Miniature Monday – Ettin

If you want two ogres for the price of one, you’ve come to the right place! Come and have a look at this week’s minis!

(posting by Antonia)

Although I’m generally not very interested in ogres and similar monsters I have to say that this miniature is quite detailed and nicely designed, with things like a pig “snack” on the back or the tiny hand peeking from the bag. The ettin needed more assembly than most Bones minis, but if you like the type and the slightly comical style, the miniature is worth a look.

I chose an unlikely color:

For a long time I didn’t have an idea how to paint this guy, and wasn’t very fond of the mini/monster type, but after I decided I’d go for blue (vaguely inspired by Warhammer’s chaos god Tzeentch and their two-headed dragon) I quickly painted him up and really like the result. Most of the fun was finding matching colors, like pale browns, greys and silvers plus a bit of gold as a “spot color”, and I enjoyed painting the snow leopard fur. Overall the sculpt is a bit too comical for my taste, but the different expressions on both heads and all those details are a very nice touch nonetheless (did you realize that the armour piece on the knee is a medieval helmet?).

Dirk’s ettin is still a WIP, but he (Dirk) has some nice plans:

He says: “The color scheme started a bit basic, with a light fleshtone and brown tones for leather and fur, but when I go on I plan on painting the mini in a way to give two different impressions, depending on the angle you look at it – the angry head/half will get bolder contrast, dirt and maybe blood spatters, the dim head with the pointing hand is supposed to look softer and more harmless, I’m still thinking about how to achieve that, maybe he’ll even get some flowers on his side of the base *laughs*”

Jim’s ettin is orcish:

He wrote: “Like last time, I have never painted an Ettin mini before this! At first, I thought the mini was a little too cartoonish (especially the heads) but I think he looks fine now that he’s done. Ettins were originally described as “giant-like creatures” that are “closely related to orcs”, so that’s the way I went. I painted mine essentially as a giant two-headed orc rather than a more human-like giant. I tried out some new paints for the skin and I think this will be my orc flesh going forward. I probably didn’t make him filthy enough, but he looks good to my eyes. I tried to make his belt buckle look like it was originally painted but is now rusting heavily leaving only a flake or two of paint. Overall a fun mini to paint and a welcome addition to the collection.”

Nice skin tone, what color(s) did you use for that? I can see that you painted the lips in a lighter shade of green, a cool detail that is often overlooked in “non human” skin tones (I didn’t think of that either, I should fix that. These details add so much to a paintjob!). The weathering on the shield came out great!

Timothy made use of a bright color:

I like how you used muted and earthy colors and then added a sharp contrast of red, white and black on the shield, making sure that the mini never gets a chance to look too uniform in color! I’ll keep that in mind for my next projects!

Arjen’s ettin could live in a desert region:

He said: “I like this ettin less than the old one (from Bones 1). I therefore decided to paint it rather simple, with a limited color palette, no light effects. I worked with washes to bring out the rope windings, but I am not happy with the result, especially how the wash pooled between the ropes on the back. The only part I am happy with is the club, I think it looks very realistic.”

I agree, the wood structure comes out nicely, same with the rope surfaces here! Considerin washes I found the skin areas itself not terribly “wash friendly”, because many surfaces were not smooth, but still not structured enough for my washes to work, esp. the area below the arms.

A limited color palette is always interesting and (imho) leads to nice results even without too much time investments because it automatically seems to add a “theme”. My first though was “desert dweller” because of the solid, clay/earthen looking skin combined with the “sun bleached” fur. Did you have a possible use for the ettin in mind while planning the paintjob?

Michael enjoyed the detail work:

He wrote: “I had a few wacky ideas about the skin tone, but decided to go with something more akin to a Hill Giant. This model was just loaded with details; after first painting in mostly browns, I wanted to add a few splashes of color here and there.”

As I already wrote under Timothy’s entry, some extra bright colors can help to “spice up” a color scheme, especially if you pick a contrasting set like yellow and purple! But I also like the more subtle details like the crystal (?) pendant and the gems in the bracelet/wrist armour (totally forgot about them, I think I just painted them as some metal rivets)! All those things add a lot of life to this model!

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

06/08/20 Bones IV Baba Yaga (No. 96 on KS pic)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 06/05/20 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 

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!

Here is the underdark Add-on.

06/22/20 Bones IV Add-Ons: Underdark Gloom Stalker (No. 540 on the Add-on graphic)

07/06/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Movie night Part I: Paint Classic Horror Monsters (Mummies, No. 130 und 131)

07/20/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Gauth, Bipedal Dragon Part One (No. 7) – WIPs, e.g. first colors, basing, modifications…


This is a big one, so we’ll stretch it over two entries!

08/03/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Gauth, Bipedal Dragon Part Two (No. 7) – Finished Monster

08/17/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Movie night Part II: Paint Classic Horror Monsters (Vampires, No. 132 and 133)

08/31/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Bedeviled: Devils/Demons (Nos. 72, 73 and/or 74 on graphic)

09/14/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Movie night Part III: Paint Classic Horror Monsters (Victor’s Creatures, No. 134 and 135)

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

One thought on “Miniature Monday – Ettin

  1. Good participation and good minis this time! I don’t know if I could choose a single favorite. I like the way different people went in slightly different directions: Giant, ogre, orc and BLUE?!

    Antonia – Yep, that’s pretty darn blue! On the other hand, I like the way he turned out especially the contrast between the skin and his mostly earthy toned gear.

    Dirk – I like the colors so far. The blood splatters should look great. I agree about the other head looking more harmless, almost a village idiot type.

    Timothy – Nice work! he looks very realistic, in a fantasy sort of way of course. The shield just seemed to demand red, black and white! I really like the way your stonework came out, too.

    Arjen – Despite your dissatisfaction, I quite like the overall look. Like Antonia said, it gives the mini a unified feel. That club is probably the best detailed part of the mini and yours looks great.

    Michael – He really came out nice! Very giant-ish. Like Antonia, I too am impressed with the pendant and bracelet. As with Timothy’s mini, I like the way he looks like he’s actually standing on a separate stone floor, not as if it’s all one casting.

    I have no idea why I choose brick instead of stone for the base on mine! Looking back now I think Dirk is correct about adding some blood splatters. I went to all the work rusting the metal but the rest of the mini looks a bit clean in comparison. And yes, I’m quite happy with the shield, too. His skin is in the Reaper Undead Skin Tones triad: 9148 – ghoul skin, 9149 – moldy skin and 9150 – bloodless skin. I like orc skin that is a grayish green and this seems to work, although the Neutral Bones Colors Triad might also work. I was looking for colors that were near sage green and olive drab but not quite either one. The slightly different color on the lips helps define the facial features in my opinion.

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