After making the Death Tyrant, I was wondering what would it be if I made an alive beholder rather than an undead one?! So I decided to make one. I fold up my sleeves and start working. And after few designs finally it was alive!
So today I present you with my latest Iconic Miniature – the Beholder!
I have checked the Internet about beholders, as well as reading the Monster Manual (MM) and Volo`s Guide to Monsters (VGM), I managed to gather enough information and pictures about this creature. In a nut shell the beholder itself is a head with one eye and many stalks, so it is close to a human skull. But I wanted mine to be a bit different from the rest, so I shaped my beholder to have a little bit elongated spherical body. And since almost all such monsters (that I find in the Internet) got scales all over it, I decided to make something different and made the skin rough with many spikes protruding from different points. So my beholder does not have additional protection from scales, but have tough skin and spikes to fend off the attackers. And some of these spikes might look like devilish horns 🙂
The next thing was the mouth. Well each beholder has its own maw with teeth. So I though that my creation for sure must have something memorable! So using the lips (?) and the smile of Xanathar, plus adding some viciousness and two rows of big sharp and nasty teeth, I made the memorable mouth I was aiming for! And for sure no one will want to get into the jaws of the beholder. It is just too scary 🙂 Ah… and of course I have added a tongue to have a better visual of this monster!
Above the mouth I placed the eye of the beholder! Seeing different options, I decided to use the standard human eye. Here however, I put some blood veins to pop up and change a little bit the iris so that to have more texture to represent the real human one! And the final result was astonishing! Really hope you like it as I do!
And this is pretty much about the body. Now about the stalks. They are 10 in total, but I had a quite interesting time to put and arrange them. Here the tricky part was to find the normal length for each one as well as to position them in such a way so that to achieve vividness and realism. But I think that I have managed to recreate the classic look – waving in many directions stalks with eyes closely watching for enemies (since beholders are just too xenophobic) and ready to use their deadly ray in seconds! Plus some of them have different shapes and forms.
Since this 3D printable model needs to be in the air, but at the same time connected to the base, I used the standard twisted pegleg to make the connection. And if it is printed from transparent resin for sure will be achieved the effect of hovering in the air.
And since we are talking about the base, here I have made two. The first one is quite simple – round base with some dirt on it. Here the idea was to allow customization of it. You can put chests, skulls, piles of gold or items, broken petrified creatures and so on. The other base however, is little bit more complex. Here I tired to make ready base for street, temple or ancient ruins encounters. That is why the base is covered with big stone slabs just to simulate the environment. Hope you like both of them!
And this is pretty much about this Iconic Mini!
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