Miniature Monday – Milk Maid (UPDATED)

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This week another villager makes the stage – the milk maid. Or is she? Check the article to see what she might be carrying in that bucket…!

(posting by Antonia)
Since I’m home with a sick child (again), I won’t comment much, but hopefully the pictures will speak for themselves anyway!

Dirk based her to be a tavern maid:


Since he (years ago) already painted some villagers like the inn keeper and the bar maid (from Bones I) he decided the woman would be carrying a bucket filled with cleaning water to scrub the floor or maybe “sober up” a patron. From all the maids here, Dirk’s is definitely the one with the dirtiest clothes.
To create the floor boards he normally uses balsa wood pieces, but since he didn’t had any this time he improvised by cutting pieces of cardboard and simply scratching it a bit to simulate wood grain. And to be honest, considering the scale of a miniature, the results are much more realistic than real wood!

Jim’s milk maid is probably about to summon some helpful critters:

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He wrote: “She gives me a “Disney princess” vibe so that’s the direction I went. I also wanted to keep in the Autumn color range so apart from the yellow skirt w/green trim, she is in mostly earthy, muted tones. I ended up really enjoying this one and I think maybe I should have done some sort of pattern on the skirt? My only complaint is that I overdid my flesh wash a bit. I probably should have just left it off. I painted her bucket/pail as full of water instead of milk and it actually worked pretty well.”
The Disney idea is hilarious, now I can see her surrounded by forest animals who are about to help her with her chores! The face came out really well too!


Timothy chose bright colors:

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I wouldn’t have thought to use golden yellow and magenta on such a miniaure, but it still works quite well! This milk maid might be the princess after her magical transformation 😀 I love her smile, it really looks cute from that angle!
On a side note: Did you print the stone walls behind her in a 3D printer? I’m thinking about getting a basic one but am still wondering which model.

Michael’s milk maid is quite cheerful:

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He said: “I had considered trying a pattern or something on the dress, but then decided for a more simplistic take. In doing so, she’s pretty much the most stereotypical milkmaid in existence. I like the smiling face though; she looks like she might break out in song at any moment!”
You totally nailed the “milk maid color scheme”, I agree. The face is manga-style expressive due to the large eyes, and I think you could get a wonderfully creepy effect too, just by adding some little drops of blood here and there… what do you think? Maybe the peasant already suspects something – look at his face!


Another gallon of extra fresh milk arrived, carried by Arjen’s milk maid!

milkmaid Arjen

He wrote: “The right picture, from the back is the best to show actual colors, my camera still has a tendency to compensate. I wanted this milk maid to not a have blue or pink dress, which to me were obvious choices, so I went for yellow instead. To spice things up, I gave the the bodice an orange-brown color instead of normal brown.”

Very interesting choice of color! Do you have an idea how and where to use the miniature? With clothes as bright and clean as hers she could be working in a noble’s home or even at some court!

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

11/25/19 Bones III Sarah the Seeress

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 11/22/19 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 (might, *sigh*) 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 had to remove some of the shop links because the miniatures are not yet in official retail (the shop links showed “leftover” KS packs which seem to be out of stock completely now)

Here is the link to Reaper’s graphic with all the core pieces, but it’s one and veeeery long picture so be prepared for some scrolling. On the other hand it has separate numbers for most of the pieces. I will add individual shop links as soon as they appear!

12/09/19 Bones IV Monsters: Wyvern (B4 Core) Nr. 81 on KS pic

12/23/19 Bones IV Villagers: Bandit with Dagger & Sword (B4 Core) Nr. 100 on KS pic

01/06/20 Show me your project! Did you paint or craft something over the holidays that’s outside on MM’s schedule? Here’s the place to show off!

01/20/20 Bones IV Cyclops (No. 98 on KS picture)

02/03/20 Bones III Vernon, Ivy Crown Knight

I added some first picks from the Bones 4 Core Set, some monsters, creatures and villagers. The adventurers I’ll check next, the group was just too large for a quick pick. Any more suggestions?

–> 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.

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

One thought on “Miniature Monday – Milk Maid (UPDATED)

  1. Nice variation this time.

    Dirk – Tavern/bar maid works perfectly. I like you colors as well as the grime and especially those floorboards.

    Timothy – Very bright and bold color choices! Considering the mini, they work well.

    Mike – You certainly achieved the typical milkmaid look! Looks good and, with your song comment, reminds me a little of Maria from “The Sound of Music”.

    Arjen – Good call on the yellow (wink, wink). She looks a bit surprised, like she just stumbled across something she shouldn’t have!

    I just noticed that the color I used on the bonnet (?) almost looks like hair. Her actual hair color is black/brown. A fun mini to paint, I thought, and a palette cleanser from more dark and dangerous subjects.

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