WizKids WZK73357 Pathfinder – Deep Cuts Minis: Medium Earth Elemental (D&D Monster Manual 72) (Monster MAYhem ’22)

WizKids WZK73357 Pathfinder - Deep Cuts Minis: Medium Earth Elemental

I just wish these titles could get longer. There is still a point to these long, unweildy blog post titles, though – and that’s so they can be found via a google search. After all, a lot of these models’ primary purpose ends up simply being painted models on the internet, as I paint a wide variety of models and don’t get to play any of the games they go with nearly as often as I’d like to – and so in order to give the models a longer online “shelf” life than the little bump of regular readers once the post goes up, it’s also important to ensure that they can be easily found using a google image search. That applies whether it’s a detailed paint job that’s taken me weeks to get finished, or something siomple like these models that were largely drybrushed over the course of a single afternoon.

WizKids WZK73357 Pathfinder - Deep Cuts Minis: Medium Earth Elemental

The trade-off, then, is generally not being able to use amusing puns for post titles as I used to do, as a lot of my fellow bloggers still do (and I do enjoy that lowest form of comedy myself!). I guess I should talk about the paint process… Uh.. after some cleanup/mold line removal, I mounted these on 50mm bases, added a bunch of slate chips around the eges to blend in a little with the rocks that surround the models, painted dark grey and then drybrushed both up with browns and greys. They then got toned with Green Stuff World’s Liquid Pigments – one in green and the oither brown, and then finally both drybrushed again with light grey and finally white on the highest points to desturate them and tone the pigments back down.

WizKids WZK73357 Pathfinder - Deep Cuts Minis: Medium Earth Elemental

The transparent crystals were masked with blu-tac (poster putty to some of you) and then painted with Green Contrast paint, and after the matte varnish of the entire model gloss varnished by brush. Eyes were simply painted in, red over yellow, though you can barely see them in most circumstances due to the hunched posture. That’s really the majority of the work. After all, we’re talking about a pair of cheap & cheerful PVC models meant for tabletop use.

WizKids WZK73357 Pathfinder - Deep Cuts Minis: Medium Earth Elemental, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Good old Berkeley provides us with the scale shot, as is usual, and we have another two minor monsters completed for this month’s Monster MAYhem challenge!

Reaper Bones 77372: Burrowing Horror (Not-Bulette, D&D Monster Manual 71) (Monster MAYhem ’22)

Reaper Bones 77372: Burrowing Horror. Not-Bulette, D&;D Monster Manual

The first of my models for this year’s Monster MAYhem challenge, at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, I have a Reaper Bones model – the “Burrowing Horror”. This is their legally distinct version of the D&D Monster, the “Bulette” – which in turn is one of those old-school monsters that were Gygax based on those old toys that were mixed in with the little cheap bags of Dinosaurs that – if you’re of a certain vintage – you probably got as a kid.

Reaper Bones 77372: Burrowing Horror. Not-Bulette, D&;D Monster Manual

As with many of these large but low-detail Bones models, this wasn’t hard to paint. Sure, I could have painted it a lot better than I did, shading the scales more realistically and so forth. Instead, I did a very simple job with it since it’s a verrry basic sculpt, and one made from the original, tacky, shit-tier Bones PVC. Even after firstly priming the whole models in watered-down liquid greenstuff, then priming it for a second time with Reaper’s Brown Liner, then painting it almost entirely with Reaper’s HD paints, I dared to varnish it with paint-on AK interactive varnish – leading to this piece of shit model ending up tacky.

Reaper Bones 77372: Burrowing Horror. Not-Bulette, D&;D Monster Manual, Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

So it’s done. It’ll go into a case until I need it for a D&D game (so possibly forever). No prizes for guessing that I skipped Reaper’s most recent Bones Kickstarter entirely. Easier and cheaper and better quality to just buy a resin 3d printer and a pile of STLs via Patreon. Finally, here’s the scale shot with everyone’s favourite scale model – Berkeley aka “Chainsaw Girl”.