Miniature Monday – Stone Lurker
This week’s mini is a classic, a very weird monster from early editions of D&D, where it is called a “Roper”, a dungeon creature using its long tentacles to bother adventurers.
This time we have quite a lot of enties, obviously this strange monster caught veryone’s attention. Or was it fond memories of long-ago RPG sessions? 😀
(Posting by Antonia)
As for our state of mind (and life), we spent most of the evening yesterday on a baby care crash course. Although it took several hours, it showed us that caring for a newborn is not really rocket science, if you have read some books and know some tricks – which was very reassuring, fortunately.
Unfortunately the course didn’t include miniature painting, therefore our Stone Lurkers aren’t as elaborately painted as yours, but here we go:
Dirk’s Lurker goes the “dungeon monster” way with a greyis-brown body and contrasting purple tentacles:
This is still the WIP, we maybe can manage to update later. Dirk said he’ll do another layer of grey because the color looks still a bit too brown to him (although of course stone can be brown too. It’s just a mini painter’s convention to make every stone grey, easy to recognize, but since Dirk a geologist he should be allowed to differ 😀 )
I decided to paint the Lurker as a kind of jungle creature to use in one of our ongoing RPG campaigns:
I used different shades of brown and green because I thought the creature would try to blend in like a tree, swiping and gripping animals and adventurers alike. Since we (again) hadn’t that much time I used wet blending, a wash and a drybrush before I called it a day, but together with the flocked base it turned out okay, I’d say.
Arjen sent us a “classic Roper”:
Since I never checked the monster manual for my lurker I can’t tell if this is the classic color scheme, but it looks great anyway. Nice work with the dark spots on the tentacle tips, that adds a lot of detail. The combination of the pale grey and the red mouth even gives me a “zombie” feeling on this 😉 I wonder if these strange creatures can turn undead?
Jim also chose a take on the D&D roper, which he said is one of his favourite monsters of the early D&D era, esp. because it so strange and completely made up with no mythical background:
He said he had quite fun painting the model and taking pics, and I think it shows! The edges are nicely highlighted, and I really like the eye on this beast. I can imagine to wander through dark tunnels and have this critter waiting around the corner. Creepy!
John S. painted a wonderfully strange Lurker in purple and grey:
The color scheme in combination with the red eye and the added crystal gives the awesome impression of some horrible alien creature – well done! Did you have some sort of inspiration for this, some movie or book?
Kylie fiddled with a color scheme and surface effects alike:
The effect is very impressive: I love the contrast between the stone surface of the main body and the slimy green of the tentacles! Would you mind to share how you achieved the gloss, was it varnish or some glue, like some people use it? You wrote you’d liked the slime a bit more runny, perhaps someone has an idea on that 😀
This week’s gallery:
Soon we’ll have our announced break, since we can’t say how care intensive our baby will be. But of course Miniature Monday will resume again, so we are already thinking about what to paint next.
Do you have ideas? Wishes? Which mini from the Bones II core set (or perhaps Add-ons too) would you like to show? Are you interested in monsters, characters, undead?
10/31/16 Kar Drakir, Reptile Warrior (Core Set)
A dragon humanoid and quite detailed mini where you can paint a lot of things: Scales, armour, weapons, clothes and a veeery tiny head 😉
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11/07/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
11/14/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
11/21/16 TBA – maybe Baby break