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Aard Paints: Shepherd and Pasture Beasties!

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For a while I've been running a teaching campaign called "Against the Goblins" to introduce younger players to D&D. That comes up fairly regularly for me... I've run it 3-4 times at this point. It's a simple little game, three sessions with 3 encounters a session, with a kid-friendly premise: the players have been driven from their homes by goblins, and escaped to a beautiful valley. Once there, they meet an elderly woman with bushy white hair (encounter one) who a few good skill checks reveals to be... a sheep, using wildshape to appear as a human... since it's a druid! It then reveals that all the animals in the valley have been given the ability to speak by runoff from a druid circle just uphill, and each species has picked a class - there's pig paladins, a hawk cleric, horserers, a grumpy bearbearian living in the woods, kung-fu chicken monks... The sheep then enlists the party to rescue her six fellow sheep from goblins.

 

It's a lot of fun, so last Reapercon I grabbed a pile of sheep to paint up as tokens for it:

 

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Seven woolly boys... I mean, potent druids. Only the strongest, assuredly.

 

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I didn't go for anything revolutionary here - white wool, washes on the underbellies to dirty it up a bit, pink on the nose and ears, and little black eyes... Really quick, simple paint jobs. It's a fine sculpt, if a little smaller than I usually think of sheep, but I do like the rosette texture of the wool.

 

While at Reapercon, I also decided to grab the shepherd:

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To make things a little more interesting. A flock of sheep is fine stakes for a bunch of 10 year olds, but a little... uninteresting... for adult players without something to spice it up. So the shepherd should make it a little more useful for stuff like that, with players being either implored to help by him, or having to rescue him and as much of the flock as they can salvage...

 

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And then I just did a couple of familiars, which I'll toss in here because I'm not making a seperate thread for just two birds...

 

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Neither is exactly a thrilling paint job, or a work of art, but they're practical, which seems to be the name of the game for me. Much as I'd love to do some really fancy sculpts, I'm just... Really enjoying getting things done? After not painting for almost all of last year, seeing stuff vanish off the bench and into a case is really cathartic. It helps that I'm back on Concerta after a long, long break - it really is a miracle for me...

 

But yeah! I have a few PC minis I need to get done before Christmas, and a big pile of beetles (which I have yet to start) and Violet Fungi/Shriekers (based and primed) to work on, too. Then after Christmas, I have another, smaller order from Otherworld - some Ettercaps, since I decided I couldn't miss their fantastic sculpts of them, and a couple of their Carnivorous Apes... Plus I should probably find my Vampire Spawn, and there're zombies and ghouls to paint up for Strahd, and... well, it's going to be a good couple months. :D

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Nice work.  The game with the sheep sounds relaxing and fun.  Your birds look nice.  I agree about seeing stuff vanish off the bench and it being practical. 

 

 

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They look great!

Maybe add a dog? Dark Sword has a few great dogs sculpted by @TaleSpinner, one to help the shepherd round up the sheep would be awesome.

 

This is in no way an attempt by WOOF to infiltrate the forum with more dogs and wolves.

Come to think of it, you also need wolves, I mean the dog needs to protect the sheep from something, right?

Maybe add more dogs when you end up with too many wolves..

Hmm there might be too many dogs then, so you need a few more wolves then...

 

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

They look great!

Maybe add a dog? Dark Sword has a few great dogs sculpted by @TaleSpinner, one to help the shepherd round up the sheep would be awesome.

 

This is in no way an attempt by WOOF to infiltrate the forum with more dogs and wolves.

Come to think of it, you also need wolves, I mean the dog needs to protect the sheep from something, right?

Maybe add more dogs when you end up with too many wolves..

Hmm there might be too many dogs then, so you need a few more wolves then...

 

 

Lol!

 

Don't worry, @Glitterwolf, I've got a whole pack of wolves based and primed... And I've actually got a German Shepherd and Bobcat from Dark Sword (I think?) that I'm working on ATM... Maybe I'll pull out some GS and sculpt some Sheep's Clothing on one of the wolves...

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