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Mind flayers and related freakiness :-)

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:56 pm
by Linrandir
Good morning, everyone. :-)

I'd like to ask for some generalized brainstorming help for the D&D campaign I'm running. The PCs are starting the next campaign arc in which the Mind Flayers and their ilk feature heavily, with guest appearances from both the Githyanki and Githzerai. I'm trying to figure out what might make for interesting and unconventional miniatures for all of the above.

For example, the "traditional" mind flayer is depicted in robes and looking fairly mage-like. The Gith (both factions) are basically skinny yellow humanoids with pointy hair. I've looked on Pinterest and Google image search, and have found a couple examples of conversions I really like. My current favorite uses a Genestealer or Genestealer Cult Acolyte head with the tentacles green-stuffed on. Add that to pretty much any-body and you're in good shape. That said, I would like to have some (preferably tentacle-faced) cannon fodder between the PCs and the Mind Flayers. My thought is that they could be thralls subjected to experimentation and/or ceremorphosis. Any ideas?

Also, because I'm a bastard: I found a Heroclix Brainiac flying skull-ship to represent the Elder Brain of the Mind Flayer colony. :twisted: :twisted:

Re: Mind flayers and related freakiness :-)

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:08 am
by gamefusion
The Cephalyx models from Warmachine might fit your needs, depending on how crazy you want to go.

They're part of the Cryx range. Not tentacle faced, but they're in that same creepy, physically weak, domineering villain category as mind flayers

Re: Mind flayers and related freakiness :-)

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:47 am
by hondaluth
Also, the Warmachine/Hordes Skorne line are (IMHO) are an oriental take on Githyanki.

Re: Mind flayers and related freakiness :-)

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:57 am
by Linrandir
First, thank you both for the ideas.

I had thought about the Cephalyx; the helmet-face-coverings are in keeping with the mind flayer slick-suits. For some reason I hadn't considered the Cephalyx drudges as cannon fodder. That would save me an absurd amount of time, and I certainly have enough of them in parts to make a few credible Squidwards. :-)

I had not considered the Githyanki -> Skorne, and now I can't unsee that. At least now I know what skin tone the few Skorne I own will have. And none of that absurd swoopy hairstyle the Githyanki have either...