Aldo Nova

Every now and then I get a wild hair, and paint a fantasy figure, or two. There’s no sort of project attached to these figures, though they do occasionally make it onto a table for roleplaying games. Here are a couple of my recent efforts.


I painted this Dragonborn wizard for a friend. It’s a reaper figure. I have to say it was a real pain in the ass to clean up…all of those spiky bits and undercuts meant lots of flash, and I’m not sure I managed to get it all. On the other hand, the level of detail makes for a really striking figure in the end! Can I officially say that I REALLY hate slot bases? There I said it. Hate them. I wish they weren’t so prevalent in fantasy figures.


Balasar the Dragonborn and Ivan Browncup venture forth into the dread Plane of Blue Posterboard. (Ivan is a Red Box Miniatures figure)


This is a “DeTerilizzi Masterworks” miniature, sculpted by the completely masterful Tom Meier. Meier absolutely captures the feel of the DeTerlizzi sketches these figures are based upon. This particular figure came in 3 parts, and was an absolute breeze to put together. Fantastic casting, too…cleanup took all of five minutes. A real treat! I think it may be time for me to learn how to paint non-metallic metals. Also, her face needs some more attention!


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  • houseofqueeg  On 10/04/2016 at 4:42 pm

    These are just brilliant! And that Masterworks figure is awesome ….

  • daggerandbrush  On 10/04/2016 at 8:35 pm

    I agree, splendid work on the dragon born, but the Tom Meier one is my favourite. You achieved a very nice, rich green tone and the armour (no matter if TMM or NMM) looks very realistic. You capture the play of light on its surface very well. I agree, too, that the face would benefit from some very subtle highlights to bring forth the delicate physique of this outstanding sculpt. I would rank Tom Meier amongst the best if not the best sculptor of our time and your excellent paintjob did do it justice.

  • daggerandbrush  On 10/04/2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, could we see a photo of the back of the miniature? I would love to see the coat from that perspective. Did you use any red for the shadows or just very dark green?

    • arkiegamer  On 10/04/2016 at 10:46 pm

      I’ve added a rear quarter shot.

      No, there was no red in the shadows. The miniature was base coated in black, then a fairly thin coat of Vallejo black-green was applied, then a slow build up to Vallejo flat green with some yellow added for the highest highlights.

      • daggerandbrush  On 10/05/2016 at 2:06 am

        Thank you for this! I really like the green you achieved, but i said so before. Did you paint a freehand on the shield or is this battle damage?

      • arkiegamer  On 10/05/2016 at 9:11 am

        Thanks again! Come to think of it, I believe I was adding in some really light beige color for the highlights, rather than yellow.

        Yes, there’s a freehand design…some sort of elvish rune and some magical symbols, but I’m not all that happy with how it turned out.

  • SaS Michael  On 12/07/2016 at 3:48 pm

    Amazing job and sweet miniatures, man!

  • imperialrebelork  On 02/04/2017 at 9:32 am

    Brilliant work. Love these minis

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