Miniature Monday – Friar Stone


If you come with us this week, you are in pious company! We have some travelling monks for guests, who of course happen to bring some delicious spirits and ales!

(posting by Antonia)

Monks are wise, and sometimes mysterious, right? At least my mini version of a monk was, because it kept appearing and disappearing every time I wanted to paint it. What sounds like a strange excuse for leaving this one out is in fact rather a sign of how chaotic our (hobby-) life has become with the arrival of our child. Since bones minis (and minis in general) are not toddler safe (like in “chewing and swallowing”) we have to keep them hidden most of the time, just taking them out for washing/priming/painting, and during these hide-and-seek occasions my monk mini seemingly decided to leave for good: One day he was there, and when I finally wanted to start painting, he was gone and we didn’t find him since.

TL; dr: Know where your minis hide out so you can find them in time  😀

INFO: We added a bunch of new minis to the painting schedule below, but of course that’s not set in stone: If you have wishes and suggestions just tell us in the comments or via Email  🙂

Dirk shows us a nearly finished WIP this week:


Dirk used a combination of browns and greens on this mini, and he was the only one to paint the upper part of the robe in a different color than the lower – it really gives a “Robin Hood” respectively “Brother Tuck” feel to this mini! I know that he will use this mini as part of a group (diorama or NPCs? Who knows?) which is nearly completed – it’s only missing a certain Bones II dwarf ranger who we happened to add to our painting list just now…  😉 But painting plans aside, I think the “awesome detail award” for this mini goes to the glass bottle on the belt. Did you notice it? Great work!


Michael’s monk has seen better times:


Michael wrote that he “decided to go with a robe that may have once been close to white, but has been yellowed and dirtied by the road and hard work. I’m also really hoping that his barrel is loaded with Chimay or some other delicious Trappist ale.”

Nice idea to give the outfit a weathered look, did you use washes for this? I like the light color of the whole mini, how did you come up with that? White isn’t very practical on the road but it certainly gives a distinct look to a deity’s followers…!


Jim’s monk shows some nice shading:

Uim_Bones Friar Stone IMG_3983

Jim wrote he used a “looser style” on this week’s mini – what do you mean by that? The shading on the robe looks great, how did you achieve that? I like the gradation of grey on the monk’s belly, puts a nice focus on this important characteristic  😉 Good work on the stitching and the patches, the colors bring nice variations into the color scheme. Only when having a close look on your and Dirk’s paintjob I realized that one of the monk’s feet is bare… poor fella lost a shoe! Anyways, do you plan on using the mini for something in particular?


This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

01/08/2018 Bones III “Dashing through the snow”: Yetis (Shaman, Warrior, Shredder, as many as you like!) (B3 Core)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 01/05/18 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  😉


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)

02/05/2018 Bones II Infernal attack: Fly demon and/or Blood Demon (B2 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 Harsk, Dwarf Ranger (B2 Core)

04/02/2018 Bones III Pathfinder Troll (B3 Core)

04/16/2018 Bones III Eastern Encounter I: Tengu, Crow people (B3 Core)

04/30/18 Bones II Aaron the Conjurer (B2 Core)

05/14/18 Bones III Werebear (B3 Core)

05/28/18 Bones III Nazeera Bloodraven, female fighter (B3 Core)

06/11/18 Bones II Bugbear Attack! Hunter, Warrior, Leader (B2 Core)


This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Friar Stone

  1. This is one of my favorite sculpts that Tre Manor has done for Reaper. As I don’t have the metal one, I was glad to get it and see it come up on the schedule. The mini has all the detail and character that you could want and even the color choices weren’t difficult. We all did variations on a theme this time around for sure.

    Dirk – I like the Friar Tuck look. The flask stands out well and looks good. Funny, I assumed it would be ceramic (or metal)!

    Michael – A very nice road weary, stained appearance this time. I particularly like the “book basket” with the contrasting edges.

    By looser I meant that I didn’t spend as much time blending smoothly, but it seemed to work on this mini. Just basic highlighting and a wash, really, and the deep detail did the rest. I like to think of him as an NPC that has a tendency to show up at just the right time but doesn’t stay with the party for too long. Sort of a Deus ex Machina for D&D!

  2. Dirk, that flask is great. I made mine metal, but I love the glass effect. I also like the different shades of natural/leather color used for all of his bags, making them all different.

    Jim, I think the patches are my favorite part of your mini. For some reason, I saw the stitches on the model, but didn’t put together that there were patches with stitches all around them. The colors on yours really pop against the dark robe. As you said, the detail did a lot of the work in painting this mini.

    I got the look using I think two separate rounds of Army Painter Soft Tone ink wash. I made the base color with a white/yellow bone blend, applied the wash, painted over non-depressed areas with the base again, washed again, and then highlighted the raised areas. This is actually what I usually do for skin tones as well. It helps really darken the deepest parts and allows for a gradation that’s easier to do than blending on the model (which I’m not patient enough to try most of the time).

    I really thought I’d get further ahead in painting over this break, but it’s been busy! I have started my yetis, though, and I hope to finish them up soon and get ahead of schedule while I can.

    Happy holidays, everybody!

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