IntroductionIn my last post, I suggested that I might show some more Super Dungeon Explore figures. Since that suggestion wasn't met with howls of protest, here we are. This post describes the Fireflow Denizens, a band of assorted creatures that live in or near the lava rivers of the caverns of Roxor and don't welcome visitors.
The Spawning Point
As with all SDE warbands, the Fireflow Denizens have a spawning point for use during the game. In this case, it's a mysterious crystal, wreathed in flames. Dark magic indeed...
Can I say at this point how much I dislike painting crystals? There are tutorials on the web for doing this (though they seem mostly aimed at computer art rather than 3-D miniatures), but I've found them over-complex and long-winded. This is my version of a crystal, distilled from such online advice, and it caused me a lot of frustration whilst it was being painted. Even now I'm not totally convinced that it looks right...
One of the largest critters in this warband is the Blaze Beetle. Apparently, these creatures tunnel through the hot rocks and occasionally break through into the caverns. Yes, they can shoot flames from unlikely locations!
I've broken my own rule about copying the publisher's artwork when I painted this beastie. The animal itself appeared to be made from flame in the game's reference card, but I'd had enough of painting flames by that point. Instead, I went for a metallic blue body, though it hasn't come out quite as iridescent as I would have liked.
The Ember Hounds are described as "concealed by a cloud of ash", yet the sculpts and the artist's rendering clearly depit them as creatures of pure flame. I've followed this pattern with my own painting.
It's fairly obvious even from just looking at them that these models are unbalanced; they're very front-heavy. I had to add weights into the bases before they would stand at all reliably. Even then, it doesn't take much to topple them over.
The last of the flame creatures in the set of Fireflow Denizens are the Burning Gels. These are large, evil, (un)living fire monsters. They were something of a challenge to paint, mainly because the models are mostly large, featureless expanses! Additionally, it was significantly difficult to reach into the extremities of the mouths with a paintbrush.
So, what happens when you kill/destroy a Burning Gel? Well, it turns into 2 Fire Gels! All the heroes can do is break up the creatures into ever smaller bits and then stamp them out too.
To allow the sizes of the various models to be compared, here is a picture of the entire warband. I think they're my favourite group so far, at least from the SDE monsters that I have painted. Mind you, just wait until I have finished my Kodama (plant warriors); they might just become my new favourites once they are done!
I note that several of these sculpts have been reissued as part of the V.2 Mistmourn Coast warband, where they play the part of fog/mist monsters.
I like these figures a lot, Hugh and I certainly had fun painting my own set. Have you done Roxor and Rockgut the Troll yet? Both are very impressive figures. The Ember Hounds are unbalanced and should really be on larger sized bases, like the Burning Gels.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bryan - glad you like them!Delete
Sadly, I don't have Roxor or Rockgut. My RockTop ands Fireflow bands cames from separate sets rather than the Caverns of Roxor expansion.
Wow. Hot stuff Hugh ;-) I especially like the Ember Hounds. But they're all good in my books. That beetle is truly formidable-looking as well. Great work on the flames.ReplyDelete
Thanks - I think I like the hounds best as well. At least they have more shape to them (if you see what I mean), rather than just being simple "blobs". But they are seriously unbalanced in that pose...Delete
Great looking figs I love the eyes on the burning gels!ReplyDelete
I'm beginning to think that the eyes make or break a chibi figure. For certain, they do need more attention than a "regular" miniature's eyes.Delete
Those are fabulous, wonderful stuff.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michael. These are a bit boring, from a painting point of view: they are almost entirely just flames with very little in the way of other colours or textures.Delete
They look great. Well done on the painting of those minis. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! Once I had started, these models didn't take very long to paint (though I agonised over how to do the flame effects for quite a while beforehand!)Delete
Very nice work they all turned out great.ReplyDelete
As always, there are some that I prefer over others. Still, I don't think I'd be ashamed to put any of these on a game board.Delete