Reaper Bones 77043: Eye Beast (Not-Beholder, D&D Monster Manual 75) #Monstermarch7

Reaper Bones 77043: Eye Beast (Not-Beholder, Dungeons and Dragons, D&D Monster Manual 75) #Monstermarch7

Something I’m (somewhat) trying to do this month is to use the Monster March painting challenge for is as a motivational tool to get “monster” models painted, but to do so in a more focused manner than some of the previous years – so keeping in mind my own painting goals from the start of the year. So rather than starting a whole bunch of random Reaper Bones models for example, I’m looking towards painting models that fit in with those painting goals. The exception to this “focus” will be completing models that have been started and have been sitting around.

Reaper Bones 77043: Eye Beast (Not-Beholder, Dungeons and Dragons, D&D Monster Manual 75) #Monstermarch7

So with that in mind, here’s a Reaper Bones “Eye Beast” – aka their Not-Beholder. This one was glued to a base, had texture applied around the integrap base, and I’d “primed” it with (probably) Liquid Greenstuff and then (definitely) Reaper’s Brown Liner – both of which work to create a surface in between the awful “bonesium” PVC and, you know, paint in order to prevent it becoming tacky and disgusting.

Reaper Bones 77043: Eye Beast (Not-Beholder, Dungeons and Dragons, D&D Monster Manual 75) #Monstermarch7, Reaper 50153: Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Anyway, a bit of faffing about and we had a light yellow beholder, drybrushed with a lighter shade, and then hit with a diluted-towards-the-top Contrast Iyanden Yellow. Picked out all of the bits and it was done pretty quickly. So it’s done. I know that these things are a nasty opponent in actual D&D, but they’ve always looked goofy as all hell to me. As with a lot of other D&D models, it’ll go into a case until I need it for a D&D game (so possibly forever). Finally, here’s the scale shot with everyone’s favourite scale model – Berkeley aka “Chainsaw Girl”.

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.