Rust monsters have been the bane of low-level adventurers since Gygax first made the game. While most people already know the story of how the Rust Monster (Owl-Bear and Bullete) came to be, for the uninitiated their origin lies with cheap toys from China.
It is not without some irony, that today’s project is made from a cheap plastic toy that originates in China.
These ankylosaur toys came out of a bucket of dinos I picked up at Walmart dirt-cheep. You can actually get them as part of a bundle for a very reasonable price. I’m sure some resourceful soul could find a use for the other critters from these buckets (I know a couple of velociraptors from my dino bucket lost their heads to help make my Chimera… will show that off in a future update).
After washing the dinos in hot soapy water to get any mold-release off of them, the first thing I did was use my Dremmel to bore a hole through their necks.
Next I used the stems from some fake flowers to make the tentacles/feelers. They were secured using super-glue and hotglue to tack them in place while the super-glue set up.
Since I was more worried about the black spray-paint not sticking to the wire than the dinos, they needed priming. However, I didn’t want to lose the fine details that primer would cover up, so I created some armor from manilla folders that would allow me to prime the feelers without priming the body.
With the feelers primed, I then base-coated the monsters with black spray-paint.
Painting was done with a wash of Burnt Sienna, a heavy dry-brush of gunmetal, then a lighter dry-brush of orange.
The wire made them very front-heavy and prone to tipping over, so I mounted them to metal-washers that I had hot-glued pieces of Styrofoam cup textured and painted to look like dungeon floor (will detail this process in a future post! I promise!).
All in all, I think they turned out pretty well!