Terpsichore, the muse of dance

While packing a box of miniatures, I noticed a miniature that I was sure to have seen posted here, and to my surprise I was wrong. It was a model of Terpsichore that I painted months ago, and I think we’ll blame at all on Mahon and move on to the miniature itself. 😉

Terpsichore
Terpsichore

Now for those who are not familiar with Greek mythology, Terpsichore was the muse of dance. The miniature doesn’t show this aspect of the character too much, as the model is pretty static, so I decided to paint her my own way.

As you can see, my interpretation is completely different to what Jessica Rich showed on her paintjob presented on the Dark Sword Miniatures store page. While hers is much closer to what one might expect a Greek muse to look like, I turned her into an almost demonic being.

The thing I wanted to play with this time was the fabric of her clothes. I tried some patterns and decorations there (most of what’s going on there is actually freehand painted on the clothes – compare it to the original if you are curious), and generally kept her clothes dark. It helped in concealing some imperfections of the casting, but also this alone would make her look so very different than what the original concept art seems to suggest:

Terpsichore - concept art
Terpsichore – concept art

I don’t know if I will be painting any more of these muses, but they were fun to paint, so if I have a chance I will most likely not say ‘no’…

Irri and Jhiqui

These two miniatures are Irri and Jhiqui, characters from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga. Obviously my paintjobs are not representations of these characters.

Irri and Jhiqui
Irri and Jhiqui

My paintjobs

I had only rough guidelines to follow when painting these models, regarding their skintones and the kind of fabric for their clothes. The decorations on their skins were my addition, just to make them a bit more interesting.
No, they’re not canon. 😉

Irri and Jhiqui unpainted

Both miniatures were sculpted by talented Tom Meier, and were released by Dark Sword Miniatures.

Unpainted they look like this:

Urania, the muse

You may know Urania as a muse. The patron of astronomy according to ancient Greek mythology. And this was the way she was depicted as a miniature from Dark Sword Miniatures.

Painting her as a beautiful woman with astronomer’s instruments would be way too obvious and too easy, so with one general suggestion to “give the globe a baleful glow” I turned her into something like this:

Urania, the muse
Urania, the muse

She keeps her astronomer’s tools and star-covered surface of her dress reminds of the original concept but the glow of her globe reveals a totally different aspect of her nature…

Now here’s the original artwork. Don’t you think it would be too obvious to follow this direction? 😉

Urania, the original artwork
Urania, the original artwork

Lizard lady (or: Female Rogue)

Another paintjob from me on a Dark Sword Miniatures model. The original miniature was called “Female rogue dual-wield” but I decide to turn her into a “Lizard lady”.

Lizard lady / Female rogue
Lizard lady / Female rogue

I had a concept of a dark-skinned fighter accompanied by some animals (maybe familiars?) and outfit incorporating some lizard features, like shiny surfaces and scales.

Lizard lady / Female rogue
Lizard lady / Female roguegue

As you can see the model is converted (I was not quite happy with the face, hence the mask). The original model can be seen here. I hope you like my interpretation. 🙂