Miniature Painting – Building Peregrine

This documents the process for painting the Gnome Thief (Peregine) for my friend and fellow #IncorrigibleClub founder, Leland Steel @T_HUD_REPPIN 

After watching a Star Realms online live streaming event with Gary Pope @OfficialLTTT  and Christian (Christopher) Kang. @takeyourchits they gave away a few games to ease the pain that everyone just endured. Leland was the winner of one of Gary’s games.

A few weeks later I heard that Leland was going through a rough patch. I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and do something nice for Leland.
I queried Leland on twitter about his D&D campaign and acquired his current characters name, race and class. This gave be everything I needed with the exception of his address. After some DM twitter messages with Gary and some cash exchanges via US mail, I had what I needed to complete my plan. The results are below.

I started by purchasing a Gnome Thief mini.
I placed the order and a short week later I received my package….
A 500 piece puzzle of the Lost Ocean. After careful consideration I chose not to paint it and ordered another mini.

Marius Burrowell eventually arrived and was immediately renamed Peregrine to avoid future confusion. I liked the sculpt, and particularly liked that he was wearing a monocle. There’s not enough monocles in the world today.  Gary Pope @OfficialLTTT  had the following to say about the sculpt.

He was quickly removed from the bubble pack and stuck to a Prilosec bottle supplied by overly medicated wife @emilyd333  I have about 1000 Miniatures that are on deck to paint, and I believe each will have their own personal Prilosec pedestal.

Next is Prime time. This fine cardboard box is my spray booth. A $3 Lazy Susan makes it easy to rotate without touching the mini when using the Zenithal highlighting technique. The rubber glove is not important or worth mentioning.

First Prime in Black

Then Prime with a medium Grey at a 45 degree angle and then with white from directly above.

Next I cut off the lead base.
I should have done this before priming, but was distracted by a typical incorrigible twitter feed that made me Google something like who the hell is Fred Penner.


A quick smoothing of his feet with a file to remove the lead calluses.

Then Drill a few holes in his feet for posts.
I started with my hand drill, which works great for plastic miniatures, but not so good for lead. So I pulled out the Dremel.

Next I cut off some paperclips and super glued them into place.

Now for some Base coating.
I use mostly Citadel paints, so you need to thin them down to take advantage of the Zenithal highlighting. This requires multiple very thin layers so the Black/Grey/White undercoat will eliminate much of the need for additional highlighting. I tend to still push the highlights later for more contrast. I’m not sure what colors Leland prefers, I considered asking him in a round about way on twitter, but screw that! He will like what I give him! I can only assume he would request his mini be shirtless and well oiled like a competition body builder. He has issues, but I will not get into that….

After Base coating I applied a dirty wash and let it dry overnight. While waiting, I started the base. I took some old slate tiles we had left over from our porch floor and broke them up. I figured this would give me a nice layered stone for Peregrine to stand upon. Gnomes need a bit of elevation to stare their foes directly in the chin.

Drilling the holes in slate turned out to be quite a task. I did not have any masonry bits in the size of a paperclip diameter. But I did have some cheap wood bits, a eyedropper of water, a Dremel tool and 30 minutes of nothing better to do. My bit tip turned into a molten ball of metal, but with perseverance, and ignoring common sense, I completed the task at hand.

After a bit of glue, I use some Earth texture to finish out the surrounding ground. This also needs to cure overnight.

The next day I painted the gemstones and Monocle with a base of white. This will make the final colors pop! In a good way, not like when Emily moves her shoulder and the sound makes me cringe.

There’s a lot of very small subtle highlighting layers that take quite some time to complete.

Now to mount Peregrine to the base. The holes I drilled were a bit to big due to the wandering bit, so I used the ole baking soda and superglue and trick to lock him in place and fill in the hole gap.

To add some grass to the base, I used a bit of Elmers glue and swooshed it around in my Philadelphia cream cheese container of flocking. The Brits call this PVA glue, which may be correct, but I learned Midwestern Indiana speak, and we say Elmer’s glue, Pop, Sweeper and Corn hole.

This Cream cheese container houses my leaves. Where do you keep your miniature leaves?

A bit more foliage

.. and a small log made from some lichen I found while on a hike during the 2018 GEAP CON at Red River Gorge Kentucky.

A crossbow without a string is a club.
I found a Rogue piece of string (see what I did there) and made it functional.
Pun not submitted by, but inspired by Patrick Hillier @overthehillier 

Here he is in all his glory.
Just a clear coat to protect the paint and he’s ready to ship off.



Here’s a blurry shot before he goes into the box to Leland use on his next adventure!

Update: I found out a week after shipping the package off, that Peregine has been retired and replaced with a Dragonborn Cleric/Sorcerer. My greatest hope is that he is the best dust collector that he can be! Long live Peregine!

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