The Beholder is one of the most iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters, dating all the way back to the game’s initial release in the 1970s.
After messing around with the Bone Golem, I bought a handful more minis to paint up, and The Beholder had to be one of them.
I used my friend Val Hochberg’s Beholder sticker as inspiration for the colors on this guy, but definitely also did my own thing.
The figure was first given a base coat of peacock teal, and then a purple wash, and then each scale and eye stock got highlighted with calypso blue.
The eyes were easy enough, with the main one having the iris and pupil sculpted already, and each of the extended eyes being a few dots of color.
The mouth was originally all black with dark purple highlights, but after painting those grungy teeth, I decided to add some lavender highlights.
I painted the transparent post black, as it had gotten enough other paint on it that was just easier to paint over than to try and remove. Finally, the rocky base got painted a putrid green. Beholders are found in an area of the Forbidden Realms called the “Underdark,” and I imagine a place like that is probably full of gross stuff.
I had a lot of fun painting the Beholder. I hope you like how it turned out.