Warhammer Quest (original)-styled miniatures/RPG/boardgame campaign hybrid game. First there’s the Sand Kraken, which isn’t actually one of the Core Set monsters, but comes from one of the “Season One” expansions. At one point I planned to paint this one up as The Watcher In The Dark, but I’ve gotten some other suitable candidates since then, so it got to be the Sand Kraken again, and actually got based and painted thanks to Monster MAYhem, over at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging giving me the motivation.

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken

The model’s a pretty simple one, with rather soft details. I added both slate shards and cat litter to enhance the large, soft-sculpted “rocks” that aree part of the, erm, sculpt. I also used liquid greenstuff to make them a little less smooth, which worked okay to make them a tiny bit more textured. Otherwise, the base was done in my usual style for cracked desert bases, using GW cracked texture paint and then painting over the lot of it. The actual Kraken was done with a few different layers of contrasts, both straight out of the bottle as well as thinned, and then drybrushing with Vallejo Bonewhite to finish it off with a slightly different “desert dweller” skintone than the actual desert base it’s bursting out of…

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken

Oh, and the eye was done with black that had the tiniest bit of Citadel’s Incubi Darkness mixed in, and then gloss varnish after everything else was done. No painted highlights, as I wanted it the eyes to be a deep, dark, shiny black. One that could be either an animal operating purely on instinct or an unfathomable malignant intelligence. And also a fairly strong focal point in what’s an otherwise simple and unimpressive sculpt.

Shadows of Brimstone: Tentacles

The Desert Tentacles were painted in much the same way as the Sand Kraken. I don’t know how they relate in game (if at all) because I still haven’t played, but they certainly feel thematically linked – the tentacles could easily be the appendages of the Sand Kraken, after all. Suckers on tentacles that come out of the ground in the desert is a bit of an …uhhh, okay? for me, but I gave the sucker-sides of them a wash with thinned purple to both distinguish them from the opposite sides, as well as link them back to the Kraken a little more strongly. Bases were the same deal as the Sand Kraken.

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken & Tentacles

And here they are together. I feel like they work well as a visual set…

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken & Tentacles

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken & Tentacles

 

Shadows of Brimstone: Sand Kraken & Tentacles

And a couple of “in the field” shots for fun, showing the scale of these models in a situation where the Sand Kraken and its many tentacles surprise a mob of Orks by appearing out of the ground from within their battleline.

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk (D&D Monster Manual 65) (Monster MAYhem ’21)

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk

Well, I sure fucked that one up the other day – accidently hitting “publish” instead of save while working through my edits in advance. Here it is now “officially”, I guess!

My second submission for Monster MAYhem, over at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, is this Nolzur’s model I picked up recently. An Umber Hulk. I did pick this one up due to it’s very direct lineage to the venerable 40k monster, the Ambull – the original model of being one that I still sadly lack. I’ve seen some modern resculpts of it. I wonder if there’s an old-school STL design of it out there that I could get hold of to have printed?

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk

This was a very simple paintjob. After basing, Reaper’s HD Golden Brown was the base coat, which I then drybrushed in a few different directions with browns into both greens and tans before picking out the claws and then going over the lot with Army Painter’s Strong Tone on the outer and Soft Tone on the inner. Eyes black, spray varnish, and then some GSW Colour Shift paints on the smaller, insect eyes and done!

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk

Wizkids WK73193 Miniatures D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Minis Umber Hulk

An unlikely duo fight off The Dreaded Ambull… Umber Hulk

Honestly, the basing (glue down, acrylic paste, slate, dry time, PVA & sand, drying, paint black, drying, then drybruhsing) took a hell of a lot longer than the actual model painting, which took maybe an hour (with breaks). I did notice while looking at this model how much Umber Hulks (and Ambulls) for that matter have changed in their design over the years, but then when you think about it for even a moment it all does make sense. I mean, what does “a beetle” look like exactly? Or “a dog”? Or even “a human?” So yeah, variation in size, colour, shape, length & proportion of various bits… it all makes sense if you look at these (or many fantasy creatures) as though they were natural beings with all of those elements being variable.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this one, and hopefully I’ll have more monsters done and able to be shared shortly….