Thought I posted this before my little hiatus recently, as I painted this in July – but apparently not. So here ’tis. For those who don’t know (*like me), Guenhwyvar was a 600 lb (270 kg) black panther who resided on the Astral Plane. She was summoned to the Prime Material Plane by the use of an onyx Figurine of Wondrous Power.
This figurine was last in the possession of Drizzt Do’Urden, who treated Guenhwyvar as his ranger animal companion. She could be summoned to her master’s side for twelve hours every other day. However, it was possible for her to be away from the astral plane for longer, but this caused her to become incredibly drowsy, barely able to lift her head. Due to her nature as an astral being not of the Prime Material Plane, she was highly resistant to biological poisons and quite resistant to physical injuries as well.
So basically, the Magic Panther is the animal companion model to Drizzt in The Legend of Drizzt D&D Advanture boardgame. Given how much “Mary-Sue” criticism Drizzt has received over the years, I’m sure he and his pet panther won’t be dramatically overpowered in game….
Painting was based on the usual methods for painting black hair, and I may have thrown in a dilluted brown or purple wash in there as well to tone down the blue slightly. I don’t fully recall. I did give her a “monster” style base, but I can always add texture later if it works better with her being a PC’s pet.
Still on the D&D-ish train today, and we have a Vampire model from Reaper that manages to straddle both the “classic gothic” and the “fantasy armoured” vampire tropes amazingly well in my opinion. Stefan Von Kruger here is very nicely and finely detailed, and only took me 10 or 15 years to get finished. He was moved onto a 32mm base a couple of years ago, but still took some time to get to the point where I was able to make myself complete the model, ultimately using the Tray to force the issue.
For the colour scheme, I stuck with pretty bog-standard Vampire tones, whichg also happen to fit in with my Vampire Counts-themed Undead/Kings of War army. I also added some blood spatter, which I don’t do all that often, but I felt like it fit here, as Stefan here has a pretty ferocious pose – so a bit for his clothing and face, a touch on his shield, and some streaking on his blade. It’s a subtle look on his red shield and tabard, but that suits me quite nicely to be quite honest. …anbd just a few dots to mar his otherwise perfectly regal face.
The embossed detail on his shield is a nice touch, with a little Easter Egg there that you may not notice at first. This model also serves as a good example of why something like the poor old weedy Count Strahd model is barely likely to get a look in, even if we’re playing the actual D&D game that Strahd comes from. Why would you use that, when something like this is available?