Miniature Monday: Bronzeheart


Earth trembles, and behold! There’s the first beast of the… Apocalypse? Not so much – fortunately we’re just talking about miniatures from the second Reaper Bones Kickstarter, which we finally started to paint!

Back to the Beast – let’s see what kinds of bull-headed monsters the community painted this week!

(Article by Antonia)

Dirk decided to use the Minotaur as a gladiator for a (potential) RPG campaign set in the desert-ish lands of D&D’s “Dark Sun”, therefore he gave him a rather unusual yellow armor, made to show off in the arena:


It’s still a Work in Progress but I already like the contrast between armour and skin/fur and the glowing red eyes add to the menacing posture. Note the detail of the half-sunken gladiator’s helmet on the ground!


When I thought about painting my Minotaur I wondered (like I often do) “What’s special about this creature?” I thought about giving it a special colored fur, but although I find the idea of a black-and-white Holsteiner Minotaur kind of funny, I felt it didn’t go so well with the “mighty brute”-vibe that I get from the mini.

So I went for a different sort of bovine: A Bison!


I used Green Suff to sculpt a furry hump and an extra patch of heavy fur on its brow, added some more under the chin to make the head look “stumpy” and voila, Bison 😀

The paintjob itself is not that special but I like the mute tones of the armor which makes it look well-worn. It was nice to paint overall – again a good quality bones miniature with some great detail!


Arjen (welcome back!) sent in his piece too, photographed in front of a fitting dungeon backdrop:

Minotaur Arjen2.jpg

His Minotaur got a reddish-brown coat and a matching leather armor, which looks really worn down, and the weapons too – you can absolutely imagine this beast strolling through the dungeon for years, killing off any unlucky adventurer who comes too close. Well done weathering effects!

As a final detail the base has some tiles and stones, very appropriate for the area 😀


William’s take on Bronzeheart has a nearly demonic appearance, with vivid colors and a  shiny armor.


He said he considered a bronze or gold armor but finally  went for the cold/warm contrast – I love how the reddish fur and the silvery-bluish metal look together. Also great work on highlinghting the muscles, btw!

And again we should have an extra look at the base – William sculped it as a labyrinth, recalling the mythic origins of Minotaurs (kind of the ancient Greek precursor of Dungeons and Dragons – Mazes and Minotaurs 😉 ). Quite a looker!

Udate: Since I seeminly can’t make the “click to enlarge” feature function, I put the pictures in a gallery where this hopefully works. Enjoy!


–> Extra news: Arjen also sent his version of Autumn Bronzeleaf, so head over to the updated article and have a look! <–


Coming next:

03/29/16 “Vrock Demon” (Bones II Core Set)

Want to participate in next week’s post? Email the pictures of your minis until 03/28/16* to

–>  new address:  (It’s a .de domain, in case emails are bouncing)

*Yes, this time it’s intentional: Since monday is a holiday over here (Easter Monday) and the schedule is full of family visits, we’ll post the article one day later. Miniature Tuesday, so to say. But hey, it gives all of us more time to paint!

04/04/16DragothUndead Lord on Throne (Bones II Core Set)

04/11/16 “Barrow Rats” (Bones II Core Set)

04/18/16   Dragon Hatchlings Part I: “Red and “Black (Bones II Core Set)

04/25/16    “Ankheg classical D&D worm monster (Bones II Core Set)

05/02/16 “Sharkman” (Bones II Core Set)

05/09/16 “Mister Bones” (Bones II Core Set)

(Wishes? Ideas? Tell us via email or in the comments!)

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

4 thoughts on “Miniature Monday: Bronzeheart

  1. I like William’s bold choice of bluish armor and red skin, never would have tried that myself but it looks great. I very much like Antonia’s modding, too bad the lighting of the picture is not better. I have trouble getting the lighting right as well, I use only two lightsources and have no real light box. I cannot remember how I did the elf mini, because that one is a good photo. Too long a break. Reinventing the wheel and stuff.
    Dirk’s, I cannot help it, reminds me of Gundam Wing. Kinda makes me smile, though.

  2. Thanks, Arjen! I like your dirty, weathered look. He looks like he’s been wandering around a dungeon for a long time. As for the photography, I find I get the best results with a single wide light just above the camera. Sometimes simple is best.

    Antonia, I think you really nailed the bison look! The conversion is really seamless, he looks like he was meant to be a bison all along. I also like the prairie base, and the footprints are a nice touch.

    Dirk, I like the idea of a desert gladiator minotaur. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

  3. Hey folks, thanks for the comments!
    @Arjen: Yes, lighting is alsways a problem, especially with a dark area like the bison’s head. In the larger pic it’s better to see, but since the (normal?) “click-to-enlarge” functionality doesn’t work I made a gallery so we can see all pics in the original resolution.
    @William: Thanks for your nice words! I’m glad the bison conversion worked out so well, I was in a kind of hurry – on the other hand they say when in a hurry you “just do” and don’t overthink things, so perhaps that was helpful after all 😀
    I’m not sure honestly if hard prairie ground would even show footprints that strongly, but since I like it when a mini interacts with its base, so I decided it might have rained shortly before :p

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