Miniature (Mon)Day – Taroya

“We are… painters!”

This time we dig deep into the mythological world of ancient Greece, as we see a great heroine ready to fight Hydrae, Titans or Lions. But which epic voyage will she begin, to write her name in the anals of legend? Our contributors had different ideas…

(posted by Dirk)

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe christmas and a good start into the new year. We wish you all the best and a healthy start. We are safe at home in lockdown. The daycare closed earlier than expected, so we are here with our kid taking up like 90% of our time, so besides christmas preperations I found no time to finish the article. Finely here it is, and I wish you a productive new hobby year!

The miniature has nice details. Although I don’t know if it is very authentic in a historical point of view (full body armor), it is a strong female fighter in a non-sexy pose and clothing. The pose is dynamic enough to show action and can easily be modified (more on this later).

My Taroya is a Gorgon-huntress…

I still had the Medusa from an earlier Bones on my to-do-list, and as I saw Taroya, I immediately sensed a victim… but I wasn’t sure if a half-turned-to-stone Hoplite would look good. Then I changed my mind and aimed for a duell scene from a classic film. The hero(ine) watching the Medusa through the reflexion in the shield to beat her. I cut the body at the waist to give her a more dynamic pose and to position her on a rocky base left over from the Werbat (I had to remodel her backside as it now wasn’t obscured by the cloak), gave her an old warhammer shield that would work better as “mirror” and had a medusa-style emblem, and bent her head so she looked onto the shield. I chose greens and grays as colors to link it to the Medusa and painted the arm and leg armor in the same green tones as the Medusas big scales to show she already fought many Gorgons and made armor out of their hides – an expert in her field!

The base got the cut-of and turned-to-stone head of another Bones mini (you can guess who 😉 ) and used GW’s Aggrelan Earth as on the Medusas base. I also tried to paint a reflexion inside the shield.

I’m pleased with the overall result and am especially happy that I finally painted the Medusa as well.

Antonias mini went Superhero style…

As her origins are based in greek mythology, it was a short step for her to decide to paint the mini as Wonder Woman (and it was absolutely not inspired by the new film, really 😉 ). Antonia swapped the helm for a female head she had in her bitz box (an Stormcast Eternal alternative head) and sculpted a lasso to hang on her side. The rest was just paintjob: golden armor, red and blue clothing, and the characteristic dark hair.

It’s amazing how a simple head swap can change a mini a lot. I like it a lot, and perhaps she can make a guest appearance in our Superhero Campaign…

Timothy painted the quintessential Spartan.

He used Bronze Age armor accented with red accessories. Red was very popular this time, as it is the color of choice for a Spartan ;). It’s a striking color scheme!

I like the white spot color on the loincloth.

Jim thinks about starting an adventuring party.

He said: “My Taroya is definitely a Bronze Age warrior, even though she has one of those new-fangled iron swords! By the time I was done, I was a little sick of bronze and dark red but I think the black and white helps save it from being too monochrome. (or is that monotonous?) All kidding aside, this mini was pretty well detailed and cast and I have always enjoyed the ancient Greek era. Her armor is pretty fanciful, but the helmet, sword and even the shield look quite good. Looking at the pic, I just realized I forgot to finish the shield with a little color in the center. I’m not sure why, but when I was done painting, I set her next to Anuminar and instantly started thinking about an adventuring party including those two. I’ll have to see where that leads! A fun mini for me and an example of a fairly reasonably realistic female mini, too.”

Michael went christmas-style by accident.

He said: “I swear this model isn’t Christmas inspired! I was thinking that I didn’t want to have a red cloak, and I thought Angel Green (Army Painter) would look good. But then when I was thinking about what would look good for the crest and spot colors, there was Reaper Holly Berry staring at me. I could probably have done more (like a pattern on the cape), but ran out of time. I did use Citadel Agrellan Earth texture paint to make the cracked mud effect on the base.”

You even painted some jewels on weapon and armor, good idea!

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

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

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 01/08/20 to

MondayMiniature@fantasymail.de  (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!

01/25/21 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 (Mon)Day – Taroya

  1. “Go, tell the Spartans, stranger passing by
    That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.”

    Dirk – Nice conversion and Gorgon! What I like most about Taroya, however, are the blue and green colors.

    Antonia – Another great idea! The changes/additions fit perfectly and the colors aren’t too obvious as to the inspiration.

    Timothy – Great minds think alike, eh!? You used a slightly more true red and it came out beautifully and bold.

    Michael – The green and red really do look fine together. I find the darker the red and green the less things seem obviously X-mas! I had a character once and the mini was in these same colors so of course everyone else referred to him as the Christmas Knight!

    I really like this mini (historical accuracy be damned!) and I’m even more fond of it now that it’s done. I wonder now if that armor should have been leather or scales (like Dirk’s). So far, no further developments on an adventuring party!

  2. I don’t have much to add that Dirk and Jim haven’t said already, but great work everybody! Very cool mods, and two very classic Spartans. Well done!

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