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Painting guide

Take a chihuahua rogue and beagle barbarian on walkies through your favourite roleplaying game with these paw-some mongrel miniatures


These fantastic Dungeons & Doggies miniatures come to us as the first set in the Animal Adventures series, with Cats & Catacombs close behind following a successful Kickstarter. It’s an unusual range of miniatures to use in your roleplaying game of choice but one that’s hard not to find delightful, especially since both sides of the great dogversus- cat divide will soon be fairly represented. I’m a self-confessed cat man, but even I became enamoured with these canine adventurers and the character that shines through them.

The sculpts, all PVC one-piece miniatures, are fairly basic, even for an unusual subject like adventuring dogs. It’s the little details that bring them to life; not just the perfect representation of each breed, but subtle facial expressions and gear that cleverly capture the nature the roleplaying-inspired classes they represent. Cornelius the Golden Retriever is a happy, playful dog – perfect for a spell-casting wizard – whereas Svetlana has a more stern countenance that may not be typical of a beagle, but certainly is in keeping for a barbarian.

It’s hard to deny that there’s a certain magic to these mongrel miniatures that’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.



Each model is split up into four stages, each with a list of colours and the corresponding paint that was used for it. Each stage uses a different technique to achieve a similar effect on each element but with different colours.

Stage 1 is basecoating. Base colours are applied using flat colours. Since the models are primed a lighter colour these initial coats are applied slightly watered-down, around two parts paint to one part water.

Stage 2 is shading. During this stage we apply washes and glazes to the more shadowed areas of the miniatures, particularly the lower edges and undersides.

Stage 3 is layering. This stage involves applying a layer of a lighter colour, generally focused towards the top of the model, avoiding the areas previously shaded. This guide also features a lot of line highlights at this stage. This involves applying a thin line of paint to the raised areas and straight edges of the area.

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