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My most recent commission, as my uploads will show you, was to paint two custom-made, “ultra detailed” 3D-printed gaming miniatures from  It was a very interesting experience painting these! 

The character progressed as she leveled up, from the smaller, fire-wielding character in the first picture to the larger, more muscular character in the second.

Side note: the thorns in the character’s hair were not printed by HeroForge.  I sculpted those in (and I thought I worked small before??? This mini was only a little larger than a quarter!).  The character braids thorns into her hair to make it more painful for anyone she’s grappling to try to grab her hair.  Badass little nekkid gnome barbarian. thoughts on painting HeroForge miniatures, for those interested in doing so any time in the future:

In short, it was a perfectly fine experience, but the miniature handles very differently than pewter or plastic minis.  Read on for details!

The first thing I noticed is that the material DRINKS UP whatever paint you put on it.  After washing and prepping the mini, I set down a layer of brush-on primer, and before I even finished the other side, the primer on the first side had been all sucked up!   Since these miniatures were the same character (and thus needed the exact same color scheme), I found that by the time I’d finished work on one mini, the paint I’d set down on the other had already been “absorbed.”  As a plus, that made for a faster job, but on the down side, it made smooth wet-blending more difficult.

The strangest thing to me was the grainy surface of the miniature.  Even after the miniature was painted, there was a somewhat sandy texture to the figure. I felt like it almost blurred the work I did on it. 

I think the most important thing to note on these miniatures would be that they are FRAGILE.  Like, seriously.  NO BENDY!  Case in point: I had accidentally gotten a drop of water on the mini, and I dabbed it very lightly with a gentle cloth, to wick up most of the water (there had been too much to just use my brush)…and SNAP!  The miniature broke at the ankles.  So seriously: you will want to be UBER-careful on handling your miniature.

(As a plus, it was a tremendously easy fix.)

One last word to the wise: it DOES say it on their website, but I feel it needs repeating: these miniatures, because they are custom printed, can take approximately one month to create and get to you!  So make sure you’re going to be in the game with this character for the long haul before you order it!

That said, though, I really want to commend HeroForge for the great idea.  It’s tremendously cool to design your own miniature and then be able to hold it and paint it and turn it into your perfect character.  HeroForge has a bunch of races, a ton of character positions (including facial expressions), and even if you don’t end up buying a miniature, is still tons of fun to play around with. :)

Greenstuff adheres perfectly well to the miniature (as evidenced by the thorns in the hair of the second mini), and so you should feel comfortable sculpting on whatever you need – if they didn’t already have a detail on your mini that you wanted.

All in all, this was a very fun experience with a new material!  While I think I still personally prefer pewter, I would certainly enjoy the chance to paint up some more of these really cool, 3D-printed minis. :)

Want your own custom-printed mini?  Visit  

Want it painted by me? Send me a message!  You can also find me at:


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Rachael Cruz
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Hi! I'm Rachael: gamer geek and lover of all things fantasy.

For a long time, my main focus on DeviantArt was painting miniatures - the minis you see posted here are all hand-painted by me, though I have not created the actual figurines themselves.

Recently, I picked up polymer clay again and realized "oh yeah, *that's* why I majored in Sculpture!" It's like I hadn't realized how much I'd missed it, and before I knew it, I'd had a whole list of sculptures I wanted to create. It's good to get back to basics. Really good.

I am currently available for commissions (sculptures, painted miniatures, or jewelry only, not pixel dolls!) - drop me a note if you're interested! There may be a wait list, depending on how busy I get.

I also write, when I'm not otherwise entrenched in work or other artistic endeavors.

Some people say "You have to choose one specialty and stick with that!" To them I say: NYAH NYAH.

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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for all the fav's and the +Watch! :hug:
Witchwater Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was so delightful to "meet" you!  Can't wait to see more from you. <3
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You too you too :heart:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for faving my Raul illustration, much appreciated. :)
Witchwater Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure; you're very talented!
Daytha Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you for the fav :)
Witchwater Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
theory6-brian Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining…! I hope you enjoy your time with us! Welcome to the Collective! Let me know if there's anything that I or we can do for you and we look forward to seeing you and your beautiful art around! :D
theory6-brian Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool gallery! Keep it up! +watch :)
Witchwater Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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