Today I wasn’t really in the mood to tackle another difficult mini. But, I got the urge to paint late this afternoon. So, I grabbed a mini that seemed simple enough and that’s been sitting around for a little while primed and ready for paint. I grabbed the grick.
Technically, it’s a Chthon (made by Reaper), whatever that is… In D&D, it highly resembles a grick. Otherwise, I think it sort of resembles a Lovecraftian Chthonian. Think a large worm with tentacles coming out of its mouth. It’s weird… but that’s the point, I suppose.
In any case, I chose to paint it so that it most-closely resembles the grick from the D&D 5e Monster Manual. Green skin, tan belly, tentacles with suction cups.
This is another one that didn’t really require a lot of crazy techniques. I primed it in black, then basecoated the mini with a dark green that was mixed using a dark green, a dark brown, and a medium brown in a ratio of about 1:1:1. That way it had a more earthy tone to it. I lightened that green up to dry-brush highlights on the scales and the ridges of the top two tentacles.
The belly was first coated in a darker brown color to fill in the shadows under each belly segment. Then I used a medium brown for the belly segments, adding just a tiny speck of yellow to warm it up a bit. I then lightened that belly brown color to add highlights on the belly segments.
For the tentacles, I used a moderately-light pink/flesh color as a base coat. I then lightened that up to paint the higher ridges of the tentacles (the center, as well as the edges). This helped to deepen the shadowing a bit. Lastly, a very light pink to just highlight the center ridge of each tentacle. I also used this very light pink to color the “teeth”. Inside the mouth, I used a medium-dark red. And lastly, the suction cups, I made dots using the very light pink color and then put smaller dots of dark purple in the center of each one.
To finish off the mini, I painted the rocky base black and then coated it with a dark gray sand. Nothing really special here. I went with a dark gray because I figure gricks are usually found in caves or other dark places.
I have to say, I think it came out better than I anticipated. I really like the addition of the suction cups. This is going to be a really cool monster mini.