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: Drizzt (Forgotten Realms Heroes boxed set 10-550), Thief with Shortsword 11-005, Elminster (Forgotten Realms boxed set 10-550)
Well, after having the “Sneak Thief with Dagger” show up last time. I just had to go with the image that included the “Thief with Shortsword” this time around.
Short Swords and Daggers?
Also, this time around we have two more iconic characters from Fantasy stories. Drizzt and Elminster from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting in D&D.
Drizzt is a Dark Elf (or “Drow”), and they originally were described as having black skin, like night-black. That ends up looking pretty unnatural for skin colors, and most of the time I’ve seen them with dusky brown or greyish skin. Which personally looks more realistic (and better) to me.
Early example of jet-black skinned Drow
Example of 80s Rocker Drow
So how do you pronounce “Drow”? Drow like ‘row your boat’ or Drow like ‘cow’?
Tangent – The Best Around
Feel free to sing the song from Karate Kid in your head.
Part 1: Curious what tip, trick, tool, or technique you learned that really upped your painting game?
For most of us, it’s probably a multitude of things. I’d probably go with having a decent enough paint brush that I can get a good tip on it. That could be the old sable that I had for a long time (still have), or the Winsor & Newton Series 7 that I graduated to. Really it’s me slapping the paint onto the miniature regardless of what brush I use, but for some reason things just seem to be in sync when I have the right brush. How about yourself?
Part 2: What’s something that would turn you into the best painter around? Well, we might not all get there, but what is something you feel would help take you to that next level?
For me, I think it’s mainly time and dedication. I have no disillusions about my “talent”, but I started to notice quite a difference when I was painting every night for a month. Having more time to paint, and that extra time to experiment instead of just trying to get minis done, would likely help a lot.
And that’s a wrap!