The eyes have it

These will haunt the Panopticon.  One idea is give them a stunning gaze; another is to make each one have the power of one of a beholder’s eyes.  Not sure how I’ll do this.  I like the idea of flying eyes that can’t actually harm you on their own, but I also like the idea of, say, eleven of these creeps, each with the power of one of a beholder’s eyes, collectively comprising the big bad of a dungeon, adventure, or even a campaign.   It would be a nasty surprise if the party assumes that the power of the first one they encounter is the only thing these things do, and then later they find out they’re all different.  (The ‘traditional’ beholder eye rays: disintegrate objects, transmute flesh to stone, cause sleep, slow the motion of objects or beings, charm animals, charm humans, cause death, induce fear, levitate objects, and inflict serious wounds; plus the central eye does an anti-magic cone).   Maybe 11 need to assemble, like Anime robots, into a giant beholder… or maybe all flying eyes just roll for their special ray…They are made from some old wet-set clay I had laying around; the wings are from rubber monsters I got on clearance at a party supply store.

They’re pretty big — the bases are 40×40 mm, the size I use for “large” creatures like trolls.

Their asses.  I considered adding an “optic nerve” tail but was too lazy.  Maybe the next batch will have tails.

Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 9:00 am  Comments (8)  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

8 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Love the minis and the concept!

    The AD&D Beholder is Lawful Evil and of Exceptional intelligence… why couldn’t they be magic users with an active lab? They certainly have the means to enslave plenty of assistants…

  2. Yes. Very cool… and fun!

    I know you’ve already painted them with blue irises, but if the color of the iris is changed/different, it might determine which beholder power each one possesses. (e.g., blue=sleep; grey=disintegration; etc.)

    • Considering I spent about 3 minutes painting each one, I can very readily change eye colors. Good idea!

  3. Sweet minis, Mike!

    These things remind me of Flygars from the old Archive Star Rovers line. Cool idea!

  4. These are awesome minis. I may have to “borrow” the idea and make a few myself for my adventure games, if that’s alright with you of course.

    • You don’t need my permission to make eyeballs and give ’em wings like God intended…

  5. Freaky. The wings are like fallen eyebrows.

    Just an idea but if you photograph two of them, adjust the orientation just so and put a snake below and between them you may have a disturbing secret face on your hands. PLace a hat behind them in the background but seemingly above them and you’ll give people nightmares and they won’t know why.

  6. […] Inside they fought a variety of monsters.  The old courtroom had a jury of eight cyclopskin, a flying eye prosecutor, and a half-blind beholder as judge.  A well placed sonic blast spell by the cleric, who used his […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

This Stuff is REALLY Cool

Young scholars enthusiastic to tell you about COOL RESEARCH STUFF

Fail Squad Games

Tabletop games and adventures for gamers by gamers

Cigar Box Battle

An online resource blog for gamers and geeks focused on wargames miniatures and board games and role playing games

terribleminds: chuck wendig

Chuck Wendig: Freelance Penmonkey

Save Vs. Dragon

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut


Old School Roleplaying and related musings

Hobgoblin Orange

My return to the world of miniature figure painting and RPGs

The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

Dawn of the Lead

Miniature wargaming and the occasional zombie

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.


Miniature Motivation

Take On Rules

Jeremy Friesen - a poor soul consumed by gaming.

Age of Dusk

Roleplaying, reviews and associated paraphernalia.

Roll to Disbelieve

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut

A Book of Creatures

A Complete Guide to Entities of Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Making the Past

Diary of an apprentice swordsmith

Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

Using De Bellis Antiquitatis, with the odd diversion...

Riffing Religion

Prophets should be mocked. I'm doing my part.


An encyclopedia of the Cirsovan empire, thoughts on Gaming, Music and more.

2 Warps to Neptune

Surveying the Gen X landscape and the origins of geek

Inside the Shadowbox

Rolling the dice. Writing the words. Pushing the buttons. Eating the bacon. Smiling and waving.

Dagger and Brush, Daggerandbrush, dagger brush

Miniature painting, wargaming terrain tutorials, reviews, interviews and painting guides


A lair for gaming, sci-fi, comics, and other geekish pursuits.

I bought this stuff and read it so you don't have to.

Role Play Craft

Crafting ideas, options, and modules for your role playing campaign.

The Rambling Roleplayer Archives

This site is no longer being updated. Check out the new site at

Sheppard's Crook

The occasional blog of a closet would -be wargamer and modeller

10 Bad Habits

Probably not the Justin Howe you were looking for

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time


Just another site

Lost in Time

"What happened to Claw Carver?"


gaming, graphics, and genrefication

Stuffed Crocodile

Mazes, Martians, Mead


Role-Playing Games, Medieval History, Assorted Legends and Myths, and My Stupid Life.

%d bloggers like this: