Miniature Monday – Arran Rabin
It seems this week’s miniature carries a valuable treasure, it tempted six stealthy painters to work on it! Have a look…
(posting by Antonia)
Before we start with the minis I’d like to share our plans for the upcoming Miniature Mondays! It seems our (Dirk & mine) Bones III shipment will be sent to us in July so we can finally think about painting minis from that batch.
But! Since there are still some nice minis left from Bones II, and some of our regular painters didn’t buy into the Bones III Kickstarter (it seems there ARE people out there with self control and enough minis. Like, for real!), we figured we coud still pick a Bones II mini from time to time. Maybe every third week or something like that. What do you think?
The mini itself was nice and well rounded, in details as well as in pose, which is kind of dramatic. I liked the tiny structures on clothes and dagger, e.g. the little rim on the tunic.
Dirk wanted his rogue to look well off:
For this, he painted him in rich colors and gave his tunic a golden rim. Dirk plans on using the mini in one of our countless D&D roleplaying campaigns and painted the guy as if he was carrying a lot of spoils and magic items – I love the “cloak of spiderclimb” (tm, I suppose) from the Dungeon Master’s guide. Great work with the spider webs!
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the mini but then I figured: Lighting effects!
I wondered what that flask or bottle could be, and it somehow reminded me of Sam’s elven made “Starlight-in-a-bottle” item from Lord of the Rings. Therefore I chose relatively dark colors (the cloak’s “stitched-up” look seemed to be a good idea at the time to give structure to a large surface, but now I wonder if that rather distracts from the lighting effect… what do you think?) and drybrushed layers of light blue and near white over the flask and surrounding area. It went quite well, I’d say, in the picture you even get the impression of a glow effect without having to squint (too much 😉 )
Arjen sent us the only version of the mini which doesn’t look like a criminal 😉
He wrote that he had only two hours, so it’s more like a W.I.P. for quick use on the table top – the light blue overcoat is where he put the most time in because it’s a prominent feature (Good thinking btw. – we usually don’t have much time for painting either, so maybe a base coat plus some single focus areas could help us get more minis ready for the table!).
Arjen said he challenged himself to use brighter colors (as he tends to use darker tones, much browns) so the person could be something like a bard. Great idea! I always like when miniatures are painted in a different way than their title suggests. The tiny anarchist which obviously lives deep within my brain smiles every time 😀
Brian came back after a long pause (happy to have you here again!):
Brian’s thief is obviusly outdoors, which makes me think he’s probably somewhere on a battlefield, ready to throw an explosive. Or is he running from someone? Anyway, I like your choice of colors, Brian, under the dark cloak the blue tunic and especially the amulet really pop! Works well to guide the view to certain areas. Until I saw the pic, I didn’t even realise there was an amulet on the mini – ooops! Good work with picking all the details!
Michael sent us a drow spy!
He wrote he stumbled upon this site and project while researching paintjobs for a Bones I mini and decided to stay – welcome to the crew! We’ll be happy to share inspiration, ideas and a little bit of time pressure (nothing better to make someone finally start something. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about!).
He obviously used a lot of dark colors but made the clothes look rich and expensive – so maybe this is even a drow noble on a delicate mission to kill an important political figure. Who knows! I like the tones of blue and violet, it makes me think of velvet!
Jim’s thief is about to disappear, he’s already blurry!
Okay, sorry for that, but Jim said the “murky” pic would fit the motive, so obviously the flask contains some mist liquid (or whatver those ninjas use to disappear without a trace), the guy shouts “Look! Over there!” and poof! he’s gone.
(Maybe it’s a bit late right now. Bear with me, I’ve got a small child that’s growing teeth right now. I need to laugh whenever I can.)
All that aside I like the color composition a lot, the dark red, blue and violet work well together. You also did a great job in finding and painting all the little details – even eyebrows! Why didn’t I think of eyebrows? I was so proud my thief had… well… pupils. Did you paint them with a brush, or did you use a pen?
This week’s gallery
07/17/17 Mystic Theurge, Core Set
07/31/17 Gauntfield (Grim Reaper Scarecrow), Core Set
08/14/17 Olivia, Female Cleric, Core Set
8/28/17 Swamp Invasion Part 2: Turtle Warriors, Core Set
9/25/17 Catch-Up Monday: Monday Minis that you missed last time! Bones I & II
10/02/17 Start with Bones III! Mini is still to be announced 🙂
10/09/17 Bones III miniature TBA
10/16/17 Bones –> II <– miniatue TBA