Reaper #3071: Goregutter, Halfling Thief [my title: Healfville Smith, Halfling Adventurer/Thief] [14 of 14]
Healfville Smith, as he called himself, was never like the other Halflings of his village. Perhaps his family had too many encounters with humans, or perhaps he saw things differently than other Halflings, nobody could say for certain. Whatever the reason, he craved adventure. He would hear stories of magical items, great treasures, or lost artifacts, and off he would go in search of them. Most people in the world did not consider Halflings capable of such things, so that made it easier for him. In the end, he would get what he was questing for, and return home to make life for the people in his village better.
This is my entry for round three of "Iron Painter 4" (theme: "Seeing Red").
I spent the better part of a week looking through my unpainted miniatures, trying to find something to paint for this round. I started with around 20 ideas (an unusually high number for me, for an Iron Painter theme), but finally went with one that required me to purchase a miniature.
As I knew that there was no way I would beat my opponent, I could have fun with the theme. I tried to create something that I would enjoy having, as opposed to stressing over trying to get the highest score that I could (although, I had still hoped to do that :) ).
This little scene shows the great halfling adventurer/thief spotting the priceless ruby skull he has been searching for, right before he steals it. While the halfling’s obsession with the ruby skull is how I intend to fulfill the theme, I used red for the cloak also, as that is the majority of the color on the miniature.
I filled the floor of a blank cavalry base, and used a flying base insert to make the stand for the ruby skull. I tried using scenic water to level the base, but a distinct ridge formed at the edge of the base which I wasn't expecting. The skull is an agitator from a bottle of Reaper Miniatures paint.
I like the idea of the "micro-diorama," and may return to that idea again. I wrote an article about painting this miniature for my website, which can be found in the articles section.
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