Miniature Review: Grells

Ahhh, the Grell. Since I first encountered these sightless, alien creatures, I had a bizarre fascination with them! In fact, the next few articles will cover some of the more alien monsters in D&D! If you've not used one before, just go read the wiki article- as a DM if it doesn't spark some cruel inspiration, then I don't know what will!

Item name: Grell (from the Wrath of Ashardalon board game)
Manufacturer: Wizards of the Coast
Line: D&D Board Games
Review: I bought the Wrath of Ashardalon boardgame long before my triumphant return to 5th edition D&D. The game itself is pretty darn fun for some easy co-operative dungeon crawling action... but for $50 it truly delivers a boat load of excellent plastic miniatures- 42 to be exact. Came for the game, stayed for the minis. Highly recommended if you need to kickstart your miniature collection!

As for painting these little cuties, I knew I wanted them to look both bizarre and grotesque. To that end, I painted the "brain" a fleshy color, gave it a wash, and then painted gloss over top of it. That doesn't show up extremely well in the photos, but it gives it a sickly sheen in person!

As for the tentacles, I just wanted them to be a color you don't frequently see on enemies, so I went with a dark blue mixed with purple that highlighted up to a sky blue.


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