Miniature Monday – Basilisk


The basilisk, the king of snakes, a monster of myth. Able to turn anyone to stone who looks upon it. Legends entwine around it how it looks like, how it hatches. Is it a snake with a crown, a lizard or a rooster? Is it incubated by a toad? No one knows, because all who saw it turned to stone… but we have installed a special filter to let you see this mysterious creature live and in color (-;

(posted by Dirk)

As the basilisk was very cheap, we got three of them. I chose to paint mine

according to the D&D monster manual in shades of brown.


I painted some lighter spots on the scales on his back so that he can better fit in his desert environment. As an afterthought I added the hand and knive of another bones-mini I found in my bits-box (didn’t know from which one – can one of you tell?) as the remnants of a turned-to-stone adventurer, luring in others with this precious treasure…

Antonia got two basilisks to paint and chose to try something different.


Her first basilisk was painted for her jungle-based campaign and got the color scheme of a real basilisk (a lizard: plumed basilisk), a light green with blue patterns on the side, and added some jungle basing. The second one was painted with an infernal background in mind, like her chimera. As a gimmick, she painted the claws and teeth in silver. Both were painted again in her wet-in-wet-technique to get the subtle color gradients.


Arjen also got an additional basilisk (for one dollar, there’s no argument not to take one!), so he experimented with the color choices.

basilisk Arjen

The right one is classical brown. It received just one layer of paint,  but Arjen thinned down the paint with alcohol. Really a nice trick and a good result, base color and shading in one go! That’s the advantage of bonesium: priming included…

The left one got multiple layers from dark brown to light purple, giving him the color of an abyssal basilisk I guess. Arjen wasn’t sure if you can see the extra work in this one, but I think the purple one has more depth. What do you think?


Jim enjoyed painting this one and is happy with the result.

Basilisk IMG_3321

He also stuck to the classical brown/yellow theme, but painted a glow effect into the eyes. Jim said it’s hard to see in the picture, but even though looks really great. Very three-dimensional and alive, and even a little bit glassy.


William once again painted with the shades of color his daughter mixed for him in one of his weekend painting events.


This one is green, another classical color for basilisks. William again did a great job with highlighting the scales. Also congratulations to his daughter for her choice of colors and the right nuances! It’s really a great piece of work.

William gave the basilisk a desert base to use it in a corresponding setting, and asked us to include another desert monster he could use in our to-do-list. So here you are, and if anyone out there needs a special monster or character or just likes to paint it, let us know.



Coming Next:

07/04/16 Rogan, Half Orc Rogue (Bones II Core Set)

Want to participate in next week’s post? Email the pictures of your minis until 07/03/16 to

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07/11/16 Tiik Baron, Fish Humanoid Champion (Bones II Core Set)

07/18/16 Troll Slayer Sophie, Mascot Demon Lady (Bones II Core Set)

07/25/16 Ape Demon (Bones II Core Set)

08/01/16 Whispering Tyrant, Undead Villain in dramatic pose (Core Set)

08/08/16 Drys, Elven Dryad (Core Set)

08/15/16 Bone Fiend, strange Skeleton-Golem (Core Set)

08/22/16 Desert Thing, Mouth-in-the-Ground Monster (Core set)

08/29/16 Brass Bull, scaly Monster a.k.a. Gorgon (Core set)


This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Basilisk

  1. Technically perfect, most finished look: Dirk
    Most surprising: tropical Antonia
    Best invention: silver teeth
    Best eyes: Jim
    Most Dino-like and menacing: William

    You all managed to contribute something different. Well done.
    I am jealous of william’s orange claws as my brown basilisk has them too, but they dried up not bright enough- always tricky that colors fade a bit when they dry- and I did not have time to repaint them.

    • Thanks, Arjen! I think everyone contributed a unique version; even the brown ones are different from each other.

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