Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Killer-Looking Harryhausen Cyclops

I recently obtained an awesome 3-DVD set of the Ray Harryhausen "Sinbad" movies: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).  I dig all these movies (along with Clash of the Titans of course) and especially Harryhausen's monsters; my all-time favorite Harryhausen creations include the statue Talos from Jason and the Argonauts (1963), the baboon prince in Eye of the Tiger, and this awesome looking cyclops from 7th Voyage.

In celebration of this great cinematic creature, here are proposed B/X stats for it -- not substantially different from a standard D&D cyclops, but I figure those cloven hooves make him a bit lighter on his feet (hence the faster movement rate and lowered AC), plus there's his horn attack.    

Horned Cyclops
No. Enc. 1 (1d4)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 120' (40')
AC: 4
HD: 13
Attacks: 1 (Club, Horn or Thrown Rocks)
Damage: 3d10 / 4d6 / 3d6
Save: F13
Morale: 9
Hoard Class:  XVIII + 5,000 gp
XP: 2,400

Indigenous to the Novellan Mountains of northern Telengard, the horned cyclops is in most respects identical to its non-horned brethren (see LL p. 69), except that this type may opt to attack with its horn, which inflicts 4d6 damage.

"Hi!  I'm from the Novellan Mountains!  Let me eat you for lunch!"


  1. Cool! Many years ago, Citadel Miniatures did a figure of this guy and I've still got it.

    He's pretty tough though, so I doubt he'll be meeting Team Adventure any time soon.

    Big Purple D30 arrived yesterday. For the first time in my 44 years, I've rolled higher than 20 on one die.

  2. Wow, congrats on the d30! I am finding that it's a lot of fun to have around. Make sure to check out the "d30 Blog post" table provided by The Rusty Battle Axe a week back or so.

  3. I've already checked it out; haven't you noticed the eclectic nature of my blog posts recently? B-) Coming next - do elves fart?

    Answer, yes, but they do it very stylishly, in a way that is both distant and aloof, yet at one with nature.

    Dice - yeah, loving rolling that big purple one. What I like is the way it has a think about where it's going to stop before it actually does.

    Mummy Grognard has her eye on a set of Chessex Prescision Ice Blue.

  4. I've been on a Harryhausen kick for the past number of weeks. Golden Voyage is by far my favorite. Next up, 1,000,000 year BC!

    Nice stats for Cyclops.

  5. I love Golden Voyage for Tom Baker's performance as the evil wizard and the fight with the Shiva statue. Such great movies!

  6. That thing IS pretty bad ass. It has been way too long since I watched those movies, I shall have to rectify that situation.

    A couple of small quibbles about the stats - As written, they imply that the Horned Cyclops can use all three attack modes per round, and I get the feeling that you mean it can use any one of the three (I would list it as: Attacks: 1 (Club, Horn or Thrown Rocks), Damage:3d10/4d6/3d6).
    Also, the horn is listed as 4d6 damage in the stat line and 3d6 damage in the description.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Nice write up! I've got the perfect mini for this guy! I may unleash this one on my Mutant Future players also!
    Thanks for posting!

  8. @ Carl: Thanks for catching those errors, you were right on both counts. I have edited them in the post.

    I am jealous of you guys with the horned cyclops minis!

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

  9. Carter, here is a link to a pre-painted mini of the cyclops for only $4.75, they also have quite a few other Harryhausen minis: