Almost from the very start, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) players used small items to visually represent their characters in relation to other characters and monsters. At first, most players used dice, candy, or other random small items lying about. Eventually, miniatures were produced that better represented the physical appearance of these characters. Starting with 3rd edition D&D, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) released the D&D Miniatures (DDM) line of products to officially represent characters and monsters. Since the initial release, hundreds of unique miniatures have been created. The following are some of the best looking miniatures to represent a warrior in D&D.
Dwarf Shieldmaiden (Dungeons of Dread) – This female dwarf wields both an oversized shield and warhammer. Her brilliant red hair stands out in stark contrast to the steel armor that covers her from head to toe. Her broad shoulders and ankle length cape complete the image of a powerful female dwarven warrior.
Warforged Barbarian (War Drums) – This warforged miniature is one of the most intricately painted miniatures of the War Drums set. Useful as either a warforged or as any armored medium humanoid, the miniature sports tribal marking and shoulder guards painted to look like the bone of a giant creature. The wicked greatsword held by the warforged makes the miniature perfect as a barbarian or any similar primal warrior.
Drow Arcane Guard (Underdark) – This quality of this miniature is the unique weapon it wields. The drow arcane guard wields a spiked chain and the pose of the miniature suggests the drow is actively using it. The stark black and silver paint job is appropriate for a drow and makes this a subtle but excellent looking miniature.
Storm Archer (War of the Dragon Queen) – There is no better looking archer miniature than this elven archer. Dressed in flexible chain and scale armor, the storm archer has a transparent blue bow that can equally represent a powerful magical item or mystical power. The active pose and the blond hair are the final touches that make this miniature truly stand out.
Exorcist of the Silver Flame (Aberrations) – The small details are what make this miniature so impressive. The full plate armor he is wearing is molded to reveal the various layers. The two handed sword he holds looks ancient and weathered while the bow and quiver on his back look well oiled and preserved. Finally, the blue tabard provides the color that keeps this miniature from looking dull.
Human Fighter (Dungeons of Dread) – Copper, brown, silver, and black may not seem like incredibly interesting colors, but compared to the grey and black on most humanoid warriors, it is a beautiful color palette. Equipped with a traditional long sword and longbow, this miniature is a great fit for many concepts and the unusual color scheme stands out.
Ghaele Eladrin (Angelfire) – Lightly armored and wielding a sword that could be a greatsword or a bastard sword, the ghaele eladrin is a great miniature to represent a female warrior. The green blade on the sword makes the miniature optimal for paragon or epic characters.
Moon Elf Fighter (Archfiends) – Despite the name, this miniature can easily represent any medium humanoid race that is similar to an elf or human. This warrior wields a classic longsword and shield in a dynamic pose. Splashes of green and yellow look excellent surrounding the ankle length chain armor. Finally, while it is technically a female miniature, it can easily represent either gender.
Bralani Eladrin (Bloodwar) – The bralani eladrin is an almost perfect choice for various elven warriors. It has elven features and carries a sword that could be either a short or long sword and has a bow strapped to his back. The lack of armor makes this miniature a good fit for an elven rogue as well as a great fit for any lightly armored warrior like a swordmage.
Pentifex Monolith (Unhallowed) – This terribly named miniature is one of the most domineering humanoid miniatures ever made. It stands about one centimeter taller than most medium miniatures and wields an enormous sword and shield. Blue, black, copper, red, silver, and brown combine to create a surprisingly tasteful panorama of colors. As a bonus, the miniature has a javelin on its back, the most common preferred ranged weapon of fighters. Finally, the miniature simply looks heroic, which is what most players prefer in the miniatures that represent their characters.