Wargaming Tradecraft: Adventurers - Dwarven Cleric


Adventurers - Dwarven Cleric

The original model
Digging up some of my previous projects, I want to highlight a series I painted for a Dungeons and Dragons group I used to be part of, gifting them their characters when I left. Today's post covers the miniature I painted for my wife.

Her character is a Dwarven Cleric and I modified a miniature from Scibor Miniatures to create it. Some of the difficulties I had were:
  1. Finding a good female cleric-type warrior model.
  2. Finding a female dwarf.
They're out there... but you've got to hunt.

Chain Weapons

I removed her sword and instead covered a wire in green stuff to create the hilt of her mace. I'll have to go into further detail at a later point, but basically I used a cheap chain necklace and embedded it in the green stuff.

This also creates a fun weapon that dangles and moves around as the miniature moves.

Priming White

I paint almost exclusively building off of a black primed base in order to get the best contrasts available to me.

However, being that the setting of this world was a desert, I wanted to have lighter tones. For that, I primer her white.

If you look at the photos below with washes, you'll see why. Look how light her colour pallet is. I achieved that by thinning my paints down significantly and painted in thin layers that add up to create your final colour. Normally, these layers increase in shaded areas for smooth subtle transitions. It's always a good idea to use a medium like Slo-Dry to preserve the strength of the colour in the pigments


I always like to point out how next-level washes will take your painting. Applying some darker washes over the lighting ones I've been painting with, the washes make all the details and shadows stand out.

Painting the Face

Below you can see a close up of her face. I spent a lot of time on this one.

  • Tattoo
    • In this campaign, Dwarves wear face tattoos to show their caste. I used a fine brush to paint this around her eye and into her forehead.
  • Object Source Lighting (OSL)
    • As covered in my glowing eyes tutorial, I used yellow-rimmed white eyes and yellow accents around the eyes themselves.
  • Lips
    Use the following advice so your minis don't look like clowns.
    • Paint both lips while you paint the skin.
    • Highlight the bottom lip only.
    • If you want, use a darker colour on the upper lip.

Other Details

  • Backpack
    • So the backpack she's wearing is sculpted all from green stuff. The wood piled above is actually toothpick cut to length and painted.
    • Accessories like this add an extra touch to your miniatures and not only make them seem more alive, but quirky and believable.
  • Breastplate
    • It looks like she's supposed to be wearing a cloth, but instead I've painted it in metallic colours. By making this different from the rest of her, I think it definitely makes it stand out as armour.
    • Keep this in mind.. paint can fool the eyes if you want to make something appear as what it's not.
  • Lava Base
    • Like when painting my Pyre Troll, (but in reds) I painted some lava effects around her base as she strides confidently through throngs of enemies.

Final Photos

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