Battle! Studio Paper Miniatures: Gnome Adventurers


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With Human Adventurers 2 out somewhat prematurely (that is, before the other racial sets are finished) and with my current living situation finally becoming somewhat stabilized (don't worry, I'm doing fine!), I've decided to take a crack at the Gnome set again!

I think I've finally settled on a good aesthetic for gnomes - you can find a preview on my Tumblr. I really wanted to capture their zany otherworldlyness, which meant making them rather cartoony, even when compared to the already fairly cartoonish style of the rest of my paper mini line. As usual, a good chunk of the minis are going to be androgynous, but I think I'm going to skew female/feminine in this one (in contrast to the dwarf set, which is skewed to male/masculine characters).

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?


For some reason, I've always thought of Gnomes having extra large heads for their bodies. Regardless, I like Pathfinder's version, where the fey aspect comes in. It would give you a lot of freedom with hair and skin tone, maybe play up the forest spirit nature of them. I'm sure whatever you come up with will be awesome. Glad to see you back Tim.


Gnomes in a lot of games often show up as cagy merchants.

And I like them as curious fans of things like clocks and other gearworks.

And I'd like to see a few gnomes without mustaches or beards...


As much as I am a fan of Battle!Studios minis, I find that the only good gnome is the one found on the business end of a pike. The preview looks nice for a halfling, though.

Maybe for the colors, you could do one set that's psychedelic gnome (standard, right?) and one with normal hair and eye colors (to double as halflings, maybe?).

Just a thought.

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I posted another preview gnome up on my tumblr, if anyone was interested! So far I have 12 of the 20 gnomes inked, and two more sketched.


Looking good, Tim!

Any chance of you doing a monster pack in the future?

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Unfortunately, monster packs are kind of a low priority for me, since monsters make the vast majority of the paper mini market - I kind of carved out player characters as a niche, since they were under-served. I do have a friend working on a set of fey creatures in a similar style, which Battle! Studio's going to publish if she finishes it, so keep an eye open for that. It'll be a part of a different "line" of miniatures and probably have a different price point.

Also, as for your previous question on "normal" haired gnomes - since I'm going to have a halfling set coming out in the future, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense in the long view to make the gnomes double for halflings. However, as always, the black and white lineart will be included so you can color them yourself!


And you are more than welcome to use the gnome rogue you designed for me as part of this set. (If we didn't already agree to that when you did the original commission.)

I'd love to see her in different colors.


Battle! Tim Jenkins wrote:

I do have a friend working on a set of fey creatures in a similar style, which Battle! Studio's going to publish if she finishes it, so keep an eye open for that. It'll be a part of a different "line" of miniatures and probably have a different price point.

Fey creatures, eh? Right up my alley! :D


Pathfinder gnomes seem to be kinda skinny and fairy-like in their proportions, as opposed to dwarves and halflings that are generally thicker.

My thoughts are that if you want to differentiate gnomes from these other creatures, I would accentuate their more lithe nature. What you have shown so far, their bodies are much thicker than I would expect.

That being said, congrats on getting these products out. Ive been toying with the idea of putting out some paper minis myself, but just cant seem to get my lazy end past the drawing stage.

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