Miniature painting offers life-size fun

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Your beefy level six barbarian trudges through the darkness and mud, the bones of his downed opponents rattling as they dangle from his belt, when suddenly a jet of swamp water erupts before him. From the muddy grime, black wings unfurl, exposing the serpentine shape of… gum stuck to a popsicle stick? Oh good?

Tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder have sparked renewed interest in communities around the world during the pandemic. New faces with brand new stories entered the hobby for the first time, while others spent the illusory infinity of time growing their collection of tabletop miniatures. If you’re new to the hobby, or even if you’re a veteran with boxes of unpainted miniatures, the library has the perfect program for you.

Join me on Tuesday, April 12 at 3 p.m. at the library for an educational hangout focused on miniature painting for your next big game night. Don’t have your own mini yet? I will have a few of mine available, although I encourage you to bring your own if you can. Placing your unique mini at the table with your own custom paint job gives a warm, fuzzy feel that you have to experience for yourself. Also, if you have your own painting supplies, I encourage you to bring them, although we also have some on hand.

This program is for tweens, teens, and adults interested in painting or D&D. Although we do not turn anyone away if they wish to spend time and learn, this program is not suitable for younger children. Parts can be very small, sharp and pose a choking hazard.

Do you have any questions about the mini painting hobby, where to get models, or how you can get one 3D printed at the library before the program? Do not hesitate to send me an email, which you will find at the end of this article.

Brenden Bobby can be reached at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, by phone at 208-263-6930, or by email at [email protected]

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