The Alluring Sisters (Witchcraft Coven)

Update: I won 1st place! Still haven’t fully processed it, and I’m in complete awe! But can’t wait to spend the €300!
Big thanks to Tabletop-World!

Okay, so recently we decided we would join the annual Tabletop World competition with a building in their single building category (there is also diorama) and we decided their Townhouse II as our entry.

Since their houses are barely 28mm, we chose some miniatures from Dark Sword’s George R.R. Martin Masterworks (Game of thrones) miniature line. Tom Meier doesn’t sculpt in heroic scale like Reaper, Games Workshop and Dark Sword’s other lines (heroic scale is larger heads/larger hands etc) and his miniatures tend to be a tad bit smaller than the other sculpters, so they fit perfectly into the building. For the interior we chose Irri – Handmaid and Female Courtesan, and for the bottom of the building sitting on boxes we chose Female Mage on Stairs sculpted by Patrick Keith, and she is quite bigger than the other 2 ladies, but we figured it wouldn’t matter :)

It’s the first time I ever take part in a painting competition, and I have no hopes what so ever of winning, but as I wrote in a previous post, you get 20% discount code just for participating :D which I will need for my river terrain board.

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It actually started out as just being 3 beautiful women in a house, but when my husband decided it needed a bench with a book on the balcony, the only book that looked good was a book with a chaos star symbol on it. And so the story of the Alluring Sisters were born! They are actually witches luring men into their cozy townhouse which always smells like fresh baked pies (wonder what is inside the pies!!)

It wasn’t initially part of the plan to paint the interior, but we decided it would be cool to show the theme of the project. So first off is the middle floor with a nice desk and furniture from Tabletop World, a large candleholder from Tabletop-Art, a Grandfather Clock from Zealot Miniatures and a cat from the set Edna, the Crazy Cat Lady from Reaper Miniatures.

Last but not least, the attic! We all have a creepy attic ;) and these ladies sure know how to decorate the top room of the house!

My husband really outdid himself with the altar! He used a ton of skulls for the base and half a table from Grendel for the altar. Book, candlesticks and most of the skulls are from Tabletop-art.
The wooden spikes are from Grendel aswell and the chain/heads are from our bits boxes.
I had a blast painting the altar, the summoning circle and the small table. The walls are painted with a mouldy effect, which gives the room a very eerie look!

We really wanted to paint the bottom room of the building too with a cauldron full of meaty bits and fresh baked pies, but we ran out of time and finished the day before the competition, so maybe some other time, who knows :-)

Townsfolk Galore!

The past week I have made posts about townsfolk for our RPG, and I thought I’d squeeze in a few more, before I call it a day!
I’m going in for surgery this week and will be needing some time off afterwards :) nothing too serious, though. But probably for a week or two! Lots of time to play Divinity Original Sin 2 on our TV, and Gloomhaven Boardgame :-D

First off is the Middenheimer Young Blood. I already painted one of these with blonde hair and red dress and removed her weapons as an Npc crowd agitator. But I wanted to test my skills with subtle colours.

Middenheim Youngblood

I used the same colour palette throughout the process. Darkest leather, shoes and fur is Muddy Soil, highlighted with Basic Dirt and Brown Sand. The dress is Brown Sand highlighted with Driftwood Brown, Stained Ivory and Yellowed Bone (and a bit of Khaki Highlight too) I used Tanned Skin mixed with Burgundy Wine for sharp contrast. All Reaper paints! I wanted her to look a bit dirty and not very polished and I believe I achieved that :)

Next off is “Lady Olenna “The Queen of Thorns” from Dark Sword Miniatures.

I took the opportunity to experiment with texture, and this is a rough example. I didn’t have much of a plan with this miniature, only that I wanted an old cranky noblewoman, and I got what I wanted, hehe :) The Base colour of her dress is Deep Red highlighted with dots of Fuchsia. The purple cloth is Violet with Sandalwood highlights. The golden embroidery is Walnut with dots of Victorian Brass and Citrine Alchemy. Dots everywhere! All paints used are from Scale75.
I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the miniature apart from the dots, but she worked out okay. Not a masterpiece (like Jennifer Haley’s version which is absolutely breathtaking) but she looks great on the game board, as the dots intertwine from a distance!

Halflings from Dark Sword Miniatures

Dark Sword Miniatures creates so many awesome miniatures, but few halflings and dwarves. Other than their DiTerlizzi line, there are only 2 halflings. Both of them sculpted by Derek Schubert, one of my favourite sculptors! Derek painted the product pieces himself, and I was heavily inspired by the colour palette.

First off, the Female Halfling Ranger with Bow:

This one was painted mainly with Reaper paints. The Cloak was my favourite paint Burgundy Wine highlighted with Pale Violet Red. The greens were Olive Drab highlighted with Ghoul Skin and Pale Olive. Great miniature to work with!

Next one is the Halfling Rogue with Daggers:

I used the same purple colours as the ranger on his vest. The coat was Muddy Brown, highlighted with Earth Brown and Leather Brown, while the pants were one of my favourite paints, Ancient Oak from Reaper’s Bones Paints line highlighted with various greens :) Daggers were painted with Heavy Metal and Emerald Alchemy both from Scale75. Hair on both minis were painted with Muddy Soil and Highlighted with Shield Brown.

I really love these minis, and I hope they will be of use in our RPG :)

Another commissioned Elven Ranger!

A while ago I painted an Arcane Ranger for an Italian customer, which I really enjoyed painting! And I couldn’t turn down another chance of painting this guy, when an Australian customer wanted one for an RPG!

The miniature is the amazing Male Elven Ranger with Bow from Dark Sword Miniatures (yeah, their miniature names aren’t that inventive!) Sculpted by the talented Jeff Grace.

This time I pushed the envelope and he turned up great! I painted him in a black/silver colour scheme using mainly Reaper and Scale75 paints. I dabbled with both NMM and some Alchemical paints from Scale75 which looks a little like metallic paints, but with a super fine pigment that dries in a satin finish.

Male Elven Ranger

Again, it is a little hard to see on pictures, but he looks amazing in “person” and I’m pretty proud of how he turned out :-)

He arrived safe and sound, so that’s a relief. People really underestimate the nerves artists have when shipping miniatures this fragile around the world! I did manage to seal the bottom (this one was painted without a plastic base) dozens of times, just to be sure! And his cloak, dagger and bow were also sealed many times, and I am happy that the many layers didn’t decrease the overall look :)

Christmas Diorama 2016 – Finished

Only 4 days left for Christmas (in Denmark we celebrate Christmas/Jul the 24th) Here is the final result of the Diorama!

Santa’s facial expression perfectly matches the situation and we are very proud of our Diorama!

We learned one thing this year though, and that’s the walls. We used a thick plaster on styro and it ended up looking a bit too messy. Next time we will file down the layer and make it much more smooth, especially when using colours on the walls. It looks great in our lighted vitrine however, and will stay there all year (every day is like Christmas in our home!)

This has been our second Christmas Diorama and we plan on making a new one each year! Next year it’s either the Frog Christmas or the Spooky Diorama (with a creepy santa!)

Christmas Diorama 2016 – WIP #4

Once again my husband and me have made more progress on the Christmas Diorama – Click here to see the entire project

Below you can see a couple of pictures from the latest project update. As mentioned on the Projects page, we’re almost done with the full diorama now, we just need to add the final touches and of course post the progress pictures here!

 

WIP: 2016 Christmas Diorama

Christmas is slowly approaching, which means that it’s time for yet another Christmas Diorama. Last year my husband put together a small outdoor Christmas Diorama, which I painted.
We decided to do another one again this year, but this time it’ll be a bit more complex. You can follow the progress of the Christmas Diorama in the Projects Section or by clicking here. 

The scene/story is set in Santa Claus’ home, where a young Mrs. Clause has brought her hot friend over, where together they’ll  surprise Santa Claus when he returns home after a long day of work delivering presents.

So the very first thing was to start building a floor and some walls. We cut out some styrofoam to use as walls and used some cardboard (Was actually a component from a board game) for the bottom. Below you can see the very first picture of the project, after 1 layer of plaster on the styrofoam walls.

Walls & Bottom #1

Miniatures & Furniture

We decided to use The Medieval Fireplace from Fenryll as the primary furniture in the diorama, setting up the scene around the large fireplace. As Mrs. Clause we’ll be using Mrs. Clause and Schnauzers from Dark Sword Miniatures and as Mrs. Clause’s naughty friend – Christmas Sophie 2009 from Reaper Miniatures without her wings!

The next picture shows the walls glued onto the bottom and two wooden sticks added to the top. Sophie is resting by the fireplace inside.

Walls & Floor #2

Click here to see more of the project! 

Jessica, Keeper of the Glade – Gift for my Niece

As you might know, I paint a lot! Usually it’s 28mm miniatures on 25mm round bases, terrain, or monster miniatures on large bases etc, since I either use them for Rpg’s or sell them. I rarely get to paint something decorative with scenic display or anything like that. Mostly because we live in a small apartment and our number of miniatures is pretty high (though you can never get enough of them!)
My niece really likes my miniatures, and I thought I would paint something nice for her as a Birthday present. So I got to paint a nice display mini :-D

Jessica, keeper of the glade

I mounted the mini on a solid stone plinth with a good grip (for easy handling, she is 9 after all :) The mini is the “Jessica, Keeper of the Glade” from Dark Sword Miniatures and is scuplted by Jeff Grace. I initially wanted to paint the “Marike – Guardian of the Sea”, but the details are pretty immense, so I settled with this one and painted it very high fantasy with vibrant colours and even peacock feathers (only on the backside since I was afraid it would look too messy on the front) My niece thought the blood was a bit nasty, but it is part of the mini!

Here are some more shots of the miniature! Snapped a bunch of pictures before the birthday :)

I decided not to add anything to the base apart from a bit of weathering, since I wanted the miniature to be the main focus. Only downside is that the mini is 28mm scale, and the rest of the family (the older part in particular) had a pretty hard time spotting details unless it was underneath a lamp :-P Will look great on a shelf anyway!

The miniature was painted using Scale75 and Reaper paints (especially the Ocean Colors Triad)