Miniature Monday – Mind Eater and Chthon
From the dark depths of the deepest dungeons come forth this dire denizens of the darkness. Tentacles and brains await you to scare you to death (or perhaps eat you, or brain-fry you, or…)
(posting by Dirk)
This time we have really strange monsters lurking in our blog. From all the monsters in
the manual Bones II, these two are some of the most scary. Although they are very different in appearence and way of living, they are a good match in my opinion – they both have a little “mind-flayer”ish touch.
I had to work fast on these two, so I went for traditional colors.
The chthon/grick was painted in classic green scales and fleshy tentacles, but I like the overall result. It’s a well balanced color scheme.
I used red for the mind eater as a complementary color to the green grick. And I took the time to make him a stony base (mainly because he didn’t fit on the base… 😉 ).
Antonia went further and made this minis even more scary…
The chthon she wanted to paint in underground colors, but when she sculpted the base with putty, it looked more like flames… so she spontanously decided to make a fire worm from hell – watch out for those lava pits!
The mind eater’s brain was painted in pink and partially washed with red and blue to get a blotchy effect, while the body was painted with metallic purple. The subterrainean base even got a stalagmite from the Bones II “Thank You”-pack. But what’s really awesome are the strands of bloody slime she added to the monster, it literally bathes in its last victim as it just crawled out of the last host. Antonia made these fibers out of a mix of red wash and “UHU”-brand all-purpose-glue. (P.S.: see the gloss varnish on the brain to make it more slimy?)
Michael send us a quick picture of his mostly finished monsters.
He used a lot of purple, connecting the monsters through color to each other and the otherworldly maiden we saw last time – really a good job. It even looks like she is communicating with or commanding them.
Michael, was it intentional to link the monsters to her? Do you want to use them in a combined way?
Jim found this minis very interesting.
Like many of our painters he painted these two quick and dirty (as he said). Jim liked the Chthon/Grick, but wasn’t so pleased by the claws/blades of the mind eater. I also had difficulties of highlighting the Blades without destroying the shading in the recesses. Did anyone had similar experiences?
I like the highlighting on the Grick, and the brain looks very fleshy and moist.
Arjen send us some really creapy pictures.
I love the overall color scheme, especially on the brain. It gives me the creeps (in a good way) and definitely looks the most alien (as in extraterrestrial).
Arjen attended a workshop a while ago and practiced some of his new techniques using more watery paint.
Arjen: “Results are most clear on the legs of the mind eater, where there is a gradual blend from greenish yellow to bluish green. The chton/grick was less suitable for this, as it is mostly scales, no large areas.”
Can you tell a little bit about this technique? It is kind of a wet-in-wet-method, mixing the colors while still wet? Or more of a layering?
We had some very scary monsters this time. I liked the minis: they were small but well detailed, and could be painted in a short time. Perfect if you need some exotic opponent on the run. I pity the adventurers that have to face these beasts 🙂
This week’s gallery:
11/20/17 Bones III Vagorg, Half Orc Sorcerer (B3 Core)
12/04/17 Bones III Death Dog (B3 Core)
12/18/17 Bones II Friar Stone, Monk (B2 Core)
01/01/18 New Year’s Break (Really! But you can prepare for the next minis while sobering up, of course 😀 )
01/22/2018 Bones III Aeris, Female Elf Ranger (B3 Core)
02/19/2018 Bones III Giant Cobra (B3 Core)
03/05/2018 Bones III Lendil Blackroot, Wizard (B3 Core)
03/19/2018 Bones II TBA
04/02/2018 Bones III TBA