Painting Minis – Female Druid

Druid 2So many minis to paint… I feel like I’ve been on a roll lately, just painting up minis for my players for our new Curse of Strahd campaign.  This marks mini #4 I’ve done for this adventure.  And it happens to be my wife’s character, a druid.

She had provided details about colors: dark hair, hazel eyes, wooden staff, and a cloak that fades from dark green to blue to purple, with the purple being the hood and green being the bottom fringe.  The shirt and skirt should be lighter colors.  “Spring-y” colors.

I began with the face and eyes.  Since the eyes are so small, I just went with a medium green dot for the pupils.  I added just a hint of rosiness to her cheeks and some pink to her lips.  Then I worked on the clothing, using a light-to-medium green, almost a pastel green, for the shirt.  Pale yellow accents mark the sleeves.  And a light blue for the skirt.  I then added highlights to these areas, lightening the paint with a touch of white.

Druid 3The cloak was surprisingly easier than than I anticipated.  I was expecting to do some wet blending, which is time-consuming.  But, the darker colors blended so well that I didn’t need to wet blend.  I ended up painting the three main colors in sections.  Then I mixed a range of color between each one and dry-brushed to create the gradient.  The fringe was left black, using dark gray for highlights.

Lastly, the staff was painted my standard wood/leather brown mixture of half RMS Shadowed Stone and half RMS Harvest Brown.  I added some dry-brushed highlights here, as well, after hitting the staff with a brown wash to deepen the contrast.

For the base, I painted in a dark brown on the bottom.  Then I added some earth flocking material for the dirt by painting a thin layer of watered-down white glue and dusting it.  I’ve noticed I need to do this two or three times, sometimes.  It just depends on the area I’m applying it.  To finish it off, I applied some GF9 grass fibers.  As in my previous mini with grass, I applied a thin layer of super glue to hold the grass in place.  After gently applying the grass, I blow across it to help it stand up a bit.

So, that’s it!  I’m extremely happy with how this mini came out.  My only issue is with the look of the face when up close, but that’s a non-issue the vast majority of the time.


6 thoughts on “Painting Minis – Female Druid

  1. If you speedpainting your miniatures within 5-10min this is a decent paint job. If not, may I recommend some tips:
    – use a wet pallette (look it up:

    – dont use brushes smaller than 2-0 (00), wont need it for hobby painting
    – apply a base coat (what you are already doing) then on your wet pallette mix a little bit of white in the color and apply, leave a bit of the base coat on the edges and fill up an area. Add again some white to your color and apply the next coat and leave some of the lower area on the outside -> highlighting! (what its called)
    Good luck and keep painting.


    • I’m not sure how you speed paint a mini this well in 10 minutes. I’d love to see some examples of your work, if you’d be willing to share.
      I already use a wet palette, a size 0 W&N Series 7 brush, and Reaper Master Series paints.
      I also apply highlights. If you read through my posts, you’ll notice I mention them.
      So, I’m not sure where you got the idea that I slap paint on these in 10 minutes. They typically take me around 4-6 hours to complete.


    • Those are seriously impressive! I’m not sure how you do it. I have enough trouble keeping paint where I want it as it is. Going that quickly seems like it wouldn’t end well for me.

      But I’m always looking to improve. Any tips on becoming more efficient? Or good tutorial vids? I’m already familiar with the basics, like dry brushed highlights and layering, but I feel like I’ve plateaued. Are you wet blending, or just layering to get color gradients?

      I also tend to be very careful and picky, so they take a long time to complete.


      • Thanks, I think they are decent enough to call good and yet dont take too long.

        Take your Sir Conlan, that is pretty nice. But what is missing is highlighting! If you are saying you are highlighting, then you are using way too little white. I use layering and wet blending. Usually I go for 3-4 layers after the foundation color. It is pretty simple just add to your foundation color (base color) white color and get a gradient like in this picture:
        The darkest might be your foundation color + wash and from there you gradually add in white and also water.

        If you are going for a decent tabletop look, dont wash it down afterwards like in the video, just put on 2-3 layers and you are good to go. Washing it down will give it a very dark tone afterwards and unless you want your miniature to look all dark, dont do it. I never do it. But the other layers are what you want on your miniature.
        Now there are two ways of chosing where to put on highlights: 1.) you are chosing one lighting spot for you miniature, preferably the chocolate side of the miniature. And from that you paint on the layers so that when you turn your miniature your highlights will be “wrong”. So there is ONE sport from which “the sun” is shining at the miniature right at that moment, like in a picture.
        2.) “GW”-method: suns all around. What is higher is brighter, what is lower is darker. So the peaks of the cape of Sir Conlan should be colored the brightest so there should be the brightest layer on top.

        Also consider edge highlighting, that is when you take either the brightest form of your foundation color and add more white and just add that to the edges of your armor e.g. or you go for straight white watered down A LOT and apply it to the edges. Again, you need to figure out how much water you want. The more water (up to a point) the smoother the transition. But more water means also applying more times so it takes longer.

        Good luck and remember: its about having fun (and getting those damn miniatures ready for playing)! 🙂


      • Sounds like I’m just not using a light enough color for my highlights. I’m definitely edge highlighting, but the clear coat dulls it down a bit, so you lose that contrast. I’ll have to keep that in mind during my next paint session.


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