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Dungeons & Dragons

So, if you know me at all, then you probably know that the Baldur's Gate series of PC role-playing games are my favorite games of all time. Running on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules, this classic CRPG series lets you explore the Forgotten Realms and beyond, while gathering a party of colorful companions, discovering dark secrets about your heritage, and fighting off powerful villains who would use your power for their own ends.

Now, the original Baldur's Gate was released back in 1998, and the (usually considered superior) sequel, BG2: Shadows of Amn, was released in 2000, so there's a good chance visitors of my site haven't played these games. If that's the case, I recommend you pick them up on GOG.com (the links above will take you there) and play 'em. I've even made my own set of guides for beginners. So just forget these silly LEGO things and go play it.

But, here they are anyway:


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The heroes of Baldur's Gate II. From left to right: Jan Jansen, Keldorn Firecam, Aerie, Jaheira, Imoen, the Bhaalspawn, Minsc, Viconia De'Vir, Edwin Odessieron, Yoshimo, and Korgan Bloodaxe.

I first made these minifigs back in 2005 (the original versions are at the bottom of this page), but massively improved them in 2013.
No, this isn't every character in the game, just my favorites. Maybe one day I'll make Anomen, Nalia, Cernd, Valygar, and Mazzy for completionist's sake.

For clarification, this guy I called the Bhaalspawn is my protagonist. I always see the Bhaalspawn as a ranger in red dragonscale with the Celestial Avenger katana, since that's how I first played the game.

The party you start off with in the lovely Chateau Irenicus: Minsc, Jaheira, and Imoen. I tried to make the characters more closely resemble their portraits in my new decal designs.

Of course, Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster Boo are the most iconic characters in the series. Boo even makes an appearance much later in another BioWare game, Mass Effect 2.

Some of my favorite other NPC's in BG2: Keldorn, Aerie, Yoshimo, and Jan Jansen. You haven't really played BG2 until you've played it all the way through with Jan Jansen in your party.

Much to the annoyance of anyone trying to play BG2 as an evil character, there are only three evil-aligned NPC's: Korgan Bloodaxe, Edwin Odessieron, and Viconia De'Vir. Of course, they're also some of the best party members you can get, and have some pretty amusing banter if you bring all three along.

The villains of BG2: Jon Irenicus and Bodhi from Shadows of Amn and Amelyssan the Blackhearted from Throne of Bhaal.

Irenicus is one of the best villains in any game, though admittedly a lot of this is due to the superb voice acting of David Warner.

You know, somehow I don't think any page of Dungeons & Dragons minifigs would be complete without Drizzt Do'Urden, who is basically the face of D&D and the Forgotten Realms. I used to read R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt books when I was a kid, but I couldn't get into his newer installments...

Drizzt makes appearances in both Baldur's Gate games. I based my old Drizzt minifig's armor on the appearance of his armor item in Baldur's Gate, but this time I updated to a more modern Todd Lockwood outfit. I'm not really a big fan of the dull grey-brown leather and practically-straight, identical "scimitars" that Lockwood gave Drizzt, but hey...

"What's this?" I hear you ask. "Scorp using the heretical flesh tones?!" These were done by request... They are the characters added by the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Editions. The characters are Baeloth the Entertainer, Neera the Wild Mage, Hexxat the vampire, Dorn Il-Khan, and Monk Meer- oops, sorry, I mean Rasaad yn Bashir the monk.

I made most of the other characters in flesh tone as well, including a new Sarevok minifig:

One of these days I'm going to re-make that old Sculpey clay Sarevok helmet I made in 2005... Speaking of which, here it is now!

 

Older Minifigs (from 2005-2006)

We'll start off with Sarevok, the main villain of Baldur's Gate 1:

I'm still pretty proud of this little minifig, even though it's old. I've seen him pop up all over the Internet in peoples' avatars and such.

Sarevok unmasked. You can see a bunch more photos of this minifig over here on Brickshelf.

The old version of my Drizzt minifig, based on his armor's appearance in Baldur's Gate 1, and on the older covers of the Salvatore novels, which I prefer in many ways over the new ones.

Wait, who the heck is this elf chick in the ridiculous armor? Why, it's Lady Aribeth de Tylmarande (what a mouthful) from Neverwinter Nights, BioWare's overall disappointing successor to Baldur's Gate! I'm not even sure why I made her.

The Solar from Throne of Bhaal!

Anyway, if you want to see the rest of my older BG2 minifigs, you can check 'em out over here on Brickshelf. There's a bunch of stuff in there, like the character portraits and some fight scenes and Drizzt's party and some random archer lady from a canceled comic book series called Sojourn.

Well, enjoy!

 

"I still say we should head south to Baldur's Gate." - random player voice-set, Icewind Dale.

 

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