I’ve already written about some set pieces that add a great ambiance and reality games. Where campgrounds was the last focus of the article, this is about furniture and items. I bought a bunch of furniture from my local game shop to paint. There are: a podium and book, a cauldron, and a basin for water or other liquids. I am going to go through their paint process and the end product will show you how awesome it can be to use painted miniature set pieces.
I started off with a base coat for all of them. Dark brown for the podium, rusty red for the book, and a darker metallic bronze for the cauldron. There are details on these pieces that are amazing and deserve to be highlighted like the design on the book. It can be painted in lighter colors to represent good or in this darker color I chose for a more sinister theme. There are four identical faces imprinted into the cauldron’s surface and scroll work on the front of the podium
The podium was finished with gold detailing on the inlays. For the book, I painted the raised line work in gold to match the podium (also, I love red and gold together!). As a secret, surprise addition, I put a bit of fluorescent red paint in the center of the eye on the front cover. On the open pages I did a bit of scribbling in the same rusty red as the cover and also managed to squeeze in an “Evil shall win!” declaration on the other side. I wanted the red ink to look like dried blood used as ink.
For the cauldron, I added detail by using my fluorescent green for the liquid and I added a bit to the eyes on the faces of the cauldron to make them look like they glow with magic. It gives off a really cool effect when under black light. I painted the basin in a dark metallic that looks almost like iron. I didn’t want to do too much with this one because I like the simple cast iron look. I might add detail in the future but, for now, I love this simple design.
Just look at how much detail this room now has because the set pieces were there. A bare room can be a reality check when your trying to believe and picture the story you are playing through. Different points of glow give even more to take in when looking through a room.
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