Dvalin Thornshield is the son of an important NPC from our last campaign, Gralmor Thornshield and a yet to be revealed mother. They were both important people in our campaign but the player hasn’t figured it out yet so, she shall not be named! I began by painting the small amount of visible skin on the miniature, his nose. Then I blocked out the beard in solid black also adding some to the eye sockets to begin making the shadows from the helm over his eyes.
Next, I blocked out the colors of the armor. There is a green under tunic, banded together with dark brown leather straps. He also has a golden helm, pauldrons, bracers and his forging hammer. The buckles on the leather straps are also gold. You can also see a basic leather shoe peeking out of the bottom of the miniature.
I added some fluorescent red accents to the armor. The “jewels” encrusted into the golden armor are all in glowing red. I couldn’t wait to see it under black light. There are also glowing “jewels” on his hammer. The book on his side and his gloves are a simple brown leather as well. I added sharp blue eyes over a small part of the black “shadows” under the helm.
I also added a small detail to the pauldrons. In the last campaign, the Thornshield family design was of thorny vines over their armor. These simple designs are a nod to the old lineage. His family may have been disbanded and stricken from dwarven society but the old pride was still there and the sense of duty that it carried. You can also see more fluorescent red points on the hammer and even on the spellbook that he carries.
Back shot of Dvalin. He is not in good standing in the Dwarven community and even on their own, his family was comprised of simple temple attendants. His clothing is simple, the only ostentation comes from the armor he has learned to craft through his connection to Moradin. The “jewels” glow when he channels his god’s power to forge amazing items.
Under blacklight, the effect of the glow is realized. He looks like a true forge cleric of Moradin! I was so glad at how much my friend loved his new character miniature. We use it in every session and I often take photos of the sets we fight on with these effects in use. Imagine seeing that coming at you in battle, yikes!
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