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Blood War - An Ongoing Painting Project Time to start another WIP to keep track of my growing armies of fiends. Unlike my other two WIPs, Frostrun and Dark Tide, this one does not have a D&D campaign attached to it. Though the project did start because of a game. My players had been facing a threat of the barriers between worlds collapsing. This of course lead to demons and devils spilling into their world, and eventually lead to them traveling to the lower planes. We had nearly wrapped up that plot point before in-person games had to be put on hold. And though I likely have enough minis to get me through that arc, I love how the groups have been shaping up, and I'm now motivated to continue to expand the respective armies. The Blood War In D&D lore, the Blood War is an endless turf war between the Devils of the Nine Hells, and the Demons of the Abyss. There's a bunch of extra fluff in there, but most of it is kind of complicated and, in my opinion, uninteresting. At this point all that I care about it painting up some minis to represent at least 1 of each various type of Demon and Devil. And if I still have steam after that I can look into the neutral Yugoloths. The Devils Up first we have the Devils. I' like the bases on these guys best. I definitely prefer some of the warmer red tones better than the dark ones, and the lava bases are a nice touch to break up the red as well. So far we have the following: Imps - (Nolzur's) Hell Hounds - (44100) Legion Devils - (77065, 89039) And a sneak peak of the following: Blue Abishai Chain Devils The Demons The demons here have a colder color palette. I tried keeping to shades of blue, green, and purple. I might try to brainstorm some more interesting basing options, but for now the purple earth is enough to differentiate and unite them. So far we have the following: Quasits - (77335 and Nolzur's) Bulezau - (77680) Barlgura - (77260) And a sneak peak of the following: Chasme Balor I've got a handful of Demons primed and waiting for paint as well. This project will be ongoing, likely between other projects. But it will be fun to see their numbers increase.
Another day another devil. Several months ago I was searching for a suitable mini for a chain devil. I was in need of a few of them to represent hellish prison guards. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of options that I liked. Most of the official pre-painted chain devils look like awkward Michelin Men. So I went looking for a suitable substitute. I settled on the Pelegarth Brutes from CMON's Wrath of Kings. A few modifications later and... Three frightening and unrelenting guards of hell. More Photos Below the Spoiler: I really liked working on these guys. It was a lot of fun reinterpreting an existing monster and finding a way to make it unique. They're definitely a favorite of mine. Plus I love that the chains actually dangle and swing when moving the minis around. Check out the rest of my Infernal Army HERE. How have you reinterpreted a mini in your own projects?
Every Infernal Army needs its footsoldiers. Today I have Legion Devils, or Merregon as they are known in 5E. There's a lot of variation in lore with these guys between editions, so it really opened up the door for interpreting them how I wished. So here's a handful of Legion Devils. Not the most impressive of paintjobs, but they work for filling out a horde. I am interested in revisiting them with my more recent TMM painting technique, so maybe I'll add to their ranks soon. More Photos Below Spoiler: I really like reinterpreting the creatures that exist in D&D lore. I have all of the models, and more that I want, and it's nice finding ways to utilize the ones I didn't have a use for. I also love seeing a group of cohesive minis coming together. What else does my infernal army need?
More demonic fun today. I was in need of some Bulezau to greet my players as they first entered the Abyss. D&D lore describes Bulezau as gaunt minotaur-like creatures. The Beastman Warriors would have also been a great stand-in for this, but I was working with what I had on hand, which happened to be the Minitaurs from Bones 4. I didn't bother with the 4th minitaur as it didn't match the rest of the set, and I had a single evening to get them finished. A little shorter and stockier than described, they still fit the mold as not-quite-a-minotaur. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I love the newer sculpts that were so prevalent in Bones 4. They're less clutter, have larger smooth surfaces, and in general just lend themselves well to simple smooth paint jobs. Lots of room for letting the paint add detail, and less time spent squinting at strange shapes. More Photos Below Spoiler What unconventional uses have you found for minis? Any monsters you've repurposed to meet your needs?