Athena was a wood elf from Hepolita’s tribe. She admired Hepolita for her temerity and courage in leaving the village to pursue her own dreams. As with Hepolita, she picked her own name out of the books that she was known to have read. She liked the name Athena for its representation of strength. If I remember correctly, this was a specific Pathfinder miniature but I painted her for our D&D campaign.
I couldn’t wait to try out my fluorescent paints, newly acquired from Warcolours.com. (They didn’t pay me for advertising or anything, I bought the paints and loved them so much I think people should get them if they want cool effects.) I began with a few layers of the fluorescent green to paint the spell effect coming from the staff.
I then painted the skin. I gave her the pale skin of the elves and planned to give her armor, painted with colors of the forest. Athena took a few levels in Fighter so she could pursue her dreams but the majority of her training was as a Druid, and she knows how to use her skills well.
I painted the majority of her armor in a forest green. Her boots and sheath are painted in a dark leather brown. Her gloves are also in the deep forest green to emphasize her connection to the land.
The strapping on Athena’s armor was also painted in the dark brown of the boots and leg sheath. I also painted her hair a golden blonde. Her staff is the dark brown of the tree she found it in. Brown, leather pouches line her straps, holding the components she uses and other bits she’s collected along her travels.
I added accents of red and gold to the armor. Since she is a mirror of Hepolita, she favors gold and red as colors of her trade. She tries to cover the green of the only garments she owns with a red cape, red laces on her boots and a red quiver to hold her arrows. She also wears a red jewel on her forehead.
The face was the hardest to paint for this miniature. It requires precision and a steady hand. I also painted her eyebrows in the same golden blonde of the hair. She also paints her lips red in defiance of the natural beauty of her people.
The ground beneath her feet is often stony and rough since she usually travels the roads, selling her enchanted arrows as she travels from town to town. The picture below shows the effect of the fluorescent paint under black light. It lights up beautifully as she gathers the strength of the land to her spells.
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