The Web site of Larry Elmore. Larry Elmore is simply one of the best fantasy artists EVER. He is a member of the "Fab Four". The Fab four basically put TSR (Dungeons and Dragons) on the map with their outstanding artwork in the 80's and 90's for their game systems. If you have not visited this Web site yet, you need to go check it out right now!
The Web site of Keith Parkinson. Keith is one of the greats in many arenas including game covers, video game covers, and of course many many book covers. Keith was the youngest member of "The Fab Four". The Fab four basically put TSR (Dungeons and Dragons) on the map with their outstanding artwork in the 80's and 90's for their game systems. Keith passed away in the fall of 2005 and is missed by all. Keith's estate is running his Web site now to keep the candle burning for everyone to still enjoy his amazing artwork.
The Web site of Clyde Caldwell. Clyde really knows how to paint up those sexy women! Clyde is also a member of "The Fab Four". The Fab four basically put TSR (Dungeons and Dragons) on the map with their outstanding artwork in the 80's and 90's for their game systems. Clyde is still going strong painting up those sexy babes.
The Web site of Jeff Easley. Jeff is best known for his iconic AD&D rule book covers and tons of module and book covers for TSR. The man can paint some mean dragons. Jeff is of course a member of "The Fab Four" as well. The Fab four basically put TSR (Dungeons and Dragons) on the map with their outstanding artwork in the 80's and 90's for their game systems. Jeff still lives in the great state of Wisconsin with his Pug Overlord named Piggy.
The Web site of George R.R. Martin - loads of excellent information from the man himself. George loves miniatures as much as I do. He grew up on the classic 54mm variety of toy soliders and have quite the impressive collection of them. But has since been turned to the dark side of the force and now collects gaming scale models as well. He digs the heft of old school pewter/lead just like me and he loves to rant about the Giants and Jets football teams. You can access George's LiveJournal via the "Not A Blog" link and get all sorts of great updates straight from George.
The Web site of Stephanie Law - Stephanie is best known for her amazing Fairy artwork. Stephanie and I have been friends since 2003 when I first discovered her wonderful artwork. Stephanie’s otherworldly artwork really struck a chord with me personally due to the whimsical and ethereal nature of it. It was so different than the Fab Four from TSR of Elmore, Easley, Caldwell and Parkinson, but I loved it in a whole other way. And so did many of the folks I worked with from sculptors to painters. It has this precious sense of wonder to it that brought me back to the early 1980’s when I first discovered the artwork of the Fab Four of TSR I mentioned above.Stephanie is a big fan of pewter fantasy miniatures and has been collecting them since she was young.So she was thrilled when I approached her about creating a range of miniatures based on her artwork. She has been involved in the creative process with us every step of the way on these miniatures.
The Web site of Tom Meier. Tom is one of the greatest miniature sculptors ever. Without Tom pushing the envelope for the past four decades, miniatures would not be where they are today. Tom was a founding father at Ral Partha as one of their owners. Tom is one low-key dude who lets his sculpting do the talking for him. We are honored to work with Tom on many of our lines.
The Web site of Patrick Keith. I have had my eye on this guy for a number of years as he was honing his craft on the sculpting front. A couple years back we decided to make a go of it and bring him on to take some of the heat off of Jeff Grace by taking over our Elmore Masterworks line (Jeff was stretched thin on multiple lines). Patrick has continually honed his skills since we brought him onboard and has since launched his own boutique miniature company called Bombshell Babes all the while still sculpting for Dark Sword, Reaper Miniatures and other companies. He is a prolific sculptor that digs Star Wars, classic rock and Samuel L. Jackson berets. I myself was never called to wear such a beret as I tend to stick with baseball caps. But one has to respect the beret..
The Web site of Marike Reimer. Marike Reimer has been a Dark Sword Miniatures staff painter for a number of years now and is considered one of the top miniature painters in the world. She is an amazing artist and she can really bring the heat in competitions when she wants to. She took the first ever Crystal Brush Awards top prize and has won just about every award out there except a Slayer Sword. We also produced an awesome 4 DVD Painting Tutorial Set together that is over 13 hours of instruction. Marike lives in Seattle with her hubby.
The Web site of Jen Haley. Jen is a multi-slayer sword winner and very well known painter all over the world. Jen is also considered one of the top painters in the world. Jen has been a Dark Sword staff painter for many years as well. Jen and her painting partner in crime Anne Foerster teamed up to be in our first miniature painting tutorial 3 DVD set. It is over 10 hours of instruction and is pretty awesome stuff. Jen lives in the great state of Texas with her main squeeze.
The Web site of Jessica Rich. Jessica has stepped in to follow in the footsteps of Matt Verzani as one of the main Dark Sword staff painters. She was crazy good when she came onboard, and has leveled up huge in the short time since she started painting for Dark Sword. She has a whole case full of Golden Demon awards. And it turns out she has been a big supporter of our ranges since we started the company way back when. She now has some mad freehand skills thanks to the Marike Reimer painting DVD and recently took the ReaperCon 2013 Overall Best in Show award with a jaw-dropping mounted knight covered in freehand details and actual freehand replications of famous artwork.
The Web site of Matt Verzani. Matt was one of our top-notch staff painters before he went back to a career in law as a lawyer. Matt was out first official staff painter. Matt Verzani is a multiple Golden Demon award winning painter that is out of this world! Check out his Web site if you want to get some cool ideas for painting miniatures. Matt was (and still is) an amazing painter that was so important to Dark Sword's look and feel on the miniature painting front. He was a monster with that paint brush and a great guy.
The Web site of Susan Wachowski. Susan was our 2nd official staff painter. Susan is a dragon painting guru and very classy lady. She also used to head up the Gen Con Paint n' Take's at both Gen Con Indy and Gen Con So Cal. Her husband Art is a 40K/Warmachine guru - a cool cat and good gamer. Sue teaches lots of classes at ReaperCon.
The Web site of Zach Lanier. Zach is a multiple award winning painter that took 1st place in the 2009 Gen Con Single Miniature portion of the contest along with Dark Sword Best In Show Award. He is a class act and one talented painter. Be sure to check out Zach's Web Site for top-notch miniature carrying cases that painters can store their works in for transit to shows and such.
The Web site of Miniaturenland. Miniaturenland was started by a big fan of Dark Sword by the name of Ralph. He wanted to spread the word all over Germany about Dark Sword and our award-winning line of miniatures. So he started up a company and has been a major ally of Dark Sword ever since. For our friends in Germany, be sure to check out his site and order miniatures from them as they are local. They provide fast service!
The Hot Lead Web site. Laszlo Jakusovszky was one of the first top level miniature painters to throw his painting skills into the ring with his own 3 DVD miniature painting tutorial with 8 hours of painting instruction a number of years ago. He set the bar in my opinion on what a rock solid DVD set should look like and how it should flow. Dark Sword followed down the path he blazed with two of our own DVD sets with some of our staff painters in the years that followed that first Hot Lead DVD release. He has since followed it up with an add-on DVD set that builds onto and expands upon the first set. He is an amazing (and insanely organized) painter and an all around great guy to chat about the hobby with. He brought sexy back with his second DVD set as you get to see some leg as he was wearing shorts during the shooting. I think his wife had something to do with that, but have not confirmed at this point.
The Web site of Cool Mini Or Not. If you want to see TONS of excellent painted miniatures and post your own for review, than this site is for you! You can spend hours looking at pics on this site and not even scratch the surface! Plus, they have boatloads of great painting articles and for that matter, articles on everything from taking pics of your minis to making cool bases for your minis. This site is perhaps one of the greatest things for minis ever. They have also expanded into their own miniature ranges and are now doing wonderful board games and painting DVD sets as well. They stock the full Dark Sword range and a ton of other ranges from around the world in their massive Online Store. One of their founders - David Doust is the long lost son of Gordon Gecko.
The WAMP Web site. If you want to check out a new painting community, then WAMP is the place to click on over to and look around. They also produce an online miniature magazine called Portal. Lots of great articles and discussions on this site. Check them out as they have online painting contests going on every month as well.
The Miniature Central Web site. This cool new Web site lets you catalog your collection, trade with other collectors and also research miniatures from a number of companies. Check it out..
The Stuff of Legends Web site. This Web site is wonderful if you need a reference for older miniatures such as Ral Partha and Grenadier. I love this Web site!
The Source Comics and Games in MN Web site. The Source Games and Comics is one of the most impressive Games & Miniatures stores that I have ever been to. They are located right here in our home state of Minnesota and they carry TONS of miniatures and of course every game imaginable. They stock the entire Dark Sword range and there is even a large display case of inked Dark Sword studio models you can check out there. They are the official Dark Sword Home Base Hobby Store. I can always get a fix for games, miniatures and comics here. Their staff is top notch in terms of their knowledge and their willingness to help people find exactly what they are looking for. They also have a gigantic gaming area that is always buzzing with activity. This place is a real find if you are ever in the area as it is beyond impressive on so many levels.
The Web site of Reaper Miniatures. Reaper Miniatures is a company that has kept many gamers and miniature enthusiasts alive in recent years by providing them with a quality miniature fix since Grenadier and Ral Partha went the way of the dinasaurs in the mid 1990's. Reaper is run by fantastic people and they come out with tons of great minis. They not only do great pewter minis, but have also unleashed a new plastic material called "BONES" on the world to provide gamers with very reasonably priced plastic miniatures. They also hold an amazing annual event/party called ReaperCon at their corporate headquarters in TX. It is 5 days of painting classes and sculpting classes from some of the world's best painters and sculptors. Painting contests and gaming events are also going on during the entire convention. They know how to throw a party indeed.
The Web site of Iron Wind Metals. Iron Wind Metals is a group of old Ral Partha employees who are now producing some of the older Ral Partha "Classic" miniatures. They are essentially Ral Partha reborn. They are also coming out with new original figures as well. If you missed out on an older Ral Partha set go check em out and they may have it. A great group of folks indeed.
The Web site of Hasslefree Miniatures. Kev and Sally White are good folks that run a very cool miniatures company called Hasslefree Miniatures. Lots of goodies and eye candy for everyone. Check it out and enjoy the minis. Kev also has an extreme appreciation of cult favorite movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. If you dig these movies, you will dig their site. Lots of cool stuff folks.
The Web site of Redbox Games. This is the Web site and brain child of Tre Manor. Tre is part honey badger (I wonder if that explains all the hair and the thick GI Joe beard?). He launched his own boutique miniature company a number of years ago called Redbox Games and certainly has a style to his minis and his world. Tre made a name for himself sculpting for Reaper Miniatures (which he still does off and on to this day) before he took off on his own journey of walking the earth and getting into adventures each week like Caine from Kung Fu. Tre is one of the nicest guys you could meet and he is awesome to hang out with.
The Web site of Ceres Studios. This is the Web site of Jeff Bair who is a big Dark Sword supporter and gaming enthusiast. He specializes in creating amazing custom wood dice trays and dice towers along with custom jewelery. They work their magic with almost any wood under the sun to create really unique dice towers and dice trays. I commissioned him to do 3 dice trays and a dice tower for my personal collection and he exceeded expecations so greatly, he now has a customer for life in me. He does amazing custom work so check out his site.
The Web site of The Guild. Ok,it is official, I am addicted to watching "The Guild". It is a hilarious free Web series (that you can also purchase on DVD like I did) that follows the in game and real life exploits of a group of Online Gamers who are in "The Knights of Good" guild. It is beyond funny and excellent entertainment for anyone who has ever played an online RPG. Zaboo is priceless.
The Web site of KenzerCo. Ok,we saved one of the best for the very last link. If you have never read Knights of the Dinner Table, then you need to rush out to your local comic/hobby store and pick up the lastest issue or better yet pick up one of their early compilations. Every gamer worth their salt needs to read this HILARIOUS comic. If you visit the Kenzer & Company Web site you will be able to view the exclusive online Knights of the Dinner Table comic strips. They have also recently released some amazing RPG's called Aces and Eights (Westerns theme) and Hackmaster (Fantasy theme) recently.