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!

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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

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

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!

Welcome to Dunkeldorf! Our New Miniature Line!

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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!

Burgomeister

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 Well Well.. A Well!

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!

Forge World Well

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.

Forge World Well

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!

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Troll Teaser! River trolls Part 1

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition is finally out! Atleast the PDF version. We are still waiting on the physical collector’s edition and the standard rulebook (yes we bought both, so we both had a hard copy)

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!

River Troll

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.

The troll itself is painted with Reaper paints. Mostly the Olive Green triad from Reaper consisting of Muddy Olive, Olive Green and Pale Green which I shaded and glazed with dark purples. I think it gives him a more evil look! I used Burgundy Wine to make a glaze (heavily thinned paint) and made a wash using Reaper’s Wash Medium. Claws and Spikes were painted with Brown Sand, Driftwood Brown and Stained Ivory. The dark green scales are painted with Scale75’s Black Forest Green highlighted with Black Forest Green mixed with Fall Green and finally a slight highlight of Olive Green to connect the scales with the skin.

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!

New Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) 4th Edition and tribute!

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:

WFRP Scarecrow

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:

Scarecrow_00

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!

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!