Miniature Monday – Ogres


What is meaner and scarier than an Ogre? Yes, three of them!

The miniatures are highly detailed and (for fantasy monsters) very realistic in proportions and anatomy. Some of our painters considered them the best minis from the whole range of Bones III !


I wasn’t too inspired at first, but after some work I really liked the models:
oger dirk

As these minis compose mainly of skin, I put my priority on that. After I tried a little bit with the first one – and heard that my wife was going to try different human skin colors – I decided to give them different skin colors, but inhuman ones. One has a very dark skin, as if he is coming from the south, the second one was inspired by old warhammer ogres, and the third one just got gray. Then the inspiration struck me. I was going to make a swashbuckling ogre pirate group, all of them originally coming from different places. The eye patch, the barrel, it all connected… so I added a cutlass-hand to one of them.


Antonia didn’t manage to finish the ogres and wasn’t happy with showing only base coat (she says she is kind of a perfectionist) but since she plans to use the ogres in a tutorial for skin tone painting, you’ll hopefully see them soon! Instead, here is what our little son (21 months) “painted” – he wanted to participate somehow and we gave him an old pre-painted mage knight troll and the only crafts paint we had available – metallic purple!

troll kai

A bit blurry, but certainly everybody can see his potential *laughs* Obviously certain vampires aren’t the only monsters that are able to sparkle… or maybe it’s just a stone troll of amethyst variety?


Arjen likes the ogres, but unfortunately he hadn’t the time to finish it.
Ogre Arjen-2

This is a WIP with the details like teeth, eye and little laces to be finished, but you can already see where this one is going. This ogre has a light skin color, set in contrast with dark browns for wood and fur. the metal parts are painted in bronze, giving the ogre a more primitive vibe. I like the overall effect, like to see the finished mini.


Jim is a fan of these ogres, thinking that they are the embodiment of what an ogre should be.
Jim Bones Ogres IMG_4157

He used a yellowy brown skin tone for his trio, with natural, brown/gray colors for clothes and equipment. The yellow and the gray work surprisingly well together and with their similar skintone they look as if they were from the same family clan, maybe brothers? Since you liked the ogres so much, do you have plans on using them?


Michael also used a reduced color palette, this time based on green:
michael ogres1

These ogres were painted green-brown, similar in appearence to my leading model. But Michael also added some mottling around their shoulders, a great idea to upgrade large plain skin areas. If you check on humans you’ll see that our skin varies in color as well, for example on joints, face etc. Thanks for bringing the fact to our attention!

P.S. Does someone have a suggetion for the upcoming Bones II slot? Now is your chance!

This week’s gallery:


Coming next:

09/17/18 Ostarzha, Elf Cleric (B3 Core)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 09/14/18 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 still show up in an update  😉

(I added some of your suggestions already, I might shuffle them around a bit, but keep them coming! For some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet so I’ll add them later.

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 is just that, if you want something else tell us!)


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.

8 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Ogres

  1. Nice work! I’ll have more to write at some point later, but I wanted to post a few Bones II suggestions while I was thinking about it. Forgive me if some of these have already been done; I started following this blog around the time that Bones III figures had started shipping.

    The Horned Hunter:

    Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian:

    Dub Bullock:

  2. As Cole said, there are a lot of different skin tones used, and they all look great! Arjen’s reminds me of the 5th Edition art, but Jim’s reminds me of 3rd. Dirk has a great study of variation going on there; it reminds me a little of what I did with the bugbears (and what I’ve been thinking of doing with all my gnolls).

    Also, I love the cutlass mod, but especially those little pirate touches visible in the detail shots. Lots of personality!

  3. Yep, I really like these ogres. They really capture the essence of ogreness to me. Mine are straight from the book 1e/2e ogres. They have no immediate use other than joining the cadre of “bad guys” and I’m sure they will get plenty of action! Funny Dirk should mention brothers: While I was painting I kept referring to them as Bert, Tom and William (even though those guys were actually stone trolls).

    Dirk – I love the idea of swashbuckling ogres and your painting supports the theme very well. I especially like the ship on the shield. On mine, almost all of the paint is worn off leaving only a few chips to indicate what once was.

    Arjen – Looks good so far! With that skin tone, he could double as a hill giant.

    Michael – I also like the mottling on the upper body. They look like they go together without looking too similar. Greenish would have been my second choice had I not gone with yellowish.

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