My First Dungeons & Dragons Miniature!
Posted by whitefeatherfloating
Earlier this week I finally was able to sit down and paint my first D&D miniature from the game Wrath of Ashardalon. This little guy is called a Kobold.
This is what the D&D Monster Manual says about them: “Kobolds are craven reptilian humanoids that worship evil dragons as demigods and serve them as minions and toadies.” They sound pretty tough, but the manual also says that they are “physically weak” and “easy prey for predators.” However, there is strength in numbers as we know so that is why these little creatures band together and can overtake their enemies, but usually suffering great losses in the process. I have a couple more of these to paint before I move on to a different creature.
In the monster manual the artist who did the illustration depicted them as red. Others have probably painted them red also. Alas, my husband wanted at least one painted Cobalt Blue…hence the name…Kobold. Pretty clever, I thought! Then he said I could paint the others any colors I want! I may do one orange which is blue’s complementary color and maybe one yellow…not sure yet.
So how long did it take me to paint this tiny three-dimensional figure that is a mere three quarters of an inch tall? Well, about an hour and fifteen minutes, and I still think it needs a few touch ups! It is so tiny yet I now have my trusty new magnifying lamp which is awesome, by the way. I could not do this without that wonderful tool!
It felt good to be painting something besides paper or canvas so I am going slowly on these. My husband says I don’t have to have them all done by this Sunday after all. He said to take my time…there’s no rush! I still hope I can get at least the other two Kobolds and a few others creatures done before then, though.
Two days ago, however, I switched gears and prepared the preliminary drawings for two watercolors paintings which are both portraits. I am not especially great at portraits, honestly, but these are both special to some people I know. One is a portrait of my friend, Mary, who died in a tragic house fire last year on January 17th. I really should have begun working on it a long time ago, but I worked on it most of today, and will have to finish it tomorrow since I would like to give it to her husband and daughters then.
The other portrait is also going to be a surprise gift of a couple’s dog whom they had to put down a few months ago, but I just learned of it about a month ago. The picture I have to work from was taken at an angle where it was difficult to get him drawn to where his body wouldn’t look funny since you can’t see his back legs in the photo. So I have decided to just do just his head and chest and fill in the background with a color to make the black of his fur stand out better.
So that is what I have been doing over this last week. Tomorrow I will be going to town in the afternoon so I hope to get the portrait of Mary finished in the morning before I go.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂