WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex (D&D Monster Manual 66) & Monster MAYhem ’21 Wrap-Up

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

And today, my final Monster MAYhem miniature – the T-Rex from Nolzur’s D&D range. As with yesterday’s Goliaths, I also completed this model on Monday night (31st May), and, I mean, it’s pretty obvious which of those models I needed to finish the challenge with to go out on a proper high note!

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

It’s a pretty nice model, really. I picked it up last December after eyeing it for about 6 months, because – just look at it for AU$25! Of course, with no specific reason to get it painted, it just kinda sat around until Monster March where it got moved to under the painting desk, but sadly I didn’t make it that far, and now Monster MAYhem that got me to take it out of the packaging, and get the sucker painted.

WizKids WK73395 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures T-Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex

Since I wanted to get this one done, the other dinos I worked on this month essentually being the warm-up and practise models for several techniques that I applied on this big boy. From blends on the scaly skin through to the embedded weathering-powder dirt. I mean, it’s still a pretty simple model overall and the textures across it do a lot of the work of painting, but it’s still a nice sculpt, especially for the price.

I’ve still got another… close to a dozen additional monsters in the works that would have qualified for this past month’s challenge, and so even though they missed the deadline, I’m sure I’ll slowly work my way through them to completion. Still – a pretty decent outcome for Monster MAYhem. I noticed that with this challenge, the models I completed fell into three broad categories: Dinosaurs, D&D Monsters and Shadows of Brimstone Monsters. I guess technically, the T-Rex is a D&D model, and we all know Reaper just makes D&D Proxies, so it’s also kinda two categories I suppose. All good either way though. Now I just need to figure out where to store them all…

I’ve been snowed under from work since the latest lockdown so I haven’t been keeping up with the blogosphere properly over the last week… I wonder has Dave’s Season of Scenery started yet?

WizKids WK73535 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Carrion Crawler (D&D Monster Manual 65) (Monster MAYhem ’21)

WizKids WK73535 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Carrion Crawler

I didn’t manage to get anything complete yesterday, but I did get lot of movement on a bunch of models – and this evening I’ve been getting some of them over the line – so now I’ve got a small backlog of May models to get posted up over the next couple of days. The first one of these is another of my Nolzur’s D&D models – the Carrion Crawler. Once again this one is for the Monster MAYhem painting challenge.

WizKids WK73535 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Carrion Crawler

As with a lot of these monsters, it’s a pretty simple paintjob on a model that’s not exactly overflowing with fine details. D&D’s Carrion Crawlers appear to be some form of giant maggot-creature, and so painting it with maggoty colours seemed appropriate. I did give it a little bit of diffentiation with the underbelly, and went with prismatic paint for fly-eyes rather than the black beady ones this time.

WizKids WK73535 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Carrion Crawler

I did heat the model up to pry it off its warped PVC base in order to glue it down to a plastic 50mm round base from Reaper. Often I’ll glue these Nolzurs-or-Reaper PVC model bases down to a real base, but given how warped (and uninteresting) this one was I just went with disposal instead.  Aside from rare D&D gaming, I can use this thing in almost-as-rare 40k gaming alongside models like Reaper’s Giant Maggots or their Carrion Worms (I wonder what they’re supposed to proxy?) in either a Nurgle or Undead force.