This was one of my very first miniatures. I love the Beholder. The creature is so cool and deadly to players. This was a D&D miniature, which comes pre-primed and ready to paint. It was nice starting out with miniatures that didn’t require primer. One less thing to worry about when you are just beginning to learn.
I started off by painting most of the Beholder in a deep but bright red. I started on the eye right after and wanted it to look like a cross between a demonic and human eye. I started with a white eyeball and added some nice red veins branching out through the white. I painted the pupil the same bright red and the iris a golden yellow. I also added golden yellow lines to the pupil to add dimension to the eye.
I moved on to painting the scales that are flaring out from the body/head. I started off with a shiny black and then went back over it with a gray drybrush. The drybrush gave the scales a nice aged look. I also started painting the mouth. I used a lighter red for the inside of the mouth and a bubbly pink for the tongue. I like adding a bit of levity to some of the macabre creatures I paint. It seems to me that something that usually looks cute, on the face of something terrifying, would only amplify the terror with its discordance.
After the inner mouth I painted the outer mouth, that is, the gums and teeth. I used a fleshy pink for the gums and a bone color for the teeth. Once the paint was dry, I added a flesh wash to the gums and a little to the teeth to give them an aged look. I painted the smaller eyes on the stalks, white with red slitted pupils. For the base, I used a dark gray for the base coat and dry brushed a lighter gray over the darker one. It created a great stone effect for the base.
This was also my first foray into basing materials. I had just acquired a moss like material that I was eager to use. I added some basing glue to the areas I wanted to cover and pressed some of the moss over the glue. After letting it dry for a few hours, I overdo it sometimes just to be sure that the glue dries properly, I brushed off all the excess and this was the final result. I was in love with the effect the moss gave the base. It was really brought to life that way.
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