From the Ground Up

“Sometimes creating a character is a simple as starting with an image.”

I was led to Hero Forge by encountering one of their posts while scrolling through my Facebook wall. I was intrigued by the fact that you could create a miniature from scratch using their editor!


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Thrynn Stonewatch. Created on HeroForge.com

Before no time, I was creating a dwarven character that was going to be used as a player character in my buddy’s campaign and an NPC in my own campaign world. I have found that if you want to really flesh out an NPC for your settings, play it in another GM’s game. This will give you a chance to optimize the character and discover his or her mannerisms, which really helps when it comes down to writing up the NPC.


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A screenshot Hero Forge Custom Miniature’s editor

If you want to create a custom miniature for a character, an NPC, or an encounter, you’ll be surprised to find out how easy it is to create on their editor! And they are constantly adding more options, so you’ll be sure to find something for one of your games!

The character I created, Thrynn, is a combination of the Fantasy, Modern, and Sci-Fi genres, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to one style. Even if you are strictly sticking to a typical sword and sorcery setting, there are some options throughout the various genres that can apply to that setting. For examples, a dwarven manufactured weapon would probably be a little different looking than one manufactured in a human town. And with this in mind, you can add a lot of depth to your mini!

After I played around in Hero Forge’s editor for a while and found the representation of my NPC, I went ahead and ordered him. I was going to instill Thrynn’s greatness in my campaign world. But before that, he was going to make his mark in my friend’s campaign.


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Artwork by Boggsimus


I wanted Thrynn to be a very stoic personality. And because he is an adept gunslinger, I thought it fitting for him to be a marshal that travels throughout the realms of the Empire, upholding the absolute law.

What’s interesting is how easy it is to create an entire character and its background by having a visual representation of it in front of you! And that can touch upon that fact that some of the population cannot visualize images in their minds, a condition which is called Aphantasia, which I actually have, which we’ll touch upon this more and more throughout more articles to come!

Since we were playing my friend’s game using the Pathfinder Roleplaying System, I decided to take advantage of all of the resources I had and make Thrynn a Gunslinger. I honestly could have made him a Ranger, which would have worked due to the class’ tracking abilities, but I felt that Gunslinger felt his background better!
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Thrynn standing vigilant on top of Easy Roller Dice Company’s Legendary Copper Metal Dice Set
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