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/

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!

Butcher with questionable ingredients!

I’ve painted the Fenryll Butcher and Stall before, but I thought it was time for a new version! My husband modified the stalls and added a little roof (and added all kinds of meat on a string)
Previously the butcher was a separate miniature, but this time I attached the miniature to the stalls, since I don’t use the miniature outside the stall anyways.

ButcherThe miniature was very fun to paint and ended up pretty macabre! I painted him in subtle colours, so the only real colour is the meat! (and blood) The idea of him having all kinds of meat which he finds in the gutters or roadkill is a very fun addition!

Here’s the model from different angles!

I thought it could be a good idea to show off the miniature before I painted it (but after it was primed), so here it is!

Butcher Unpainted

 

Burgomeister Herman Geizhals finally done!

As the title says! Our first miniature in our Dunkeldorf Miniature line is finally painted and ready to show! I knew from the beginning that he would be so satisfying to paint and I proved myself right! I’m already thinking about what colours to paint him next time!

Herman

This is actually just a prototype as our Sculptor Sonny isn’t done making modifications, but any modification is just going to improve this already awesome miniature!
I wanted to paint him in warm skin colours, so I went with Tanned and Rosy skintones with purple shades. And of course purple clothes to show off his wealth! He is certainly plotting something sinister!

The miniature is painted with Reaper paints and I mainly used the following paints:

Sleeves and hat:
09265 Deep Twilight
09266 Violet Light
09267 Sunset Purple
09025 Burgundy Wine
09026 Violet Red
Skin:
09043 Tanned Shadow
09068 Rosy Skin
09069 Rosy Highlight
09225 Redstone Highlight
Gem and gold:
09010 Pine Green
09011 Leaf Green
09012 Pale Green
09040 Dark Shadow
09074 Palomino Gold
09075 Buckskin Pale
Along with:
09037 Pure Black
Mid brown wash
09029 Earth Brown
09244 Muddy soil

Another commission finished!

I just finished this commission for a friend of mine! Lots of characterful miniatures and some great zombie conversions! There are so many exciting miniatures in this commission that I had to split it in two. So this is just the first half! Still working on some ghosts and monsters.

I got to try a few new paint combinations including the blonde hair of some of the ladies. I ended up liking the hair of the Bretonnian Sorceress the most, where I used Golden Skin Shadow, thinned down Light Tone Shade, Golden skin and Blonde Highlight.

Here is a group picture with all the miniatures included!

group photo

Dunkeldorf and its citizens!

Phew, been a while since my last post. Out project and upcoming kickstarter Dunkeldorf Miniatures is really coming along well. All of the starting miniatures have been designed, so now we just need the finished artwork and of course the sculpts!

I am really excited to show off the artwork and greens of the following miniatures! All in 28mm scale:

First off: My favourite citizen of Dunkeldorf: Bertha the Ratcatcher!

Bertha

We asked for a gaunt female ratcatcher who wasn’t too feminine and we got exactly that! Both Mustafa and Sonny did an awesome job drawing and sculpting her! Every miniature in our line has their own background story written by my husband and I. We really had fun creating these citizens and hope everyone likes them too!

You can read more about the individial characters here on our facebook page.

Second Miniature of the day: Herman Geizhals – Rich noble with a dark secret!

I already showed you the artwork of Herman a little while ago, and here he is in all his glory!

Hermann Geizhals

I have the greens on my paintstation and boy, they are so detailed! Pictures don’t even give them justice! We are so excited to do this project and can’t wait to show you what else we have in store!

Next time we have a beggar who was once one of the greatest flute players in the world! What happened to him is a mystery, but he is a strong contender to beat Bertha as my favourite miniature!

Behold! The Green Dragon!

A little while ago, I posted some pictured of my Red Dragon from Reaper (a big metal dragon) and I had to write a post about my green drake aswell!

This one is smaller and a lot more handy than the red one. It’s the Reaper Bones Temple Dragon! Even though the quality of Bones casts have improved greatly the last few years, they still have the habit of “crawling back from whence they came” even if using hot water! So this one had its tail underneath the base after assembling it. So I built a base using the Black Milliput, and I am seriously in love with this product! I usually use the yellow/grey version, but by God, the black stuff is good! Very smooth and so easy to work with!

However.. I suck at making bases, no matter the material, so I had my husband do the base vegetation and add a lot of plant growth on it, to make it shine! And I think it works! It is a forest dragon after all!

Dragon - Green

She (of course it’s a she!) is mounted on a 50mm round lipped base, so she is rather small compared to my Red Dragon (silver dragon from reaper), but really cool and fun to paint! I added tons of small dots to her wings and tail! Only negative thing about the sculpt is the tongue! Is it too large for her mouth or is she shaking her head and the mini is sculpted mid-twirl? Either way, she looks fearful and ready to eat any adventurer’s entering her part of the forest!