There are as many different reasons and ways to roleplay as there are people. Some are tacticians who work the battlefields, some are social gamers who revel in the interaction , others are storytellers who love interacting with the living tapestry of a narrative in motion.
For lack of a better term, I'm a mini-maker.
I heartily enjoy creating a character and then finding, modeling, & painting the perfect mini for it. Aside from the practical use of having a mini as a visual placeholder in tactical situations I like having a little avatar I can use as a focal point for my roleplay.
Usually during our first session we describe our characters in detail. Then I set to work trying to find the perfect mini for each of us. We'll be roleplaying, and I'll be mentally coming up with lists of possible reapers to pick from. I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much, but I do.
My work schedule is crap for my usual gaming group, so I haven't actually been able to game for a few months now. I was reminded how much I miss it when I sat down and painted this gal on Thursday.
Alaine, Female Paladin from reaper. I've had the mini for almost seven years now, and originally bought it to portray a slightly off-balance fighter from a game led by Yorrik.
It also reminded me of just how many of these I've painted over the years. So I've decided to make it a weekly thing. Starting Monday, and every Monday thereafter, I'll start posting some of the RPG minis I've painted. I figure I'll start with the PC's, the minis that I or my friends have actually played, and move on from there. Yorrik might even get in on it too, since he also does this.
Hope you enjoy.