Miniature Monday – Companion Animals
This week, we had a great variety of animals to paint, which was quite fun for us to do, and gives us a proper zoo to display here 🙂
(Posting by Antonia)
Since we had the chance to paint many variations of animals (the sculpts allow for different species of felines, e.g.) Dirk & I did some brainstorming first to decide which animals we would represent.
All except one are (more or less) “real” species, but als old D&D GMs we had to include at least one “magical” variant:
Here we have (from left to right):
- A badger, which looks surprisingly good, although the mini has a very short muzzle unlike a real badger, but the characteristic stripes help to sell the idea
- A raven, rather simple black with grey drybrush, but ubiquitous in RP settings
- A (rather large) wild cat, or something similar patterned. Face needs some more work.
- A pale wolf, similar to the arctic species
- A celestial bear, which we imagined in blue, silver and white, living in a heavely plane – cloudy white obviously 😀
For the second round some exotic patterns:
- A dhole (Indian wild dog) – Very similar to a fox, but larger and therefore better suited for a wolf sized mini. These animals are Mowgli’s adversaries in the second of the Djungle Books, at least in the books, I don’t know if they ever made in into one of the films
- A wolverine – I was surprised to see wolverines aren’t black, how they are often depicted, but rather a variation of browns. You live and learn 😀
- A Jaguar – painting all the spots was annoying at first but fun later, when I dotted the second layer of yellow in the middle of the dark spots and the result came out quite well. A lot of work but worth it 🙂 For the base I used a piece of wood which the cat is crawling down, I hope I can at least finish this base one day 🙂
- A “cinnamon” bear – a variation of black bears (or brown bears) where the fur is just a pale brown, all the fur war nice to paint with washes and drybrushing, but it looks still too uniform for me, so perhaps I’ll have another round of painting with it.
- A kestrel – I like how colorful these birds are, esp. the males. I could spend much more time with the pattern and all the tiny stripes and dots, but for the painting marathon we had I’m quite happy how it turned out.
Jim managed to paint all five minis too:
Very classic choice of colors, I really like the shading of the wolf and the pattern of the hawks wings! Did you put some flocking on the bird’s base? The close-up is a good way to show the details, but unfortunately the bases in the background are obscured a bit.
About the species: I think painting the feline as a cougar is spot on for the cat’s built, and it fits in the variety of Northern American animals.
Did you like one of the minis best? Which was a pain to paint?
After some time off, I’m happy to see one of this site’s long-time-contributor again – Kylie! She sent a picture of her beautifully painted bear:
Great work on all the details – you even got the inside of the mouth and the tiny eyes ! And as always, a wonderful base! I love base-fu, and am a bit sad that we didn’t manage to do proper scenic bases for all the animals.
Anyway, glad to have you back! And if you have other minis to show here, feel free to send them in, we can update any time 🙂
Arjen painted the wolverine and the bird of prey intending to use them as summoned animals, e.g. for a druid in a game of D&D:
I love the subtle color variation on the feathers and fur, great work with the hawk’s wings! The lighter brown in the wolverines face really shows the details in the tiny face, well donne! Looks really natural 🙂
You wrote you had some lighting problems due to the days becoming shorter, and I understand too well! I also had to take pics only with artificial light, and I definitely missed the sun 😛 If you find a working setup, please tell us, we’ll be thankful 🙂
Overall, what did everyone think of the minis? I like how many different species can be portrayed, perhaps not all of them biologically accurate 😉 but still.
Kylie sent in a WIP of her snow leopard
Snow leopard! What an awesome idea, I wondered the whole time which type of feline could be portrayed, with a stocky build and a long bushy tail – and now I see not just cougar, but also snow leopard are a perfect fit 🙂
Kylie wrote she is not completely happy with some details which she would do different next time, but to us this cat still looks awesome, great use of secondary spot coloring in the middle, that’s something I forgot about the Jaguar, it always adds a deeper level of realism.
You said you’re still in the process of basing the mini – what did you use for the ice? Some kind of water effect or perhaps just clear acrylic paste? And the the base itself – is that wood? Cardboard? I always like to learn new tricks on basing 😉
This week’s gallery:
10/24/16 Stone Lurker, classic dungeon monster (Core Set)
A very strange creature for sure. Could be a stone beas, a plant monstert or some exotic alien perhaps?
Want to participate in next week’s post? Email the pictures of your minis until 10/23/16 to
10/31/16 Kar Drakir, Reptile Warrior (Core Set)
11/07/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
11/14/16 TBA – maybe Baby break
11/21/16 TBA – maybe Baby break