LTD Vaarsuvius Guide


Odds are, if you are reading this, you already know what The Order of the Stick is.   If you are unfamiliar with The Order Of The Stick, it is an award winning web comic created and drawn by Rich Burlew that parodies D&D, role-playing games and medieval fantasy.


For this guide, I am assuming you have also read the OOTS Cleaning, Preparation & General Painting Information Guide.  If not, I would suggest reading it as it contains a lot of basic information useful for each and every Order of the Stick figure. That guide can be found here:


List of paints used in this guide:


Privateer Press P3 Thamar Black
Privateer Press P3 Morrow White
Privateer Press P3 Ryn Flesh

Privateer Press P3 Beaten Purple

Privateer Press P3 Skorne Red

Privateer Press P3 Khador Red Base

Reaper Master Series Cloudy Grey

Reaper Master Series Lemon Yellow

Reaper Master Series Bone Shadow

Reaper Master Series Burnt Orange


I picked the paint I used in this tutorial because the colors not only match the comic, but these paints are available worldwide through either local gaming stores or online.  Feel free to use any brand of miniature paint you can find.   Please note that the craft paints found in the local art and crafts stores do not contain the finely ground pigment that is in miniature paints and the large molecules found in craft paints may show up as grainy when used on small miniatures like these.  BUT, if that is all you have, use it.


Limited Edition Vaarsuvius comes with a blue resin body, 2 metal hands, a metal hand holding a perching Blackwing, a flying Blackwing, 2 legs and a plain plastic base.

The blue resin is a special resin that is stronger than normal resin, holds detail extremely well and can be painted without priming.  Metal bits still need priming however.


  Our blue resin does not need priming, but make sure you wash it well before painting to make sure all oils from your hands and left over mold release are off the resin.

I glue the standing Blackwing to his base and then putty the bottom in a stone pattern.

Blackwing Putty

I attach the tabbed leg to the base and glue it down.  Then I glue the other leg to the body and Vaarsuvius to the tabbed leg.

V Feet

The hands are glued in next.  Vaarsuvius comes with the option of empty hands or with one holding a perching Blackwing.

V hands empty

V Hands Blackwing

Next I putty the base and add the stone pattern.

V stone empty

V Stone blackwing

All the metal bits are then primed and Vaarsuvius is ready to start painting!

V Hands Primed

V BLackwing Primed

V Flying Blackwing Primed

I use P3 Ryn Flesh to paint the face.

V SKin Empty

V Skin blackwing

The robe and cloak border are next with P3 Khador Red Base.

V Robe empty front

V Robe Empty back

V Robe blackwing front

P3 Skorne Red is used for the cloak.

V Cloak empty Front

V cloak empty back

V Cloak Blackwing front

P3 Beaten Purple was used for the hair.

V hair empty front

V Hair empty Back

V Hair blackwing front

P3 Thamar Black is used for the lining around the hair, cloak, hands, legs and base.


V Blacks empty

V Blacks blackwing perch


Then I used P3 Morrow White for Blackwing’s eyes and RMS Burnt Orange for his beak and feet.

V P blackwing beak eyes

V Blackwing beak eyes

RMS Bone Shadow was used on the belt.

V Belt empty

V Belt perching blackwing

RMS Lemon yellow is used for the circlet and cloak clasp.

V Belt empty hands

V circlet empty back

Lastly I use RMS Cloudy Grey on the stones and touch upped anything that was missed or needed touch ups.

V stone touchups empty

V Stone touchups blckwing

Vaarsuvius is ready for a coat of Dullcoat sealer.  After the Dullcoat sealer has dried, Vaarsuvius  is ready for display or the gaming table.

LTD V FH Final

V Perching Blackwing Final

V perching blackwing back final