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Miniatures that Inspired Character Creations

MGibster

Legend
My other gaming related hobby is painting miniatures and I try to incorporate them into my games when possible. What typically happens is that I have an idea in mind and I go out in search of a miniature that comes as close to matching it as possible. But once in a while I come across a weird miniature that just screams, "Paint me like one of your French ladies!" Uh, I mean, it screams, "I should be a character in one of your games!"

So what miniature did you see and immediately think to yourself that you must use it in a game? If so, post a picture of it if you can and tell us about the character it inspired. It doesn't have to be a miniature you actually own, you can be inspired by something you didn't buy, nor does it have to be a miniature you yourself painted. Do try to give credit to any painters out there though and tell us the name of the miniature and the company so we can buy it.

This lovely miniature below is Avatar of Strength (Elephant) made by Reaper for their Dark Bones line of miniatures. When I walked into the game store I didn't know I was going to buy a weird elephant man thing but when I saw it I knew I wasn't walking away without it. I'm of two minds on how I want to use this miniature.

Conan: I'm thinking of making this an avatar of some Kushite god the PCs have to defeat. It's just bizarre enough to look like something from a pulp magazine story.
D&D: I kind of what to make this a Bard whose instrument of choice is a trumpet.

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TheBanjoNerd

Gelatinous Dungeon Master
Fellow mini painter here; Many of my campaigns have been written because I found a cool mini and wanted to find a way to incorporate it into the game. It's a fun challenge trying to find a statblock that best represents the mini.
 

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This guy has inspired a whole campaign! As I painted him I started imagining a filthy vampire hunter in rusty, blood-stained armor... I imagined the world he inhabited, how he would be the prisoner of a vampire in a village that raised giant pigs to sate the vampire's bloodlust...

That became the first adventure of my current campaign, which is now nearing its 50th session!

Oh, and the vampire hunter's name is Udgar Vance.
 

Richards

Legend
It's not a miniature, but it's in the same spirit - I often save images that appeal to me for use in D&D adventures. I once discovered a sculpture of a centaur-style pig man online and decided I definitely needed to use him in an adventure. Eventually I came up with a storyline involving wild magic transforming people into strange forms; the pig-centaur was a wu jen transformed into that shape and he and his team fought the PCs as an additional threat when they were trying to fetch a magic item from the volcanic lair of a red dragon (who had likewise been warped by the magic fluxstone in his treasure hoard).

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I printed the image above onto a sheet of cardstock and cut it out with two triangular "flaps" that I folded in to allow the token to stand up, after having manipulated the image to the correct size to be scaled with my players' PC miniatures.

Johnathan
 

MGibster

Legend
This guy has inspired a whole campaign! As I painted him I started imagining a filthy vampire hunter in rusty, blood-stained armor... I imagined the world he inhabited, how he would be the prisoner of a vampire in a village that raised giant pigs to sate the vampire's bloodlust...
Oh, man. That dude looks like a little adventuring Krampus!

t's not a miniature, but it's in the same spirit - I often save images that appeal to me for use in D&D adventures. I once discovered a sculpture of a centaur-style pig man online and decided I definitely needed to use him in an adventure.
It's not a miniature but it's close enough for government work. I like that two different people mentioned pigs in back-to-back posts! And your guy kind of reminds me of the BBQ pig man from The Solar Opposites.

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Sacrosanct

Legend
Minis that I saw and wanted to play them? Happens all the time. ALL THE TIME lol. Too often. So many cool minis but limited actual playing time. I've been that way since the early 80s.
 

MGibster

Legend
My youngest son painted this miniature and made a character based upon it:
That is seriously awesome! That's a Serephon from Age of Sigmar and last year I purchased a box of them to use in a game of mine. I'm going to have a campaign where the PCs sail to a different continent, run into the lizardman, and team up with them to defeat the evil elves. Tell your son I think his paint job is fantastic and especially admire his wounded character sculpt!

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Sacrosanct

Legend
The mini in the middle? The guy in with a greatsword and in robes? That mini alone is the reason I actually used the 2e PO books. To create a paladin who couldn't wear armor, but had extra HP and earlier spell casting. Just so I could play a character that matched the mini that I really liked.

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MGibster

Legend
So this here is Lydia the Lich. She's a Wizkids miniature though I cannot remember the specific name of it right now. When I saw this I thought about running a one shot session where the PCs were monsters who are forced to rescue the kingdom when all the heroes are unavailable.

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pogre

Legend
That is seriously awesome! That's a Serephon from Age of Sigmar and last year I purchased a box of them to use in a game of mine. I'm going to have a campaign where the PCs sail to a different continent, run into the lizardman, and team up with them to defeat the evil elves. Tell your son I think his paint job is fantastic and especially admire his wounded character sculpt!

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You have just described my boy's dream campaign! I'll pass along the compliment - thanks!
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
IDK about miniatures, which I tended to acquire after rolling characters, but I know for a fact that my very first character, Zargon the Fighter, who kicked some ass in B2, was very much inspired by Franzetta's Death Dealer as well as an (I think) Ral Partha fig from the 80's who had spiky helmet and a big axe.
 


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