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D&D Blog Hop: Day 13

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 13, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 13: First miniature(s) you used for D&D

I did not use a miniature in my gaming until 3rd edition. Everything else was imagination and narration. Granted, at my young age my approach to combat did not need such visuals. It pretty much consisted of:

“There’s an orc guarding a chest.”

“I try and hit him with my sword.”

“Roll to hit.”

But as I got older and played D&D computer games, I could appreciate more of the tactical aspects of the game. Then third edition came out and it lent itself to playing with mini’s. So, for my first 3rd Edition character: Timault Azal-Darkwarren, a human half-Calishite (middle eastern) rogue/fighter from Westgate, I picked out a metal rogue with a dagger in one hand and a sack in the other. He remained unpainted for quite a while until one of my fellow gamers offered to paint him. Here he is:

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Then the same fellow told us that his friend was really good at painting mini’s so we paid him to do it for us as our characters grew and changed. Timault specialized in the light crossbow, he lost all of his hair to a blue dragon’s breath, and he was always wearing his eyes of the eagle (to make him more effective with his light crossbow). Here is the latest version of Timault:

[picture coming soon]

While I haven’t played Timault Azal-Darkwarren in nearly ten years (has it been that long?), I still have the mini’s. Not sure if I still have the character sheet.

But now, our lives are busier and we typically use the pre-painted mini’s available from WOTC or Paizo. Here’s the mini I picked out for my last PC: Doddor Kotrigun of Stag’s End, Baron to the fledgling barony known as Narvartor, a dwarf blackblade magus.

[picture coming soon]

Any particular minis you wish to tell us about? Do you even use minis in your games?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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2 Responses to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 13”
  1. Purplemur says:

    My groups have almost always used minis in our games. In the early days, however, we resorted to the punch-out cardstock figures that were included in the boxed set that I started my collection with. Eventually, I found a store in a nearby town that sold metal minis and I really enjoyed painting them…it was just too expensive for my meager budget at the time. By the time I could really afford them, they had started putting out pre-painted plastic minis that were far cheaper and ready to play with, so we opted for those.

    I do miss painting minis, but my main creative focus these days are LEGO creations…so my money goes there. My favorite mini that I got to paint myself? The Jabberwock from Alice Through the Looking Glass. It was a great mini, and one of the few I still have. I just wish I had repainted it after I learned more about the techniques of mini painting like dry brushing and ink washes and such. Oh well…

    :)

  2. FullovStars says:

    As I had played warhammer for the 5 years preceeding my entry into roleplaying, I had absolutely hundreds of figures to choose from for our first D&D games and over the years those early metal warhammer figures dominated the tabletop (although in a different way from their created purpose) only being retired in the most part with the release of the plastic minis.

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