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Maledrakh’s Shadows of Brimstone

Maledrakh’s Shadows of Brimstone

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Shadows of Brimstone is, for those who do not know, a miniatures-heavy Mine exploration (=Dungeon Crawler) board game set in the old Weird West, with slashes of Cthuloid horror tentacles and sci-fi time travelling mixed in by entering portals to Otherworlds found down in said mines. The original kickstarter blew completely up resulting in a sheer variation of miniatures and settings available for this game that is absolutely staggering! I am not sure I would be able lift it all at once even if it was packed up in the original boxes and strapped together!

Add to this the recent release of a third base game set with accompanying expansions, this one set in a fantasy feudal Japan, and funded in a second kickstarter that also blew up and has been delivered. A third kickstarter with game variants (Vikings! Conquistadores!) and even more minis has funded and is in development.

So here I will present a few of the minis that I have done recently, with much more older stuff to be found in my blog The Mountains of Minis

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Otherworld: The Belly of the Beast

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I have been playing Doom Eternal. Several stages within some of the missions are set inside massive demonic fleshy creatures or structures with organic tunnels. Organic as in made of living meat, like a skinned carcass, with giant meaty blobs, bladders, tendons and instestines everywhere. The floor covered in pools of acid…one can only imagine the smell.

Naturally, this made me want to paint up some of the minis for the Shadows of Brimstone Belly of the Beast Otherworld. This otherworld is just such an organic hellscape, set inside the entrails of some enormous cosmic creature. The Belly of the Beast Expansion rules, cards and map bits come in the “Temple of Shadows” expansion set, an expansion for the japanese-themed Forbidden Fortress base set. The Skin Crawler minis are also included in this expansion, while the Gastral Tyrant, Bone Eaters and Acid Blobs each are in their own little enemy packs. I have at least the flesh mites still to do, and I am thinking some more giant tentacles would fit this theme well, if I can find them. Maybe even some of the new, japanese-themed heroes too.

This lot took me a couple of evenings to do, mostly drying time in between prepping the Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion minis.


The Gastral Tyrant

White/grey zenithal over a black undercoat. On this I used Contrast paints Volupus Pink and Guilliman Flesh. Some reds and greens here and there. Gloss Varnish. The base is Citadel Layer Warpstone Glow with Vallejo Vomit (their copy of the Citadel Nurgle’s Rot technical paint, which I owned at one point, but dried out in that piss poor citadel paint pot)


XL enemy on a 60mm base.


Skin Crawlers


I am not fond of painting lots of identical minis, so when I do, I like to vary the colour schemes, but still keep them stylistically and tonally similar enough to immediately be recognizably part of the same unit or squad.

Here I painted each in a different base fleshy, beige and light blue. Over this I used the holy trinity of Citadel washes; Carroburg Crimson, Druuci Violet and Athonian Camoshade. When dry, I drybrushed them slightly in appropriate colours, with reddish pink on the ends.  The bases are Citadel Layer Warpstone Glow with Vallejo Vomit as above. I also did the stringy bits in Vomit. I think I should have used some gloss varnish here and there as well.

Skin Crawlers are Large enemies on 40mm bases.


Bone Eaters

The same coment about identical minis applies to the Bone Eaters.

I started with a white/grey zenithal over a black undercoat. On this I used Citadel Contrast paints. Each one in a different tone. Not that I remembered to take note of which was used on which model…so I can’t really point to one and say “this is colour X”. At least I can say that the darkest one is Gore Grunta fur, and the most pink one is Guilliman Flesh.


Normal sized enemies on 30mm bases.


Acid Blobs


No bases for these. Again, each one in a different way. All were zenithal white/grey on black. The “best” one is Warp Lightning contrast drybrushed with Vallejo Transparent Yellow 70.937. The palest one is Citadel Hexwraith Flame Technical drybrushed with Reaper Foggy Grey MSP 09316.

Two of them were done in Talassar Blue Contrast, with transparent Yellow on one and transparent green on the other. Both ended up very green indeed.

At any rate, very simple but effective. I wanted green slime, I got green slime.


Belly of the Beast-miniatures from the Forbidden Fortress kickstarter.

for the Shadows of Brimstone game

Flying Frog Productions

HIPS polystyrene plastic.


These were painted on the 30th and 31st of March 2020.

Intestinal Fortitude

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While trapped inside the gastric tunnels of the Enormous Extradimentional Entity, our tasty morsels, er… intrepid explorers might happen across more than the Gastral Tyrant, the Skin Crawlers, the Bone Eaters or the Acid Blobs…the Belly of the Beast also might include such wonderful wildlife as Lung Bats, Bile Spiders, Devoured Dead and Parasitic Tentacles….all otherworld-specific versions of models available in other sets of the game. Since I already have painted up the first two base games, and really do not have any more unpainted versions of these models available, the already painted ones will simply have to do double duty.

But I did find some more of the original base set Tentacles together with the new Flesh Mites, in addition to the Acidic Tentacles from the Forbidden Fortress base game set. I did these super quick and rather sloppily, which shows.  However, with these minis I find I don’t really mind as they are a bit throwaway anyway.

Flesh Mites:


These were zenithal grey on black, and then painted with Reaper Breast Cancer Awareness Pink. On this I used the Citadel washes of Carroburg Crimson, Druuchi Violet and Athonian Camoshade, but also some Reikland Fleshshade. When dry, some details were done with purples and pinks here and there. Black eyes. Base in Citadel Warpstone Glow and Vallejo Vomit.

Maybe I should have gloss varnished these all over? Are mites slimy or shiny?

“You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later as they grow follows madness and death.”

-Khan, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


Acidic Tentacles

The tentacles 2.0 for the new Forbidden Fortress base set. These tentacles can spit acid. i.e. they have a ranged attack, something the Tentacles in the earlier base sets distinctly lacked,

I chose to paint them like leeches, as that is what they reminded me of more than anything else. Black basecoat, Each of three pairs painted in a different tone by drybrushing with browns, blues, greens. Then the bases with Warpstone Glow and Vallejo Vomit, also vomit on the dripping gunk. Gloss varnish and done.

I am not happy with the bases. The built up part at the bottom ruins the slimy acid pool effect, so I will probably redo the bases to my normal standard with tufts and flockmix instead.

Again, what can a few lead bullets actually do to stop great big monsters such as these? I can imagine a sword or an axe doing some significant damage, but just up to six small bullets? You would need a machine gun with a high rate of fire to do enough damage to stop even one of these…


Giant Tentacles

From both the original base sets, comes the lowly Giant Tentacle. In the original kickstarter an extra set of the minis in red coloured were added, so I have a few extra of some of them. After a bit of digging around in the musty boxes where older unpainted models go to die, I managed to recover a set of these.

I painted them in the same way as the Skin Crawlers, but without any drybrushing. The only extra was painting rings on the suckers, which was rather tedious and chore-like. The early plastics for this game were marred by soft details, and these are no exception. Many of the suckers were …shall we say, lacking in definition. So I had to paint them on. Especially where they bend.

They worked out fine in the end. The models are a bit throwaway, but do represent what they are well with strong silhouettes. I also am thinking maybe I should have glossed these?

Yet again, I am not happy with these bases either. The built up part at the bottom ruins the slimy acid pool effect, so I will probably redo the bases to my normal standard with tufts and flockmix instead.

“Something has crept or been driven out of the dark water under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world.”

Gandalf, in The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien.


All the models are on 30mm bases.


Flesh Mites, from the Flesh Mites Enemy pack

Acidic Tentacles, from the Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress base game set

Giant Tentacles, from the Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death or ditto City of the Ancients base game sets

For the Shadows of Brimstone board game

by Flying Frog Productions

HIPS polystyrene plastic

30mm bases

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