A Small Hobby

I mentioned in passing that I’ve decided to add another hobby to my repertoire. It ties into both the statue customizing/repainting that I was all about a while back and is a part of tabletop gaming that I’ve flirted with in the past but never committed to. I’m talking about 28mm miniature painting. 28mm refers to the scale of the figures, but explaining the details of that seems to lead everyone into the weeds and I’ll avoid that for both our sakes. Lets just say that a typical dude is about 1-1/8th tall. They’re pretty small.

otherworld idol and a 5-pack of resin flames

I found this miniature diorama set at Otherworld Miniatures and knew immediately that I had to have it. If you’re not of a certain age and disposition, you may not recognize it. This is the idol featured on the cover of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook. This set includes the iconic demon idol pictured above, but it also includes an altar and pair of braziers, as well as a pair of plucky thieves stealing one of the idol’s eyes. None of which did I include in the picture. Once I get everything put together and painted, I’m going to build a set piece recreating that cover. The flames; those I don’t really have a plan for yet, but I wanted them so I bought them.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook by Trampier
trampier cover art

In preparation for all the painting fun that I’m about to embark on, I picked up a nice set of brushes. This one is a 12-pc set of assorted detail brushes, Minute Series XII Miniature Brushes. I am no expert on brushes, but this set has almost 1,500 reviews on Amazon and has an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, so I have high hopes for them. They came with a bag, a plastic case that screws together, and little caps for each brush. The brushes themselves have a fat, triangular, supposedly ergonomic, wooden handles and premium synthetic hair brushes. I’ll let you know what I think about them once I start using them.

Minute Series XII Small Paint Brushes with Holder by D’Artisan Shoppe

Of course, if you’re going to have figures and brushes, you’re going to need paints. I found a deal on Amazon for a pair of paint sets licensed by D&D. Each of these came with a miniature: an owlbear in the monster set and a dude with a sword in the adventurer set. So in one fell stroke I have two miniatures, four brushes, and 46 paints. Well, the actual breakdown is: 1 primer, 3 washes, 4 metallics, 37 acrylics, and 1 effect paint. I’d include a link to this deal, but it seems to be gone. The individual sets are still there, but the whole package doesn’t appear to be available anymore. I think this is enough to get me started. But I will say that like with every hobby, paints and brushes are the never ending must haves.

Nolzur’s D&D paint sets

I tried to use Lady Ronn’s light box for the photos, but obviously I need some practice. I had to photoshop everything to make it look right and I don’t think that’s how it’s supposed to work. Here are a couple pictures of the Cragmaw cave hideout that I’ve been working on. This time with miniatures for scale. That’s all for now. Later.

a peek into the cragmaw hideout
cragmaw hideout – work in progress