Sunday, September 23, 2018

Adventuring Party: Storm King's Thunder

Storm King's Thunder Adventuring Party Miniatures
"Nary a human in sight.  We get discounts for diversity?" - Berry Blessedhammer
So, I've been running Storm King's Thunder for a little over a year.  It's been weekly / bi-weekly to even monthly sessions over that time, as adults our free time waxes and wanes.  In that time I've really gotten into the D&D 5e system and I'm not unhappy with it as a storytelling game.  The game has been fun and light (most of the time) and I decided that since I have three cases of models labeled "Adventurers I-III" I should probably paint some of them.

Some of those cases have painted miniatures already in there, but we'll get to them - eventually.  Since this was an actual adventure party I got to paint, of course it will go in with the Adventurers as a set.  So this will be the first adventure party of what I'm sure will be many - even though historically most player characters don't live very long.  I'll probably take to doing this toward the middle / end of campaigns rather than at the outset!

We'll eventually gallery all the adventurers I've painted, as I'm sure I'll paint a few here and there just to paint them.  Sometimes it will be bands representing actual parties we've got in game and on the table, but sometimes they'll just be a collection of random miniatures that somehow got painted.  They may not all be Player Characters at first, but certainly someday they may be!

For now, check out Storm King's Thunder: Prepare to Die Edition on RAW RPG to find out more about the journeys of the ragtag group of adventurers we are about to meet!

Heroquest Wizard Miniature
"Don't worry about all that fire." - Ikki Popp, to his compatriots.
The Investigator Ikki Popp, Chaotic Good Air Genasi Stone Sorcerer

Hailing from the isles of far Maztica, this intrepid explorer joined the group after seeking out his cousin,  Starman, shortly after arriving in Faerun.  Ikki can control the flow of his spells with incredible magical dexterity, affecting friend and foe only as he desires.  The genasi is also a shapechanger, his form fleeting like the wind.
  • I'm always polite and respectful.
  • Live and Let Live. Ideals aren't worth killing or going to war for.
  • I would still lay down my life for the people I serve with.
  • I have little respect for anyone who is not a proven warrior.
A lot of you will recognize this legendary sculpt.  I wound up with several Heroquest miniatures over the years, even though I don't currently own a copy of the actual game.  This Wizard is literally the first one I've ever painted, and tried to get the feel of the player's character with a grey skin and blue hair...even though the hair isn't quite right...

Balto Burrowell, Gnome Wizard
"ARE YOU MY DAD?!" - Nivesil, to random silver dragons.
The Sage Nivesil, Lawful Good Lightfoot Halfling Dragon-blood Sorcerer

A strange looking halfing, not much is known about Niv other than his name.  A powerful sorcerer with an affinity for cold, he has helped the party out of several bad spots.  Nivesil is currently concerned with finding his father, and his quest takes him in and out of the party's travels.  He's not always around and comes and goes as he is wont, but he is a trusted party member whose raw spellpower is always a welcome asset.
  • There's nothing I like more than a good mystery.
  • Emotions must not cloud our logical thinking.
  • I've been searching my whole life to find the answer to who my father is.
  • I am easily distracted by the promise of information about my father.
Even though I'm the DM, I was under the impression that this character was a gnome for a long time.  I don't know why.  The miniature is a Reaper Bones Balto Burrowell, Gnome Wizard.  Pro-Tip - You can tell gnomes and halfling sculpts apart pretty much only by looking at their feet.

Chainmail Dwarf Legionnaire
"Yo.  I need some ale.  You got some ale?" - Berry Blessedhammer, at every tavern and pub on the road.
The Noble Berry Blessedhammer, Neutral Good Shield Dwarf Paladin of the Ancients

Berry was an esteemed warrior paladin of the Peacekeepers of Icewind Dale. After the deaths of his 2 sons and wife by a sect of demon cultists, he set off south to find the path laid before him by his god Gorm, which apparently includes being heroically drunk almost all the time.  Berry is known through out the Trade Way for his unique brew of ale and a mean left hook.  If you listen, he will tell you that the true power of the Blessedhammers is the unbreakable faith they use to heal and protect the innocent.
  • This world is dark.  Have a pint and pray to the light.
  • I must prove that I can handle myself without the coddling of a temple.
  • I will face any challenge for the greater good of my people.
  • Drunk AF
I enjoyed painting this model.  It's the first Chainmail model I've painted, this one being the Dwarf Legionnaire from Set 1.  Even though it's old it was easy and fun to paint.  The face is probably my favorite, and as I don't really do faces (I usually cheat) it might be the best I've managed to paint of all far.

Reaper Warlord Templar Hospitalier
"I'm going to sing a song about a dear departed friend of mine..." - Starman
The Entertainer Starman, Neutral Air Genasi Cleric of Life

A strange native of Maztica, perhaps it is better to let this servant of the wind goddess Eha speak for himself.

"My tribe of white skinned natives resides on a small island far away. I was born a Genasi, as every three generations of my families House of Eha is to be born. 

My birth was in itself magical. 

I flowed out of my mother like a breeze, an easy and painless birth, I floated out of her womb the size of a teenager with the mentality of an adult. I grew quickly upon the white shores, playing in the ocean using my natural ability to hold my breath indefinitely to search the depths and using my gift of levitation to return easily to the waters surface." 

- Starman on Starman
  • I’ll settle for nothing less than perfection.
  • People. I like seeing the smiles on people’s faces when I perform. That’s all that matters. 
  • I will do anything to prove myself superior to my hated rival.
  • I’ll do anything to win fame and renown.
This model is a Reaper Warlord Crusader Hospitalier.  I got a three pack of these, all different sculpts, and they've all migrated to different projects.  I didn't notice the imperfection in the sculpt of the face until I took pictures of the WIP to show the D&D group, and you can't really see it on the table.  Thumbs up if you see what I'm talking about.

Golan, Male Barbarian
"Are we going to do this the hard way, then?" - Softhands
The Bounty Hunter Softhands, Chaotic Good Tiefling Barbarian Berserker

Originally from the unkind north, by way of Luskan, the tiefling known as Softhands became known as the guy to go to when you need to get things done.  His nickname came about because he let his reputation and subtle intimidation do a lot of the work, once it became known what the alternatives were.  It wasn't long after he met the elf Briar Silverleaf that they left Luskan for the southern Sword Coast, where he continues to ply his trade.
  • Pain is an old friend of mine; I am not afraid of a little suffering.
  • Mind your own affairs and don't boss other people around.
  • The poor and downtrodden are my people. They deserve respect.
  • I find it hard to let someone throw their weight around unchallenged
This is the second model I painted to represent Softhands, the first one being in armor and having a shield.  Like the mix-up with gnomes and halflings earlier, I don't know WHY I thought Softhands must have armor...probably because no monsters could hit him.  The model is a Goldar, Male Barbarian from Reaper Bones with a little green stuff on his head.

Callie, Female Rogue
"We're rich." - Briar Silverleaf, when asked how much hard
currency the party has available at any given time.
The Charlatan Briar Silverleaf, Chaotic Good Wood Elf Arcane Trickster

Originally, this cunning elf-maiden was from the High Forest.  Briar was a successful con-artist in a city of con-artists (Luskan) when she met the bounty hunter Softhands.  They decided to abandon Luskan, which was probably getting a little hot anyway, and as they went south Briar and Softhands met others, and the group formed as they fell into the adventure that is the tale of the Storm King's Thunder.
  • I'm a born gambler and can't resist taking a risk for a potential pay-off.
  • I'm a free spirit - no one tells me what to do.
  • I owe everything to my mentor, who is a horrible person.
  • I'm convinced no one could fool me the way I fool them.
This model, painted by my Lady (the player herself) is Callie, Female Rogue from the Reaper Bones line.  The muted tones look good, and this is one of her first models.  She's painted only a few up until now, and is a lot better than I was when I had a handful of finished models to my name.

Storm King's Thunder Adventuring Party Miniatures 2
Check out the Storm King's Thunder Adventure Log here!

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