My friend TJ came over today to paint, and I painted this custom HeroForge mini he ordered. She’s apparently a Yuan-Ti pureblood PC in one of his games. There was some concept art with green eyes and purple clothing, so I used that to start with.
All told, around 4 hours. I’m quite happy with how she turned out… sitting and chatting and not agonizing over every decision made her fun and fast to paint.
Now, about the mini itself. Here is a fully zoom-in version of the image above. You can easily see the 3d printed layers, particularly on the base (which appeared not to have been perfectly horizontal in the printer), and on the raised arm. The picture doesn’t necessarily draw attention to the same areas as the eye, but it’s pretty obvious the layers are there if you spend any time looking at the mini. That said, for a tabletop piece it should be fine and the material itself took primer (and thus paint) just fine. The material had some flex to it, and there were only a few supports. Several small details were noticable, for example the details on the bag and the eyebrow piercings (which I didn’t paint), but she was supposed to have more defined abs, which didn’t show up. I don’t think light sanding would have helped much – you would have to take off enough that you’d be seriously damaging the mini at that point. At $30 a pop, they’re very expensive, but I could see it be worthwhile for a beloved character.
A gift for my friend who is hosting a July 4th party. This is an NPC in his game – I’ll try to get him to post a backstory or something.
She is a part of my homebrew D&D campaign world. Her name is Nimela and she was born at the dawn of civilization when the seven gods walked the land among the races they created. The gods had a strict plan, however, and instituted Absolute Order on their people which compelled them to live their life the way the gods’ designed. With free thought and free will when not actively controlled, Nimela joined a secret order that wished to overthrow the gods and take control of their own lives. The order ended up creating a new god, Asmodeus, who immediately turned about 95% of the population into the less-civilized races (orcs, goblins, demons, etc) and war commenced. Eventually the seven gods retreated to the Astral Plane, sealing it off from the Prime Material, and Asmodeus retreated to the Abyss to allow life to continue on its own.
Nimela and her remaining companions kept watch over the world for a while and eventually decided to go into stasis, leaving only one of them to slowly trudge through time the long way. The PCs ended up finding her still in stasis after over 10,000 years with her companions suspiciously absent. The PCs are afraid of her as she openly worships the one evil god, though she favors the chaos and death domains and not the evil one.
Her weapon is a great maul because I don’t enjoy the dark D&D settings, I always imbue a bit of anime-style light-heartedness in my campaigns. 🙂
I hope her god doesn’t mind her being better dressed than him. Because that’s where we’re going with this.
Red formula (for my future reference): Nightmare Blue -> Red Shadow -> Briar Rose -> Khador Base, with half-steps in between.
A small amount of work on Tarja and her base.
Here is my contribution to Hosilla, as painted by the members of the Marvinbox team. The Box of Awesome is a Reaper Minis forums thing where we pass a box filled with miniature stuff around – take some stuff, add some stuff. Each box contains a miniature with different bits painted by each member. I painted Hosilla’s skirt and belts.
My loot from the Box:
Progress! Not much to say, except that I’m pretty happy with the red. I will probably do gold NMM, as I think I can pull it off on curved surfaces. I’m not sure what to do with her staff yet.