Reaper Bones Black 44023: Hivewarden (Not-Grell, D&D Monster Manual 67)

Reaper Bones Black 44023: Hivewarden, D&D Grell

As I mentioned (I think) in a past post, when the Monster MAYhem challenge ended, I still had more than a couple more monsters in the active production queue – some of which I actually pushed on to completion in June! The first of these is this …thing. Reaper’s “Hivewarden” which I am sure was conceived completely independantly of all D&D creatures up to and including Grell. Grells? Grell? Whatever the plural is, anyway.

Reaper Bones Black 44023: Hivewarden, D&D Grell

Anyway, it wasn’t hard to paint, but was a little tricky in getting in amongst that mess of tentacles to the inner angles of them – as well as somewhat tedious in picking out the spots – though it does look better for having done so. I also painted the oversized googly eye in an appropriately cartoony manner. I should have gotten an eye-level pic of it now that I’m typing up this post, but I guess we can theoretically do that later.

Reaper Bones Black 44023: Hivewarden, D&D Grell, Reaper Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

Finally, here’s the scale shot with everyone’s favourite scale model – Berkeley aka “Chainsaw Girl” – alongside one of the official Grell models from the Wrath of Ashadalon D&D Adventure Board Game. This model certainly is a decent size, and it’s not bad at all, especially given the price. There is also a pretty nice (for the concept) newer, official Grell model in the Nolzur’s range – though I don’t own it or really have any need to at this point in time… – edit. Apparently I do own it. So look forwar4d to seeing that one painted. One day…

25 thoughts on “Reaper Bones Black 44023: Hivewarden (Not-Grell, D&D Monster Manual 67)

    • Thanks Dave. Picking them out wasn’t what I’d call fun, but persevering through tedium sometimes becomes well worthwhile. As I’m finding out right now with rather a lot of what I’ll just describe here as very short models….

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  1. Great colour choices on this one, the pinks and purples work really well. It’s a shame Reaper went with the cartoonish eye instead of a gaping maw, but that’s Reaper for you.

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    • Thanks Matt! I’d guess that perhaps having the beak pushes it a bit too far over into copyright infringement territory. Grell have a rather …distinctive design compared to many other creatures, after all. No stress, though – this design lends itself rather well to use in pulpy sci-fi as well!

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  2. I failed to give mine a solid prime job and when I went to throw some Contrast paints on it, well, the bones hydrophobic properties made it a huge PIA.  I then just threw some heavy paint and washes on it just to get it done.  

    I love what you did with the eye on this guy. Very nice details.

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    • Haha thanks Roger! That’s a very good point on getting the mobs to fight one another. Unfortunately if games have taught me anything, its that even the most blood-feud-opposed monsters will drop their conflict the second that they see a player character in the periphery of their vision. Even if they were already engaged in life or death combat to the end….


  3. Super stuff, she looks suitably manky and/or terrifying. As usual, Berkeley’s choice of accoutrements (i.e. a chainsaw) makes perfect sense.

    I also love that it turns out that you already own the official version of the model but forgot about it in the pile.

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    • Haha thanks mate. I think Berkeley’s pretty set with that chainsaw to tell the truth! As for the official version – it was one I put off buying a bunch of times since I don’t really *need* it for anything (I remember that part, anyway!) I’d guess it was bought at the same time as a bunch of other monstery-types off Amazon, and got packed away into a box with the others, still in it’s blister pack when we cleaned up the room they were clogging up. I’ll have to grab it out and actually paint it.

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  4. The painting is so good someone’s sharing their address with you, mate! 🙂 In all seriousness, I do think the eye looks awesome as well and the scale of this one is impressive. I was positive this was another crazy D&D monster and I’m impressed that Reaper somehow matched their weirdness.

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    • Ah yeah, I believe that Joe must have it as an auto-sig. I edit it out for his privacy whenever I see it pop up. I mentioned it once (I think) but he didn’t respond on it.
      As for the model – yeah, D&D + Reaper = some bloody well freaky-weird stuff

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      • That’s kind of you, mate and hopefully he doesn’t think I’m a jerk for poking fun. It just doesn’t seem like a very safe thing to do in today’s day and age to me.

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      • I don’t know that Joe ever got back and saw your comment so I wouldn’t worry – but agreed – and that’s why I edit it out when I see it. Don’t want him doxxing himself here!


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