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Miniatures of games past

I've meant to post these for a long, long time but only now have finally gotten around to it.

Back before I had kids (i.e. at least 15+ years ago now) I really got into painting miniatures for roleplaying games. I had the paints and at the time decent eyesight and some of the lines were so thin I painted them on with a single human hair from my own head, you guys. And I did it just for the creative aspect, because it was way cool.

When I had enough of them I lucked into a big shadowbox with a glass door, and that's where they lived for some time. This year I finally got the shadowbox back on the wall after... probably 8-10 years minimum. Maybe longer than that.

Anyhoo. Then we ended up with a spare, much simpler shadowbox that I decided I could use for the last few miniatures that needed some space. And here at last are pictures.

Pix are big.

I'm actually going to show the new one first. It doesn't have the nice black velvet backing, but OTOH it's easier to see the minis. It doesn't have a glass door, so I bought some clear vinyl at Joann and thumbtacked it to the top. I've lifted the vinyl here so you don't get the glare.

As you can see, the big winged critters ended up in here, because t hey're too big for the smaller one (below). I was so, so proud of that black and silver dragon. Then someone broke its wing off. I know who did it, it wasn't someone in the family, but it still breaks my heart because I can't get it back on. See, at the time, I worked part time at a place where they did soldering, and as a favor to me, one of the workers there soldered together the wings on all the big winged critters. That was good, solid work, you know? So for someone to break the wing off... anyway it would require another good solderer and I don't know any, any more, and so, my poor dragon... my heart... ;_;

There's the black and silver dragon, the gold and green dragon, and a couple of harpy-eagle griffins in the middle there. The lower left is a wyvern. What's that last one up top? That's Timothy Dragon, who was my first ever dragon as a toddler and therefore he deserves a place of honor too. He's a nice friendly dragon.

Now for the shadowbox CHOCK FULL, I SAY, of miniatures. The gold dragon has suffered an injury too. Dammit. ;_;

You might notice a theme of my choice of subjects.

The red dragon on the top had separate wings but they didn't fit in there and I don't know where they are any more.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:32 pm (UTC)
Awwww, this brings back memories of the little model railroad houses I glued together in my early teens. Those have also suffered some damage, but hopefully a bit of glue would fix them.

It must have taken a lot of patience and a very small brush to paint details in something as small as those miniatures. I'm sad to hear your dragon broke. :(

Now I kind of want to play Farmville. I collect dragons on there.
Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
You should try Dragon Cave! It's fun, all except for the social aspect and the ridiculous trading system.
Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
I now own a little glass open globe with a hole in front, to put, idk, air plants or something in there, and tbh I feel like maybe some super tiny bromeliads and then some little houses. I have some sand. I could make a little desert scene. And then I have to find a safe place to hang it. But if I could find the houses, that would work!
Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, those would have to be really tiny. Maybe you could find something on Etsy. It's a very cool idea.
Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think the air plant itself would cost too much if it's that small, but I want one no more than 2-3" tall (5-7cm) to make sure it doesn't get too big for the globe too fast. Maybe even smaller than that. I have plenty of nice clean sand, but the plant needs something to attach itself to. And the bathroom is probably the best home for it, lots of indirect natural light and humidity! :P
Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
These are great! I dig the wererats and the basilisk and the dragons. I've always wanted some kind of display case for my crystal/semiprecious stone/mineral collection, but I can't decide on how I'd want to display them, and I've never had space anyway.
Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:40 pm (UTC)
Shadowboxes are def the way to go if you can find one that works for you. And I strongly recommend a glass or plexi cover. It keeps out the dust and protects them from hands or from getting easily knocked about.

I got very lucky with the full one, with the black velvet and the glass front, also that the glass hasn't broken in travel. When I got it, it was $40, which nowadays is about $90. Well worth it.
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