Dark Arts of Nerdery – Blind Crafting – more miniatures. Quick and easy.

2016 June 6
by mackan

I just wanted to share with you some very small ideas on how to quickly rustle up some goblinoid figures.

I experimented a lot on different kinds of paper for this, but what actually worked best was ordinary kitchen tissue paper, closely followed by ordinary printer paper.

What you need to make vaguely goblinoid miniatures

- Paper (tissue paper or printing paper)
- White glue
- optionally a bead for head.

How to do it.

My own process was a trial run, with different kinds of paper and card stock and stuff. Hence the kinda messy pictures. But… Without further ado.

First thing you do, cut a piece of paper about "6 heads" tall and wide. If you are going to make a great creature - use the head size, top to bottom, times 6 for length and width. Mine is a small one...

Step 1: First thing you do, cut a piece of paper about "6 heads" tall and wide. If you are going to make a great creature - use the head size, top to bottom, times 6 for length and width. Mine is a small one...

Step 2: From the top, cut a slit in the middle of the paper, one head-length down. From the bottom, a slit 2 to 3 head lengths...

Step 3: roll the paper from the sides. When you get to the middle cuts, twist the paper into arms and legs on the humanoid (goblinoid).

Step 3: roll the paper from the sides. When you get to the middle cuts, twist the paper into arms and legs on the humanoid (goblinoid).

Step 4: When you have the body shape you want on the paper figure, white glue everything in place.

Step 4: When you have the body shape you want on the paper figure, white glue everything in place.

Step 5: Attach the head. Either you simply roll one out of paper. But I can't be bothered so I use a bead instead.

Step 5: Attach the head. Either you simply roll one out of paper. But I can't be bothered so I use a bead instead.

You could of course always make lots of these. Each step above is a matter of seconds, all except between step 4 and 5, which is where I went to sleep to let the glue dry.

I have also not yet mounted these, or painted them, but that is a matter of hot glue and a washer for mounting and a fairly quick paintjob.

I will certainly do this and make a little army of nasties for my players to encounter, along the line.

But the huge difference between these and the skeletons / undeads I have made earlier, is the time to make ‘em. I could literally make a dozen of these in like half an hour.

So that’s all for today. Über-simple miniatures galore!

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