Monday Miniatures: Delayed Edition


So I went on a hike this weekend. An epic 18 mile affair. It’s possible I might have pushed myself a little too much. As a result, I am so sore I had to take the day off work. That will teach me to have hobbies outside of painting.

Nature turns out to be a wonderful painter in her own right, though.



I had no chance to look at any new Kickstarter projects this weekend. Anyone want to link the latest and greatest to me?

David Harpy

This week I reid a new technique: I base coated the whole mini in a light grey, and then built up colors with a series of washes and glazes. At the very end I added red and white highlights where appropriate. I’m really happy with out it all turned out – it allowed for some really subtle blending techniques.


Magnus went with a similar color scheme, but did a much better job on the eyes. I found them to be particularly impossible on this model.


Newcomer Wolfie907 went a completely different way, and his result was much more technicolor. The flesh came out particularly well on this one.


Speaking of technicolor we have Kylie’s harpy up next. I LOVE this color scheme. Very stylish and inventive.

Harpy Arjen 2

Arjen sends us a compelling WIP shot. I love this color scheme, and am convinced his harpy will turn out great!


Last, but certainly not least, we have Dirk. For the second week in a row, he is repurposing one of the bones to be a character in one of his Warhammer armies. Notice the bit of Bretonian flare… Great stuff, really!

Oh Rats! – Let’s knock out another group of minor minis! – please send pictures of your harpy to by 2100 MDT on 6/29


Deadeye Slim

Familiars – Paint your favorite, or two or three – it’s up to you.

Bat Swarm – I think this is one of the weakest minis in the entire bones collection. Let’s see what we can do to fix that.

Oxidation Beast

This entry was posted by David Winchester.

11 thoughts on “Monday Miniatures: Delayed Edition

  1. Thanks for the compliment David! I dont know that Id call it inventive – she started out being based on the World of Warcraft harpy but I ended up changing it a bit as I went. I consider her a sea harpy who lives on the cliffs by the sea-side. I am really happy with how she turned out – Im glad you like it too!

    I think everyone did a great job this week and its great to see the different colour schemes!

    Dirk – the blood makes her look positively vicious – I love it! :p What did you use for the bloody remains on the base? They look great!

    Arjen – I really like where you are going with this mini, I too think it will look great!

    Wolfie – Welcome! I agree with David, your flesh looks really good, I look forward to seeing some of your other work 🙂

    Magus – Your eyes are looking amazing. I also like the dark skin tone for her. I think she looks really good.

    David – I think the blending you did on the wings turned out really well! I also like the wing feathers too – I think they have great tones & Highlights through them!

  2. This week I like David’s mini best. It has subtle color shades like most real-life birds, and yet there is a lot of variation and all details stand out very well.
    I had trouble bringing out the feathers when I did the griffon, so this time I tried a wash of diluted white over a brown basecoat and it works rather well, though that may not be very clear from my picture. I may have picked this idea up from one of the other griffons you all posted, so I consider it the bonus of hanging around with you guys on this site long enough.
    @ Magnus: have you considered NOT spraying your bones minis? I never do and the paintwork, unlike with the metal ones, holds out well.

    • @Arjen: I haven’t really considered omitting the sealer. In some cases, I depend on the matte spray to tone down the semi-gloss that results from some washes. I’m hoping this time was either the result of the humidity here, or putting on too heavy a coat.

      • Reaper’s brush on sealer is a decent matte coat if you want to avoid the spray matte sealer.

      • I, like Arjen, don’t tend to find I need to have the sealer – I use reaper paints and Vallejo washes and don’t usually ended up with a very matte finish. Occasionally, I will use a gloss varnish on gems to make them shiny.

        I have considered using a sealer – particularly on minis I plan to base with grass, but don’t currently have any. However, as of yet I have not had any issues of chipping or anything. We do play with our minis (pathfinder games) and they get attacked by my cat sometimes. As for storage, I store them in plastic divided boxes (like this one – the lack of padding is not ideal but they aren’t rubbing against each other – and they are really easy to pack away. Each of my boxes have a theme (casters/melee/animals/demons etc) so I always know where to find a mini.

        Id be interested to see what others have to say.

        On another note – I do check your blog Magus, and enjoy reading your process and why you make your choices. I have a similar blog 🙂

  3. I am also curious about Kylie’s blue-rimmed feathers: is it done by meticulously painting them one by one or is there some trick you could share?

    • Hey Arjen – with my feathers I painted them black, and the with a small dry brush of pale blue I went over the edges of the feathers – I tried to keep away from the centre of each feather. It is one of the first times I have tried to use a dry brush technique on such a small and specific area. But I am happy with the results! 🙂

  4. @Kylie: the harpy-unit has the skeletons from a horse and rider (ought to be an eaten bretonnian knight) devided among the bases. the bloody remaines behind the reaper harpy is part of the horses´ ripcage. I covered it in red, as it was freshly gnawed off, and after I flocked the base I let more red flow on the grass.

    to the varnish subject: we didn´t sealed our models until now, and they are resting in a glass cabinet. But as the number of painted models grows, some of them has to go in the near future ;).
    I use foam cases for my armies, and the human-size reaper minis will go in one of these too.
    I like to seal the models beforehand, as I fear the paint can scratch off through handling or – later – play (as we use them for our roleplaying groups).

    During the painting process I recognized that the paint is easily scratched off on prominent parts, such as armour spikes. After finishing this problem didn´t occure, but I dodn´t want to take a risk.
    We mainly use army painter colours, but also games workshop and Vallejo. Does anyone has experience, which colours are best suited for bones minis?

    by the way: I like all the harpies, my favoured colour sheme is Kylie´s.

  5. Given how much time I put into painting a figure, I feel obligated to add a protected coat to at least minimize potential damage to it. 😛

    For reference, I use mostly Vallejo Game Color paints, with some Reaper MSPs. I actually prefer the way the Reaper paints flow, and plan to slowly transition more to their line as I use up my VGC paints.

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