Miniature Monday – Pathfinder Troll


After a weekend full of sweet chocolate, cute bunnies and beautiful easter eggs, we present you some quite ugly things people painted for easter  😀

(posting by Antonia)

(Updated for missing pictures)

The miniature of the Pathfinder Troll has a medium amount of detail, I’d say, and some painter’s found the face a bit cartoonish and exaggerated, which I can’t really deny. Still, I can live with a troll being deformed and ugly, plus we found many textures and large surfaces interesting to paint and a good way to test colors and techniques. My version had the problem that the thin legs bent easily as soon as the mini stood too close to even just medium heat (like a radiator for example). I’ll have to take care in the summer…


Dirk used the mini to experiment with colors:


He didn’t want to use the traditional greens, so he used brown, pink and muted olive and their color trasitions, which worked out very well, in my opinion, to give the troll a natural and realistic look – Dirk is also very happy with the result. He plans to use the mini as part of a warband in a tabletop game, so he’ll do the basing work later when all the minis are all together.


I tried a special technique again:


Like with the fly demon some time ago I mostly used washes and inks to paint my troll, many quite diluted layers. I used a white base coat, though, because she had covered the gap between head and body with liquid greenstuff. The only other opaque color she used was Vallecho’s “Metal medium” on the back scales to give them a mother-of-pearl appearance. I like the overall effect – the color scheme reminds me of a white shark, and the washes allow for really smooth color transitions. For the water I roughly spread some body filler on a larger base, painted it in greenish blue and white and covered it in gloss varnish. Maybe I’ll add some water effect later but for the moment the water looks quite good already.


Arjen matched the troll’s comically anatomy with bright colors:

troll Arjen S

Arjen was not too happy with the cartoonish style so he decided to paint it just “playable” in a classic color scheme. Still, I think the effect is not too bright, I’d say, and at least from this view the troll looks in fact quite dangerous! The eyes have a great “glowing with rage” look, is that white with a wash on top? Well done!


Jim has had a love/hate relationship with trolls in general:

Bones Pathfinder Troll IMG_4070

He used a traditional color scheme of greens and browns with variations on belly and scales. I really like the organic look (the gums have a great color) and the detailwork, especially at the veins. Jim painted the eyes completely black, and I agree that it gives a very creepy effect! You wrote that you hated troll as a player but now, as DM, love them – do you already have plans how to use this mini in one of your games?


Michael didn’t want to paint another green troll…


He kept the swamp setting for his troll, but gave him a black skin color. He drybrushed it with gray as a highlight, and washed it with Nuln Oil Gloss to make his skin look slick and gross. He based the mini on a large creature base to have enough space to put some water effect on it. He swirled in a mix of Spruce Green and Blue Ink immediately (not letting it cure first), and several days later added the foliage. He smeared a little more water effect into the foliage to make it look wet.

I really like the overall appearance of this mini and how it interacts with its base. I imagine the troll springing from its hiding place in the swamp to catch some unsuspecting travelling adventurers.


This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

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

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 04/13/18 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  😉

(Update: I added some of your suggestions already, I might shuffle them around a bit, but keep them coming! Links are coming later because the reapermini page acted weird while I tried to access it.

As you can see I prepared a lot of date entries but am still looking for mini ideas. Post your suggestions if you like! The ‘Type of mini’ placeholder ist just that, if you want something else tell us!)


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 Warband! Hunter, Warrior, Leader (B2 Core)

06/25/18 Bones III Let the dogs out: War Dog and/or Foo Dog (B3 Core)

07/09/18 Eastern Encounter II: Oni demon female and/or male (B3 Core)

07/23/18 Bones III Quinn, Iconic Investigator (B3 Core)

08/06/18  Catch-Up Monday – your pick from Bones 1 & 2 incl. extras. What about some demons (toad, wolf, slime…), a dragon or a giant?

08/20/18 Bones II Skeletons, as many as you like (like this or this or this one) Here you can find the Bones 2 Core Set picture, look for “Shambling Dead”. On you can search for “skeleton” and check the bones minis to find them. If you have other skeletons to paint just send us pics of those!

09/03/18 Bones III Ogres (guard, smasher, clubber) (B3 Core)

09/17/18 Unhooding woman/cleric (not yet available) (B3 Core)

10/01/18 Bones III Bregan, Valkyrie (B3 Core)

10/15/18 Bones II TBA

10/29/18 Bones III Hobageddon: Hobgoblin warriors (B3 Core)

11/12/18 Bones III Elven Blacksmith (B3 Core)

11/26/18 Bones II TBA

12/10/18 Bones III Animal/Monster TBA

12/24/18 Christmas break

12/31/18 New Year’s break

01/07/19 Bones III Humanoid TBA

01/21/19 Room for your suggestions!

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Pathfinder Troll

  1. Cartoonish or not, I really like this mini and what everyone did with it.

    Dirk – The experiment came out well. He’s definitely more fleshy than the others! A great look for a troll.

    Antonia – Nifty “sea” troll (scrag?)! I thought it was some sort of ice troll until I looked closer. I particularly like the pinkish belly and the contrasting fur areas.

    Arjen – That’s usually the way I picture trolls: Kind of a bright, toxic green color. Never anything wrong with a standard version and get him on the table top.

    Michael – I love the gray/black skin color. It really makes the mouth and eyes stand out. That’s probably the last thing an adventurer would want to see coming. The moss works really well to giving a reminder of the swamp.

    Funny, I’ve never really painted many trolls! The back/main color is the old official AD&D Troll Brown/Green with a lighter underside. The tongue needs a little work to differentiate it from the gums but I love the contrast of pink on green! In real life, the scales appear a bit more yellowish than they do in the pic. No current plans for the troll, but I always love to spring them on a party for a first time. That regeneration gives adventurers fits.

  2. I never liked this model, it looks too crazy chaos weird with that huge mouth. I might cut off the huge fangs and remove some of the jaw, when I get around to paint it!

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