While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
Umber Hulk (11-404)
Ral Partha Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) line.
Being a pretty big one, this mini got used for your generic large monsters and aliens. The purple matched one of our homebrew dungeon crawler monsters, so it got a lot of use there as well.
The mini itself is pretty hefty metal. I think the head and arms had a hard time staying on and we didn’t know anything about “pinning” back then, so likely parts were getting re-glued regularly.
I always found “Umber Hulks” to be an interesting monster, and prefer the chunky humanoid look of this one to later artist renditions.
Umber Hulk, AD&D 1st Edition Monster Manual
The sculptor actually did a pretty good job “updating” the look of the creature. Making it a bit more armor plated, which is probably what one would expect from a giant burrowing monster. Perhaps they were going for a “beetle” vibe.
Tangent – Sharing the Hobby
Well, it’s been hot and motivation to paint lately has been sapped as well. Another round of house guests simply added to the ‘what a bother it is to try and even paint right now’.
Oh woe is me, and my painting problems! 😛
But sometimes things don’t go as planned. It turns out our friend’s daughter is an artist and loves to draw and watercolor. She carries a little sketchpad with her wherever she goes, and she would spend time sketching as we stopped at different places during our trip to the coast this last weekend. When we got home that evening, she drew and painted a picture of our daughter with her stuffed toy. Utterly cute, and a great birthday present.
I grew up with a brother who was quite artistic, and I dabbled myself. I’ve always had a fondness for the arts. So I was pretty interested to see the girl’s art and the fact that she was pretty dedicated.
Then a thought struck me “Why not share what I’ve been up to?”. I brought out the Goliath gang I had recently painted, and a few of the Blood Bowl Dwarves, and the old Mind Flayer I did a long time ago. She was simply amazed at the level of detail on the minis. Questions about technique and materials quickly sprang up. I was a bit surprised that the same girl who very quite and reserved during her whole stay, was now quite talkative and full of many in-depth questions.
At that point I started to think how interesting it was, that two people of vastly different ages could have something so in common. Even though our art is quite a bit different (drawing/painting vs miniature painting). I realize that it could have been a number of other subjects, but art seemed to bridge the gap really quickly.
As they started to pack up the car, and almost got out of the driveway. I said “Wait!”. Rushed back up to the office room, dug through a box and found a D&D pre-primed minis. Rushed back downstairs and handed it off to the girl. She was really thankful. I can’t wait to see what it ends up looking like.
Not surprisingly, that little experience gave my painting engine a small spark and though I still won’t have any progress to show for this week, I am at least back on the bandwagon.
I imagine this might be a pretty unique experience, but wondering if others have been able to share their hobby? Or maybe there are times you don’t want to share your hobby. I know I’m not keen on sharing with my fellow employees. Perhaps someone shared the hobby with you and got you started?