D&D Monster Manual 54: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Grung Assassins & Elite Warrior

D&D Miniatures, Dungeon of the Mad Mage, Grung Assassins, Grung Elite Warrior

A little more D&D today, both figuratively as well as quite literally. These four figures are “Grung“, apparently, and no doubt predate and serves as inspiration for EverQuest’s Frogloks and in turn, Warcraft’s Murlocs. I checked out the D&D Wiki’s page foir the first time while writing this text, and so have just found out that the Elite Warrior “should” apparently be coloured either orange or golden. I had instead painted him/her/it with a series of black and yellow Rorscharch-like spot-markings to distinguish it as the elite. Ah well, keeping ’em green was good enough for Guk and it’s certainly good enough for me. 😀

D&D Miniatures, Dungeon of the Mad Mage, Grung Assassins, Grung Elite Warrior, Murial the Misshapen, Heskan Dragonborn Wizard, Warhammer Warrior Priest

Painting of these models was done pretty simply – a mix of VGC Escorpena Green (similar to GW Moot Green) mixed with a lot of yellow to achieve something like old-GW Bilious Green. This was then covered with medium-thinned Contrast Warp Lightning and left to baste for about three months. By which I mean they sat on the paint desk for about that long untouched. Then this week after finishing Murial, I did their bases, gear and eyeballs. Job done! I’ve included the “action shot” here alongside Murial, an official D&D humanoid and a Warhammer model to provide scale for both the man-scorpion and the not-murlocs. As with their boxmate, Murial, I’ve had them for long enough to qualify for Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenge – so 4 more done for that!

D&D Monster Manual 53: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Muiral the Misshapen #Monstermarch

D&D. Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Muiral the Misshapen

Not, not that Muriel, though when I looked up the name of this thing, it’s what immediately came to mind and still won’t leave – despite not even having seen the film(!) Anyway, another D&D monster from the board games I’ve got, this time one who is a named character/villain in the lore. Apparently, Murial’s potted backstory is such: “A capable fighter in his youth, Muiral was recruited by Halaster as a bodyguard but soon he started studying under Halaster as a wizard. He learned to magically graft materials together. When Halaster broke off all contact, he descended into madness, grafting his torso onto the body of a giant scorpion to better engage in combat.”

So… okay. The more I see and read about these D&D monsters, the less silly Warhammer lore appears by comparison. Bombastic and overblown, for sure, but wow this D&D stuff is silly.

D&D. Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Muiral the Misshapen

In the artwork I was able to find of Murial, he appears to be depicted both with green skin/carapace as well as brown. I clearly said “fuck all that” and went for a eye-meltingly bright, boiled-lobster-red. This did leave me with a little obstacle to overcome in that I wanted to make his face pop just a little, and if I’g gone for browns then a blend to flesh tones would have been simple, though it appears to have still come out okay with a red-to-ruddy-fleshtones approach. And with all this red, the eyes just had to be yellowy-green, natch.

D&D. Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Muiral the Misshapen

This model is actually one of the more recent in my collection, oddly. I only picked up the Dungeon of the Mad Mage box last June, making this model an absolute newbie in terms of how long I’ve had it before adding paint to it, though it’s still long enough to qualify for Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenge. One reason it even took this long is because I prefer to sculpt some basic flagstones on the bases of the larger D&D models, but getting in between all those legs…. so instead, it sat on my desk for months, primed. That was until the other day when I got distracted from my previous distraction for Swordmaster’s Monster March painting challenge – so this figure also marks the first of my (hopefully many) submissions for that painting challenge…