D&D Monster Manual 52: Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk

Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk, Wizkids

First up, Happy New Year to those of you who are reading this in the timeframe it’s been posted. Secondly, here’s another pair of models completed in November. I’ll really need to get out and photograph the rest of them so I can wrap up the November stuff as quickly as possible. These sculpts don’t appear to have been used in the Nolzur’s line, but do appear as prepaints in the D&D blind-box themed sets. I tried to add some interest to the models and distinguish them from one another slightly via the use of some mottling and dappling on their wings and flesh, but they’re a bit meh.

Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation – Pterafolk, Wizkids

I used quite a few glazes of thinned paints as well as some thinned contrast to make it seem like their mottled patterns were within the skin, rather than like warpaint slopped onto the surface, and that effect turned out (mostly) okay – it’s just the ruddy flesh shades I ended up with in the end I’m not super happy with. Later on I saw a very nice looking colour scheme that I would have probably stolen outright, but alas, it was too late by then. I have started to add small tufts to the bases of the ToA models, as it seems to be more of an outdoor setting. There’s also a bit more brown in grey of their bases. Just enough for me to feel like they work as something that could be on a flagstone road in the jungle or in a ruined/slightly overgrown temple, but also subtle enough to work if we combine sets and have them inside a dungeon. Ptera-folk inside a dungeon? Makes as much sense as most of those old-school “monster mash” D&D-style dungeons!

And yes, those are indeed unplanned tide marks of the base rims, and no, I don’t particularly give a fuck. πŸ™‚

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!