Crazy busy days this weekend ameliorated by some fun craft time! I finished up most of the unpainted demons and devils I have — several from the MegaMinis monster pack, as well as a really old Efreet and a crazy-looking boar that seemed like it must be demonic.
First up is a bat-demon thing — MegaMinis, a recast of a Metal Magic sculpt. He’s got a long segmented tail (as do most of the other Metal Magic demons from this set) but is otherwise very bat-like.
He just got a couple of layers of brown drybrushing and a pink wash on the nose and tail, with my usual white talons and teeth job. All these demons were super fast to paint since it was mostly a matter of a few layers of drybrushing, a wash, and a few details.
Next up a devil with a strange spade-like weapon. It’s a lot like a Chinese ‘monk’s spade,’ except they have a blade on both ends. I know Grenadier did a devil with the same weapon which maybe this was a knock-off of? I like the cresent moon shape of his head too.
Then there are two blue demons. They might actually be any of a number of things — the one with the raised arm might equally well be a troll or some sort of creeper in the dark like a grue; the reptillian one could also be some sort of saurian. They both illustrate the strangely two-dimensional quality most of the monsters from the MegaMinis set have. I wonder if Metal Magic was limited by their mold-maker, or it was just an aesthetic choice to go so flat. They all look pretty good in profile but coming head-on they look pretty goofy.
Next up some boar-demons — one is humanoid (a starving Type II demon?) and the other is of an unknown (to me) make — he might be a dire boar?
If anyone recognizes this boar monster, I’d love to know it’s make. The cratered base suggests it could be a sci-fi mini. It is lead so it must me pretty old. I think it was among the old lead someone sent me couple years back, but it might also be from a used minis bin at Origins or something.
Now lastly, my favorite of the pack and the one I put the most effort into — a Grenadier Efreet. I really wanted to make the flames throw some light on the bottoms of his arms and cast shadows over his shoulders and face. The glossy finish hides this a little; I also wimped out on depicting the reversed shadowing — I really ought to have dry-brushed black over the topmost areas. Still, he looks pretty good.
Not a perfect match but darn close! For some reason Grenadier gave him some bling. I have one other Grenadier efreet, which is a re-sculpt, that looks terrible and will be getting repainted now that I have some practice. The other guy has a more Neanderthal look to him and his arms are not crossed, but he’s still emerging from a pillar of fire. I have no idea why Grenadier would discontinue the Trampier version (the resculpt was put out before they lost the AD&D license so it’s not that!).