How to paint Talisman miniatures: the toad | Tutorial

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Numerous painting techniques will be described in this tutorial that will illustrate how to paint Talisman's toad!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After review relative to Talisman – The Magical Quest Game (4° edizione), one of the coolest fantasy board games of all time, we're back with this tutorial to explain how to paint the toad miniature, available inside the basic box. To do this, we will use rather simple techniques using Citadel colors.



We remind you that the colors and all the tools for modeling are available on the website www.games-workshop.com.

How to paint Talisman miniatures: the toad | Tutorial

Before starting with the guide, we remind you that 4 toad cards and 4 plastic toads are available inside the game box. These are used when a character is turned into a toad during the game. When this happens, the character sheet is covered by a toad sheet for the duration of the transformation, while the plastic character is replaced by exactly one toad.

If you are interested in more insights on Talisman, we refer you to the Wikipedia page.

Talisman's Toad provided in the board game

Phase 1: Basic Toad Color | How to paint Talisman miniatures

After extracting the model of the toad from the game box, first you will have to give a color base to make the shades that you will apply in the next steps adhere perfectly. Always remember that the important thing is to completely cover the material your miniature is made of. To get an even layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as toad is characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.



Citadel Chaos Black spray ideal for primer

Alternative: if you don't have Chaos Black spray available, use Citadel Abaddon Black in a bottle; shake the jar well to mix the color correctly, then use the brush to put a drop on the palette and add a drop of water to dilute it slightly, as too thick a color would be difficult to apply and ruin your miniature, covering the details. If the color is too liquid, add a little more to thicken it.

Talisman's toad after black primer

Step 2: Decorate the Toad's Skin | How to paint Talisman miniatures

In this tutorial we will see how to decorate a brown toad, but if you decide to experiment with a few other shades, such as green or blue, you can use the same basic principle.

In the case of brown-skinned toads, start applying Rhinox Hide on all visible areas, leaving the eyes black: this will be the base color. To make the model more realistic, it is now necessary to shade the most hidden areas and you can then apply Citadel Shade Nuln Oil evenly. When the ink is dry, you can start highlighting any areas that are slightly raised using an equal mix of Rhinox Hide and Mournfang Brown. In particular, the large areas on the belly can be a challenge, but don't worry: being uniform, you can apply the color sparingly, diluting it with water in a slightly higher quantity than normal (if you have the possibility apply the Lahmian Medium instead of water. ).


Once this is done, to further lighten, use pure Mournfang Brown. Finally, for an extreme highlight in order to highlight the muscles and details on the back more in relief, you can apply the Mournfang Brown mixed with the Skrag Brown.


Practical tip: if you want, you can also experiment with other Layer shades (always lighter than the base color), such as Gorthor Brown, not to be applied together with the previous ones because then the effect would not be realistic. In that case, the extreme highlighting could be achieved with Baneblade Brown.

The eyes can be decorated with a light yellow color, after which you can apply a tip of black with a thin brush.

Talisman's toad with decorated skin

Step 3: Decorate the Toad's Base | How to paint Talisman miniatures

You can decorate the base of the toad giving space to your imagination; for example you can apply a Citadel Texture such as Stirland Mud or Astrogranite to create a rocky effect on brown or gray. Whichever you choose, paint the edges of the base with XV-88 or Mechanicus Standard Gray accordingly. When the Texture is dry, gently drybrush a lighter color to highlight, such as Karak Stone in the first case or Adminatum Gray in the second. Finally, to complete, you can add the Mordheim or Middenland Clods, in order to enrich the base with tufts of grass.


Citadel Texture Stirland Mud e Astrogranite

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Alternatively, you can decorate the base by painting it entirely with Mournfang Brown and then applying a little static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue, to recreate a turf. You can also add a small amount of crushed stone to give it a classy effect.


Static modeling grass

Practical tip: to apply the static grass or flock, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then immerse the latter in a jar containing the grass, so as to make it adhere perfectly.

Once this stage is completed, your toad miniature is ready to be used in Talisman games!

The complete Talisman toad

Have fun!

This tutorial from techigames' Painting Workshop dedicated to decorating miniatures ends here. For any questions or requests we are available via the comments box below!

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