Painting Hero Forge Mini – Part 1

Here are the in-process pictures of my painting efforts for my Hero Forge Miniature of Griswald, my representation of my favorite AD&D character, from my brother Robert’s AD&D campaign.

While I was at it, I also painted my miniatures that I have had from back in the day and not yet painted.

I began with washing them with warm soapy water and gently scrubbed the non-painted ones with an old toothbrush.

After letting them air dry a few hours, I painted them with a coat of white Testors acrylic as a primer. I know there is a special primer, but my hand is not the steadiest for this detail work, and my eyes don’t see those small details so well. I finally have the patience to do a good job, but my hands aren’t as steady and my eyes aren’t as goo up close. Well, I have been nearsighted since junior high, and now have bifocals, but I have to take of my glasses to see anything closer than about 6-8 inches, like the back of my hand or when I am shaving. So I am curious to see how well this turns out. So we’ll call it an experiment. I don’t think I’ll have people seeking me out to do their miniatures, unless their eyes are in worse shape than mine.

There aren’t enough hours in the day to paint and let dry and repeat to get each part painted. I focused on the big parts, the cloaks. I let them dry overnight after each step. So instead of one article showing all the progress and the final result. I will break this up into multiple postings.

It takes up my work space to spread out my game materials. I have to use that space because I can close the door to keep my son’s cats out. The last thing I need is cats breaking or hiding these.

So here are the before and after priming pictures. Yes, those are blue shop towels under them. Much thicker than regular paper towels and I can wipe off excess paint from the rush without it soaking through.

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Hero Forge
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Hero Forge
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Oldest Minis – Example of the ones I pained decades ago vs. one unpainted.
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Oldest Minis – Example of the ones I pained decades ago vs. one unpainted.
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Oldest Minis – Example of the ones I pained decades ago vs. one unpainted.
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Oldest Minis – Example of the ones I pained decades ago vs. one unpainted.
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All my minis
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All my minis
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Hero Forge
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Dwarves with mattocks painted vs. unpainted. There were six in the original package. I’m not sure why I only ever painted one. Perhaps I was going to make each one look different.
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Dwarves with mattocks painted vs. unpainted.
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Dwarves with mattocks painted vs. unpainted.
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Dwarves with mattocks painted vs. unpainted.

 

Here are the after painting the cloaks & boots pictures. Yes, I know, that black is really dark, but it is a work in progress. It is only paint after all, and I can just start over if I goof it up or don’t like the end result. I had to take off my glasses so I could see the details when I had to hold them close. Do I get extra XP because I didn’t get paint on my glasses?

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Long shot – all primed.
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Hero Forge & Dwarven Mattockers primed.
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Hero Forge & Dwarven Mattockers primed.
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Ral Partha Three In One Pack Half-Elves Primed.
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Hero Forge & Ral Partha Three In One Pack Half-Elves cloaks painted.
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Hero Forge & Ral Partha Three In One Pack Half-Elves cloaks painted.
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Hero Forge & Ral Partha Three In One Pack Half-Elves cloaks painted.

 

 

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