Demonomania!

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.

bat-demon1

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.

devil1Then 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.

blue-demon1The huge hands on this one remind me of blue demon minoins of Tzeench in the Games Workshop line from the early 90s or very late 80s.

blue-demon2This guy has so much animation from the profile and looks so flat from the front it is just heart-breaking.

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?

boardemon1The three-pronged tail is odd; otherwise he might be a giant wereboar.

boardemon2

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.

efreet1It’s a classy sculpt and based directly on Trampier’s Monster Manual illustration:

tramp-efreetNot 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!).

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  1. The boar is from Reaper Miniatures. I have one, and use it now and again!

    • Oh, thanks!

  2. 02527 Dire Boar from Reaper Miniatures

  3. Great job on the Efreet! Not a big fan of the fire highlights on figures in general, but here it looks great.

    Mine is still butried in my lead mountain…

    • Er…make that “buried” in my lead mountain…


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