Miniature Monday – Sir Conlan


Robed, armoured and ready to fight – Sir Conlan finally arrives to show his (various) colors!

(posting by Antonia)

First of all: No, you didn’t misread the schedule below the article. This summer is warm enough to re-bend Bonesium and everything (including us) slows down. So we didn’t settle for a Miniature Wednesday but went straight for next (this week). I hope we can still keep up the schedule for Durok next monday though, this dwarf looks like he doesn’t have much patience….

Anyway, Sir Conlan is a nice sculpt, with a good balance between detail and open areas which allow for blending and freehands. The face is tiny but not distorted, and I had close to no flashing and very little mould lines on mine.

My knight has something to hide:


AT first I wasn’t sure what to do with Sir Conlan as I normally neither play nor use (as NPC) knigt type characters much.Then I had the idea to paint him as a person from the background story of Dirk’s LARP-Character. The guy is the character’s father, member of a religious order who was, at the time, doing good in secret and hiding from the eyes of their greatest enemy.
So I envisioned Malcedorn wearing the dirty robes of a wanderer (blue/grey as a nod to the color of the divine dragon he follows) but under that he’d still wear armour and the order’s traditional red which would only show when he moves fast to help those in need.
In the spirit of that idea I also cut off the shield’s symbol, painted the order’s dragon symbol on it and then mostly painted that over again, because of course the dragon is still there, even if we can only guess its form.
(I realize most of this would be a bit impractical or too obvious in real life, but we’re talking high fantasy there, so I took some dramatic license).

Michael experimented with tones:


He wrote: “Here’s my version of Sir Conlan, which I painted up around two years ago, I think. This was an exercise in monochrome, to a degree, with very little color. The big emphasis is on the sword, which is meant to be magical/spectral; one of my pictures was taken with the light off to help show that paint popping. I painted this mini to be a character in one of my games, based a bit from art I found on Pinterest from the Bloodborne video game. In my game, the sword contains the soul of a paladin-type that took over the body of her enemy, locking his soul into the shield. When I saw this model on the list, I almost painted the clear version and the other model of the same character (hood down, sword held up) from Bones III, but ran out of time and energy. ”
Those experiments are always fun! As painters we can learn a lot about shadows and hues if we reduce the number of used colors to a minimum. I love the effect of color in an otherwise black-and-white area because it makes a great focal point!


Jim’s Sir Conlan wanders the desert:

Jim Bones Sir Conlan IMG_4398

Jim Bones Sir Conlan IMG_4399

He wrote: “I really like the sharpness of the sculpt on this one. Only a few soft areas! Sir Conlan gives me a bit of a desert vibe, so he got a tan hood and cloak over a more Euro-style armor. I finally decided that he must be a Euro/Medieval knight serving his order as a temple guardian (templar) somewhere in a vast desert. The shield design, as on other Reaper Templars, is painted similar to an order of knighthood that I used in a campaign way, way back in D&D. I’m still not sure what to write on the banner but it will probably be something along the lines of Faith or Honor.”
The combination of tan and light blue looks great and the desert theme gives me a hint of Obi-Wan, now that I think about it 😉 And although the prismatic colors on the shield seem quite strong they work nicely to make the back view interesting.

Brian ventured deep into the blue spectrum:


He said “Here’s my sir Conlan. I added runes for a game I used to play. Sorry for not being more active – my job has been crazy!”
Believe me, I know how it goes, and only the thought that there actually might be people enjoying this blog makes me (try to) keep up the schedule. Having all those nice painted minis and a little creative outlet every other week is cool, but it’s still hard keep up sometimes.
Anyway, I glad you sent in your mini this time, and I really like that radiant blue you were using. The muted color of the armour makes the other colors seem even more intense! On a side note – Interesting how everyone this time thought that Sir Conlan needed some kind of blue!

Arjen, on the other hand, worked with subtle blues:

Conlan Arjen 4

He wrote: “An unfinished Conlan with no pretty face. I had difficulty with my camera this time: it does some sort of color adjustment which detects a lot of blue and then automatically tones it down. My light blue skirt became white, my blue-silver armor became just plain silver and my extremely bright blue cloak became just bright blue. Sigh. It makes the mini less interesting.”
I think many cameras do that to reduce the blue in bright daylight, maybe you can change the setting to “indoor” or “night” the next time it happens, or even try and trick the sensors by using different backgrounds, e.g. something reddish?
Anyway, the idea is cool, I think I read about that in some Golden Demon painting workshop – mixing a hint of the same color into every paint you use on a mini makes for a well rounded composition, I think in the article they used blue, neutral grey or reddish brown respectively.


This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

07/08/19 Bones III Durok, Dwarf Ranger (B3 Core)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 07/05/19 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 added tons of miniatures to the schedule now. We might still shuffle them around, do extras (like “Show me your project!”) or add more, just tell us what you think in the comments!

–> Since reaper re-organized their online shop recently, some of the links might not be working anymore. Until we come around to fix that you can always use the miniature’s name and use the search box on top of the page.

07/22/19 Bones III Wraith (B3 Core)

08/05/19 Bones II Alistrilee, Elven Archer (B2 Core)

08/19/19 Bones III Sigurd, Viking (B3 Core)

09/02/19 Bones III Brotherhood of the Seal (B3 Core)

09/16/19 Bones II Mi-Sher, Sword Dancer (B2 Core)

After that Bones 4? Or should we start earlier? Until then everyone should have had the chance to check their shipments or even bought some minis directly from the shop.

We’ll gladly accept your suggestions!

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Sir Conlan

  1. The blues have it!

    Antonia- I love the backstory. Sometimes that really helps in getting a mini done! The road weary appearance comes through great.

    Mike – Like the sword! The all gray scheme reminds me of stone. I imagine this guy is pretty hard nosed and unbending. The immovable object, so to speak.

    Brian – I love the all blue scheme, but then again my favorite color is actually blue. The armor came out really well and the base looks great.

    Arjen – Even unfinished I like where you’re going with this. All that blue puts me in mind of the frozen north. A nice break in the heat of summer.

    I’ve ended up really liking this mini. Thanks to Antonia, I now call him Obi-Wan Conlanobi. The area I’m most pleased with, ironically, is the face. I wanted it vague and shadowy so all I did is shade/highlight and wash it, no details like eyes or lips. It seemed to work alright.

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