WizKids WZK90068 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha (D&D Monster Manual 86) (Monster MAYhem ’23)

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures

Another Monster MAYhem post today – I’ve now gotten to the point of having quite a few models to post up, and since I like to keep my posts more individual to a type or set becasue it makes it much easier for me to find and refernce models in the future, we’re going to have a little run of daily posts rather than every two days so these May models don’t run into the middle of June.

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures

Don’t speak to me or my son ever again!

So first up, we have a Grick. Well, a pair of Gricks. A couple of right Gricks. Specifically, a Grick and Grick Alpha, which I presume is the bigger one. I’m not sure what the difference is in D&D terms, but I have to presume the Alpha is simply the “boss monster” version of the species.

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures

Pretty simple miniatures. I went with more or less the official colouration, but decided to do a little experiement, After the base coat and wash part, instead of drybrushing highlights I instead used a bit of foam and tweezers to use the “foam weathering” technique on the hide to try and create a naturalistic looking, uneven pattern to the creatures’ colouration.

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures

As I mentioned with the Chaos Toad Savage in yesterday’s post, I do like using low-importance models like these as experimentation, and I’m pretty happy with how the “sponge weathering” technique worked out for weathered looking creature hide while also being pretty quick and easy. I’ll definitely be pulling this technique out again in future.

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures

This pair of Grick (Gricks?) also work as my next submissions for the Monster MayHem ’23 painting challenge. There should be a few more of these beasts coming in the next week or two…

WizKids WZK90068 Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha Miniatures, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Berkeley once again provides us with a scale shot as she adds to the no doubt endless collection of trophies mounted on her walls!

12 thoughts on “WizKids WZK90068 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Grick and Grick Alpha (D&D Monster Manual 86) (Monster MAYhem ’23)

  1. Nice work on these and the color looks very natural. I’m not sure what edition the Grick first appeared, but they nailed the classic D&D monster vibe. I had to look them up and I guess they slither around like worms until they attack, rearing up and splitting their tentacles to reveal the mouth. They sometimes hunt in packs, led by a bigger “alpha” Grick. Mostly they live underground and like to hide among rocks or around stalactites. Which would make me think they would probably be grayish color, but when you’re underground where it’s dark I guess it doesn’t matter what color you are. The green probably helps when they do come above ground in search of food.

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    • Thanks mate! They do “feel” like an older creature, but with all of the waves between the original D&D and AD&D and 3.5 there’s a lot of years it could have been created in.

      I don’t own any D&D books, so I just tend to google these things, replying on the various Wikis and D&D Beyond, so I couldn’t find any particular refeence to the Aplha (which was odd, being that I’d paid money for a thing with that specific name, but…

      As for the colouration, I just tend to follow the online art for a lot of these things. Pale grey would make sense, but then pale skin (WHFB-style) would make more sense for the Drow or the Duergar than Jet Black skin, again given the lack of light down there…

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      • I saw some that were purple, which would make more sense given the monster description. But then it’s easy to mistake it as some ‘Purple Worm’ off shoot. I wonder if the purple color came first and they later changed it? I stopped playing after 2nd edition D&D, so a lot happened that I was unaware of. I did buy the 1st ed core books to have on hand and later the 5th edition. We’re playing 5e now, and it’s pretty close to the originals, so it works well for me.

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      • It’s also very possible that the purple colouration came from those wild and wooly days of D&D before everything became as codified as it is today – back when “artists’ interpretation” went a looong way!

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  2. A couple of right Gricks indeed, mate 😀 I’m sure these predate Resident Evil but to me, they’d fit in pretty well with the weird plant and animal creatures that seem to populate Raccoon City. More importantly, these two look ready for any gaming you want use them in!

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    • These are some of the less crazy D&D creatures which seems to be more likely to be the case for the “animal” versions of monsters. I could see these fitting into the RE series (or Cthulhu; or 40k, back in the Rogue Trader days, or….)

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