With much anticipation the box containing my miniatures arrives on Friday game night. The weekly dungeon delve was cancelled in favor of opening, playing with, and ultimately painting this vast treasure trove of toys, er, I mean miniatures. Everyone in the gaming group helped paint, and this might become a regular occurance until the bulk of the miniatures are coated. It was great fun, with great results.
My first miniature was of course the frost giantess, seen above. I have long lamented the lack of a large female miniature, so this was a welcome addition. There are other giant-gientes pairs in the Reaper Bones line-up which I hope to someday acquire. Her hair and those big blue eyes are my favorite part of this one. I am unsatisfied with the mottled apprearance of her skin, but I do like its porcelain sheen. I plan to break from tradition and paint her mate as a fire giant.
I have a total of six dragons, including the shadow dragon and red dragon from There be dragons’ the Pathfinder red, the jabberwocky, the hydra, and the frost wyrm, I plan on painting the shadow dragon as a silver, and the pathfinder red as an ancient white dragon.
Shannon was the first to experiment with a translucent figure, diving right in with s fire spirit. I think the spectacular results speak for themselves. I love the gold coloration, and am tempted to use this method on the huge elemental. We shall see.
Skeleton by Jackson. He plans to paint the whole set in a similar scheme.
Khar chose this valkyrie to represent her paladin. That white skin, those red lips, and the great red cloth of this miniature really stand out. This figure also has the trademark “Flaming Whats” copper base, an innovative aid to help pick out characters on the battlefield at a glance.
There were other miniatures painted by us that night, including an elven ranger named John Smith, a gnome spellcaster, and a hellhound, but either I did not get them varnished, or the photos didnt turn out well. They will make it into a future article for sure, as I document the epic painting of these hundreds of miniatures.
A dozen giant rats became my first challange. I use a three step method: base coat, then black wash the shading, then dry brush the highlights, followed by a matte varnish. The varnish I am using looks more satin than matte, but a protective coating is essential with these flexible plastic minis.
Here is my mummy. Finally I have a mummy after years of fruitless searching. I am especially proud of this one, as it perfectly exhibits the three stage method. I need to do some base work. The vampire set includes four mummies. Besides this specimin, we have a pair of khopesh wielding mummy warriors and a hovering mummy lord. This will be fun.
This is the pathfinder iconic sorceress I believe. I really love the way she turned out, The pink is very vibrant and she has such an angelic expression on her face, which I somehow managed to capture. There are a tom of female adventurer types, which is a real boon, as my gaming group is usually around seventy five percent women.
Here are the gobs. Each one has a different color skin. It is about equality here, folks. I really enjoyed painting these little bastids. It is unfortunate that they have too much shine, it distracts from their overall great appearance. I plan to slaughter many player characters with this band of gobbos.