Miniature Monday – Anuminar Winterbeard

The wise hermit, the old headmaster or the stargazing prophet. The fantasy genre is full of powerful wizards casting lightning bolts, killing dragons and setting pine cones ablaze. They can have any form and color, but also have many things in common.

Let’s see what our painters made out of this iconic magic wielder…

(posted by Dirk)

First of all, we are sorry that the article is late (again…). We got the contributions of the other participants, and even got our minis painted (in time!), but then life got in our way and we didn’t find some spare time to finish this blog posting. But better late than never, and while our little one is crawling and jumping on top of my wife (thank you for your sacrifice ;)), I bring to you: wizards!

Second: This week Brian is back with his rendition of Anuminar Winterbeard. Welcome back!

Now, what can I say to this week’s miniature. It’s a classical wizard with some gandalf-ish resemblance and not so much details as other bones minis, but he has an interesting wand and a nice little owl sitting on his shoulder.

My wizard is a card trickster…

I thought long about how to paint this mini: should I paint Gandalf, a celestial wizard or even Dumbledore? But then the hand holding the beard got my attention. I thought, it looks like he is holding cards against his chest… and that was exactly what I did! I removed his left hand carefully and made some playing cards out of thin plastic card, and then attached his hand back with the cards underneath. Some liquid green stuff filled all gaps and: voila! A “Magic” playing magician 🙂

The colors of his clothes were chosen in correlation to the kind of Magic-deck he is playing. And I just wanted to try red hair turning gray.

He will be a part of a small diorama together with another wizard coming soon(-ish… in June), so stay tuned!

Antonia changed her mind…

At first, she wanted to paint him as a kind of druidic wizard, with a feather pattern similar to the colors of the owl on his shoulder, but for some reasons, she changed her mind. She says: “While trying different earth tones on the clothes, I found myself painting a “jedi”. Since we were watching the “Rebels” and “Mandalorian” TV-shows at that time, I ended up with an owl similar to the companion the character “Ahsoka” had. I even added a little tail with liquid green stuff on the back of the mage, because the “owl” had such a tail. I like the look of the miniature, although he might be a bit too unremarkable.”

Timothy made a green wizard.

He said: “Just a quick paint job but he looks ok and the owl is cute.”

This mini is really a candidate for a quick-paint-competition ;). With his green clothes he looks like he is familiar in a natural environment, which is even intensified by the wooden buildings in the background (which look great, where are they from?), really nice! I imagine a wizard living in the wild, in harmony with the animals…

Michael brought us Radagast.

About his source of his inspiration, he said: “I’ll admit that I lifted an idea from the Mountains of Miniatures blog in painting the Bones 5 wizards as the Istari from LotR. This one is obviously Radagast. The way I painted him, though, he could be used as an eccentric hermit of some sort too.

If I wasn’t going through with the Istari idea, I’d have used his official Reaper name and made an arctic wizard. Hoping someone else had the idea too!”

An ice wizard would be a great idea! (Why didn’t I think of that…). But he is really a good Radagast! Can’t wait to see Saruman…

Brian used a new technique.

He said: “I’m really trying to expand my horizons and learn new things like wet blending, and this was my first outing with that technique.”

Great work for a first one! I like the shadows on the cloak, and especially the different texture for the owl and the beard.

Jim had a lot of inspiration.

He said: “I do love a wizard with a long beard, a pointy hat and a magic staff! My copy of Anuminar was very well cast with good, sharp detail. No real complaints! I decided to depict him as headed out to do a bit of stargazing, thus he’s wearing his special hat and cloak over his usual purple robes. With the owl it just seemed natural. I guess he could have been more woodsy, sort of like Radagast the Brown. I was going to add a few flecks of gray in his hair and beard but in the end, I left them out. My two influences on this one were “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, both the original music by Paul Dukas and the scene from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and the old Rainbow song “Stargazer”. Yes, I’m quite old! Incidentally, the sorcerer in “Fantasia” was rumored to be named Yen Sid: Disney in reverse. Overall a fun mini, a pleasure to work on and decent results.”

I like the eyes! He seems calm and wise (mine’s looking a little bit angry). And an owl is really a natural choice for a stargazer.

I recognised that Jim and Brian both similar color shemes. Is it coincidence, or is the purple robe from the same inspiration?

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

12/14/20 Spartan Taroya, Female Warrior (Bones IV Core Set)

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 12/11/20 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” Expansion Darkreach.

Here is the Dreadmere Expansion

12/28/20 Christmas Break – we’ll be busy with meeting family (even if it’s online) and celebrating and stuff, so use the time to paint some minis from the following list!

01/11/21 Burrowing Behemoth “Umber Hulk” (Darkreach Expansion)

01/25/21 Mavaro, Iconic Occultist (Bones IV Core Set)

02/08/21 Angry Townsfolk Woman w. Torch (Bones IV Core Set)

02/22/21 Owlbear (No 6) (Bones IV Core Set)

03/08/21 Townsfolk Beggar (Bones IV Core Set)

03/22/21 Adowyn, Iconic Hunter (Bones IV Core Set)

04/05/21 Griffon (No 82) (Bones IV Core Set)

04/19/21 Show me your project/Catch-Up Monday

05/03/21 Amrielle, Female Ranger (Bones IV Core Set)

05/17/21 Pig with or without cart (No 17 & 18) (Bones IV Core Set)

05/31/21 Dreadmere Fishwife (No 409) (Dreadmere Expansion)

06/14/21 Oman Ruul, Wizard (Bones IV Core Set)

06/28/21 Dreadmere Tortoise and Handler (Dreadmere Expansion)

07/12/21 Ava Justinia, Female Templar (Bones IV Core Set)

07/26/21 Erasmus, Iconic Medium (Bones IV Core Set)

08/09/21 Troglodytes(one or more) (Darkreach Expansion)

08/23/21 Dreadmere Crone (Dreadmere Expansion)

09/06/21 Two handed Fighter (No 9 in the main pic) (Bones IV Core Set)

09/20/21 Dark Watcher (Beholderkin) (Darkreach Expansion)

On the list for later (or maybe extra homework?):

Half-ogre fighter (Link to metal version)

Knights (No 58-61, no links yet)

Dire Boar/Warthog (No 56, no links yet)

More Townsfolk (No 50+ and 146+)

Small Heroes (some Halflings and/or Gnomes)

Tiny Foes (Kobolds and/or Goblins)

Brigand with heavy Axe (No 101)

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

2 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Anuminar Winterbeard

  1. Nice to see so much variation on this one. Wizards are always fun (just don’t meddle in their affairs).

    Dirk – I love the cards! The blue and green combo looks good above and beyond the reference to the deck. The red beard looks bold against the cool clothing colors. I like the metal (?) staff, too. Looking forward to the diorama.

    Antonia – Changing your mind is allowed! Jedi are just fine. Actually, I was thinking he looked like he may live in a desert environment although that doesn’t look like a burrowing owl. I really like the “owl” and his hair and beard.

    Timothy – I like it! I probably need to use green a bit more than I do. The staff, owl and base provide a good contrast to the robe color. The red “gem” is just right.

    Michael – I like the Istari idea and he looks like Radagast for sure. Cranky old hermit works too! Well done. Now you need to do a second one in arctic attire.

    Brian – Welcome back! Great minds paint alike or something like that. I like the colors (obviously) and the highlighting on the sleeves is very vibrant. The base looks great, too. How do you like that painting handle? I can’t quite convince myself to try one. I just use a wine cork and blue tack.

    I love that everyone’s owls came out so well! I almost painted traditional crescent moons, 5 pointed stars, etc. on his robe but that felt a bit too cartoonish for this guy. The unpainted mini seemed to have a slightly angry expression to me, too. I definitely tried to soften his expression. I can see myself using this mini as a PC at some point.

  2. These are great!

    Dirk, that’s such a great and unique idea. He looks like a devious player! The graying red beard is a cool touch.

    Antonia’s Jedi-inspired look is very cool. I think there are various references to calling Jedi sorcerers or wizards by others in-universe. Like mine, he can pass for a strange old hermit (like Ben Kenobi did!).

    Timothy’s green looks great. It’s a pretty bright green, which is nice. I think sometimes green is reserved for druid/ranger types, but it’s a good color for a wizard too. Is the cloak brown?

    Brian, I think the wet blending came out very well. It’s a technique I have used very rarely because I feel it’s very time-intensive, but it came out very impressively!

    Jim used the same basic color, but a different effect overall, especially with the light brown beard. Very classic. Also, I LOVE the song Stargazer!

    Also, in a LOL for me, I think I painted the fold of robe above his belt as the belt. I have no idea how I was looking at it now that I see what I did!

    (Side note: my Taroya is going to be slightly late, but I’m going to try to get in as early as I can on Saturday; end of the semester madness.)

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