Monday, 25 June 2012

Monsters and Creatures for Pathfinder RPG : 01

These are the first pictures of some of the creatures I have been putting together and painting to use in my Pathfinder RPG campaign.

This post is more than likely the first in a series... Hence the numbered title....

The first session that the whole party were together, they had to go out on a boar hunt in order to pay for rooms and have a meal for the night. There was no complacency after the party witnessed Grek almost taken down by a single gore attack from the first boar they encountered that evening.

I used some of the older Citadel plastic boars and just glued them onto 30mm round bases, a little greenstuff to fill the gap in the neck and a quick paint-job and we have...

Pathfinder RPG Miniatures Monster Creature Boar

The Elves Bracken and Caladrel had the misfortune of walking into a trap laid by spiders as they sought shelter in a cave. I wanted spiders of "small" size, the Pathfinder Bestiary had Spider Swarms (Diminutive) and Giant Spiders (Medium), so I used the young template found at the back of the bestiary upon the Giant Spider to make a smaller breed.

For the miniatures, I used some of the Giant Spiders from the old Warhammer Quest boxed set that I had sitting around gathering dust. Mounted on 30mm bases and painted up, they fulfilled the role quite nicely.

Pathfinder RPG Miniatures Monster Creature Spider

Arabella the Gnome Barbarian had a traumatic time when she was trapped underground after a cave-in, she travelled for a long time in the dark caverns underground looking for an exit. The culmination of her lonely adventure, when she ran into a small band of Mites within a forgotten dungeon and fought her way back to daylight.

The miniatures are simply classic Citadel Snotlings painted a blue-grey and mounted on 30mm bases.
(I wish I could find 20mm round lipped bases to mount my small creatures, but I've had no luck finding any.)

Pathfinder RPG Miniatures Monster Creature Mites

The adventurers have been involved in many encounters with Goblins that are attacking merchants along the main roads, worryingly within the bounds of the kingdom.

The miniatures I have painted here are from the now obsolete Gorkamorka line from Gamesworkshop, they were actually Snotlings from the Rebel Grot gang. And as before, mounted on 30mm bases and a quick lick of paint.

Pathfinder RPG Miniatures Monster Creature Goblins

During the campaign I have used a variety of miniatures, stand ins and pre-painted minaitures (which I'll get to in a future post).
Thus far for Goblins I've used the ones above and handfuls of volunteers from my Warhammer Night Goblin army, I'm not quite satisfied with the look of them and I'm working on more.

I have a lot more miniatures to convert and paint to represent monsters/creatures that are choking up my work queue right now, when I get around to them I'll post them up.

So until I pull my finger out and get some more work done, that's all from me...

Take care,


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Pathfinder RPG : Miniatures for our adventuring party.

I just wanted to share some of the miniatures that my friends and I put together for my Pathfinder campaign here:Beyond the Wardwall.

So... Let's Begin.

Teresa "Tessy" Stoutfoot
(played by my 10 year old daughter Dagan-Ellora)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Halfling fighterTessy is quite a forceful and hotheaded Halfling Fighter who has on occasion led the party fearlessly from the front line.

(miniature conversion and painting by me.)

The Miniature: (all Citadel parts and some Greenstuff)
- Main body: Gorkamorka Snotling (o.o.p. citadel)
- Head: Lord of the Rings Elf
- Hair plume: 40k Ork range?
- Hands and axe handles: originally joined together as a Warhammer High Elf spearman's hands and polearm

The clothing and armour was all sculpted from Greenstuff.

Arabella Bloodwillow (played by Jessica)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Gnome Barbarian
Arabella is a complicated little Gnome Barbarian, quirky and mischievous around her friends, earning money as a carpenter's apprentice. In battle using minor magics to confuse enemies and turning completely psychotic (surely it's the mask!) when her friends are in danger. Along with Tessy she makes up the front line of the party.

(miniature conversion and painting by Jessica)

The Miniature:
- Blood Glutton Gnome Fighter (Reaper Miniatures)
- Night Goblin Fanatic ball and chain (Citadel Miniatures)
- Hair sculpted from Greenstuff (original miniature is bald)

Bracken Fernelle (played by t'other 'alf Micki)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Elf RangerBracken now a full Druid has been sent by the elders of the druid commune he lived among, to deliver a most desperate message to the king. By his side stalks the fierce Mountain Tiger Sorell, together a force to be reckoned with, whether using bow or magic, tooth or claw.

(miniature conversion by me, painting by Micki)

The Miniature: (Dark Sword Miniatures and Reaper Miniatures)
- Male Wood Elf archer (Dark Sword)
- Tiger: Jungle Girl and Sabretooth Tiger (Reaper)

I lengthened the hair of the elf as my missus asked and I also sculpted the bases to fit the 30mm lipped rounds, because the miniatures came on awkwardly shaped integral bases.

Tornik Lorekeep (played by Wayne)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Dwarf Bard
Tornik the Dwarf is a travelling adventurer, historian and storyteller (Bard), he is working to collate as much lost history and knowledge he can find within and possibly without the kingdoms walls.

(miniature conversion and painting by me)

The Miniature: (all Citadel parts)
- the main miniature is one of the single piece Dwarf champion models from the Skull pass boxed set
- book and hand from the Empire wizards sprue
- pickaxe and a lantern from the Dwarf miners sprue
- various scrolls, pouches, rope and various other bits and bobs... from all over the place?

Grek Shale (played by Gregory)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Half Orc FighterGrek is a Half-Orc/Half Dwarf Fighter, he was given over as a ward to a Dwarven temple and has spent his time training and striving to prove himself an able member of Dwarven society. On the battlefield he can be seen running around trying to lend a shield or well placed hammer wherever it is needed most.

(miniature conversion by me, painting by Gregory)

The Miniature: (Citadel and scratch-built parts)
- Lord of the Rings Uruk Hai figure
- o.o.p. chaos warrior shield
- hammer mostly scratch-built from wire and a hammer head on top from...? I can't remember...

Drungen Stonehelm (played by David)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Dwarf ClericDrungen is a Cleric and is on a pilgrimage to visit every pub, tavern and alehouse in the land. He has taken Grek along with him as his ward to keep an eye on him (it's quite possible that he is Grek's father, in fact the letter left with the waif said as much).

In battle he lends a hand fighting or healing wherever it is needed, all through the holy power of ale.

(miniature conversion and painting by David)

The Miniature: (Hasslefree and some Citadel)
- The dwarf is Brian the Blessed (Hasslefree Miniatures)
- tankard from Dwarf miner sprue
- Barrel from Ogre sprue?

Caladrel (played by Craig)

Pathfinder RPG Miniature Conversion Elf SummonerCaladrel believes he has learned all that is available in his coastal town about the art of Summoning. He has taken to the road to see monsters and creatures surviving out in the wilds in their natural habitats instead of just reading about them in dusty old tomes, so that he may use that knowledge to increase his summoning skills.

He and his serpentine Eidolon Astrad have supported the other party members up close and afar several times now quite successfully.

(miniature conversions and painting by Jessica)

The Miniatures: (Citadel and Scratch-built)
- Legolas from the lord of the rings range with different hair and clothing sculpted on.
                                                                                    - Astrad is mostly Greenstuff and a Tyranid                                                                                              Warrior head

The party as it looks right now... missing a handful of members...

Pathfinder RPG Miniatures Adventuring Party Player Characters

As you can see the party looks quite sizable right there...

But there are still a few more members to build and paint miniatures for. (Yes... Our games do get rather crowded...)

First of all there's Hodor, Drungen's Pack Pony (shown in group shot) that carries all the sacred ale.
(converted and half painted by me... I really need to finish him)

Kemella Morcam A Half-Elf rogue who won't tell anyone where she is from, not even the GM (played by my 13 year old daughter Ellaouise.)

Tidinium Flib A curious travelling Human Alchemist searching for new and interesting ingredients and recipes to concoct (played by James)

Lady Carmorel Carter, Evilbane A Human Paladin recently released from her mentor ready to live by her sacred code (played by Carl)

And if we get to that point...

Gotrun Heldefast A Dwarf Ranger with bad tidings from the north (played by myself if somebody else takes the reins for a spell...)

Well that's it for now...

Take care.


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Deathwatch RPG - Dark Angels devastator conversion

Sometimes I just barrel ahead and don't think about the miniatures I work on, so unfortunately I don't think to get progress shots.

This was just such an occasion... (Although, he's not really complete, I want to get some more highlights and washes/glazes on before I'm satisfied.)

This was to be my character in the same Deathwatch campaign that I mentioned earlier in the blog in the Deathwatch Ultramarine post.

Regarding the incomplete paintjob.
I wanted to make the all too smooth robes look like a rough material, so I tried something new. I scrubbed dried paint on an old tattered brush, up and down the robes, unlike drybrushing which flicks across the raised detail picking up the edges. I built this up in layers of brown and bone, it's still to finish but I like the texture I'm getting so far.

The rest of the painting has been more standard smooth transition or edge highlight, i wanted the texture of the armour and cloth to contrast, rough and smooth.

Deathwatch RPG Dark Angels Space Marine Miniature Conversion 40k

Not a great deal of conversion work on this miniature, the parts are:

- Heavy Bolter: Devastator sprue
- Purity Seals: dunno... forgotten... Space Marine command squad sprue?
- Pretty much everything else from the Dark Angel veterans sprue

The only converting was the replacement of the original shoulder pad moulded onto the Heavy Bolter right arm, just some careful cutting away and a bit of plastic glue.
The ceremonial blade was cut from a Dark Angel backpack and added to the top of the devastator ammo drum backpack.
Oh, and the purity seals on the weapon replaced a skull or an aquila I think.

The base was simply an off-cut from a citadel movement tray I had lying around. It already had squares marked on it, so I thought it would make a nice paved base, so it was cut to fit a 30mm round lipped base and had a touch of rubble added to it to kep it simple.

Ultramarine too...

Deathwatch RPG Ultramarine Miniature Conversion Sculpting greenstuff 40kAlso whilst I'm at it...

My beautiful, smart, witty and ever patient (I think that's enough grovelling) other half painted the Ultramarine I converted for her and asked me if I'd posted a picture of that up too.

I said I'd get around to it...

A few weeks ago...

So here it is, I think it turned out really nicely in the end.

I've got a few more articles I'm just writing up to post, so until then take care.