Miniature Monday – Mummy Queen and Sethis

Since we don’t want to be the only creatures around that stumble and shuffle about, always feeling they just awakened from a eternal slumber and should just have stayed in bed, let’s have a look at some tired parents mummies this week!

(posting by Antonia)

The miniatures of the mummy queen and king are nice, with crisp detail and classic poses, although I’d really love to see a female mummy that’s less sexy and more scary, or at least wrapped in bandages, like a… mummy or something. But overall I still like her.

Dirk combined a bright color with rotting green:

To achieve a dusty, ages-old look he mostly worked with washes and contrast paints on a white foundation. I like how he used a bright turquise, that works well as a spot color and reminds me of the lapis lazuli in Tutankhamuns’s death mask, for example. The greenish-grey skin makes it obvious that we are dealing with undead here, even if they’re scantily wrapped. I love the overall look with the strong colors!

Jim’s mummies are deathly pale:

He wrote: “I really like these minis. The scuplts are good and the castings came out with sharp detail. I even like the posing! Admittedly, the female doesn’t really have enough wrapping, but that’s a minor issue. I toyed with the idea of painting her as a living queen, but in the end she joined her counterpart in the world of the undead. When I finished the male, I was pleased with the eerie white eyes, so I stopped there instead of going for red or green. I’m not sure this worked on the female and she feels a little incomplete overall in my opinion.”
I get what you mean Re:eyes, maybe because she could need a bit more contrast in the area. What about some eye makeup like Timothy’s queen shows below? The white eyes and the dead pale skin are great on both of them anyway, they look wonderfully “Monster Manual” undead to me, even a bit ghostly!

Timothy’s queen is, in fact, alive!

He said: “Fun miniatures, I gave him undead flesh and she was given human flesh but her eye makeup comes out a bit too intense but I figured ancient Egyptians liked that style.”
I like the makeup, khol lined eyes were indeed quite fashionable and it’s good to see a take on a living queen too, she would certainly make a good NPC as some sort of high priestress! As a proper queen she should probably get some putty/greenstuff robes though, in case the scene is not taking place in a bathhouse 😀

Michael’s mummies probably have nightvision:

He wrote: “Here are my mummies. I tried a bit of a glow effect with their eyes and the runes on the bases. Overall, pretty fun. Now on to Gauth!”

It’s cool to see the variations in skin tones this time – your mummies are very dark, maybe nubian/kush in origin, I love that! Blue and purple also look great with the darker skin, good choice!

Coming next:

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!

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 07/17/20 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.

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.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Mummy Queen and Sethis

  1. Great stuff! Wide range of skin choices here too.

    Dirk and Jim both went with somewhat traditional choices for “undead”, but in totally opposite directions. I’d worry more about getting mummy rot from Dirk’s, but they’ve got great fashion sense (that turquoise looks incredible). Jim’s deathly pallor indicates to me ghostliness, vampirism, or at least some other kind of mysticism at play. If I saw those minis hit the table, I’d think there’s more to them than simple tomb guardians.

    Timothy and I both went for a living/undead pairing. Timothy’s queen is very Liz Taylor/Cleopatra; very versatile for a lot of circumstances. The eyes turned out very well, I think. She could be the partner of the Queen, or possibly just controlling him.

    For my queen, I was inspired by the movie version of Queen of the Damned, as well as the 90s Mummy franchise, so the overtly sexed-up style kind of fit. Her skin is a blend of Reaper’s Dark Skin and Olive Skin to hit a really nice warm brown tone. For the King, I had started with the greenish Undead Flesh by Vallejo, covered in Army Painter Flesh Wash. I wasn’t liking the lack of contrast with the wrappings, though, so I slathered on more Dark Tone until I liked it. I think it also reflects the dark tones of the dried-out skin I’ve seen in actual museum mummies too.

  2. I think there’s a joke here about Daddys and Mummies, but I can’t think of one.

    Dirk – Very cool rotting skin tone. Also, the overall colors really say Egyptian to my eyes. The olive green and aqua blue go well together. Interestingly, some of the gods and goddesses were portrayed with green skin as a symbol of fertility.

    Timothy – I like the contrasting pair: One alive and one (un)dead. Sethis is well done but I’m particularly impressed with the Queen. The staff is excellent and I have to agree with Antonia about the eye makeup: It looks quite good and appropriate. Also, I wouldn’t worry about additional robes because the ancient Egyptians seem to have run around naked quite a bit!

    Michael – I like the touch of purple, it gives the pair a unique look and glowing eyes are always good on undead. I, too, thought Nubian when I saw your Queen which still works as either lving or dead. I also like the possiblity of the live Queen raising/controling the undead King, maybe not unlike Timothy’s! Once you mentioned your inspiration, I definitely saw Patricia Velasquez & Aaliyah!

    My Sethis/Mummy King is fine if a bit plain, though I am very fond of those eyes. The queen is mostly OK: The two things that need work are her hair (or wig?) which doesn’t have enough contrast and her eyes for the same reason. Both skin tones were painted with the same colors just skipping the darkest step for the queen. Perhaps I’ll try some shade in the eye sockets and then re-do the eyes. I don’t think the makeup idea would look quite right on a mummy! I agree, though, that the pair appear almost ghostly or even vampiric, especially the queen. Not intentional, but interesting!

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