For many years my husband and I have had a dream of starting our own miniature line! And now we have finally taken the first steps towards that dream!
We are so excited and can’t wait to show everyone our miniature line!
The theme is townsfolk and the setting is Dunkeldorf, a fictional town (of course) which will be the centerpoint in the story we are going to tell. This project is not just miniatures, but also an RPG setting where we will be telling a story about the town and each character. We hope people will find inspiration in the miniatures and their background and maybe add them to their own roleplaying game!
Many of them are based on characters from our own RPG’s, and some of them has had recurring roles through the years!
The first one I will show off is Herman Geizhals, Burgomeister of Dunkeldorf! The first character we created!
The artwork is created by the very talented Mustafa Bekir of Spevna Studio from Japan! He is creating all the art for the Kickstarter campaign, including the logo! Soon we will have pictures of the sculpt, which is now completed and looks absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to show off the rest of the minis, but it will have to wait a little longer! :-D
Well, I’ve had this well lying around for a couple of years before i finally decided to paint it! I found this and the stables from Forge World in a cheap bundle on eBay, but only just finished this one!
The trees are from a company called Busch. I think it’s smaller scale, but they are rather cheap and they look pretty good even at close-ups. The old Forgeworld resin is very high quality and very dense, and I used so much time filing/sanding the bottom on this and the stables, since they put way too much resin in the mold it seems. Had the same problem with the Carmine Dragon and the Roadside Shrine (all originals of course) but with a lot of excess resin at the bottom.
I added a rope from a reaper miniatures adventurer’s kit (the bucket is part of the scenery and attached to the base) and I put 2 ravens which I painted up as starlings. The one on the ground is from Tabletop-Art’s Raven set and the one on the well edge is from Tabletop-World’s Tombstone set.
I used water effects in the watering trough from AK’s Resin Water kit, so it’s ready for any thirsty horse or desperate adventurer (who is too lazy to use the well)
This turned out to be quite a centerpiece for our rural Warhammer RPG sessions! We used it as a midpoint for a beastmen encounter a few sessions back and it was used (with great success) by our rogue Ozzy and his faithful companion Littleton Proudcock (aka P-cock) as a great place to sneak-attack!
We have spent the last few evenings making characters and trying the new system, which should be simular to 2nd edition, but as we never played that edition, we had to learn it from scratch!
We are now converting our heroes from our homebrew into 4th edition, which is a little harder than we thought.
Ozzy our Rogue from a scrappy background becomes a thief, our hunter Max who has a background as the son of a Lord is now a bounty hunter, while Dagna our dwarven shieldmaiden goes through some sh*@ and ends up as a Troll Slayer! Yes, they can be female in our campaign! ‘Cause, why not?
One of the requirements for her to advance her career is killing a troll. Which is perfect, since we already have Wanted poster handouts for trolls in the vicinity of Krugenheim (city in eastern Talabecland).
So now I’m working on the trolls for the encounter. Often it’s one or two trolls for such a contract, but we thought it would be really cool to have a leader for them! So today I will be working on the Troggoth Hag from Forgeworld and hopefully get her and some of her sons ready by next month.
I’ve already painted one of her sons a little while ago, so here he is in all his glory!
My husband made and painted the 75mm (3″) base while I painted the flowers and ivy on it. The blue skinny flowers are from our garden which I dried and painted in vivid colours.
Finally a couple of more pictures of the handsome troll! I really like these plastic River Trolls (or troggoths!) from Games Workshop. I had them before, but decided to sell them and make new ones. I’m also working on another troll brother which is my favourite of the ways to assemble the trolls: The guy with the fish!
Now that the 4th edition is on the doorstep (not literally, but close), and we had an amazing preview PDF of the whole thing, I thought it would be suitable with a little tribute miniature that my husband pieced together and sculpted, and which I painted.
The thing is based on artwork from the 4th edition rulebook. The artwork really captures the essence and gloomy atmosphere of the rpg, so we did our best to reflect that unto the mini.
Here is the artwork the scarecrow was based on:
We tried to make it reflect the artwork as much as possible with what materials we had, and I think Nicki did a great job sculpting his first pumpkin!
I painted some black spots around the “head” to resemble the flies buzzing around the rotting pumpkin head and tried to make the body look as tattered as possible!
Here is a work in progress photo of the piece:
Some dryad arms were used aswell as a scarecrow body from Ristul’s, some goblin pikes, a wood elf sword, and a fenryll sign if i remember correctly!
All in all a very fun project and we really enjoyed the process!
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.
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!
A few days ago I made a post about some townsfolk for our RPG – a blacksmith and a halfling nobleman. This time I painted a couple of real oldschool Bretonnian Archers and a small child from Freebooter.
The archers were really fun to paint. We found a bunch of these stored in my husband’s parents’ attic and I decided to paint 2 of them as archers for our town scenery. I already have one practice target from Zealot Miniatures and I have several extra targets from Mantic Kickstarter due in May.
I painted them in 2 themes. One standard Archer with the Colours of Talabecland and some freehand “embroidery” and a little moustache :) the other is in Hochland Attire with a little Bretonnian Lily icon (Fleur de Lis).
The kid is from a Freebooter Miniatures: Lobo the Old Warhorse set. I added a large feather to his (or her) hat, though it is a little hard to see on the picture. The base is the original metal base customized to fit a 20mm base. I painted the child androgynous, so we can use it as either a girl or a boy squire, helping the pc’s carry their luggage and other necessities.
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
Happy new year! 2017 was the busiest year of all time for us! New house, new dog, new cat and a whole lot of work! So hopefully 2018 will prove much more fruitful, atleast regarding getting more posts up!
I’m planning on re-opening my Pre-painted section in March on www.KingGames.eu, and I already have quite a few items ready :) I really wanted to have it up and running in 2017, but then we found our dream house, and well, that took most of our time! So this time it is for real! :-D
He is a member of a gang our rogue Ozzy was once a part of, so I painted him in dark colours using the Dark Elf triad from Reaper and Eclipse Gray from Scale75. All dark grays with hints of purple. Did some subtle freehand on him aswell. Think he turned out quite good. He bears a striking resemblance with Nick Cave, which can’t be a coincidence! Gave him some gray strikes in his hair to show he has some years of kicking arse behind him ;-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: