D&D Monster Manual 64: The Legend of Drizzt – Errtu, Balor

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Back to the D&D stuff for this post – this time it’s the Big Bad from the Legend of Drizzt D&D Adventure Boardgame. Errtu, the Balor. A Balor of course, is a supernatural being from Irish Mythology.  In D&D of course, a Balor is pretty clearly their non-copyrightable version of Tolkien’s Balrog. Just as an aside, Warhammer’s Balrog archetype evolved into the Bloodthirster of Khorne, which also follows the same visual archetype.

Dungeons and Dragons, D&D, The Legend of Drizzt - Errtu, Balor

This one has been sitting around on my painting desk for a long time as well – a simple model that I hadn’t been especially inspired to work on, but admittedly, without the distate that I hold for the previous model from yesterday’s post. Over a couple of months, I did two or four sessions to add in the putty for the flagstones on the floor, and with Monster MAYhem, over at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging happening this month (and not having gotten to it during Monster March) the challenge gave me the nessecary kick up the arse, I got cracking on it.

Dungeons and Dragons, D&D, The Legend of Drizzt - Errtu, Balor

I clipped the flame-whip from its anchored spot on the model, and had some trouble with the wings not wanting to stay set in a more open position, but both look okay at least. lot of Contrast paint here, though layered and with various highlighting and so forth over the top, as well as a reasonably simple flame effect on both the whip and sword.

Dungeons and Dragons, D&D, The Legend of Drizzt - Errtu, Balor

I also added some weathering powder to the ground, to give a scorched look to where the Balor has walked and stands. I now see a little reddish spot on the base there that I’ll have to get to and remove.

Dungeons and Dragons, D&D, The Legend of Drizzt - Errtu, Balor

And now I’ve got the big bad from the third D&D Board Game done – there’s a few regular villain and monster models left to go, but once they’re done I’ll have the third set of these models complete, which will be nice.

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And here, a group of adventurers help provide a scale shot for the big boy.

D&D Monster Manual 58: The Legend of Drizzt – Irontooth, Goblin Champion; Goblin Cutters; Goblin Archers

D&D, Dungeons and Dragons, The Legend of Drizzt - Irontooth, Goblin Champion; Goblin Cutters; Goblin Archers

Another set of quick models today that I just started on earlier this week. The seven goblins (not dwarves) from the Legend of Drizzt D&D Adventure Board Game. Being models from the earlier boardgames, these would have been recycled sculpts from the prepaint range of the early 2000s and the quality then is what you’d expect. Shit quality.

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With this in mind, they got the amount of care that such models deserve – the point entirely being to get them to the point of looking decent as fodder on a tabletop to enhance a boardgame. So while these models won’t be winning any awards, they’re certainly good enough to make a boardgame look good and by aesthetic extension, more fun.

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I also more-or-less copied the techniques and colour scheme of my Moria Goblins, since these models are about the same size and appearance style as those sculpts, as can be seen from this scale shot.

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Once again, these models are legit for Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenge.


Onto a more important point for many of our little circle of bloggers – looks like WordPress – in their infinite and constant fuckery of trying to force us all onto their new, shit editor – has nuked yet another way for us to use the Classic Editor by removing the link to the old Dashboard. Luckily, I had some already-open tabs since they updated the thing and worked out a way to continue doing so….

Go to this URL” (remove the spaces I added at the http and ://, and obviously add in the name of your own blog at the start of the actual URL)

https :// YOURBLOG.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=post&all_posts=1

Then, you should be able to follow this guide.

Let me know how and if it works for you. I’ve got my version of that URL bookmarked on my homepage….