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After finishing up my army of Purple Wurmlings from Otherworld last night, I decided to keep it chugging with some more of their minis today. I've had a fever for the last two days, and been home since I was throwing up, so these centipedes were a nice easy way to push through a couple more miniatures.
And, conveniently, they let me beat my score for Most Productive Month Since Reapercon, bringing me up to a total of 46 painted and based miniatures for December so far - beating out the 41 I did in September! And I have a lot of miniatures to go...
I grabbed two packs of these magnificent creepy crawlies. I wish I had grabbed a third - these were a delight to paint, and are going to be a fantastic encounter. Or probably several fantastic encounters - CR 1/4 creatures they may be, but the 3d6 poison damage they can do on a successful poison attempt means that they can be a lethal threat to party members up until level 3 or so, especially if they get a rogue or caster with bad con saves alone in a room for a few rounds. Action economy and blind luck can make Giant Centipedes a real threat, if used strategically... of course, with only 4hp, any hit's gonna kill them, so they really need a good set-up to really threaten people. In an open combat, you're gonna need at least 3-5x the people in the party to kill consistently, and at that point, it's just a CR-appropriate encounter. Notably, though, at first level a lucky hit could deal up to 24 damage, meaning a real good hit or most crits could kill a character outright by dealing double their HP in damage...
The 2e Pathfinder one is interesting. It's around the equivalent monster level, and initially the damage looks worse, especially considering the way HP works in PF, but six rounds of poison will kill a 1st level player pretty consistently still. It's a rock-solid new-player monster in both systems, and I'm surprised it's not in more published beginner adventures.
Painting these guys was a little tricky. The legs are too close together to get a brush into, so I had to get a bit creative. I started by painting the whole 'pede black after priming, then drybrushing the legs red. Then with a very fine brush graying the areas between the wide legs, leaving the other ones black. Then I painted the bodies red and hit the whole thing with my workhorse wash, Army Painter Soft, which gave the whole thing a sort of brown tint and shaded the scales pretty well. Some dotted eyes and a coat of 'ardcoat (glossy Citadel clearcoat) and I just had to base them up, which was easy - the bases on these are integral, and fit the 1" display bases I was using well enough to not bother GSing them - there's a .5mm ring around it, but not enough to be noticeable in anything except close-ups.
I will say, I'm not sure why, but the greens and reds in these are both a little too saturated - both colors are a hair more brown in person. 'ardcoat is magical for insects/snakes/fish, though, I have to say - I very rarely use glosscoat, but every time I do it adds a ton of pop to the figure.
Here is my painted rendition of the tengu wizard -- the last of the 3 tengu figures that I sculpted for Reaper.
(The other 2 figures are the rogue(ninja) and the warrior(samurai). Click those links for my Show-Off threads.)
My idea when I designed the figure was "Since crows like to collect shiny stuff, maybe a tengu wizard can work magic using shiny stuff." Hence, the preponderance of jewelry -- rings, a bracelet, an anklet, and a big octagonal pectoral. I sculpted the clothing smooth and simple so the painter could add freehand and shininess.
Someone here on the Reaper Forum (sorry, I forget who) suggested that male and female tengus probably look the same to a casual viewer ... so although I hadn't thought of the wizard as female before, now she is!
The colors of this zany old bird's feathers and eyes are not as bright as those of the other 2. Her left eye is clouded over.
And here's a group shot:
I have a few more photos to share, but I won't make you click through to a separate WIP thread.
Before I started painting the figure, I didn't know what colors I would use, whether to harmonize with the cool colors of the other two tengus, or use more contrasting colors
After applying a coat of black brush-on primer, I painted a careful monochrome value study, using Brown Liner as "black", plus the Shadowed Stone - Stone Grey - Weathered Stone triad.
I spent about 3 hours on it.
I forgot to photograph the result, but it was something like this. (This is a full-color work-in-progress photo that I converted to grayscale electronically.)
To get inspiration for the colors, I looked through a few Spectrum art collections on my bookshelf, and chose a painting that was mostly rosy purple and salmon-pink, with some accents of blue, green, and red.
After about 5 hours of painting colors over the grayscale study, this is how the figure looked (with a blue paper background instead of the gray that I used in the photos at the top of this post):
I paused here so I could do some electronic "painting" for the freehand, and see whether the pants would look better green.
Then I spent about 4 hours painting the freehand, glazing, texturing, and touchups.
One more hour to make the base, and an hour to paint it.
By Lidless Eye
My most recently complete project is the lovely ladies of Oathsworn Miniature's "Heroines in Sensible Shoes 3" Kickstarter.
As always, they are a joy to paint. They have nice, bold details but without being overwrought. They definitely look like a bunch of starting adventurers! The theme this time was more exotic races, notably a bunch from "Volo's Guide to Monsters"
The ladies ascend the mountain:
The Kitsune. She could be a lightly armored Fighter, a Rogue, or a Ranger.
The Kenku (or Tengu) Shaman. Or Wizard. Or Sorcerer. Or whatever. She's got a bone to pick with you!
The Kenku or Tengu Rogue. I went with oranges for them to continue my previous work on the Bones Tengu...which were also dressed in orange to match the official D&D pre-paints.
The Dragonborn, could be a Fighter or Paladin. The decision to make her red was regrettable...with that pointy face and dreads, I kept thinking of Ugandan Warrior Knuckles. Stupid memes getting in the way!
Tabaxi or Catfolk. I tried to go with more of a Ranger color scheme than the intended Rogue.
The other Tabaxi/Catfolk from the set. I liked the intent of this sculpt...she could be a spellcaster, a Monk, or a Bard!
The Halfling Knight.
Her mount was painted after my own painting gremlin, Hershey. He would be much smaller to scale, though.
The Tiefling Paladin. I really like the pose of this one, though I questioned the hooves, as 4E and 5E Tieflings of this design have human feet. I may wind up greenstuffing her into boots at some point.
The Firbolg Druid. As far as I know, this is the only miniature of a 5E style Firbolg.
The Minotaur Swashbuckler. I bet you were expecting a cow joke here.
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