D&D Monster Manual 46: The Legend of Drizzt – Feral Trolls

Dungeons and Dragons D&D. The Legend of Drizzt - Feral Trolls

More D&D stuff today, and another example of Trash Models which, despite the uncharitable term that I use can very much be an opportunity for something positive in terms of painting. Once again, I’ve used these models to experiment on – and in this case, I think that they turned out pretty nicely. I should probably start by saying I’m no fan of these sculpts. The oversized Warhammer-goblin-esque heads just look silly to me, and the pony-tails don’t help, either. But since I needed to paint the fucking things, I wanted to make the process worthwhile, so it was going to have to involve some experimentation.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D. The Legend of Drizzt - Feral Trolls

The models are mostly exposed skin, with just a couple of more detailed areas, those mainly being the head and the furry loincloths. Loincloths being simple things, I painted them very simply, and didn’t even bother with the multi-tones I usually do. Wasn’t even a conscious decision to skip them – I just forgot literally until now that I’m thinking about and describing the paint process. They’ve got a bit of musculature, but are overall pretty sparely-detailed figures, and even that musculature is pretty softly detailed.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D. The Legend of Drizzt - Feral Trolls

So this left me with a bit of a quandry – how to paint such large expanses of skin without driving myself insane? So with that, I decided to try was a thinned down paint glaze over a stronger-than-usual zenithal spray prime. It worked okay, but it was also, frankly, boring. It doesn’t really show here, but the two trolls have slightly different skin tones as well. I added some additional shading with a darker thinned green and a few highlights in the usual manner, but you know what? Still boring.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D. The Legend of Drizzt - Feral Trolls

So I left them for a week or two, then came back to them and just started doing vaguely South American-style patterns as tattoos on them. Aaaaand…. then I kept going, and going, and it turned out I was enjoying it, so I kept doing them back and forth across the two of them until I felt they were done.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D. The Legend of Drizzt - Feral Trolls

So in the end I’ve ended up with a pair of models that are still dodgy sculpts, but I’m able to have some fondness for. Also another pair of models done and ready to go when we start playing the Drizzt campaign as well. 🙂

D&D ̶M̶o̶n̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ Hero Manual 45: Nolzur’s Male Dragonborn Paladin

Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzur's Male Dragonborn Paladin

Another D&D model today – one of the Nolzur’s figures I picked up to use as Player Characters in the D&D board games. This figure was painted after the Naga-Salamander I posted yesterday, and shows a bit of progression on using the same blue-teal contrast paint, though in this case doing some normal hihlighting over the top of it, as well as the use of “normal” model paints on the “ear crests” and “beard” for a different tone.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzur's Male Dragonborn Paladin

I quite like a lot of the Nolzur’s models, really. Some of them (the older ones?) suffer pretty badly from mold lines in spots as well as somewhat bendy weapons, but this guy is chunky enough to come across nicely as a model with a bit of presence.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzur's Male Dragonborn Paladin

Simple, by-the-numbers kind of “paladin” scheme here, fairly bright armour with gold accoutrements.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzur's Male Dragonborn Paladin

One of the cooler things about this figure is the fact that it comes with this alternate head, spewing flame-breath.

Dungeons and Dragons D&D Nolzur's Male Dragonborn Paladin

I used a mixture of various transparent paints and Contrast paints to paint the flames as that section of the alternate head comes with the flame-breath cast in a transparent plastic. Some of it wasn’t so great to paint, but it all turned out alright in the end. Another hero done. Of course, by now, we’re well past the game where Marouda was actually using the Dragonborn hero….