Painted Scanlan Miniature video has been posted, be sure to check it out on Youtube or at the end of this blog! This mini was a lot of fun to paint, the sculpt was good quality compared to some of the others in the set. Despite being very tiny, the details were clear.
Here are some reference images in case you need some guidance on color and/or detailing.
Prepping the Scanlan Miniature
Prep was pretty easy on this one! The flash lines were minor and easy to remove without losing detail, unlike the Vax mini. There was only one gap. which was easily filled. This was in the joint of his shoulder. After those minor adjustments, I washed him with dish soap then primed before painting.
Paint Color Scheme for Scanlan’s Mini
For the colors, I looked through the official art from Critical Role to decide on the color palette. This outfit doesn’t match any of the official art in the graphic novels or the animated series, so its up to us to decide how we’d like to paint it!
I saw some Critters paint him with shades of purple for the whole outfit, and I love how those turned out! But I wanted to do something a little different, so I did black pants, white shirt, and purple vest. It’s cannon in the show that he has a raspberry beret so I do recommend sticking with that color if you’d like him to be true to the show.
I added as much gold detail as I could because it seemed fitting for his personality. It also stands out against all the other colors, really making all that detail pop. Don’t be afraid to over exaggerate the highlights on a mini this small, it makes a big difference.
Gnome Sized Details
I’ve seen several comments of people being nervous to paint this one because he is so small. The right paintbrush goes a long way, I can’t stress this enough. It took me a long time to find one I really loved. I tried several from the craft store and I just didn’t care for any of them. I ended up ordering these on Amazon and I am in love with them. The bristles are long so they hold more water and don’t dry up too fast on me.
Let me mention some things you might not see at first glance. First, the pleats in his pants have a pattern in them. You don’t have to paint the detail, but I carefully painted the criss crossed lines black. You can also ink wash here, but I don’t recommend ink washing with black if you intend for these to be a bright color because it will get muddied. You would paint them bright pink and ink wash with a darker purple though!
He has very tiny buttons on his right/your left side of his vest. It looks like there are about four. I just dotted them with the gold but you could always skip this if you’d like and it won’t make a huge difference. Same goes for the little loops on his belt. Those are skip-able, just didn’t forget to paint the belt buckle.
Vox Machina Miniatures
I am nearly done with the Vox Machina tutorials, I have Pike up next and last is Grog. Well, I also have Tary and Doty but I am saving those for November since we will be attending the live show in Austin! Anyway, be sure to check out that playlist if you haven’t yet or check the blog if you are looking for someone specific. There’s a search feature in the menu of this blog and that should get you to the right post!