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The end of an era – Ptolus 3.5

At the weekend, we finished our long running D&D campaign. I’ve posted about it before on this blog, but now it has come to an end, I want to give it a send off. We played this campaign for ten years. A decade. Myself and one other player had the same characters from level 1 to 20 without dying. There were some near misses of course, but I feel as though I have achieved something here.

It has been a monster journey! It all Started before the new edition came out!

I cannot pinpoint one single moment as there has been so much to look back on, but here are a few events that stick in my mind:

The deck of many things – one character getting shoved off to another plane and then his soul trapped in a prison on another. Another character becoming a lord. Gaining stats, losing most our fortune and death turning up to try and claim my character only to be cleaved in half.

Going back in time to resurrect an ancient goddess so she can kick the ass of another ancient god.

A new paladin turning up to try and save the party only to have the party rush forward and smash the thing he was trying to save us from – no one else gets to be the hero. There were very real consequences.

The belt of gender change.

One of the players having his house smashed up by a lich in revenge for him smashing up the lich’s house and taking his smoking jacket – it was the ultimate in petty.

Fighting in a major battle.

Sending a Pit Fiend and Balor to guard the commissar without him knowing, only for them to thwart an assassination attempt on him by other demons. Those other demons got wrecked, and we got into trouble.

In the end, we destroyed the book that was trying to draw evil back to the game world. It was a hard fight, it was a good fight. We worked together to get the job done, despite mind controls, huge demons and stupid tentacles. My Barbarian struck the final blow, thus bringing the campaign to a close. She opted to return to Ptolus, while other party members decided to take different paths.

I thought it a fitting end to her. She returned to a city she knows and loves. She will protect it until her death. She also had a thing going with the prince of the city, so I like to think she became the ‘Pope’s’ wife too. There was a castle the party were building and she’ll spend her time training new adventurers and fighting off any new threats that might come at the place.

It has been a wonderful journey!

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Forster’s Foundry: Oskar and Roscoe

We have had another couple of D&D miniatures to paint through Forster’s Foundry, and I’ve had a lot of fun with them. This is Oskar – the dwarf, and Roscoe – the gnome (I think).

These two were a lot of fun to work on and not too complicated either. I thoroughly enjoyed the colours the client has chosen and am thrilled with how they turned out. I particularly like the hair on Oskar!

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Forster’s Foundry: print and paint Norric

This is artificer Norric. I painted him for someone who got in touch about the print and paint service we offer at the Foundry. He is painted to Tier 2 quality and was loads of fun to work on. Fortunately. The client sent over loads of pictures of how they wanted him painting, which always helps. Using these I was able to create the mini he was after, as seen below!

Norric was created using HeroForge and printed out using Forster’s Foundry. The link to the service is below:

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Dungeons and Dragons: Ptolus 3.5

My friends and I have been playing a game of D&D for the past 8 years or so. We’ve been exploring and saving Monty Cooke’s Ptolus and it’s been a lot of fun. I play a barbarian, named Gjertrude and have been since level 3. The party hit level 19 during the last session, and we finally got to explore the dungeon at the top of the spire – which is what the entire game has been all about!

We fought elementals, ghosts, giant shark things I can’t remember the name of and got blown up by traps. We were mocked by dwarf ghosts, crunched by goo and found things in jars I would rather not speak of.

The dungeon background was made by our GM, and it adds a whole new level to the game. When he began playing, we didn’t even use miniatures or maps. It’s been a long running campaign and how we play has changed a great deal. Using minis and physical maps makes such a huge difference to the game itself and adds a great deal of enjoyability.

Hopefully, we will make it through the dungeon and save the world! But who knows what’s around the next corner?

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Trickery!

I have created one of my own D&D miniatures using the 3D printers. It was fun to work on a character that I have a connection with and have played for over a year now. She is a tiefling rogue and doesn’t have a great deal of common sense!

She is obsessed with daggers, collecting random items of little value and having fun.

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Remi – Dungeons and Dragons 3D Print

I was approached by a friend recently, who had designed and purchased a STL file of her latest Dungeons and Dragons character. The character is based on a chef, named Remi, and is for the campaign ‘The Curse of Strahd.’ I could go on about the levels of fear involved when Ravenloft is mentioned, but that would run the purpose of this post completely off course.

So, I was more than happy to print out the miniature and paint it afterwards. She told me exactly how she wanted him to look, and we discussed some other ideas as well. I was super pleased with how he turned out:

This was a good opportunity to test out the print and paint part of the new business that we are setting up, and I am pleased to say I think it worked well. Remi’s owner was also happy with the outcome, which is what matters!

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2019 – A Year in Review

A lot has changed for me over the last year and I wanted to have a look back at some of the things I have achieved over it. Last year, I was teaching full time at a primary school. I had a lovely class of children and great colleagues too. Unfortunately, being a teacher means that you have no real time to do anything else. Weekends are spent working and worrying and trying to get ahead of the demands placed on you. Hobby-wise, not a great deal happened in the first part of the year, however I do have a few pictures I can share in regards to what I did:

Night Lords, Ahriman, Tzeench demons and Reaver Titans galore!

The first part of the year saw me trying some new techniques, experimenting with freehand a bit more and working on skills I already had. I left my job as a teacher in May due to mental health and decided to become a miniature painter instead. It is not easy, but I have never been healthier. I went on a painting course and gained insight, and validation, into what I have been doing.

Here are some of my favourites from the previous six months:

June and July saw me working on miniatures for Everchosen, in which I came Third in the Open and Second in the Everchosen category – by one point! I also painted Mephiston for a good friend. I love working on dioramas and want to do more of them in the coming year.

In August I went on a painting course and learned how to use an airbrush – another skill I want to work on in the new year. I also began working on a large commission of D&D scenary miniatures for the local games store, which took most of October to complete.

In November, I painted a lot of Space Marines. Mainly Iron Hands. I also learned how to lighten pictures and so managed to begin taking better ones. I also finished Shalaxi, who is one of the best painted miniatures I have ever done.

December was a quiet month mainly due to illness and travelling and winter craziness, however I did paint the Sisters of Battle boxed set, which was fun.

Going forward, I have a few things I want to work on in the coming year:

  • Non Metallic Metals
  • Airbrush techniques
  • Creating dioramas
  • Conversions
  • Painting a whole army!

I have a lot to work on in January and some good ideas to work on too. I am looking forward to it!

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Dungeons and Doggies!

 

I have been very busy lately with other things and so haven’t had the chance to write a blog post recently. That changed this week when everything seemed to settle back to normal.

I was commissioned to paint some Dungeons and Doggies miniatures and they were a lot of fun to work on. They are made by Steamforged Games – the same company who made the Critical Role miniatures – and were really well done. The detailing on them is really good and I would recomment them to anyone who wanted to paint something a bit different and fun. Here is how they turned out:

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I have a hard time deciding which one I like best in all honesty, and I hope the person I painted them for will be thrilled when they see the dogs in the flesh.

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D&D minis – Finished

I finished the large D&D miniatures today and dropped them off at the store. It was quite the project, and it took a good while to complete, but here it all is.

It wouldn’t all fit in one shot so I had to take a couple. This doesn’t show the small bits either, like coin pouches or levers. It was fun to work on, but I will admit that I am glad to see the back of it now, and to have the space back in the hobby room as well.

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Update!!

It seems to have been ages since I posted anything on here. The reason for this is that my urrent projects have been taking a while to complete. I am so close to finishing the D&D miniatures for Stronghold Games that I can really smell the finish line (It smells like varnish). They have taken a long time due to the sheer number of miniatures I have had to get through, and I shall be very glad when they are done.

I have also been working on Shalaxi. All the blue and purple is now finished on this wonder and I am left with the non-metallic metal, both silver and gold, as well as the bead chains and the base. I hope to have both of these done by the end of the week.

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I have set up a Patreon as well for those who want to support me. This goes far better than I thought it would and can only thank those people for their support here too. If you are interested I am here: https://www.patreon.com/Heretic_Deb It’s only $2 as I wanted to keep it really cheap for people; a bit like a ‘tip-jar’ if you will. It has my tutorials on it as well as some other little bits here and there, a lot of it relating to Abaddon and Teal!

I’ve also got these to work on, and a commission for D&D Dogs as well. I will not be quiet over the next week, that much is certain!

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