Adventuring Cleric

For my Character of the Month, I decided to do a cleric. This is an old TSR miniature from the “Heroes” set, released in 1983.

I have made my derision plain regarding this era of D&D miniatures. There’s very little to like. Most of the TSR miniatures look stupid; scale is an afterthought; and they are made of a strange metal that does its damndest to repel paint. In short, they suck.

The Heroes set is the best of the TSR D&D boxed sets, though. Most of the miniatures in the set manage to not look completely like ass. I actually like this cleric, which is why I chose to paint him.

I’m not at all sure what that thing he’s holding is supposed to be, so I painted it like a candle or a lamp. Could be a weird holy symbol…who knows?

Back, foul thing!

Anyway, that’s for Tom’s #paintanadventuringparty challenge over on Instagram. My next post will be the rest of my Monster May(hem) efforts, as well as a round up of everyone else who contributed!

9 thoughts on “Adventuring Cleric

  1. Dave Stone

    Great work Keith, those old models were seriously hit and miss, but glad to say this one is right on target, and your painting has given it life.

  2. Matt

    Well done on turning a crappy sculpt into a well-painted mini, Keith. The top photo on this post looks like something someone found buried in their back garden after a nuclear holocaust, but as Dave says you’ve managed to give it life!

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Matt. You will take note of the lovely shade of “Flesh” courtesy of Testors gloss enamel…pale, pasty white and glossy. That’s as far as I got painting him several decades ago. I think it was worth the wait, as I shudder to think what he would look like. Actually, I have many examples of what he would look like laying around, awaiting stripping and repainting…

  3. Dick Garrison

    lovely bit of painting mate, though the mini isn’t up to modern standards I do think he still does have a charm about him that some of the newer figures lack.

    But why is he holding the blade from an electric mixer in his left hand I wonder?

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      It’s one of those damned side-quests, Roger. “Descend into the dungeons of Castle Escoffier and return to me the Eggbeater of Justice.”

  4. Jez

    A real throwback of a miniature, Keith, but one that actually has character. The “Screaming Candle of Doom” however just does it for me. Who needs a mace when you have one of these? “Return to the foul pit which spawned you, wretched creature, lest I unleash my mighty novelty candle upon ye…”

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Yeah, it’s an oldie. Like I said, I had no idea what I was painting for a while there. I was going to paint it as a lantern, but I noticed the little flame on the top, so I went with the candle instead.

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