We held a bracketed Magic: The Gathering tournament in celebration of Elder Zhengspawn’s twelfth year on Middle Earth, with a custom MTG token as the prize. Mrs. Zheng3 completely crushed the assembled children, as she is wont to do.
In all fairness, the runner-up was fighting a 101° fever, so we decided that he, and not the house, should get the custom token. He chose Vampires to go with his black deck.
The party eventually devolved into freestyle wrestling, because 12-year-olds and sugar is why.
My research into Magic: The Gathering Vampires has convinced me there are three main kinds of vampires in the fantasy world.
Handsome Male Vampires.
Monstrous Androgynous Vampires.
Slutty Female Vampires.
I opted for Handsome Male vampire, in no small part because I didn’t want to hear from the winner’s parents about how I’d given their son a lewd handful of 3d-printed boobies. This is the American Midwest, after all.
Once I had a few hours into the design, Zhengspawn informed me of the radical differences in appearance between the Stromkirk and Markov bloodlines, and rather than go down that rabbit hole I decided to just go with a generic vampire for use in any fantasy setting.
His original design had a crew cut, which looked very American Civil War-era True Blood-ish. The consensus around the house was that Fabio hair was more apropos.
At this scale, the Replicator’s resolution is a handicap, especially compared to the miniatures cast by big commercial foundries like Games Workshop. Communicating “vampire” without really being able to print fangs and pointy ears is a challenge.
So I’m limited to pose and wardrobe. I had to get the model up off the base to make this a flying vampire, so I appropriated the cloak and gave the vampire a regal bearing.
I added the cavalry saber and started thinking backstory, like this guy was an army officer before he got seduced by one of the aforementioned slutty vampires 200 years ago and suddenly why am I in this rabbit hole and got to get back to modeling again.
I decided not to tatter the cloak, because although it would look cool, no self-respecting vampire noble would float into combat looking like a schlub.
If you’ve got your own 3D printer, get cracking on printing your own vampires. You can download the model here, completely free.
No printer? I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store. A half-dozen should do it for most games.
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