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 😉

Flask thrower Arjen

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!):

Arran Rabin Brian

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!

Bones Arran Rabin IMG_3844 jim

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

Coming next:

07/17/17 Mystic Theurge, Core Set

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 07/14/17 to  (It’s a .de domain, in case emails are bouncing)

–> Attention: The submission date for photos is about three days before publishing date, to give us a bit of time to actually write about your pictures  😀

This way you’ll have two weeks/one weekend to paint, and we have one weekend to write (which is the only time of the week where we have some open minutes).

You can of course send in pics later, but to take out a bit of the stress (most pics arrive here rather last minute) please consider the three day deadline. Later pics will show up in an update  😉

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

9/11/17 Little ones: Hobbit Ranger and/or Gnome Druid (as many as you like 🙂 )

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


This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

7 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Arran Rabin

  1. I like the facial expression on Brian’s mini, as if this rogue is up against something imposing; a dragon maybe?
    I am impressed by Antonia’s drybrushing: it is very nice and even. Mine always is a bit blotchy. Also, I think the OSL effect suits this mini very well, the cape enveloping him as if he is trying to hide the glow…good call.
    Michael’s looks like a hole in the night, definitely the most stealthy.
    Jim: good focus on the wall… it’s why I take like 15 shots of my mini because half of the will be out of focus, a slight movement of the camera, lighting that is just not the way I want it….a shame, maybe send in another pic?
    Dirk has found a very good explanation why this guy is wearing two cloaks: one of them is a Spider climb cloak and the other is Resistance…Really GM, what do you mean one body slot, look at this mini.

    • I have other pics that are perfectly in focus and show the detail much better, but I was struck by how atmospheric this one is. It just screamed “skulking rouge” to me. Antonia’s description really hit the nail on the head!

  2. I love all the different interpretations and color schemes here. It’s very nice to compare work to others; for example, I never would have thought of the double cloak that both Dirk and Arjen used, but it works. Also, I thought the figure was holding a scroll in hand, but it could be a scroll case, or a bottle too. Even something as simple as gloves versus no gloves is open to interpretation! It makes so many different looks possible.

    Antonia (or anyone) – any tips on how to make a glow effect? The very few times I’ve tried, it came off poorly. I actually tried on my drow here to have a faerie fire-type spell coming from his outstretched hand, but it looked more like random blue streaks…

    • Hi Michael – sorry for the late approval of your comment, I didn’t realize it was stuck in the system.
      About the glow effect: In the simplest form it’s just the color of the light (blue for magic, orange for lava etc.) carefully drybrushed on the area surrounding the light source. For my thief I used light blue and white. I think most of the trick is to imagine where the light would fall – and where not. Plus, always keep in mind that the illuminated areas should be among the brightest on the mini, to make to effect pop.

    • The few times I’ve been happy with my own glow effects, I used a stippling technique instead of regular drybrushing. The main thing is to make the brightest part of the glow white (or nearly so) and it will look like it is lit or glowing. Don’t use too much color and don’t overdo the effect.

  3. The “plan” going forward sounds fine to me!

    Dirk: I love the spider cloak and this mini looks much better on a cobblestone street. Well done!

    Antonia: The glow looks good. I considered the same, but decided against it. I thought that the cloak was camo at first! I think it works fine with the rest of the mini.

    Arjen: I like the direction you’re headed with your mini. The purple and blue look great on this one.

    Brian: I like the base and the color choice. He looks like he could even be some sort of ranger/thief. It’s interesting that we all chose somewhat similar colors for our minis.

    Michael: Very sinister! The mini really varies based on each individual painter.

    I started painting mine as the Grey Mouser from the mind of Fritz Leiber. I like the combination of skullduggery and magic! I imagine his clothes to be fine but a little mismatched as they may have been purchased (or stolen) from a variety of sources. I ended up with the variation on a red/purple/blue scheme but it seems to work. Overall, a fun mini! I painted the eyes with a brush but the eyebrows were done with a pen.

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