Games Workshop: Sword 11

This was one of my favorites.  I did not like the snake motif way back then, so I cut the snake off his helm and painted him all black with some silver trim.  This time around, I recreated the snake with a paperclip and Testor’s Contour Putty to re-sculpt it. I used hot glue to make flames on the sword.  The shield is stuck to his fist by a round knob on his hand and circular hole in the shield.  I incorporated that hole by painting an eye motif on the shield.

Grenadier: Wizard

From The Grenadier Wizards box set. This guy has an imp on his shoulder.  In Advanced D&D, which was current when these minis came out, a Wizard could have one of 4 special familiar types: imp, quasit, pseudo-dragon, and brownie.

I sand blasted this and other wizards from the set in 1996 to repaint them.  Never got around to repainting it until now.  But because of the sandblasting, much of the detail here is painted rather than molded. 

Rough Terrain

A craft store was going out of business near me, and I picked up several SceneORama kits for $1 each.  One of the kits was this plaster rock making kit.  I molded the rocks, then glued them to balsa wood squares and rectangles.  I used the included paints to put several earth tone washes on them, then used watered down PVA glue to coat the bases with fine talus.  When the water soaked into the wood, it caused them to warp.  They flattened out, mostly, but I definitely should not have used balsa.  Last, I added coarser talus (included in kit), more washing (and more wood curling), and vegetation.

I have often considered using something in my D&D games to show areas where characters cannot go due to rough terrain and other obstacles.  So that’s what I’ll use these for…someday.