Miniature Monday – Christina, Cleric (updated)


Happy New Year to all our readers! Since the nights around here are still long and cold, we brought someone carrying a light into the darkness (both literally and metaphorically): Christina the Cleric.

(posting by Antonia)

Welcome to Miniature Monday 2019! Again, our best wishes to all of you, we hope you had a good start into the New Year. Did you make some resolutions for 2019, maybe concerning… miniatures? 😉
Since Dirk and I will get a big load of Bones IV some time this spring we will probably don’t run out of projects to paint any time soon… not even counting the “Necromunda” box and our chrismas present to each other, “Blackstone Fortress”, a cooperative boardgame set in the 40k universe with a lot of highly detailed miniatures that are also waiting for the brush….

This week’s miniature was fun to paint, as soon as I had an idea about the color scheme – so many sharp details and still some plain surfaces to allow for freehand painting. No warping and close to no mould lines either.


Since we dabble a lot in the 40k setting at the moment, I made my Chrsitina a servant of the Holy Inquisition:


First I wanted to use only black and metal colors on her clothes and armour, but that seemed a bit too boring, so I added green (I normally use red so I deliberately chose something else this time) and some tiny dabs of red and blue for accents. On the shield I painted the inquisition logo, and although it’s a tiny bit off-center, I’m really happy with the end result.
Of course I took the opportunity to do some lighting effect, just a little bit, but the inquisition is not really known for illuminating the universe much, I guess 😀 Anyway, I simply drybrushed the brightened areas softly with with and pale yellow and the result is really intriguing.
Dirk wanted to focus completely on the lighting effect:


He primed the mini using a very dark grey and gradually added lights and shadows, so the mini itself would be nearly monochrome, as if the cleric was wandering through a very dark dungeon and the lamp was the only source of light. I think that’s a really interesting experiment and the mini looks great!
Jim also went for green, with a completely different result:

jim bones christina img_4312

He is sill working on the shield so he took it off (Was that easy to do? I tried to remove it carefully, but on my mini the glue was too strong to release it). I like the combination of green and white, it is a strong contrast to my darker version and gives an intens “Jeanne d’Arc” vibe, in my opinion. The reduced color palette helps the “well rounded” look too, well done! And what is that hippogriff on the front plate, a transfer of some kind? Or how on earth did you paint these tiny lines?
He also wrote he was wondering about the purpose of some of her equipment pieces, which one do you mean, Jim? Her vaguely owl-shaped water bottle/mascot/holy relic thingie on her left? Or the incense dispenser (?) on the chain? As you see, I’m not sure either *lol* maybe others can add their thoughts and we discuss it in the comments.
Michael was longing for sunshine:


He wrote that he decided for her to be a cleric of a sun deity so he chose warm colors. I always like painting with a theme (it makes chosing colors and ornaments way easier), the sun symbol is a good way to show where you are going with it! Yellow armour is quite unusual, very cool! I love how you gave her brown skin and hair, as she might come from a very sunny region with high levels of UV radiation, plus of course the darker skin works much better with the bright yellow and red 😀


Arjen send in his cleric too.cleric arjen

He wrote: “Anyway, as I was one of the people suggesting we paint this mini I felt obliged to still make an effort. I see I forgot to paint a bit of white over the wash at the rim of her armor…anyway, it is finished enough that you get an impression of what I was aiming for, a kind of good aligned crusader cleric of, let’s say, Iomedae. As I may have mentioned before I now and then look at my minis to see which colors are under-represented and yellow was really begging for another miniature.”

Thanks for your entry, Arjen, we made sure to check the email folder every other day but somehow your mail sneaked past our radar until yesterday…! Strange. Anyway, chosing your colors based on “gaps” in your collection is a great tip for painters who can’t decide on their color schemes, and a good way to step out of one’s comfort zone, thanks!

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

01/21/19 Bones II Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian (B2 Core)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 01/18/19 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 will forage through previous weeks’ comments for your suggestions ASAP and add them to the list, if you have any favourites missing or suggested them more than half a year ago, just repeat them below this week! If for some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet I’ll just add them later.)


02/04/19 Bones III Wild West of Oz Wicked Witch plus Monkey* (B3 Core)

*they sell them in packs of three (obviously) but in the KS there was only one piece

02/18/19 Bones II Dub Bullock, Rogue (B2 Core)

we need more suggestions!

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

5 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Christina, Cleric (updated)

  1. This month, I have two favourites: I like Antonia’s dark one, with nice freehand on the shield and I like that you made some of the armor rims yellow to spice up the dull black outlook. The OSL is not convincing though, it looks like it snowed on your lantern (you used a drybrush technique?). I never use drybrush for OSL, but rather one or more layers of very diluted yellow, white or even light blue (magic light) paint. You put on a layer, let it dry, determine if you have enough shine, if not, put in another layer. If you make the next spot slightly smaller, you even get a gradient. Not to say I succeed every time- I am working on it.
    My other favourite is Jim. The lantern is nicely done with the dark rim, yellow and a white center on each pane. The eyes especially well done, the hairs strands pop out, and all colors work nicely together.
    I was too late with sending in mine. In case it is not posted here, I will just include it in next week’s photograph.

    • Thanks, Arjen! I’m looking forward to seeing your Christina. I tried a little OSL but I used stippling. It always seems too much to my eye but then practically disappears in the pics.

  2. Antonia – Probably a good choice to not go completely dark, but who knows? The shield came out especailly nice: Black and gold!

    Dirk – That’s a really great idea and a good way to experiment with OSL. Honestly, I think I would have just used pale yellow for the light (and Antonia, too) but I’m certainly no expert. Mine is way too faint!

    Michael – Your color choices definitely make me think of bright, sunny weather. The sun symbol speaks for itself and leaves no doubt!

    The shield on mine popped right off almost as if it wasn’t even glued, so that was easy and made painting faster and less difficult. I should mention that the white area is actually a very light, bluish gray (GW Ghostly Grey) but it’s hard to distinguish. I thought she needed a very pious look and it struck me that she would be the type of person that would be very organized, her outfit would all match and would rarely have a hair out of place. She feels very Lawful Good to me! It’s actually a pegasus (a unicorn seemed to obvious) though I think that’s a lock of mane hair drooping down it’s forhead. Vini Vidi Vici decals strike again! And yes, I can’t quite figure out the exact items on her left and right side. I;m going with a censer on her right and some sort of holy symbol on her right. Even in pictures of the metal version of this mini it’s a bit vague.

  3. Yay, thanks for updating!
    I think the RPG table looks nicer with all kinds of different colors. If all your good guys are green and blue and all your bad guys are red and black, it is easy to sort the good from the bad guys, but kinda boring to look at. And it gets me out of the comfort zone, as Antonia put it quite well. Now I think bright pink is really needing another one, but using that on next week’s barbarian ….I have my limits.

  4. Looking good, everybody! I agree about trying to vary up your own color tendencies. Models of a certain type (ranger, paladin, vampire, etc.) tend to have me going towards the same palette over and over, so it’s good to take stock every once in a while.

    This mini works really well with everyone’s schemes, as she can now be a different kind of cleric for each. Antonia has her inquisition, mine is Sun, Jim’s looks like a cleric of a noble order of some kind, and Arjen’s reminds me of one of those all-purpose good deities of light, life, and love. And of course, who knows what Dirk’s is… 😛

    For the record, I’m going with censer on her right, and… it looks like a holy flask or maybe an urn on her right.

    In the homebrew world I DM, the main area is in the southern hemisphere. There’s an island close-ish to the equator (the northernmost known area) where humans originated and spread, along with their gods. I picture my cleric as being from somewhere north, where the Sun God is one of the most popular.

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