Painted Pike Miniature from the Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged
Pike Miniature from Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged

Painted Pike Miniature from the Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged

Painted Pike Miniature video has been posted, be sure to check it out on Youtube or at the end of this blog!

Who doesn’t love sweet Pike?! She was maybe the easiest miniature to paint so far. You would’t think that at first glance because she is so tiny but this is a great sculpt with clean lines.

Here are some reference images in case you need some guidance on color and/or detailing.

Pike Miniature from Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged
Pike Miniature from Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged
Back of Pike Trickfoot Miniature from Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged
Back of Pike Trickfoot Miniature from Critical Role Kickstarter by Steamforged

Painting Pike’s Face

Here is a secret about miniature painting that no one seems to talk about. Most of the time, trying to detail the face on minis is the best way to ruin it. Not always of course, but especially with these very tiny ones, you are going to be better off with the “less is more” method.

This is true for a lot of female miniatures because the features are just so small that harsh colors will simply not look that good. Plus, the smaller the mini, the less likely the sculpt will be even or accurate.

The trick is to just paint the face a solid color and then do a simple flesh wash. That’s it! It’s all she needs! Let the sculpt do the work.

You can also go in with some highlights if you’d like but I really don’t recommend trying to draw eyes and lips on her. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but chances are if you are reading painting tutorials, you are probably not quite ready for that. Heck, I’m writing one and am not ready for it, ha!

Pike’s Armor

I considered painting her armor in all silver but when I tried it, it was just missing a little something for me. I thought trimming it in gold really made the detail pop. Plus, you’ll find most of her artwork from other critters also has the combination of silver and gold.

That said, you can’t really go wrong with the armor color. Though I’ll admit, I am not a fan of the white armor I saw on the office painting guide.

The Last Few Details..

It’s not always easy to get exact “official art” guidance for these minis but one thing we know is that she is wearing a bright, vibrant blue cloth in her official art. This tells us what accent color to use for the gem on her armor and any cloth we see on the mini.

For her Sarenrae symbol, the detail is pretty hard to see so I went with a solid color and wash. I wanted to add more detail but I really didn’t see the opportunity. I used a slightly different gold for it, though I’m not sure it translated. Now that I have more color options, I think I would have done the armor trim in a more bronze gold and the symbol in brought yellow gold.

I did want to mention her hair as well because blonde/white hair can be really difficult to pull off. I use the same method as the face, a solid color with a wash. I tried bright white hair, which is accurate, but I wasnt happy with how it came out. That’s why I switched to very light blonde. For the most part, the roots/wash are the only major difference.

Detail Work in Miniature Painting

I have seen so many painters give the advice “You need really need a tiny brush, put a fin tip” but personally, I have yet to find an affordable brush with a point so small that I am going to ditch my extra little brushes.

My favorite detail brush is 4 sizes under Size 0, that that tells you anything. The day I got that brush, mini painting got a thousand times easier. I dont use it on everything, just faces and small details. But if you are like me and like to paint all the details, then its a must have.

I like the MyArtscape brand (with white handles), but they are getting harder to find. Amazon sometimes has them, but the price varies. I think the more important part is finding a brush at that size, rather than the brand.

Vox Machina Miniatures are all Painted!

Painted Vox Machina Critical Role Miniatures
Painted Vox Machina Critical Role Miniatures

There you have it, I hope this helps you paint your Pike miniature! I have now completed the entire set of Vox Machina minis and am half through the Mighty Nein as I am writing this. I have a blog and video for each mini I finish so be sure to check those out!

Here is the video for Pike, enjoy!

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