Miniature Review: Nolzur's Displacer Beast



Ever since I first saw the Displacer Beast in my hand-me-down copy of the AD&D Monster Manual, I was smitten with it. I'm not 100% sure why, but I suppose it embodies what I love about D&D. Familiar enough to have context, but fantastic and different and magical. I wish I could hear the conversation that led to the development of the creature. "it's like a panther... but with... uh... tentacles! Yeah! Oh and 6 legs! And also, it sort of teleports all over the place!"

I really like their implementation in 5e. I picked up 3 blisters of this mini, but only painted the one as a test. The remaining two are on my desk right now to be wrapped up!

Item name: Displacer Beast
Manufacturer: Wizkids
Line: Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures
Review: I am a HUGE fan of the Nolzur's line (also the Pathfinder Deep Cuts). They're great sculpts, are pre-primed, and they're just gorgeous. Because I wanted this model to be that deep purple color, I spray coated black. I then block-painteda dark purple color, did some crimson on the business end of the tentacles, and hit the claws and teeth with a bone color. As always, I am looking for shortest possible time spent on my game table, and I knocked this guy out with fairly minimal effort for quite a good effect. I highly recommend absolutely everything available in the Nolzur's and Deep cuts line.

As a side note, I really like this visual iteration of the Displacer Beast. It looks sleek and muscular, not sickly like the 3rd edition version!


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