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!
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 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!
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!
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!
Around 6 years ago I saved up and bought a Reaper Silver Dragon (in metal, this was before Bones) and it had been assembled and ready to be based for, well almost 6 years. So a little while ago, I decided I had to finish it! This is the first (and last) metal dragon I will ever paint! I normally prefer metal, but this lady was a beast of a burden! She is so heavy and hard to handle, that I ended up rushing through some of the painting just to save my wrist! But she stands vigilant in my display cabinet for now, and who knows, some day our heroes might stumble upon her in the mountains!
I wish I had spent a little more time on the base, or atleast the parts around the slate mound I built. But I might fix that one day!
The pink short flowers and the long teal blue flowers are from my garden. It adds a little extra, I think :)
She’s big, (stands on a 100mm base) but far from the biggest dragon I own! I still need to assemble and paint my D&D Collector’s Adult Dragon, which is ridiculously big (150mm base)
Or rather on the blog! But who doesn’t love 90’s music, ahemm! ;)
I’m putting some things up for sale at www.kinggames.eu at my pre-painted section. Some of the items are things I painted a while ago (this section has been upcoming for quite some time), and some of them was painted very recently. Here is an example of the newest ones :)
First off is Corim the Kestrel – Gnome Sorcerer from Reaper miniatures. I painted him very simular to Derek Schubert’s version as I thought the colours were really nice and it’s something I haven’t combined in a while! I used some pearlescent paint for the “magic” and I used a little bit of the blue from the magic parts in his hair to simulate the light it shines on him :)
Main colours used are: Ocean triad from reaper (Deep Ocean, Marine Teal, Surf Aqua) on his magic twirls, eyes, sword and belt. And Violet Red with Brilliant Red highlights for the Robe and shoe decals. I used tiny dots and small strokes of Emerald Alchemy on the Sword and on the glowy magic twirl thing :-P
Next off is Juliette, Female Wizard. I’ve had this miniature for years and only finished it a week ago for the pre-painted section. I decided to go for the colours I liked instead of what would look “best” as colour choice is a struggle for most painters.
Main colour for the dress is my favourite paint: Burgundy Wine mixed and highlighted with Pale Violet Red. I did some freehand on the dress, though it’s a little hard to see on the photos. A very cute and fun miniature :)
Last but not least! Vaeloth, Hellborn Paladin (Tiefling) from Reaper aswell. Tried out some Non-metallic parts on this one with a few shiny bits, since it’s for pre-painted, and it has to look good in the hand aswell :) Also, if you want to paint Non-metallics, but lack the paints, Reaper’s Sepia Wash completely removed the shiny stuff from metallic paints. I used that for all the shadows on the shield and I think it came out pretty neat! Besides, metal “don’t shine” where the sun don’t shine ;)
The tiefling Skin is Red-Brown Triad from reaper: Mahogany Brown, Chestnut Brown and Rust Brown.
I’ve had some time to take pictures of some of my many npc’s and monsters used in our RPG lately. Last Week it was the Warrior priests and Mordheim Zombies.
Now it is time for some townsfolk!
First off is Laril Silverhand, Female Elven Blacksmith sculpted by Bobby Jackson. Finally a miniature that’s not a macho dwarf or human! A female elf without boob armor and toned muscles from the hard labour is a rare sight indeed, and she was fun to paint! I am still learning how to paint white hair, but she looks great in real life! My husband was able to mount her on a cobblestone base, which is always a challenge since the miniature comes with a large chunk of metal as a base.
Last not but not least, we have the tiny halfling/gnome from a Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s box called Qesnef, Ogre Mage. The miniature is long out of print and not even on the front of the box, but he is so cool and has got so much character, that I just had to paint him! I haven’t even assembled the Ogre :)
He is actually the Ogre Mage in halfling disguise/form. He was a bunch of fun to paint, and I hope we will see his character unfold in our RPG!
Here is the cover of the box.
The resin varies a lot between the collector’s boxes. I have quite a few boxes in storage and the quality is close to Forge World on most of them. This one was very soft and was like a weird combination of Forge World resin and Reaper Bones. He can bend around the base, but is still incredibly detailed.
For our newest campaign (WFRP) we wanted some bandits (some shabby/suspicious types) and I spotted the Dreadmere Mercenaries that fits right into our campaign! I did however, find a miniature suitcase (that’s a suitcase with miniatures inside it, not a very small suitcase!) filled with bandits we haven’t used in a while and now the town is swarming with thugs! Since our band of heroes are all shady and no strangers to crime, they suited the purpose!
I painted one of them as a woman even though I was unsure if this was the case! But it is nice to have a bandit type female to have a more realistic look than a lot of other miniatures which are usually bombshells wearing a corset with cleavage, visible bellybuttons or highly inconvinent bare skin mixed with pieces of armor. So I tend to go for it whenever I see a more unconventional female miniature!
I also gave the individual minis some character by adding scars and patterns. Had a real good time with these :D
Even though I have backed the last 2 Bones Kickstarters, I haven’t actually painted the miniatures, only some terrain. I have given most of the miniatures as extra gifts to customers in our shop :)
The Kickstarter for Bones 3 was a bit of a mixed sensation. I didn’t receive my order before their next Bones 4 kickstarter was done. So it was really delayed and I wondered how they started another Kickstarter when a lot of their backers (European mostly) had not even received their previous Kickstarter orders. A shame really, because the quality is 200% better than their previous kickstarters. Much better casts with less mould-lines to take care of, and a lot more unique figures. But by the time I opened my box, it was too late to back the next :-/
So while I wait the 2+ years for the next batch to come out in the Reaper store, I’ll paint some of the stuff I have now :)
First off: The Halfling Chef!
He is a really tiny fellow, so there were even space for a few grocery items on the base. His nose turned out a little weird on the pictures, but you really don’t notice it when holding him. Especially not on the table! The colours are based on this picture from the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition Halfling Chef Career card: