Miniature Monday: Death Dog
It’s miniature tuesday again, since Dirk & I have been working at a “christmas art fair” the whole weekend plus monday, but that doesn’t stop us from checking who of our readers let the dog(s) out, and which kind 😉 and it’s some really cool variation this time!
(posting by Antonia)
The quality of the “death dog” miniature is quite nice overall. Between the two heads my piece had a small gap, and a bit of flashing on the left paw, but that was easy to fix (I used liquid greenstuff to fill the gap in the neck and even add some rough texture as mock-up fur). The detail was good and I liked a little thing about the base: The relief-printed info on the bottom of the mini is in a slight recess so glueing it on a larger round base was no problem (before, you’d often have to cut or scratch off the elevated text or the surface would be too uneven to get glued properly). Maybe that’s a feature of all the Bones III minis? I’ll keep an eye on that.
Dirk chose a “realistic but imagined” fur color and made his dog a magical beast:
Dirk said: “I wanted some kind of fur pattern instead of a monochromatic wolf, but as this beast is an aberration, I didn’t want to copy a real pattern. So I chose colors that look real, but went freestyle with the distribution of stripes – actually I hadn’t a plan for this but just painted on the run, even the two heads got different stripes.”
I went all ghostly this week:
When I first thought about painting this mini, I wanted to do an infernal version. Like half of my minis seem to be infernal versions of something *lol* (I probably just like the reds and fiery yellows). But after priming the mini with Reapers “Red Liner” paint I realized that I wanted to go another route with this, offered the red dog to Dirk and tried something blue with the other one instead. I got inspired by the idea of a ghost dog, a bit like the “Hound of Baskerville” with dark fur, but a ghostly appearance. For this I gave the mini a light blue base coat and carefully drybrushed black on that, to make it look like the light was coming from within.
To make the effect work better, I also added a larger base, a bit swampy maybe, just to have a surface the blue light would shine on. I’m quite happy how the whole thing turned out!
Arjen sent us an demonic (or infernal? 😉 ) dog in dark reds:
As he wrote, he didn’t spend much time on this and went for the overall effect rather than details. I like the color combinations of red, pale pink and the orange eyes, it seems quite unusual. Did you get your inspiration from an existing critter or monster, or did you make that one up?
Jim got his inspiration from a classic:
He used D&D’s Fiend Folio as a reference which shows the Death Dog as a large, black, two-headed canine, which works quite well! Nice how you managed to pic out the eyes and fangs so cleanly, with my design I could fortunately avoid too much fine brushwork (beside the busy weekend we also had a sleep deprived one because our little son didn’t slept well and kept us awake most of the nights).
Since you painted it like directly from a D&D adventure, do you plan to use the mini somewhere, e.g. for an RPG campaign?
Michael used this mini for a very personal piece:
Since I found his inspiration for the mini quite touching, I’ll cite from Michael’s email (I hope that’s okay for you, just tell me if you feel otherwise and I’ll change that):
“So, this mini ended up being really special to me. It’s not a death dog, but a celebration-of-life dog showing two boys who are dear to me, the brothers Sunnie and Shadow. These lab-chow mixes were members of my wife’s family when I met her – they kind of were my nephews’ dogs (it was a weird situation), but they also ended up being kind of just my nephews. Unfortunately, Sunnie passed away in September at the age of 13, but old man Shadow is still hobbling around begging for treats. It is my plan to make a terrain display of their yard to put this mini in, featuring a large cypress tree model I bought online, but I didn’t get very far with that yet.”
I thinks that’s a really wonderful idea, Michael! I never thought of using minis as commemoration pieces, but why not? It’s even more “real” than photos etc. Great work with your changes on the mini too, like heating the ears to make them floppy and adding a tongue with greenstuff. So you in fact painted two minis in one, the blonde and the dark one (and you are sure that this concept isn’t from a book or movie? It really could be!). Anyway, very touching story, please give Shadow a pat and maybe a treat in my name next time you meet him!
This week’s gallery:
12/18/17 Bones II Friar Stone, Monk (B2 Core)
01/01/18 New Year’s Break (Really! But you can prepare for the next minis while sobering up, of course 😀 )
01/22/2018 Bones III Aeris, Female Elf Ranger (B3 Core)
02/19/2018 Bones III Giant Cobra (B3 Core)
03/05/2018 Bones III Lendil Blackroot, Wizard (B3 Core)
03/19/2018 Bones II TBA
04/02/2018 Bones III TBA
04/16/2018 Bones III TBA