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Hello everyone. I finally got off my lazy butt and stopped staring at my mind flayer Bathalian long enough to paint him. I had been staring and contemplating for so long that I finally just started slapping paint on him without worrying about how he was going to look in the end. I think I am more or less happy with the results. There are some things I don't like but in the end none of that is really important. What is important is that I have another finished mini. I put so many layers on the outside of his cloak and it still wasn't enough, the darn green kept overpowering the yellow and drying darker and some of the greens turned out kind of same-y but again, he's done. And I figured he needed a pet, because no mind flayer Bathalian is complete without his intellect devourer mind eater! He was super-simple. A couple inks, a drybrush and a coat of gloss to make the brain look icky. Not too complicated. Love to know what everyone thinks, have a great weekend!
"Great Gods! I'd rather be
A cultist suckled in a creed outworn
Could I but see Cthulhu rising from the sea
or hear old Dagon blow his wreathed horn."
(With apologies to William Wordsworth)
A desolate piece of grey coast on a very particular day in November.
The hour is right. The signs are right. The stars are right.
A pulse of sickly green light, far out to sea.
An hour passes, then two. It takes even one of the High Priest's blood a while to ascend from the crushing black depths.
Then, a boiling. A bubbling and a heaving of the waters. With a great splash, vast flabby webbed wings break the surface, followed by a most awful head.
Brine cascades off its greasy hide in waterfalls as more and yet more of its colossal bulk emerges.
So, now. The summons worked. But did the binding?
Foam churns around its loathsome feet as it strides up to the shore.
(Cultist is played by 59039, Deadlands Noir Occult Detective.)
The Nolzur's Star Spawn is one heck of a chunk of model! Very good detail; good placement of clear water and primed plastic. Some places were NOT EASY TO REACH, but it turns out those wings pop right out of their sockets if you bend and wiggle them a bit. Found that out by accident. They pop back in pretty easily, too, so that helps a lot.
Water is mostly GW blue and green contrasts mixed together. Takes a lot of time brushing back and forth before it adheres properly to the translucent plastic. A drybrushing with ivory white gets the foam caps.
Skin is mostly a base coat of AP Disgusting Slime graded with darker greens. Irregular rings of Reaper Ancient Oak and Reaper (sample internal-organ pink) provide some contrast; there's a lot of canvas and it needs variety.
Decided to make my other Reaper spawns match the scheme. Eldritch demon, 77113, and Darkspawn Minion, 03438b.
And an as-yet-unpainted Great Cthulhu piggy bank that is about the right scale for the O.G. G. O. O.
Towering over the horizon, blotting out the sun--classic Cthulhu stuff.
'Tis the season! I posted this a while ago before is got paint on him. Santac'Laus has featured in the Christmas one-shot games I've run for the last couple of years (and this year is no exception). He's gone from villain to lovable (but weird) friend, who rides a manta-ray-shaped sleigh, pulled by a team of beholders.
If you're one of my players, please don't read the spoiler!
The hat, sack and present were all made with green stuff. The snow was made with snow powder mixed with water effects.
It this yesterday because it gives me a nice in-between mini from my reaper eldritch demon and my Cthulhu.
This is about 90 minutes
Lots of inaccessible spots and texture which makes painting not fun. Will be making this shorter than planned as a result. Everything will get a flesh wash. I'll do some eyes and claws, then a medium and ink wash of the clear plastic water.
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