Dungeons and Dragons – Curse of Strahd

We have been playing Dungeons and Dragons (or D&D) for a while now, and I thought that I would show some of the minis that I painted just for this!

One of these projects is the Vistani Wagon/Vardo which is an MDF wooden DIY kit from Sarissa Precision Terrain. Quite easy to assemble although some parts were bent and the customer service was a little wobbly. This was a few years back, though :)

Along with the wagon I painted Ezmerelda D’Avenir and Rudolph van Richten. I haven’t met these guys in the campaign, but I know they are coming at some point.
The minis are from an old limited collector’s edition box from Galeforce 9. I used the box art for colour reference, since I don’t have artwork to work from!

The Kickstarter pledge manager with late pledges / pre-orders will be closing soon, so if you want some kickass Dunkeldorf Miniatures before they hit the store, check it out here:
https://dunkeldorf.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/

Painted Dunkeldorf Miniatures

Finally I can show some more of the of the Dunkeldorf citizens I have painted the last few months for our Kickstarter. We will soon receive the last resin masters from the Kickstarter, which is still open for pre-orders/late pledges by the way!
Link here: https://dunkeldorf.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
Great timing actually, because as of this moment, I only have Wilhelm von Struttendorf left on the work table. And within a week or so I will receive another 5 minis, including a certain popular Ogre! Along with loads of accessories! Can’t wait!! :-D

Erika, the Blacksmith, dreaming of her former life as a Zweihander for the Imperial army.

Erika Schmidt, former Zweihander in the Imperial army, now local blacksmith after her leg injury.
Although, somewhat disabled, she still dreams of her former glory and perhaps a future as an adventurer? :)
I managed to paint some of her tattoos aswell as her grizzled scar!

Littleton Proudcock on his trusy stool!

Littleton Proudcock, the Tavern Keeper comes in 2 pieces, him and his trusty stool! So he can either stand on his stool or on the ground aswell! I painted an elaborate version of his stool with pretty flowers :)

Ludmilla von Struttendorf, owner of the the local coaching service, The Winged Serpent

Ludmilla von Struttendorf in all her green splendor! Her family owns the prestigous “The Winged Serpent Express” and her family sigil is the serpent. So I thought it would be fitting to paint her using green colours. I used reaper paints for the miniature, including Viper green (fitting name) and the Olive skin triad for her dress. The skin is a mix of Tanned skin, Fair skin and Burgundy Wine. She would look very cool in a black dress with writings on the headpiece cloth and with bright red lips and gems too! Maybe next time!

Here are the artwork the characters are made from:


More Pictures of the Merchant House

The last pictures, this time around, of the massive Merchant House from Tabletop-World.

The attic is filled with goods and delicious treats!

The attic was very fun to do, and all the warepiles really add to the atmosphere of the house! My favourite part of painting the warepiles, was painting the fruit and lettuce in particular! It took ages though, but hopefully we will have use of these for other things in our RPG sessions.
The warepiles are from Tabletop World, Tabletop-Art, Fenryll and Ristul’s creations – now sold and cast by Annie from Bad Squiddo!

The office of the rich merchant.

This is the office of the rich merchant! I used some of my favourite furniture I painted recently, including the cozy chair from the Mantic Terrain Crate – Wizard Study, the desk and large cupboard from Zealot Miniatures, chest from HQ-resin, and two small cupboards from Tabletop-World. The one with the shield is an old one and came exclusively from their old discontinued Blacksmith. The candelabra is from Thomarillion, and I really like this one, because it can stand reasonably well on its own!

I have so many exciting things to show, and hopefully I will have more time soon to show off more of my recent projects! Including my Dungeons and Dragons miniature (I am making a monster menagerie!!)

I have a ton of pictures on my Instagram profile! So check it out and follow my page for more goodies! :)
https://www.instagram.com/Cabanaminis/

More Pictures of the Merchant House

I thought it would be fun to create a children’s room in the Merchant House, so I found a bunch of bits I have had lying around since beginning of time (or the hobby, hehe) This is the 3rd floor of the house

I used a few helmets from the old Bretonnia Knights including a dragon’s head and a unicorn, which I HAD to paint as a rainbow unicorn!

The merchant’s daughter walking around in her own room at her father’s shop.

The companies used were Malifaux (old metal orphanage basing kit, which is AWESOME!) Retro Kids room accessories from HQresin, Fenryll, Tabletop-world, Games Workshop, Zealot Miniatures and Thomarillion.

Top view of the spoiled daughter’s room

I painted all the toys a little bit creepy aswell, since I need them for Blinsky’s Toy shop from our Curse of Strahd campaign (Dungeons and dragons) I also painted Blinsky with his pet monkey Piccolo :)

The room next to the daughter’s room is a storage room with another balcony to watch over the city!

Storage room leading up to the attic filled with wares and vegetables
Top view of the two rooms on the 3rd floor

Next up is pictures of the attic and the office on the 2nd floor!

Tabletop World: Merchant’s House

Update: Pledge Manager is LIVE and if you missed the Dunkeldorf Kickstarter, Late Pledges/Pre-orders are up now until mid June!

LINK: https://dunkeldorf.backerkit.com

After a long time working on the Dunkeldorf Kickstarter, which was a huge success and far better than we anticipated, I have had some time to work on my big Merchant House which I used to enter Tabletop World’s annual painting competition.

I entered last year with the “Alluring Sisters (Witchcraft Coven)” which, to my big surprise, won first place in the single building category!

And I’m very proud to announce that once again, my entry into the competition, The Merchant Family, won 1st place again!
I was stunned when I received the news and very, very happy, as this project is the biggest I have done so far!

Front of the building, with the merchant watching over his customers from his balcony!
Top view of the large building! All the window shutters and doors are fully functional!

This by far the biggest building I have ever worked on!
All the exterior and all the interior of the 4 floor buildings!
And I was lucky to receive a helping hand from my husband, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to make it in time!
Everything, except the Dunkeldorf Miniatures and some of the office furniture was painted specifically for this project!
I felt that the warepiles I had in my collection didn’t match the standard I wanted for this house, so I ended up painting a lot of warepiles. I actually ended up painting more than was needed for this project. Let’s just say I won’t be making anymore warepiles for quite a while!!

Top view of the bottom floor, showing a grocery shop filled with goods, food and supplies!
Closer view of the shop, showing the detailed interior!
Looking inside the shop with delicious fresh vegetables !

I have another bunch of pictures from the Merchant House, I will be showing off in another update, so stay tuned! :-D

Dunkeldorf Kickstarter almost 1000% funded!

The First 5 Painted Miniatures: Erika, Günther, Herman, Bertha and Old Tully

Our Dunkeldorf Kickstarter Campaign is coming along really well. Much better than we anticipated! We are running through the stretch goals and is close to unlocking the 18th stretch goal, Reiner’s Pug, an homage to our own pug Brunnhilde (or Hilde for short). We already had a cat stretch goal, Bull (Bertha’s cat), so we had to have a pug aswell.

Link to Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kinggames/dunkeldorf-28mm-fantasy-rpg-townsfolk-miniatures

Mustafa, the artist on our team, was given some reference pictures of Brunnhilde and drew her to fit into Dunkeldorf as Reiner Krukenberg’s spoiled pet!
We wanted her in her favourite “just chillin'” position with a couple of nipples popping out to show that she’s a girl :-P

Hilde posing with her favourite ball and Hilde relaxing on our terrace

I also found some time to do the interior of a building, and a few furniture + accessories for a mood picture of Herman in his manor. We don’t have his feast ready to paint yet, but I found a bunch of other fancy things to decorate his manor (or office)
You can see the rooftop of a building in the background through the window (we held the room up and had buildings in the background).
I think the effect worked and I’m already working on a whole lot of different “props” for more mood pictures.

Herman plotting in his manor overlooking Dunkeldorf

The room is part of a Tabletop World building and so is the roof in the background. The pedestal and candelabra is from Thomarillion, the desk and cupboard are from Zealot miniatures, the chair is from Mantic, the small cupboard with fruit is a Tabletop World accessory and finally, the striped chest is from HQ-resin.

Dunkeldorf is LIVE on Kickstarter (also already funded!!)


Erika, Günther, Herman, Bertha and Old Tully

As you probably suspect, much of my time has been spent on me and my husband’s Dunkeldorf Miniatures project and less on blogging. But today is the day we launch our Kickstarter! It has already exceeded any expectations we had for today.

Link to the Kickstarter here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kinggames/dunkeldorf-28mm-fantasy-rpg-townsfolk-miniatures/

We knew there were a lot of interest, but we didn’t think we would be funded this early!

The goal was to be funded on the first day, and after only 31 minutes, we reached that goal!! Fortunately we prepared a lot of stretch goals involving free miniatures and accessories, so I don’t think people will be disappointed!

Littleton Proudcock in his tavern “The Prancing Peacock”

As this is the first day in the 30 day Kickstarter Campaign, much can happen during the campaign, and we continue to be humble, as we don’t want to expect too much. We really hope people will be kind enough to share the news about the Kickstarter to friends and family that are interested in such nerdy things as this! And to be a part of this unique experience!

Bertha the Ratcatcher searching the sewers of Dunkeldorf after her cat Bull

A lot of work has been put into the pre-release of the Kickstarter!

Here is a little bit about the “crew” behind the project!

I (Nana) painted all the miniatures, terrain, accessories and scenery on the pictures! I also assist Nicki whenever I can and I have taken over a lot of the work involving King Games, so Nicki can focus 100% on the Kickstarter these first few days of the Kickstarter!

Nicki (my husband) is the brains of this operation and is in charge of all background stories, graphics, Kickstarter page, social media, communicating back and forth with our artist, sculptor, casters and also manage all the advertising involved. And probably a million other things I forgot to mention! So basically, he has his hands full at the moment!

Mustafa is in charge of all the artwork that is being done for the campaign, which involves a whole lot of drawings, sketches and final artwork. He really outdid himself with all these amazing pieces of art! And we’re so grateful that he has been able to put all of our ideas and visions into art!

Sonny is in charge of every piece of sculpted miniature and accessories in the campaign. And like Mustafa, he really outdid himself too! He pushed the boundaries of his abilities and conjured up some beautiful miniatures! Perfect combination of the visions we had and the artwork provided! We are really lucky to have found such talent!

We had a lot of fun taking photo shoots of the miniatures in different situations and we will be doing more of that during the campaign and when we launch the miniatures on King Games (sometime in July or August, unless, God forbid, we get delays)

Erika Schmidt the Blacksmith daydreaming about her days as a Zweihander in the Imperial army (before her leg injury)

As I am writing this (3 hours in) we are 250% funded, so we are over the moon (yes, I just did that) with joy! The “Early Bird” pledge was gone in no time, so we might have put the backer limit a bit low. But we might make it up to people who missed it, somehow :)

Old Tully, the beggar and once famous entertainer, begging in the streets of Dunkeldorf

I will be updating my blog during the campaign, to show the progress and maybe some sneak peeks of the greens :)

Until then! Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! This is a dream come true for us!

Herman Geishalz plotting in his manor! What sinister plan is he brewing up next?

Another commission finished!

I finished the other half of a large commission and I had a ton of fun painting all the quirky ghosts, heroes and skeletons! There a many conversions amongst the pieces and a few surprises to paint :)

All the heroes and monsters this time around!
Skeleton hero, Skeleton evil sorcerer with swords and skeleton guards
Ghosts and wraiths! 2 of them Games Workshop, the other 2 is Reaper miniatures
2 heroes. A Sorcerer (kenku) and a female warrior with shield!

It was a fun commission and it is always nice to paint something converted and unique :)

While we wait for WFRP 4th Edition Starter Set.

We decided to wait with Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th edition until the Starter Set is released (about 6 months+ delayed so far), so until then we are trying out 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons. We played D&D 4th edition 5 years ago for 1½ years or so, before we went back to WFRP and our homebrewed ruleset!

So until we get the starter set and the next campaign book, which is probably another version of Enemy Within by Graeme Davis, we will settle for D&D! Which means a lot of new miniatures both monsters and humanoid races and creatures.

Our current campaign is Curse of Strahd, which has pretty good reviews and we are really enjoying it so far!

The Heros:

We needed some new heroes for the campaign and as a sharp contrast to WFRP which is pretty low fantasy, we decided to go for some high fantasy heroes. We love them so far!

We went with a good classic setup: A rogue, a wizard and a Ranger (melee version)

From left to right: Varg – Half-Orc Ranger, Rook – Tiefling and Magnus – Wizard of the Conjuring school with his familiar – the owl Percy

I had a blast painting these, and finding miniatures proved to be a real challenge!
Varg, our Half-Orc miniature, is actually Valeros, a human fighter from Pathfinder. painted green with tusks!
Rook, our Tiefling, is the “Female Demonkin Warrior” from Dark Sword miniatures which we modified with daggers and a different pose.
Magnus, our human wizard, is the Luwin Phost, dungeon dweller from Reaper Miniatures. His owl familiar – Percy is from the Owl Basing Kit from HQresin.

My hero is Magnus! I always find it fun and challenging to play a much different character than the real me! And a 60 year old man with magical powers is quite the opposite of me :-D

Bertha the Ratcatcher

Finally back in business after a nice long holiday and a huge workflow!

And our new webpage dedicated to Dunkeldorf is up at: www.dunkeldorf.eu. We are very proud of our project and hope you all like it too!

But now it’s time for the second painted miniature: Bertha the Ratcatcher! I have already shown the greenstuff version of her, and now she is all painted up. She is a gaunt and not very feminine character and one of my favourites! I present to you: Bertha!

At the moment, she is on her way to the caster and hopefully we’ll see some metal versions of her! I can’t even begin to describe the feeling when you finally produce something of your own, after having only sold other companies’ miniatures for so long!!
As I’m not the most talented miniature painter, I hope to someday see Bertha and the other miniatures painted up by a professional!