There are a lot of memorable iconic D&D monster, but for me the one embodying D&D more than any other is the Beholder. One of the best Beholder minis around is, without a question, the limited collector’s edition Beholder from Gale Force Nine. Sadly the mini is so rare nowadays that I could not get my hands on one after trying for more than one year. Then I found the “Shadow Beholder” from D&D Miniatures Rage of Demons set. This plastic mini is not as detailed as the GF9 resin one, but the sculpt itself is great.
Sadly the mini was a pain to work with. It was not glued together well and came with large mold lines. Had to cut it apart, glue it together again and resculpt a lot of scales. Also had a lot of problems to get the base coat to stick to the plastic and had a lot of problems with paint peeling off.
In the end it was all worth it. I’m very pleased with the result and the large mini has a great presence on the table.
Just finished another addition to my RPG monster set, a beautiful Basilisk found on Thingiverse. Due to all of the spikes the print was a little tricky, but it turned out great.
Elementals, beings formed directly from the forces of the elements are time-honored monsters and can be found in many Monster Manuals. I’ve painted three of them for my RPG campaign in the last two years, the classic Fire Elemental and the more exotic Blood and Smoke Elementals.
With the rising number of exceptional models for 3D printing available on the web I decided to invest into a 3D printer about two month ago. I went for an Anycubic Photon DLP resin printer and I am very happy with the printing results.
Managed to get my hands on a fantastic Umber Hulk 3D model from Greg Breault. His version of the iconic D&D monster is a mix between the bulkier AD&D version and the thinner current D&D version:
The model printed without any problems:
And the fifth and final player character of my RPG group, Alyssa Ferryl, a gifted Nyss refugee from the far north.
Our fourth player character – Horthol Moonclaw, a Trollkin Sniper who’s magic gift with the runelock rifle was discovered while serving in the cygnarian military.
Player character #3 – Tara Dust, a Human Detective who is searching for her missing father.
Tara is the first mini I designed and bought from Heroforge. While I was a bit sceptic when I saw the render of the mini, the final product was very detailed.
The second player character of our group is Kogul Storngarm, an Ogrun Warrior who’s thirst for adventure led him to Corvis, the City of Ghosts.
As I already wrote I have been painting minis for my Iron Kingdoms RPG group for the last 2 1/2 years. With my new camera setup I started taking pictures, but with dozens of painted minis it will take some time to get them all up here. Lets start with the player characters. First off are new pics of Gillian and Dog, to whom I already introduced you to in July 2016:
First post since 2016… Stopped posting, but not painting. But I did (for the moment) completely move away from painting Chibi minis. This started because I painted more and more minis for my RPG group, but was cemented by the disaster surrounding the Super Dungeon Explore: Legends Kickstarter. SDE minis are THE definitive Chibi minis for me and the failure to deliver Legends took away a lot of my motivation to paint Chibis. So my quest to get all SDE Heroes painted (though nearly finished…) has been pushed far down my quest log and I haven’t painted any Chibis for 2 years now.
Due to a new photo setup I started taking pics of my paintjobs again yesterday and I wanted to share my 5 last SDE paintjobs:
Royal Warden – painted July 2016
Mistmourn Shaman – painted July 2016
Wandering Minstrel (with modified ears) – painted August 2016
Twilight Knight – painted August 2016
Kunoichi Candy – painted September 2016