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Offline James Holloway

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Monster Manual project
« on: September 24, 2017, 04:04:32 PM »
Hi all,

I recently started a new podcast, Monster Man, in which I read my way through the 1977 AD&D Monster Manual and discuss it. You can find it on libsyn ( http://monsterman.libsyn.com/ ) or just search for it in your podcatcher. But the important thing for this thread is that I've decided to try to accompany each episode with a miniature photo of at least one of the monsters featured in that episode.

I've put episodes 1 and 2 out already, so here are the photos for those:

Here's the Ahnkheg:



That's a Reaper Bones model with Grenadier and Reaper fantasy figures.

Also in episode 1 is the Ant, Giant:



Another Grenadier figure getting attacked by Halloween decorations.

And featuring in episode 2, it's the Ape, Carnivorous:



I want to say that's another Reaper figure, with adventurers from Foundry and ... I dunno.

Some of these are models I painted a long time ago, so they're not all marvelous, but I'm actually quite pleased with how much that classic text I can put on the table.
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Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 03:41:00 PM »
More additions from today's episode: it's the Baluchitherium and the Basilisk. Sadly no Barracuda, and I was a little surprised to find I don't have a Baboon.

(A good number of the animal monsters are just going to be cheap plastic toys. Such is life.)




Offline Arundel

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 03:53:47 PM »
Hi James,

I'm sorry you're not getting more responses to this. I think it's a fascinating project and will follow your posts with great interest. (I admit to its being a bit of a stretch, but it reminds me a little of the lady who decided to cook her way through all of Julia Child's Introduction to French Cooking. There is something about working one's way through something in its entirety that is very attractive, I think.)

Keep up the great work!

Daryl

Offline mdauben

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 04:35:24 PM »
This is a cool project and one I'm going to be following.  I actually had considered doing a painting log based on the current Monster Manual, but like many things I've planned it never happened so kudos to you for actually doing it!   :)
Mike

Offline otherworld

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 04:47:07 PM »
I enjoyed the first couple of episodes of the podcast, James, nice start.

Let me know if I can help out with some miniatures.

Richard Scott
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Offline dadlamassu

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 05:58:50 PM »
Fascinating project and since I don't know how catch a podcast I'll rely on what you show here.

Well done and thanks for posting.
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Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 06:21:58 PM »
Fascinating project and since I don't know how catch a podcast I'll rely on what you show here.

Well done and thanks for posting.

Well, you can always play it on the web at: http://monsterman.libsyn.com/ . Just scroll down and click the play button under the episode you want to listen to. It means you have to be at your computer (or tablet or whatever) and online to listen but since the episodes are only about 10 minutes long it's not a huge deal. I am currently trying to update on Tuesdays and Fridays

Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2017, 06:26:20 PM »
I enjoyed the first couple of episodes of the podcast, James, nice start.

Let me know if I can help out with some miniatures.

Richard Scott
Otherworld Miniatures

You don't make a Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar, or Brain Mole, do you? Right now I don't have a single model for episode 5, although I suppose I can always just call a regular dog a Blink Dog!

Offline Tactalvanic

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 10:05:03 PM »
Well I enjoyed them so far as I have had time. Like anything else - as now - I am working rather than doing something for myself.

Still I get on LAF at the same time so...  ::)

As for minis, a few of the old stuff are available new from Ral partha europe (actually have a number of animals in metal), some from mirliton, but I guess it depends on what your looking for and how much cash you can put into it, then as you say there are plastic toy animals to match to some - and many a repainted toy looks good  - just look at what some of the amazing work gets shown here.

Then there's always reaper bones stuff to.

Slimes ?  Puddings? Got glue gun? Make your own example:

http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?437405-Make-your-own-Black-pudding-Green-Slime-Ochre-Jelly-minis-for-about-10

Go officialish with wizkid stuff

eg

https://www.magicmadhouse.co.uk/wizkids-d-d-nolzurs-marvelous-miniatures-wave-1-blink-dogs-p245845

no idea on brain mole though!

That aside, I will be keeping track with interest to, and if I can find the odd thing to fit that you need we might sort that out as well.

Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2017, 09:31:13 AM »
To go with the new episode, which covers creatures from Bear to Beholder, here's a Beetle, Giant, and the aforementioned Eye Tyrant. I'm sure I have some bears somewhere, too, but I didn't get a good photo.




Offline otherworld

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2017, 10:13:06 PM »
You don't make a Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar, or Brain Mole, do you? Right now I don't have a single model for episode 5, although I suppose I can always just call a regular dog a Blink Dog!

3 out of the 4, yes!

Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2017, 11:26:14 PM »
3 out of the 4, yes!

Well, I'll be damned. A miniature of a brain mole -- a 1 HP gimmick monster with nothing going for it except an absolutely amazing illustration. I am genuinely delighted.

Offline Kamandi

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2017, 01:51:36 AM »
(A good number of the animal monsters are just going to be cheap plastic toys. Such is life.)

Ironically a good number of the original MM creatures were inspired by weird plastic critters found in bags of cheap import toys.
Many of the creatures not based on mythology, the bullette and otyugh for example, owe their creation to some sculptor in HongKong or Japan with more imagination than talent.
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Offline James Holloway

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2017, 08:31:48 AM »
Ironically a good number of the original MM creatures were inspired by weird plastic critters found in bags of cheap import toys.
Many of the creatures not based on mythology, the bullette and otyugh for example, owe their creation to some sculptor in HongKong or Japan with more imagination than talent.


Yes! I actually talk about this quite a bit in an upcoming episode, a phenomenon I call "the tragedy of the owlbear." (Tragic in that not enough people still do this.) I plan to have a contest in which people will do this as well; perhaps I can give away some plastic monsters as prizes.

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Re: Monster Manual project
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2017, 04:23:50 AM »
More additions from today's episode: it's the Baluchitherium and the Basilisk. Sadly no Barracuda, and I was a little surprised to find I don't have a Baboon.

(A good number of the animal monsters are just going to be cheap plastic toys. Such is life.)




That is just the coolest little Basilisk!  Where'd you find that miniature?

 

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