This post is about a new set of dungeon crawling critter miniatures for using with table top role playing games, specifically Dungeons and Dragons from Wizards of the Coast. At this time, currently at its 5th edition.
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In either case, I have a good post here, mostly images, of these new miniatures I painted up. They have been done for a while, just finally got around to gluing the bases on and sealing today. And that also means doing my amateurish best on photographing these little devils.
Read on, if you dare!
Phase Spider from Wizkids' Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures
This was the main piece for my collection of dungeon critters to start collecting and painting. The plastic was interestingly flexible and pre-primed with something of which I am not familiar. The reason is one of my one-shots I have penned uses the creature and I wanted to have one painted up for it. This one took around 6-10 hours. I used a combination of Folkart and Citadel paints along with Army Painter and Vallejo washes. The primer I use is a Krylon gray. Enjoy the pics! You'll have to excuse the fibers - sealed outside while tree cotton was blowing around! Oops!
Giant Spiders from Wizkids' Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures
The next set of icky creepy dungeon crawling critters for DnD 5e are the trio of Giant Spiders kit. This is also from Wizkids, but I had a much harder time with these. The bases were very small compared to the spiders. Luckily, I prefer using gel super glue and this helped pile up glue around the limbs to harden and, so far, securely fasten the little buggers to their bases. Also, in that same one shot as mentioned above, I have these featured in it, so I wanted to have a couple handy for the table top. Hm, their paint and color scheme ended up looking familiar!
Dungeon Critters from Mantic Games - Spiders, Rats, and Bats
I liked this kit a lot because it got me purely more miniatures for my money. A total of 8 dungeon dwelling creepy crawler critters. There are 2 bat swarms (be careful as they break easy and they have irritating mold lines to clean), 3 rats (or you could call them Giant Rats, I guess), and 3 spiders (again possibly used as Giant). These are all going to be used in my one shot as well since they do appear and I think visuals like these can help draw people in to a session better. I liked these a lot, they were more cute, I guess, but I will say they did not like brush-on primer. Lesson learned. These are on modeled carved stone bases, so if you care about that, be aware they are not plain! One thing to note is that I used the Citadel Technical Paint - Blood for the Blood God for blood dripping from the rat fangs and also I think spattered blood under the spiders. It really helps give it a wet shiny blood type effect. 10/10 recommend. Enjoy the lot!
Rat Swarms from WizKids, I think?
While these were crucial as pieces to the one-shot to acquire and be able to field, I found them the most annoying to deal with both in terms of model fidelity and prepping and painting. They had poor definition and terrible mold lines to clean which made it tricky for painting. That said, there is something rather satisfying about the pile of rats to look at. One thing I found odd about these is that they have a base of sorts molded into them, but, for some reason, they came with their own glue-on bases. Well, me being me, I simply didn't want to waste those bases and ended up painting them up and gluing the seething mounds of dungeon rats to them. I think they turned out as good as can be hoped. Hopefully, a better kit comes out. This was 2 swarms in the blister, by the way. I can recall who I got them through, but I am pretty sure it was another Wizkid pack. Enjoy!
Bonus Pics - The Whole Gang - Crittering About in their Dungeon
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Wow, it has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. Lately, I have been working on this group of Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Space Marines. This is a mixture of some models and bits that I had painted almost 10 years ago and never liked the result and some newer bits and models that include pewter and plastic and Space Marine conversions. You will also notice, if your eye is keen, some mixtures of Khrone Bezerker bits with Iron Warrior bits. Not to mention some completely different model pieces. I have come to call these the Brass Raptors, for some obvious reasons. You can see the above pictures for specific model descriptions and details. One thing you might not be able to notice from these pix is how I put them together. After many years of putting these kits together, and after many breaking apart in multiple moves, I came to realize that the glued joints needed bolstered support. I have used 1/16 thick cut brass rod from my local hobby store. If you are familiar at all with this technique, you know how long it can take and how painfully tedious it can be, especially on pewter bits. Not to mention making holes large enough and deep enough for the rod placement and gluing to be effective. In most of these, I used a hand pin-vise to bore the rod holes, sometimes all the way through the torso to make the arm joints. In the end, I know it was worth the effort since some I knocked over and never even cracked. Some of the models had some warp effect detailed as a multi-colored ooze coming from the very core of these Chaos Marines. The models were all finished with a coat of brushed-on Satin finish acrylic poly. Enjoy! Sharing and comments encouraged and welcomed!
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