[ D&D ] Happy Bard-day!

Doss_lute-5eIn our homebrew Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign, my bard was awarded a Doss Lute as a birthday present to me.  It’s crazy, the things it does.

It comes with its own host of spells that Timoura can cast once per day: Fly, Invisibility, Levitate, Protection from Evil and Good, Animal Friendship, Protection from Energy (fire only), and Protection from Poison.  It has the Temperate quirk, which allows the bard to withstand temperatures between -20 and 120 degrees!

Which might be fortunate, considering they’re going up against a dragon next game — but it’s a black dragon!  Boooooo.

I do have to say that I’m enjoying Bard as a class far more than I thought I would.  A lot of it is less about being an effective fighter and more being a well-rounded support class.  I do a lot of buffing/debuffing that has saved the party on more than one occasion, along with some spot heals when they’ve been needed.  I’m hoping I’ll get to play Timoura into even higher levels, because I’d really like to see how that goes!

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cutter-and-wolfAlong with my Bard, I’ve been tinkering around with a Beastmaster Ranger that seems like she’ll be a lot of fun once I get her to Level 4 where she’ll really take on her build.  Borrowing from Easy Lee’s Breaking Beastmaster post, I’m trying to create a halfling panther-rider.  I was going to go wolf and be like Cutter from Wendi & Richard Pini’s ElfQuest, but Lee’s guide really makes a panther sound ideal.

I’m ridiculously excited for this.  It sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun.  The funny thing is, I think it’s actually perfectly legal for Adventurers League, but I doubt I’d put an AL DM through that headache!

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[ ART ] Adventures in Mini Painting

So, I finally finished up work on our new Heroforge miniatures!  They’re painted, sealed, and ready for play in our game on Saturday.  All-in-all, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, which is saying something for me.  I usually hate everything I do.

There were a lot of smaller details that I, hopefully, managed to get in.  I think waiting the full day for the primer to fully set is a much better idea.  Still trying to get the hang of drybrushing highlights and tone washing the nooks, crannies, and shadowy places, but I’m getting better with every mini!

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[ ART ] Adventures in Mini Painting

And here we are for another exciting adventure in miniature painting with yours truly!  Today, I’m excited to say that I got in my fancy new Heroforge minature of my bard, Timoura Silverstrings, whom I am playing in Tales from the Yawning Portal this season with the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League.  So, color me all kinds of giddy!  (Painting pun totally intended…)

I was so ready to get started that I forgot to take pictures of the miniature as it came out of the box.  The new plastic material from Shapeways feels really sturdy, an improvement over the flimsy plastic that broke on friends’ who ordered earlier miniatures.  There’s something to be said on waiting a few months when a new service or product comes out; it gives them time to work out the kinks. There were a few imperfections and artifacts on the edges that needed trimming, but overall they were exactly as we ordered them.  We were quite pleased!

If you’ve seen my recent artwork of Timoura on this blog, then you likely already know the color scheme for her.  A lot of blues, because blue is my favorite color.  Do I need any other reason?

heroforge-timoura-001I’m still trying to figure out the best primer coat to use, this was brush painted on instead of spray painted, but the Vallejo Surface Primer I used seemed kind of flaky to begin with.  That is likely my own fault for not letting it dry long enough.  My husband’s Heroforge of his gnome rogue might go over better, since I’m leaving it to dry for well over a day.  This one I painted after a few hours.  (I was eager to paint, okay!)

That said, I’m still rather pleased at how it’s turned out so far.  I even did some drybrushing and tone washing!  Go me!  The mini looks a little “chalky” here in the picture, but that might be my silly smartphone camera.  It hates to try and focus on small things like this.  I might have to break out my trusty Canon Rebel for this level of macro photography to get a decent picture.

I need to get some flocking for the base, though to hide all that unsightly primer!  Maybe some nice grass.  I’ll have to check with Ettin Games & Hobbies!

 

[ D&D ] TFYP: Session Four

This is the adventuring journal of Timoura Silverstrings, Bard and Harper, as we make our way through the sixth season of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League: Tales From the Yawning Portal.  Reading beyond this point may result in spoilers if you are playing or plan to play through this adventure.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Once we were rested, we went out afresh in search of Erxidar.  Imagine our surprise when we found her none too far away — screaming, of course, but at least we found her!  She was surrounded by strange, twig-like creatures and, upon their defeat, she explained that they were called Twig Blights.  Minions of a human magic-user named Bellac, they were intended as guardians for a tree of magical fruit in a place called the Twilight Grove.  According to goblin rumor, some of the fruit invigorated the spirit while others stole it away.

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[ D&D ] International Tabletop Day!

It was a wonderful day of gaming out at Ettin Games & Hobbies for International Tabletop Day 2017!  

We had the amazing opportunity of playing in the Season Six Epic opener, The Relics of Khundrukar!  No spoilers here for those who haven’t gotten to play it, but it was a fantastically fun time with some great challenges along the way.  Our organizers kept everything running smoothly and we got down to the wire on the final battle, but still completed our mission with three minutes to spare!  It was great to watch both new players and old banding together toward a common goal. I really hope we see more of these epic campaigns because they’re a blast to play.  I’m looking forward to the next one!

Consider this my friendly reminder to support your local hobby shops.  A gaming community is only as strong as you, the gamers, make it but it’s shops like these that give us a home.

[ D&D ] TFYP: Session Three

This is the adventuring journal of Timoura Silverstrings, Bard and Harper, as we make our way through the sixth season of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League: Tales From the Yawning Portal.  Reading beyond this point may result in spoilers if you are playing or plan to play through this adventure.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

After resting in Meepo’s lair, the party decided it was time to go and collect Erxidar.  However, we found the room infested with hobgoblins. We dealt with them handily, but one tried to bolt.  Awsht caught up with it and ended its days.  It fell into the pit we narrowly avoided on our way in. Two small goblin skeletons lay there, victims of their own trap, perhaps? Conkin went down into the pit to investigate, finding a few items of interest, but also another rat!  These small ones must look tasty. It didn’t last long after biting the druid. 

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