While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
(From Left to Right) Ghast and Ghoul 1 (11-434), Troglodyte 2 (11-444), Bugbear 2 (11-412)
Ral Partha Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) line. The first mini on the leftt apparently came from a blister pack “Ghast and Ghoul”. I’m not sure if we had the other two minis in that set, maybe they will pop up in later pics.
Took me a bit of searching to find the “Troglodyte”, as I thought it was a “Lizardman”. Certainly looks more like a Lizardman to me regardless. Perhaps because of the green paint. Another one from a blister pack.
I thought maybe Bugbear 2 had a spear, but looks like he originally had a battle axe in his hand. Maybe the axe came separately and got lost or fell out. I can’t imagine any reason why we would have removed the axe from his hand at that time. Yet another from a blister pack.
Not much to tell regarding these. Used as monsters in various games. My brother just told me that he painted the Troglodyte green on purpose, so it would match a monster in our dungeon crawler game. The Ghast/Ghoul looks like he could be used as a radioactive mutant, but my brother said he just painted him as a rotting undead.
Tangent – So Close
As probably no surprise, I sometimes get impatient with my painting. It doesn’t really cause me to rush things, so at least it doesn’t affect the consistency of my painting. But it does lead to some anxiety at times. It’s difficult as I sometimes feel like the amount of time I have available to painting miniatures is not enough as well as the number of finished projects being a bit low.
This gets amplified when I reach the “So Close” zone. I think initially I’m in the ‘this will probably never become anything’ zone. Then after I get most of the base painting done I can start to see the mini take shape. Applying washes really adds to the taking shape stage, and then I start thinking about how I can glue the sub-assembled parts back together. That’s when I really feel like I’m “So Close!”. But then stuff happens. Highlights to do, maybe something didn’t go right with the assembly, I get the crazy idea to magnetize parts or customize something, etc. Sometimes a bit of discouragement sets in at this point, but usually I can see the finish line, and get through it.
But getting from the point of “So Close!” to “Here’s the mini I’ve been painting for weeks on end!” is a tough one.
I’m curious if other people go through these same stages while painting? Is it all smooth sailing for you or are there points where you just want to swear up a storm?