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      I’m away from home (again) with my travel paint kit.  I was experimenting a couple of months back with a Zorn palette of 4 paints.

      A rogue seemed like the sort of person who might want to be somewhat subdued in color, so I decided that this Ral Partha rogue from The Adventurers range (set 98-013 Female Adventurers) would be a good figure to paint with the Zorn colors to stay in practice.



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    • By Rob Dean
      Back around 2015 I was at a convention and picked up a handful of vintage fantasy miniatures.  I’ve collected, painted, and played with fantasy miniatures since 1974 (as best I can reconstruct), but was working on Bones and similar figures in Heroic 32mm (or whatever) size at the time.  Anyway, that random handful of old minis sent me back along a retro path, and I ended up acquiring a great many vintage figures from auction and flea market, as well as fresh castings from vintage molds where such are sold legally.
      Somewhere in those early lots, I ended up with a few Broadsword Miniatures, a company active for a short period around 1980.  I have no recollection of them at the time.  I don’t have magazines from the period to check for ads, and I didn’t make it to many conventions while in college.  
      I ended up with a group of 7 Rangers, which work out to be the contents of 2 original packages, P-11 Rangers (an archer, a ranger/bard, and a ranger swordsman/captain), and P-12 Rangers firing  (four copies of the archer from P-11). You have to love a group that comes with their own bard.  I painted them up back in 2018:


      As you see, I painted them mostly in greens and browns, with a red hat motif to tie them together as a group.
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      Continuing with my group of under-represented character classes, I painted up this bard from the Ral Partha set “Female Adventurers”. I’m not sure who the sculptor was; the range was a mix of Mize, Guthrie, and Meier.


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      Yesterday was a hectic day at work, so when it came to be lunch time I wanted to close my computer and take a complete break from things.  It was raining, so walking  seemed like it would be unpleasant.  I decided to pull out the paint set I keep at the office and have a go at this old Ral Partha cleric.  


      I didn’t set an actual timer for a speedpaint challenge, but this was right up on an hour.  I don’t usually use yellow, so I was experimenting.  As finished (before varnish), the shading on the yellows are not quite as smooth as I would like them to be.  Two coats of varnish (one by brush to protect the figure to get it home, and one spray after the basing is completed) will, as I know from experience, smooth things out a bit more.  I’ll post pictures of the based figure after the spray varnish sometime later today.
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