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Painting guide

Delve into the painting dungeon and discover how to bring your roleplaying adventurers to life



This month we’re looking at how to paint a selection of hero miniatures from WizKids’ Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures range, designed to be used in your Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

This is a great selection of models that encompasses a wide range of both heroes and monsters. One of the things that excited me the most was the representation within the range; there’s a wide variety of both races and classes, but also a healthy ratio of female to male characters. It’s a good sign that this range should have something for everybody.

Also worthy of note is the fact that each clamshell includes two versions of each figure – same class, race and gender – but in different sculpts. One appears to represent a low-level starting character and the other a beefed up, wellequipped hero they become after hours of gaining experience, giving you a visual representation for your advancements. If that wasn’t enough, the price is outstanding for what you get – around a fiver will net you one pack of two heroes.

Out of the packs the models are only just this side of good. They suffer from a general lack of definition, being more akin to a board game miniature than an actual ‘hobby’ miniature. This can leave some areas, especially the faces and hands, looking a bit melted. But if we look back at the price this is a reasonable issue to deal with, and you would really only notice these details upon a close inspection, especially with a lick of paint.

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