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 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….


April 2021 – Personal Painting Round-Up + “Paint the Crap You Already Own” Challenge Round-Up

April was another month where I got a decent number of models completed. Once again, the month’s output was dominated by board game pieces with both small-fry D&D pieces and Zombicide models making up the largest contingents, followed by (and somewhat including) models I didn’t manage to complete for this year’s Fembruary and Monster March this year.

Of course, the big painting challenge this last month was Ann’s “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. And, well, as I already owned all of these models, they all end up counting for that particular challenge! So… erm.. sorry Ann!

Funny(?) thing is that at the end of last year and the start of this year I actually got a fair few Space Marines painted up, and fully intended to get a whole lot of my Marines painted this year. With the focus on Female models in February and then my attention drifting to Monsters and other such, I haven’t actually painted a single Marine since then. Something that I’ll have to consciously rectify as the year goes on. In the meantime, I’ve ended up focusing mostly on, well, boardgames since they’re the things I’m able to play with a reasonable frequency in the current state of things. I’ve actually worked my way through a steadily dwindling number of the Zombicide Player Character survivor models, with a few prepped on my desk, 5 taken out to clean up at work, and then only 5 more opened up. So in (hopefully) only a few more weeks at this rate, I’ll be able to pactually open up some new, fresh Zombicide figures. Playing using only fully-painted survivors in the pool to draw from, and of course actively playing through the campaigns again is working well for motivation. And then this collection of painted survivors and zombies will stand us in good stead when we look at Days Gone again in a couple of months….

So that’s 52 models for the month – (though again, a good chunk of them are simple D&D models and those Necron boxes & barrels). Adding those to the Jan-March tally of 88 gives us 140 so far. So 2021’s models are coming along decently now after a slow start to the year. 🙂