Miniature Monday – Lendil Blackroot (update)
This week’s mini is an archetypical wizard with flowing robe, cloak and a pointy hat – very gandalph indeed 😉 This leaves room for a lot of different interpretations, have a look!
(posting by Antonia)
The bones mini shows realistic textures (I like the flow and wrinkles of the clothing) and some nice, crisp details. Even a bit too fine, because I wasn’t really in the mood to paint them *laughs* but of course for most painters (including me, normally) the mini should be fun to paint 😀
Dirk painted the wizard as a denizen of Mortheim:
Since he wanted to use the painted wizard as a mercenary for the Mortheim skirmish game, he chose colors fitting the decaying, dirty ruins the wizard will probably spend a lot of time in. In the Mortheim game (Classic Warhammer Fantasy setting) warbands battle each other over the opportunity to search for warpstone shards, and I think the wizard probably hid too many of those under his pillow so his skin got a sickly green undertone. Dirk re-sculpted the staff tip to resemble a warpstone shard an changed the staff’s angle for a more dynamic pose (and because it was bent on the first place).
My color scheme is rather ordinary, but I tried and gender-swapped the wizard:
For some time I have been thinking that when I’m old (like, really old) I’m going to play a cranky old lady wizard in LARP. You know, not a witch or wise woman or healer or what old ladies normally get casted for, but a bookish old wizard. Just female. So when I saw the mini I jumped at the chance to try that concept. The wizard is built thin and lean which needed no modification, I just removed the beard with a scalpel. The result is not exactly pretty – I didn’t have the time to re-sculpt the face or something – but fortunately my old lady wizard doesn’t need to look nice *laughs* because she can always fireball someone for being impolite.
For colors I chose different blues, because they look the least nature/witch-like, and because my actual LARP character wizard already wears a lot of blue. So if she survives the next 30 years (I really hope so!) there we go, old lady wizard 😀 The shading of the cloak looked a bit harsh at first (I used a dark wash on a blue basecoat) but after some more washes, this time in blue, the trasition smoothed out a bit.
Michaels wizard comes from the middle of a storm:
When Michael sent these pics he did so directly from his phone because sitting in the middle of a wind storm he had no power for his computer (I’m impressed by your dedication, btw!). Fortunately he had already finished the mini some time before. That’s what he wrote about his choice of colors:
“The scheme is for my campaign world where the wizards are organized into Orders that are generally color-coded. This guy is a member of the green-robed Order of the Staff, whose members are exploring new horizons, both natural and arcane. He has a well-traveled look about him.”
I like the color scheme a lot, the browns and greens work perfectly together (he also looks like an earth bender for me, from the “Avatar” Animated Series, in case somebody knows it). The red tip of the staff is an important detail for balancing, btw., its contrast keeps the rest of the palette alive and interesting!
Jim sent uns a very regal looking mage this time:
Jim wrote he wanted to use his darkest red and purple on the mini, which always give me the impression of rich, expensive materials like velvet. In combination with the golden chains and other details they make the sorcerer look like he’s from a wealthy order, maybe spending a lot of time inside mage towers and libraries. Still, Jim also suggested the mini could have been a druid for its name (which should have been ‘Lentil’ then, of course 😀 ).
I think the light skin and hair work well as a contrast to the dark clothes. Jim wrote he liked his paintjob on the face, and from what I can see it’s very well done, soft and smooth. If you decide to add another shot of the face just send it and we’ll update the article!
Update: another wizard arrived at our home. As we all know, a wizard is never late…
Arjen used this mini to try out some painting techniques, as he wasn’t so interested in it and didn’t worry too much about it could come out. I like the choice of colors – it’s quite unusual in my eyes, but works surprisingly well on this mini! Which techniques did you try here? And how did it go?
This week’s gallery:
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(As you can see I prepared a lot of date entries but am still looking for mini ideas. Post your suggestions if you like! The ‘Type of mini’ placeholder ist just that, if you want something else tell us!)
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