Miniature Monday – Cyclops

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Around since Odysseus’ times, this week’s monster is the cyclops. Read on and have a look (I promise I’ll spare you any more eye jokes!).

(posting by Antonia)

The miniature is of a relative simple design, it has just a few (albeit crisp) surface details. That bare skin is a nice base for blending, tattoos and other effects – now I wish had thought of tattoos or warpaints earlier, btw.!

Both of our minis this week have extra base details that I printed, which is really fun – you don’t need that much filament or time for a small sheep, and especially “normal” animals are easily found for free in spaces like thingiverse (free fo personal use at least). Normally you would have to find and order those bitz long in advance, but with the printer we have the chance to try things quite spontaneously!

My cyclops is “the” cyclops (not the superhero, though!):cycl ton3

When I think about cyclopes, Odysseus’ story always jump to my mind first, because I read the mythological stories many times as a child:
Odysseus and his crew arrive at an island inhabited by cyclopes, one of them Poseidon’s son Polyphemos, living as a shepherd in a cave. After a gruesome encounter Odysseus and his man blind Polyphemos with a burning stake and escape the cave by hiding under the sheep as they are let out to graze in the morning.
I decided I would somehow integrate that story into the base for the mini, so I printed some sheep (horned and hornless one on thingiverse) and cut out the cyclops’ eye. At first I wanted him to touch the sheep with his hand like in the story, ready to smash any greek sailors, but since I didn’t want to reposition the whole mini to bend him over I just moved the arm so it stretches a bit more.
The floor is just some “home depot brand” filler putty into which I roughly cut the stone structure – it loooked quite uneven at first but after two layers of unthinned acrylics it really mimics the mini’s original base. I also added a bit of straw flock to hide the fact that I had to resculpt some legs because I snapped off two legs of each sheep while removing them from the printing supports *sigh* Those legs are soo tiny!
For colors I used only a couple of earthen tones to capture the “classic era vase painting” feel. Only the empty eye socket got some reddish gore, but not overly drastic either.
All in all I’m very happy with this mini-diorama.


Dirk’s cyclops is truly Poseidon’s son:


While brainstorming for painting ideas Dirk said he could paint his cyclops as an underwater version. At first he wanted the mini to hold something in its right hand, a turtle maybe that’s about to be smashed open, but since I felt sorry for the turtle (and to add extra action) I printed him an murray eel the cyclops can wrestle with!
The mini is still a WIP but you can see the composition and the color scheme: I re-posed the head and arm and opened the hand so the cyclops can clutch the critter at its jaws.
Dirk said the cyclops will have greenish-blueish tones in the end while the murray eel shows tropical colors already!

I’ll add the finished version in an update ASAP.

Michael’s cyclops is very dark:


He wrote: “I wasn’t sure what color skin I was going to paint him, but when I coated the model with my usual Walnut Brown “primer”, I actually decided to just use that. I highlighted up into a grayish color, so he overall looks kind of earth elemental-like.”
Great result, Michael! What kind of primer do you use, is it an acrylic color or more of a shade/liner like many people use on bones minis? On the pictures the skin looks nearly black, but still like that of a living being, probably due to the brown undertones. The red eye gives a wonderfully menacing look!

Jim’s cyclops is all browns instead:

Jim Bones Cyclops IMG_4478

He said: “My Cyclops is pretty standard. I wanted to give him a little bit more brownish skin as opposed to standard flesh. I’m not sure if that worked. Almost all the colors on him are browns except the two pendants. I really like the head and face on this guy and it painted up nicely.”
Very clean paintjob, I like the tone-in-tone color scheme, it works really well for animals and scantily clad humanoids. The stone is great too, btw. on the photo it looks like you just took a pebble from the ground and glued it there!

Timothy’s cyclops looks like the monster classic:

timothy IMG_0029

With the pinkish skin and the brown leather the mini looks like you took it directly from a monster manual or RPG adventure – the green eyes and the red pendant work great as points of focus (see? I even avoided the “eye catcher” pun!)

Arjen experimented with the skin tone:

Cyclops Arjen

He wrote: “I wanted the cyclops to look alien, so instead of normal skin tone I mixed grey, pink and yellow. Unfortunately, the photo shows it as an uniform grey. I think I should have been a bit bolder with my skin color variations.”
Clever idea to mix different colors, that’s what painters of different eras did to achieve varied and life-like skintones, and although I agree that the grey looks uniform on the photo I still think the cyclops looks very alien, maybe an aggressive life form Flash Gordon encounters on the moons of planet Omega?
(Disclaimer: I don’t know a thing about Mr. Gordon or planet Omega. It’s just a vibe 😀 )

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

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

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 01/31/20 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!


02/17/20 Bones IV Minotaur (from the “Sophie and Friends” group at the bottom, No 162 on the KS pic)

03/02/20 Bones IV Sorcerer with attitude (and dragon familiar) (No 47 on KS pic)

03/16/20 Bones III TBA

03/30/20 Bones IV Rat ogre/were-rat (No 12 on KS pic)

Maybe some minis from an add-on after that? I read some suggestions in the direction of the Underdark box with myconids, drow etc.?

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.

3 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Cyclops

  1. So way back when the first KS came out, I went in because I wanted to learn how to paint minis, and it was such a good deal. I did my due diligence on Reaper’s website, which said that primer was not necessary, and would sometimes finish tacky. They recommended just using a base coat of their own paint. The first few models I painted had a few white spots where I couldn’t quite get the brush without smearing paint on a part I had already more or less finished. So then, I started covering the entire model in a coat of Reaper’s Walnut Brown (usually; I’ve occasionally used black) to be a dark shadow. That way, if there’s a deep recess that would shadowed anyway, I don’t have to worry about getting down there later. This has been my go-to method for awhile now, except occasionally on models I want to be super bright. I think it does generally help the next layers stick better, but I always have to use multiple coats of brighter colors to cover the dark layer. These days, I think of it as the color of something I still have to paint, and so on my Cyclops, I wanted to make it the ACTUAL hue for once.

    Anyway, these are great! I like the interesting modifications that Dirk and Antonia did. Jim and Timothy have some Monster Manual classics. Arjen’s reminds me of 4th Edition, where the Cyclops are the servants of the Fomorians in the Feydark.

    • Hi Michael. I have tried painting directly on the Bones, but not all types of paint stick well (from the paints I tried GW citadel Base gave best results for the first layer), so nowadays I spray with a plastic primer I bought at the DIY. I use light grey as it is easy to paint lighter as well as darker.

      I like your red eye, it has a sort of hypnotic quality.

  2. Antonia – Nice sheep! … and base work in general. I always think of Odysseus when I see Cyclops, too.

    Dirk – I like where you’re headed with that. I feel like an aquatic cyclops should have a different name, but Eye of the Deep is already taken!

    Michael – Very stony. That eye is spooky. I can imagine encountering him underground (scary thought).

    Timothy – Nicely done. Yours is more of a regular flesh tone than mine, which is just fine on a big angry humanoid!

    Arjen – He definitely looks alien or even a lighter version of stony (like a cousin to Michael’s). Antonia mentioned Flash, but I’m actually thinking Barsoom and John Carter as there were some one eyed aliens in those books.

    I don’t know if mine is truly Homeric, but I still like the overall effect, even without any sheep. I’ve been thinking that he would look good fighting a Hoplite, so I may have to look for one.

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