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Dungeons & Dragons – More Miniatures

Hello Friends,

Last Saturday I had some time to paint some more miniatures.  The one who looks like Gimli from “Lord of the Rings” is going to be played as someone else as far as I know.  It is made of a heavy metal (no, not that music my son and I love) type of miniature that did not have any kind of primer on it that I know of.  It was much easier to paint than the plastic ones from The Wrath of Ashardalon game.  The one on the far right is some type of woman warrior that is made of the same material.  Painting her armor and her weapons was a lot of fun!  I liked using the silver and gold paints.  The figure in the middle is called a Dragonborn Wizard.  That one was really fun to do even though he is one of the plastic ones from the game.  I loved playing with the highlights on his cloak and putting the gold accents on his outfit (whatever it’s called…)  I am not all that knowledgeable of the clothing that these creatures wear, okay?  Ha, ha.  And I forgot to look through the book to see what exactly they do.  Well, if it is a wizard, some type of sorcery, of course, but I don’t know the nature of it being “dragonborn.”  I’ll have to read up on that.  I have at least two more I think of that type to do.  But they will be different colors.


Front view


Back View

Also, I really enjoyed doing the blending of the green shades with some of the gold to do “Gimli’s” cloak!  That was a challenge to get the highlights the way I wanted them.  The woman warrior’s hair was fun to do, too.

My daughter put them outside on our glass patio table to take the pictures for me on her iPod camera.  (One of these days I hope to get some type of iPod with a camera or a better phone with a good camera.)  But she doesn’t mind doing it for me which I appreciate very much.

So this weekend I will tackle a few more of these.  I am really enjoying doing this project even though it is a little hard on the eyes.  However, the magnifying lamp I purchased is the best!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

D&D Miniatures Painting Continued….

Hello Friends.  The last few days I worked on a few more miniatures for my husband’s Dungeons & Dragons game.  I have finished six out of about 50 that I am planning to complete.  I reached the deadline for the first six that he wanted which is today.  It feels good to complete a goal!  He is packing up all of his stuff and getting ready to meet with his group as I type this.

So here is what I have done so far:


As you can see the Kobolds are in the the front.  The one on the far right was the first one I did, then the middle one and then the far left one.  I even added some blood on a couple of their daggers.  Fun stuff!  Remember they are small creatures and usually work together in small armies against their enemies!

The miniatures in the back are called Cultists.  Apparently they worship dragons.  They also carry human skulls on their backs, probably from victims they have sacrificed to a hungry dragon!  Yikes!  I think I would stay away from them myself.  However, they were fun to paint!  I especially love the purple and yellow one.  I had two different colors of purple so I was able to put nice highlights on the robe.  I was able to use a rust color for highlights on the brown robed one, and a gray I mixed for the black robed cultist.  I enjoyed doing these a lot!  I did two of them yesterday!  However, not all of the empty eye sockets showed up on the skulls very well because the sculpting was a little rough, but I am amazed that anyone could actually sculpt miniatures.  My hat goes off to those artists!



Since it is Sunday I am planning to work out.  My arm and shoulder are doing fine, but I have a bit of a twinge in my back that needs to be taken care of.  Stretching and exercise always helps!  So after that I will probably read before I cook dinner since George won’t be home until 6:00 or so.  Easy tuna casserole tonight!  It’s already 1:00 – I gotta get movin’!

Hopefully, my next post will be the painting I have started of my friends’s dog that is another surprise.  I hope it turns out like I want it to.  I’m still trying to decide what to do in the background.  I have started on it, though, and I really love the new colors of watercolors I bought to do the eyes!  I love the way they turned out.  So until next time…

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂


My First Dungeons & Dragons Miniature!

Hello Friends, kobold-miniature

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!  🙂

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