Let me start off by saying this was definitely a fun one. One of the Patreon sculptors I’m following now – Broken Anvil – had an older set that I just had to purchase after getting a free dwarf brawler. Their sculpts I find are very “World of Warcraft-esque” which I really like.
I had fun layering the stone look, starting with a base of Army Painter D&D Dungeon Stone and a Citadel Nuln Oil wash, then going back with another coat of Dungeon Stone to brighten it back up. Then it was drybrush time…first with Army Painter Orc Skin (a lighter grey), Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh and then a very careful and final touch-up on the sharpest edges with Vallejo Dead White.
I based this mini as if he was standing guard outside Mithral Hall in Icewind Dale (for all the Drizzt/ R.A. Salvatore fans out there). Also, even though I would use him in a D&D campaign, I left him as the Broken Anvil 32mm scale (D&D typically is 28mm) so that he’s a bit more ominous when placed on the map near my party’s characters!
Last night was our online session of D&D…we are in the latter parts of Rise of Tiamat…a very popular 5th Edition adventure – our group has been at this (starting with Hoard of the Dragon Queen) for almost two years now. We are all level 11 and still having a blast, even remote using Roll20 as our virtual tabletop platform during the pandemic. Every single one of us still eagerly looks forward to our sessions, and even though we miss rolling real dice and being there in person, we have a blast every other week or so!
My character is Cordanim Stoneridge, a Dragonborn Paladin of Bahamut and my trusty celestial wyvern (I know, I know the mini isn’t a wyvern) Pu’Khi who I can summon every once in a while for some flying support.
If you used to play D&D and haven’t in a while, definitely look into with some friends! It’s a great way to connect with people while staying safe!
Our youngest son (he’s 21, mind you) and I have a group of friends from our church that we started a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with back in January of 2019. Of course, the pandemic that started this past March kind of put a wrench into that…but not for long!
Our Dungeon Master (DM) was awesome and he’s so creative that it didn’t take long at all for him to get us all set up on some very easy-to-use online tools to keep our connecting together virtually. Now every week or two we connect using Zoom for voice and video chat, D&D Beyond for character management, and Roll20 for the campaign (maps, character and monster tokens, etc.). Our DM also curates some ambient music that we can all connect to on Watch2Gether! It’s definitely the next best thing to being able to meet in person. While you don’t get the facial expressions on those critical roles (successes and fails) quite as well, it at least gives us all the chance to escape together and have a blast!
The picture above shows our adventuring party in an underwater cavern battling some water elementals.
So remember, if you were meeting together with friends before COVID hit and disrupted our in-person activities, think about meeting up together online!