D&D Monster Manual 51: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Nolzurs, Wizkids

So now, on New Year’s Eve, 2020 I find myself posting up the first models I completed in November. Nothing too exciting to discuss here – another pair of models from the various D&D adventure board games. I went with milky, pupiless irises with a bit of a fade effect on the main/central eyeballs to suggest damage, and/or blindness. Because zombies. Then similar, “white” eyes, with a bit more of a bloody stain on the smaller eyeballs.

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Nolzurs, Wizkids

The differences between the paint on these two isn’t vast, but there is a little more to it in-hand than seems to have come up in the photos. One is a little more greenish, while the other is a bit more brownish, though both have use of the other’s primary colour as well as purple in the shading and of course, some bloody reds.

Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Zombie Beholder, Death Tyrant, Nolzurs, Wizkids

Here they are alongside their fellow ex-beholder mate from the same boxed set, the Death Tyrant. As with the Death Tyrant, the same sculpt is available as part of the Wizkids “Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures” line, albeit with removable/swappable eyestalks. Tarmor actually painted one of those not too long ago.

That’s it for me here in 2020. I’ll see you tomorrow (probably) in 2021. Happy New Year and all that – especially to those of you bunkered down and hunkered down across the world right now. Hopefully 2021 is better than the shitty year that 2020 has been!

D&D Monster Manual 49: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Death Tyrant

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Today is another two-fer post day as I attempt to catch up with my painted stuff. Another D&D model once again, this one is a Death Tyrant from the Dungeon of the Mad Mage set. A Death Tyrant is pretty obviously an undead Beholder of some description, but it wasn’t immediately obvious to me that the balls all around the head were disembodied-but-glowing eyes. Because Beholders have all those eyes on stalks, you see…

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Now, if you were to purchase this model from the Nolzur’s range, the “flight stand” as well as that “crest around the head would be in transparent plastic, as would the eye socket area – sp you could then paint those eyes in and ahve them appear to be floating. The models that come in the Mad Mage game don’t have the transparent plastic, and so you’re stuck needing to paint them. I (obviously) leant right into the obnoxiously huge crest and painted it as a glowing green magical aura. It also coincided pretty much with my new Citadel Terraract Glow technical paint arriving, so this model provided an experimental canvas for that, so this is what it looks like, slightly thinned with Contrast medium over a yellow base coat. I did both the front and back seperately and laid the figure flat to allow the Terraract Glow to dry to avoid having it all just flow down with gravity and pool at the bottom. Gemstone Spiritstone Red for the eyes, and gloss varnish to complete them.

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Once again we have the same deal with the putty-flagstones, and here’s a scale shot to wrap things up for today!