The final model in my little Reptilian trilogy for the itme being is another Reaper miniature. This time it’s the Lizardman Shaman who takes the proxy role of Heskan, the Dragonborn Wizard from the Wrath of Ashardalon D&D Boardgame. As with the other heroes, I pretty much immediately disregarded the minis that came in the box in favour of painted and/or better looking miniatures to use as proxies.
So this model is the pretty much the best option I was able to find on Reaper’s site back then. It’s another finely-detailed Julie Guthrie sculpt, and obviously doesn’t quite fit in with the whole “dude in a dress” stereotypical caster look, but I figured that the slightly feral Shaman look works just as well for a Lizardman.
This one fits the Dragonborn template a little better, I guess – based on artwork I’ve browsed. He has a spikier head! It looks like – as with many things in fantasy and sci-fi gaming – that originally representations of Dragonborn were somewhat looser, and have codified over time into a more uniform look. For the paint I went with an unoriginal green with ochre underbelly look. I used colourful feathers on his dagger and staff as well as red ankle-tassels to add some interest, as the figure otherwise risked being quite plain looking.
And just to wrap up the last of my models from May, I’ve got a little group shot of the three reptile mans – all finally finished after so many years as neglected models!
As a follow-up to the Dancing Dragonborn from last week, I have the actual replacement model that I purchased for it, nigh on 10 years ago and have only just completed. This is a Reaper model that fit the general description and more “realistic”, “human” proportions that the D&D miniatures have overall – It’s a Degenerate Serpentfolk, which seems a little unfair. Reaper obviously only have limited models via their Pathfinder licence, and their actual Lizardman models suffer from the same kinds of over-chunkiness that GW’s models also have, which is why I rejected them for the D&D Fighter role. But I did find this one. Obviously nowadays there are the Wizkids/Nolzur’s models and they seem to look pretty good from the renders, but this one is now done and painted and good enough for me.
Obviously, your D&D purists would note that this “Dragonborn” proxy doesn’t have quite the same kind of spiky draconic face or dreadlocks that much of the official art and the official models have, but given that this is a mini for a boardgame and I’m not super-invested (or even vaguely invested) in D&D lore, I’m obviously okay with it. This model is somewhat aother Contrast Paint experiment – I used both Aethermatic Blue and Terradon Turquoise over white to get the two (slightly) different skin and scale tones, and a bit of Apothecary White, followed by really thinned Skeleton Horde for the bone axe handle and skull-hat. Anyway, job done and the model is a decent upgrade over Dancing Disco Dragonborn!