D&D Monster Manual 8: Wrath of Ashardalon Orc Smashers and Gibbering Mouthers

This time, I’ve got another couple of trios of Wrath of Ashardalon figures. Despite both of these sets being finished a year or two ago now, I haven’t photographed them before. This is because my initial plan for both the Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon sets of figures was to paint them all up, and show them all off as completed sets – one for each of the boardgames. Obviously that hasn’t worked out, and so I’ve decided to show them off in this D&D subcategory, which will hopefully help me to finish them off.

Dungeons and Dragons – Wrath of Ashardalon “Orc Basher”

The Orc Basher is a nice enough figure. It’s a very different style of Orc to the much more familiar (to me) Warhammer Orc. I took my paint queues for these figures from the LotR Uruk-Hai of the White Hand. I was in two minds about actually painting a White Hand on their shields, but decided against it in the end in order to keep them a little more generic.

Dungeons & Dragons – Wrath of Ashardalon “Gibbering Mouthers”

Gibbering Mouthers are another of the oh-s0-very D&D creatures that inspired the new D&D category. When I saw these figures, it took a little while for me to work out what to do with them and how to paint them. Fleshy-looking tendrils of eyes and teeth? Hm. In the end, I decided that I had to paint them in a disgustingly wet, fleshy manner, with subdermal veins visible through the pinkish skin. Finished with satin varnish, and with some clear mucus of some kind dripping from one of their mouths via Water Effects.

Dungeons & Dragons – Wrath of Ashardalon "Gibbering Mouthers" “Orc Basher”

Dungeons and Dragons Ashardalon figures with Scale reference.

Once again, Heartbreaker Chronopia Kilt-wearing Celt-Barbarian Guy provides human-sized scale reference. The Orc is pretty much human scale but more heavy-set, while the Gibbering Mouth-breather is a bit shorter. In wargaming terms, the Orcs can easily fit into an Uruk unit of some kind anyway if need be, and manage to look quite decent in and of themselves. I guess the mouthers could either be mounted on top of 40mm bases to be something disgustingly daemonic/abyssal, or as a form of chaos spawn/beast of Nurgle. Or possibly Slaanesh.

D&D Monster Manual 7: Wrath of Ashardalon Giant Snakes and Cave Bears

No updates for a little while. New role at work with increased hours has meant less time for painting, blogging, sleeping, gaming and all of the other stuff that I enjoy. Not to mention the weather has been unsuitable for spraying lately as we slide towards winter here.

I’ve added a new category today. Dungeons and Dragons monsters down on the sidebar, and gone back to rename the D&D-centric posts with the “D&D Monster Manual” prefix, as I’ve done above. I did this because when I was outside a little while ago photographing this update’s models, it occurred to me that I do have quite a few D&D-type monster models, from boxed games like Ashardalon and Ravenloft as well as from Reaper’s Bones campaigns. Since I’ve got categories for all the Warhammer-centric subfactions under the sun (with many more to come) I thought it made sense to do the same for the D&D stuff, even though it’s never been a core game for me and I don’t know what a lot of the stuff in it is properly.

I’ve only done this for the most obvious things, specifically the “proper” D&D models, and Not-D&D models by Reaper. More generic stuff like Elves and Goblins and Skeletons from a dozen different manufacturers in a dozen different styles can just go into their own categories and people interested in those can look in there, but as I get more of the “proper” D&D models done, I thought it worthwhile for these.

So, first up (in post 7 of the series – gotta love retcon edits!) we have the Giant Snakes and Cave Bears from Ashardalon. Neither are super-amazing figures, but they’re still quite nice sculpts, especially in PVC, and as Boardgame Miniatures they are really very good. I understand that they are (or were?) also available as pre-paints from the D&D miniatures game. Again something I’m mostly ignorant about.

Dungeons and Dragons – Wrath of Ashardalon “Snake”

First up, we have “Snake” from Wrath of Ashardalon boxed game. I’m assuming that these “properly” come in several different flavours, but I’m happy to just go with “Giant Snake”. These three have been near-painted for.. well, quite some time. At least a year, and probably around 2-3, when I was really into painting the boxed D&D games’ figures. Finally knuckled down and got them finished yesterday after doing a little on them last weekend. They’re a little bright, and much more on the “fantasy artwork” side than the “realistic” side in their colouration, but that’s ok by me. The important thing is that they look good on a table, and more importantly – are finished.

Dungeons & Dragons – Wrath of Ashardalon “Cave Bear”

Next up we have “Cave Bear”. These were actually painted a year (or two?) ago. Aside from the unfortunate PVC mould lines, these are lovely little sculpts and painted up like a dream. I’ve always been pretty happy with how well they came out, as well. Obviously here I went for more of a realistic feel to the colours, though still keeping it bright.

Dungeons and Dragons Ashardalon figures with Scale reference.

Heartbreaker Chronopia Kilt-wearing Celt-Barbarian guy provides human-sized scale reference. What can I do with these figures aside from roleplaying? I’m honestly not sure. Mayhe they can slip into Kings of War as proxies for units in the “Nature” army. I’d need a bunch more to fill out enough to make up a unit, though. Maybe the bears can join in with a unit of Wood Elf Wardancers and the Snakes can do the same for Witch Elves? Actually, that’s not a bad idea…