Miniature Monday: Vagorg, Half Orc Sorcerer
This time, a heavily armoured dark sorcerer lifts his staff to send a curse, a fireball or maybe an acid arrow? Come and see!
(posting by Antonia)
First of all, I didn’t paint the mini this week. Or rather, I started, and somehow didn’t know where to go with it and just left it there. The problem was that I couldn’t imagine a use of the mini, or a character, or a story behind it – that’s how I get inspired to find a color scheme. It rarely happens, but it happens.
So poor, evil Vagorg went back into his box – but fortunately, we have this blog, and a lot of great contributions and ideas every week! After seeing all your entries, I got new drive and motivation, especially because all the entries are so different! But have a look yourselves!
Dirk used not only contrasting colors, but also two very different painting techniques!
Dirk decided to make Vagorg a hobgoblin, so he chose green for the armor as a complementary color and to give it a connection to green dragons (Dirk wants to use him as a sorcerer which powers come from a green dragons ancestry in his family). The rest is kept in neutral colors except a little bit blue(-gray) on the nose and tunic (and the gem on his buckle, which is sadly not visible in the picture).
The orange and green work well together, I also find the different painting techniques interesting: Dirk used soft blending on the cloak, but tried sharp edge highlighting on the armour (a technique you often find in tabletop gaming, because it makes a mini’s contours visible from a distance, although it’s often not very realistic in close up).
The combination looks unusual, even a bit dramatic, but I like the effect!
This week, Arjen left his “comfort zone” and chose colors that he rarely uses.
Instead of his usual, as he wrote, “realistic gritty” colors of browns and greys he vertured into unknown territory in chosing fiery reds and yellows. The green tunic was an even bolder step, at first in danger of being painted over, though, as it seemed just too bright. But then Arjen found a way: By adding green eyes the bright green of the skirt suddely fit into the concept, since the second use of the same tone balanced the overall color scheme. Well done! A really interesting bit of painting technique/color lore which certainly will be useful for a lot of future projects.
Arjen wrote that he is happy with the minature and glad he went a different path this time, as this came out as one of his most colorful minis to date – and could be used not just as a fire sorcerer (if he were painted just in reds and oranges) but also for many other schools of magic.
Michael used an aquatic look as a theme.
He took turquoise for the armor and coral pink on the cape, really an unusual and successful color combination. I like the interpretation of the stuff as a trident – didn’t think of that! Now the mini really looks likes some aquatic warrior, “chosen of the sea” or something the like. I always enjoy “aquatic versions” of things (I’m DMing an ongoing pirate themed RPG campaign) so maybe that’s where I can go with my mini…?
Michael also wrote that “the mold only showed a touch of relief on the face”. Dirk also had much grievance about the lack of detail in this area, although the overall mini is structured well enough that one could live with some problem areas, I guess. (Don’t get me started on the bendy staff, though – that’s one of the few drawbacks of the bones material).
Jim had really fun painting this over-the-top arch villain.
This mini reminded Jim of a combination of “Darth Vader, Skeletor and a Dragon highlord and a bad cosplayer’s outfit” (I really had to laugh about the last one), so he painted him as a cartoonish, almost comical, stereotypical, clichéd bad guy. Although the staff already looks good IMHO, Jim still thinks about where to go with it, but has no idea. Maybe you readers have a suggestion for him?
This week’s gallery:
12/04/17 Bones III Death Dog (B3 Core)
12/04/17 Bones III Death Dog (B3 Core)
12/18/17 Bones II Friar Stone, Monk (B2 Core)
01/01/18 New Year’s Break (Really! But you can prepare for the next minis while sobering up, of course 😀 )
01/08/2018 Bones III Dashing through the snow: Yetis (Shaman, Warrior, Shredder, as many as you like!) (B3 Core)
01/22/2018 Bones III Aeris, Female Elf Ranger (B3 Core)
02/05/2018 Bones II Infernal attack: Fly demon and/or Blood Demon (B2 Core)
02/19/2018 Bones III Giant Cobra (B3 Core)
03/05/2018 Bones III Lendil Blackroot, Wizard (B3 Core)
03/19/2018 Bones II TBA
04/02/2018 Bones III TBA
04/16/2018 Bones III TBA
Some interesting color choices! I actually think I like Dirk’s best. If anyone has any ideas on mine (rod/staff/wand/trident/etc.), please comment.
Maybe make a translucent spell effect? Like a gathered energy blast about to be unleashed?
It’s nifty that all four submissions did use a different color scheme, especially on the armor. I’m picturing all the models gathered together to be like a “Four Fiends” kind of encounter.