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!

EM4 Call of Cthulhu Miniatures: Byakhee Advancing (Monster MAYhem ’22)

EM4 Byakhee Advancing, Call of Cthulhu Miniatures

My second model for this year’s Monster MAYhem challenge, at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, this is a Byakhee miniature, from the Call of Cthulhu Mythos. I got this sometime in the 1990’s and it was painted. bashed around, and then a couple of years ago, I gave it a new base, and now I’ve added some covering to said base, and touched-up the model, preserving the original paint under the updates as well as much of the feel of the original version – so still a pretty simple paintjob.

EM4 Byakhee Advancing, Call of Cthulhu Miniatures

Pretty sure I bought it to use as some sort of generic Daemon in the Warhammers, and there’s no reason it couldn’t be used as the same even today, along with whatever works from any FRPG or other Minis game.

EM4 Byakhee Advancing, Call of Cthulhu Miniatures, Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

I thought this model was by RAFM, as I picked up a bunch of RAFM Cthulhu models back in the day when they were being liquidated by the shop I frequented, but I couldn’t find any reference to it being a RAFM model. I eventually tracked it down to it’s modern home at EM4 (still available, though Out Of Stock right now) though I don’t believe EM4 offered blistered retail products, especially back then, and to a worldwide market, as they seem to be a repository for buying up the rights to old molds and models. As usual for many of my monster-type models, Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor provides us with the scale reference.