| This was another entry in the
Fifth Annual Female Miniature Painting Challenge. She managed to
third in the cheesecake category.
I started out by filing
back her protruding vampire teeth and the original text marking on the
tombstone. Her base was cut back and secured to a plastic 25mm round.
The holes for the eye pupils (arrgh!) put in by the sculptor were
filled with putty to allow me to have her looking in another direction.
She was initially painted with a white wedding style
dress, but I found out that a vampire in white is just... well... too
white! Then I opted for black with a black lace design. The gems
are ruby to reflect her red eyes, crimson lips and the red flowers on her
The cat familiar from reaper seemed to suit her
attitude with it's aggressive hissing pose. To match Jahenna's
contrasting black and white coloration, the cat was made into a Siamese
which is also black and white.
The Van Helsing name on the gravestone is obviously a
salute to the protagonist of Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula tale with a
touch of irony; A vampire sitting on the vampire hunters tombstone.
I am very pleased with how she turned out despite the
initial painting hiccup with the white dress. Black was obviously the
best choice in the end.