Miniature Monday – Olivia, Cleric


Just a simple female cleric you think, nothing special. But our painters this week revived her and gave every one of them a unique and interesting life. Read on…

(posting by Dirk)

First of all – we still haven’t got around looking through our Bones 3 core sets, so we didn’t choose any minis to paint yet. Do you maybe have a suggestion? Feel free to post them in the comments!


I was distracted from the miniature monday mini this week, as I was absorbed by another challenge… as games workshop’s warhammer 40k summer campaign moved into it’s third week, it was time to paint tanks. I didn’t want to disappoint the emperor, so as a good imperial citizen I was obliged not  to paint one tank, but 5!


There is still something to do, but they are battlefield-ready. I painted all of them on one weekend (thanks to my wife who took the baby). Thanks to the regular participation on monday miniature, I improved my painting speed and my ability to plan projects ahead as I have only limited time. Just a year ago, I wouldn’t have dared to try such a project, but now I am proud of my new tanks.

Thank you David for the idea of this great blog (and the emperor thanks you too 😉 ).

Apart from this I managed to paint Olivia to a good WIP-state.


I painted her for a roleplay project as a priestess of a god of travel, so I gave her earthly colors. I think the brown rim on the bottom of the robe is especially handy as you can’t see the dirt which you attract if your clothes are dragged over the ground like hers 🙂

Olivia will be part of a small diorama with her travelling mates, and as this minis are also on our list, you will see her finished soon…


Antonia had real-life reference this time!


Antonia painted her mini in the style of one of her LARP characters, who is part of an lawful good order of fighters, clerics and healers. “Adela” wears a red head scarf and she always carries a red book with drawings and prayers in it, so this mini fitted nearly perfectly. She simply cut off the symbols and added her own, and since her character doesn’t wear any jewellery, she painted the bracelets white like some structured undergarment.

Antonia didn’t have much time (like me) and told me she probably adds another blended layer of white (to give the whole mini a cleaner look) and do more work on the eyes – what was supposed to be the blue iris now looks like eye shadow. But anyway, I like the color scheme, and the flask looks great too – nice glass effect on that!


Arjen chose an interesting combination of beige and blue:


I like the overall color sheme. It deals with earthen colors like mine, but it feels some kind of lighter because of the use of the pale blue. I can easily imagine her as a cleric of a good god/goddess or even a healer. And I like how the dark rims of her robe conclude the appearance.

Arjen told us that he used a fineliner for the eyes this time, and he is satisfied with the result. I totally agree, it’s great how such small things can make your work more easy. Next time he want to try a magnifying glass…


Michael painted a priestress of the earth:

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Again, it’s a great overall color combination. Michael imagined her coming from a desert/arid land. I think it’s totally fitting! Compliments to the natural off-white robe color.

Michael is still disappointed by the light on his photos, aas he is restricted to the camera in his mobile. Does anyone can give some advice?

Last but not least, Michael purchased a core set of bones III to keep on participating here. It’s great that you like it here and that you will accompany us further. Funny, that’s exactly how we ended up here (we purchased a Bones I vampire box to keep on).


Brian sent us a cleric of Life and Harmony.


She is really the brightest and most holy of this weeks minis. I like how you used diffenrent kinds of white, and the green is a good representation for life.

The runes are good freehands. Did you use a fineliner or a brush?

Brian told us that he painted her as a healing priestess for the Mythras game. Is this an RPG-setting? Will you use her as an NPC or character?


Jim’s Olivia looks very regal:

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It’s nearly an inverse version of Antonias with similar colors, but this changes the appearence of the whole model. I could imagine this cleric as a member of a rich church or even the inquisition (as I first saw the symbol on the mini, my first impression was “I can’t use the inquisition symbol on the mini”). With some technical bits this mini could also be used for Warhammer 40k.


There were many different color schemes this week, from dismal earthen to regal splendor, merely through the choice of colors without conversion. Perhaps we inspired someone  to try his own? If so, you can always send us your pictures.

This week’s gallery

Coming next:

08/28/17 Swamp Invasion Part 2: Turtle Warriors, Core Set

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 08/26/17 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  😉


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

10/09/17 Start with Bones III! Mini is still to be announced 🙂

10/16/17 Bones III miniature TBA

10/30/17 Bones –> II <– miniatue TBA

11/13/17 Bones III miniature TBA

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

7 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Olivia, Cleric

  1. Wow, great ones this week! I really like the wide variety of colors in all the painters’ choices, particularly Jim’s choice of reds.

    Mine is an NPC healer. We play Mythras (RuneQuest6e) in Glorantha, and the Runes she has are those of her goddess. They’re all freehand and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Now if I could only get better at eyes!

      • I like the Idea of the Mystic Circle! Don’t tell anyone, but I actually ended up with 2.

  2. I like the subtle difference between cream and white in Brian’s mini, but overall I like Dirk’s color scheme best. His Olivia looks well travelled but not scruffy.

    Suggestions for Bones 3: Donkey or Tengu rogue and warrior.

  3. There’s kind of an interesting split between the earth tones (Dirk, Arjen, Michael) and the “bright” tones (Antonia, Brian, Myself). I’m not sure which I like better. Mine was in serious danger of looking like a “Christmas” mini, but I think it came out alright. My white, black and red paints are all dying, so I need to get new ones soon!

    Dirk: I really like the green/brown earthy look. She could even be a druid. Love the tanks, too!

    Antonia: Great minds think alike, eh! Interesting how differences in color choice and location can change a mini. Even skin tone makes a difference. The jar came out well, also.

    Arjen: I think I might like your color choice best! The eyes are a matter of practice. Just keep at it!

    Michael: I love the color scheme on your, too. I think your pic came out fine. You might try a little more of the light coming from the front, if possible.

    Brian: Very bold! She somehow reminds me of mint, but I like the colors and especially the freehand work. I’m not sure if she’s about to heal me or smite me!

    I’ll have to take a look at the Bones III core again and make some suggestions.

  4. Great job, everyone! I thought it was interesting how some of us took a similar palette, but went in a different way with it. There are a lot of inverse pairs when you look at the gallery picture! There’s a lot of nice shading as well as crisp lines in the different models.

    I did a quick survey of the Bones III models that Reaper has put up for individual sale (which looks to be less than half the set). My favorites initially are: Andras, Evil Warrior; Boris Mingla, Evil Warlord; Vagorg, Half-Orc Sorcerer; and finally, the Troll from Pathfinder.

    I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s turtles next time!

  5. Hi Michael, I think of those three, Vagorg has the most possibilities: lots of detail in that one, not just armor.

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