Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet the PC: Arahan Nolatari, Elf Ranger

One of my favorite parts about tabletop roleplaying is finding, modeling, and painting the perfect miniatures for our party PCs. I've been doing this for years now, and thought I'd share some of these characters with you.

Another Elven Ranger? Yep! Although this one was played by a friend of mine, Mary.

The back story for Arahan here was very similar to Aeon: In the post cataclysm world the Elves didn't exist, or maybe they just didn't interact with the rest of civilization, who knows. Arahan here wakes up after a lengthy hibernation to discover the rest of her kin are missing, and so she sets out to figure out what happened to the world. At some point she joins up with the "Everyman Company."

The last member of our company was a Dragonborn Sorcerer, so we simply used the mini I'd painted for an earlier campaign.  So in summary, We had a Fighter (close range), an Artificer (mid range), an Assassin (mid range), an Archer (long range), and a Sorcerer (mid range). So we had a tough time in standup fights, and so many of them were standup fights.

I'd bought this mini close to a decade ago for another game (back when we were playing 3.5) but never finished painting it. I was dragging my feet in painting it for this campaign too, so Yorrik took it & ran with it. The mini is a Selwyn, Elven Captain for Reaper's Warlord game. It's pretty generic, but so was the character.



  1. You are absolutely fantastic at this. I really recently started painting minis and compared to yours, they are awful. I have no idea how you get such detail. What kind of paint brush/other tools do you use?

    1. Thanks, although Yorri & I have to split credit for this particular mini.

      Finding a good brush that you like is one of the most important parts of mini painting. I use a Fine-Detail citadel brush for most parts of most of my minis. Yorrik & I generally use citadel paints and paintbrushes, although when we need particular colors we''ll branch out into P3 or Vallejo as well (all three are considered high end modeling paints). There are other, cheaper sources for fine-tipped brushes, but the citadels are what we're used to.

      Both he & I also subscribe to what are known as "layering" painting techniques, where you start with a dark base color then work your way lighter through subsequent applications and highlights. It tends to create a kind of emphasized, occasionally cartoony appearance, but that's what I like.

      I have a few painting tutorials on this blog, but for better examples, or videos I'd highly recommend and youtube.