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January 3, 2016

Summon the Wizards

by PeterG

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Having joined in and thoroughly enjoyed Angry Piper’s ( November challenge to paint and post a dwarf a week I jumped at the chance to participate when he announced the December Wizard challenge.  It gave me the perfect excuse to take on some of the wonderful wizard figures by Hasslefree Miniatures that were sitting in my Unpainted collection as well as a reaper Bones I really wanted to add some runes to.  Since he was largely done I started on him while the other three were waiting for their primer to dry.



Terracotta highlighted with orange contrasted nicely.


Took the opportunity to work a little more on the green glass bottle.


I think the runes add to the sense of movement


Abbra-ca-pocus! Poccus Cadabra!


Week Two I had an Elven Sage who seemed custom sculpted for a character from a recent lethal role playing game a friend ran.  Using the Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing rules, we each ran multiple characters as most of them wouldn’t make it to the end.  The female half elf sage was the only one of mine who made it all the way through the harrowing adventure, still clutching the skull of an ancient fallen hero.  Even though Aron doesn’t really use miniatures in his game I like having a 3D representation of my character and this one was perfect.  The fact she looked fun to paint was bonus.



I knew she needed a cool base and MicroArts’ new plastic inserts really fit the bill.


Secret Weapons Miniatures product Realistic Water is easy to use and makes a nice difference.


Love the texture of the stonework


Such nice details and sense of movement.


Another great Kev White sculpt.

Such a lovely face and anatomy I decided against tattoos or face paint in the end.

Such a lovely face and anatomy I decided against tattoos or face paint in the end.


Next up were two figures I ordered as soon as they were cast in metal simply because I loved them and wanted to eventually paint them.  I’m still waiting for the “Casting Lenore” to make it to pewter but was happy to have a reason to paint the one I have.  But I finished painting Amalthea first so she became my entry for Week Three.



I call her Lady Winterwillow


Another MicroArts base to add character and environment


I’m fairly pleased with the freehand work


Can’t quite see the gleam on the top of the orb.


The base adds to the whole Frostgrave Ruins idea.


Talk to the hand!


Finally, all that was left was “the one whom angels named Lenore”.  With the holidays and all that they entail I didn’t actually complete her by the fourth Saturday deadline but as Angry Piper shared my issues he extended it until the end of the year.  I sent my final photos off at 10:30 PM on the thirty-first.  Whew, squeeked through.



Lenore though she is Lady Mooncrow in my collection.


Despite having to repaint and start over, the cloak offered lots of fun surfaces for freehand detail.


I love how the MicroArts base inserts give one a lot of options in how to base the figure.


More pleased with the border than the moon


The shattered statue on the base is such a nice detail I wanted to draw some attention to it by mounting her balanced on the broken pieces.


Now get back to work on those dwarf Berserkers. The base isn't going to fill itself

Now get back to work on those dwarf Berserkers over there. The base isn’t going to fill itself







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