Miniature Monday – Tick Queen
All the creepy crawlies in the world have a queen, and here she is!
(posted by Antonia)
Hello there! At first I thought this mini was rather bland, but look at the varitions you all produced! After showing you all those awful/awesome parasites, we have a question about the future of this blog, so stay tuned!
Dirk stayed true to the bloodsucking nature of a tick:
He wanted to paint the tick black, but chose the “dark grey and black wash” path instead because he wanted the details a bit more visible. A cool detail are the veins on the tick’s back which give the illusion of it being filled with blood – I can figuratively see it pulsate!
As a bonus he painted some of the Bones beetles in a variation of color schemes – I like the fire bug best!
I went into a rather exotic direction:
As I plan to use many of my painted monsters in a tropical D&D campaign, I checked exotic spiders and skin patterns. Since the tick queen is quite large, I figured it wouldn’t have to hide in the ground but instead be brightly colored, perhaps even with warning signs. Therefore I gave it (and its bonus companions) large bright eye-spots on their back.
Arjen chose earthy but contrasting colors:
I like the color gradient on the body, even though Arjen assured us it looks way better in reality – a problem I often encounter, unfortunately cameras just aren’t that perceptive as human eyes. Anyway, nice choice of colors and I also like the spotted legs, those occure quite often in real spiders!
William took his inspiration in real-world ticks and spiders:
He said he wasn’t that inspired by the mini but went through with it anyway (that’s the spirit! Sometimes I’m also less than motivated, but when I’m through with it I’m still happy that I painted something!). William said he stuck to a natural red-and-black with some washes and highlights and added some free-hand veins – great way to give a plain surface some structure!
Jim’s tick is obviously an inhabitant of the prairy:
He wrote he didn’t try to duplicate a real-world color scheme but went on with his (patented?) “whatever” approach 😀 Jim said he liked the mini, and I think that shows – I like how you picked out all the details, even the tiny parts of the critter’s face!
Kylie sent in a shiny monstrosity:
She wrote she needed about an hour for the mini – nice blending on the body! It gives the fleshy sack a really three-dimensional look. She also decided to use some gloss, because arthropods often have shiny exo-skeletons, and I really like the idea. I’ll probably add gloss to my mini too, but since I have bad experience taking pictures of gloss coated minis, it always seems to obscure details. Do you have a trick you can share with this, Kylie?
Now the important question, which you can answer in the comments or per email, if you like that better:
How shall we go on? Did you buy Bones 3 or would you buy some of the minis in retail, if we start with Bones 3?
Would you rather continue with Bones 2, maybe from the Add-ons? Which? Do you even have some favourites from Bones 1 which still need painting?
Tell us 😀
This week’s gallery:
05/08/17 Sqoug Warriors (Swamp Invasion Part I) Core Set
05/22/17 Imrijka, Iconic Inquisitor (Female Orc Inquisitor) Core Set
06/05/17 Kelpies (Sea “Elves”) Core Set
07/03/17 Arran Rabin (Female Thief) Core Set
07/17/17 Mystic Theurge, Core Set
07/31/17 Gauntfield (Grim Reaper Scarecrow), Core Set
08/14/17 Olivia, Female Cleric, Core Set
After that… Bones III? Tell us what you think!