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Happy Holidays Horde

I already painted a set of these guys in blue, so it seemed like it would be ok to color the rest of them in red and green. No one has to know that it was for the holidays (although the white trim is probably a bit much).

Anyway, may your holidays be free of any nasty little elves armed with spears and maces.

By fnord12 | December 24, 2015, 11:16 AM | D&D | Link

Moar Horde

Per my last miniature post, nothing super-remarkable to say about these figures. But that doesn't meant they aren't pretty cool.

I definitely have "enough" lizard men already, but this is a cool looking figure. And i really like the pirate guy. Unfortunately like the last pirate, he has a gun (not pictured) which i'll again just have to ignore.

A pair of Drow. The guy on the left has a pet bat, which is something new (although not all that practical for use in a game).

A pair of fighters, one human and one halfling.

And this guy who i realized i should have done with my Egyptian themed set. To distinguish this one, i didn't do the black drybrush technique this time, so that his colors stand out more. I'm a superhero fan at heart, so i guess i do prefer the more garish colors. He's got a cool sculpt, in any event.

By fnord12 | December 23, 2015, 2:19 PM | D&D | Link

Type V Horde

When picking out figures for each batch of the giant pile of Reaper Bones that i got from the Kickstarter, i tried to resist the impulse to paint all the really cool figures first, because i knew that would leave me with a ton of figures that i would never want to paint. On the other hand, since i knew it would take literally years to paint them all, i tried to prioritize some of the better figures and the ones that would be immediately useful to my D&D campaign. So it was a balancing act, and it seems to be one that i've ultimately failed, because when i look through the remaining figures i'm less than inspired. So it's going to mostly be adventurers and grunt monsters for now on. Which, to be clear, is very useful in the long run. It's just not as fun to sit down and paint a bunch of fighters and goblins as opposed to, say, Cthlulu or the Jabberwocky.

These two figures weren't supposed to be a set (as far as i know), but i noticed they wore armor and had long luxurious hair, so i thought they could work as a pair of NPC twins.

The figure on the left below is wearing an admiral's jacket (more visible from the back, not shown), and red and yellow seemed like a good color scheme for that. I later noticed that she has a gun on her belt, which means she shouldn't really be in my D&D campaign, so i kind of blobbed the paint over that to hide it. She was also wearing nothing but a sports bra under her jacket so i had to do a little de-nudification . And then it turned out that she's wearing these giant honking gloves, made all the more noticeable by the fact that my chosen color scheme meant that they were going to be bright yellow. Plus she's holding some giant coin or gem or something, which isn't very useful. So basically i hate her and i'm going to stick her in the back of a drawer and never use her.

The ranger figure is fine, although here is my plea to miniature makers: stop putting the figures on props. I guess that might be for people that put their miniatures in dioramas or something. For people that actually use them in games, it's a little silly. Does she drag that tree trunk around with her as she goes into towns and dungeons?

Next up, the good and bad sides of villagers. One minute they are bringing you mead; the next thing you know they are chasing you out of town with torches and pitchforks.

And here is the one special figure of this lot. She's not a figure i ever actually needed, but she is based on an official D&D creature. In the unceremonious language of 1st Edition AD&D, she is a Type V Demon. Later editions calls her a Marilith (which was actually the name of a specific individual Type V Demon in 1st Edition). I considered painting her with a color scheme to match Spiral from Marvel comics, with white hair and maybe a blue tail. But when i was a kid i had a trading/stat card set that included this creature, and it used the colors that i ended up using. I didn't du-nudify since that's the way these demons roll (or slither).

By fnord12 | December 21, 2015, 10:25 AM | D&D | Comments (1)| Link

Vaguely Egyptian Horde

For this horde i mostly picked out some mummies and similar Egyptian themed characters.

For most, i used the technique i stumbled upon at the end of my last painting session, base-coating in black and then applying the color with drybrush. It worked well especially for these two skeletons. As i did once before, i went with a Skeletor color scheme instead of painting their bones a traditional off white bone color. But you can see the difference with this technique vs. the previous Skeletor; the colors are softer and more subtle here.

For the mummy i went with something a little different too, using a black/purple paint with light blue highlights instead of painting the mummy wrappings a traditional white. Also a nice cleric here, with a scarab for a holy symbol. The miniature's nose is unfortunately a little mushed.

This miniature is a little weird and i'm not sure if i love what i did with it. At first glance it's a thief/assassin character, but then it becomes clear that it is covered in mummy wrappings and is also way too emaciated to be a (living) human, so i guess it's an undead mummy assassin. Which is pretty cool. I'm just not sure i like the colors i chose.

Finally, with each group i try to do one or two miniatures that are more gruntwork. The gorilla below is from a set of gorillas that i had; this is actually the last one, so i'm finally done painting these gorillas (not that you can have too many war gorillas). And in addition to that set of gorillas, i also had an official D&D war ape that i thought i would just color like the other gorillas, but when i really looked at it i realized it had a baboon face and it turned out to be a lot more fun to paint (and it's also metal, making it less of a struggle than the plastic Bones). For what it's worth, it doesn't seem like gorillas ever made it to ancient Egypt but they did have baboons, so i remained mostly on-theme.

By fnord12 | December 17, 2015, 10:01 AM | D&D | Link

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