Miniature Monday – Owlbear
Owlbears are a fantasy staple, but we’ve quite some variation to show. Have a look!
(Posting by Antonia & Dirk)
Public Service Announcement
First of all – despite daycare re-opening again we still have our plates full with tons of other stuff and obviously don’t have much time for miniatures. We will still try and cling to the schedule (thanks for your patience) so in less than a week the next mini is due. Fortunately it’s townfolk (the beggar) and not as much work as some of the characters or monsters on the list. Since I (Antonia) am not feeling so well at the moment we’ll try to reduce the pressure by simply presenting your work without much personal commentary for the next couple of weeks. I will miss that, but I’d miss posting articles even more if we don’t manage to finish anything because we endlessly try to think of clever observations or witty insights.
(Maybe you can help us out by adding your own opinion in the comments?)
The mini itself is nice to paint and to look at, with the caveat that I really don’t need another owlbear (I mean, does anyone? Do you? I’m probably not DM’ing enough D&D) and that its buck teeth look a bit ridiculous to me. I simply cut them off though which is super easy with bones, so no real harm done.
Dirk didn’t have the time to paint more than a simple base color, but he intended to make the mini a fiendish Owlbear. We’ll add the pic ASAP.
My owlbear endangers you!
When I wondered how to paint my owlbear, instead of thinking of the owl part, I could not get the visuals of a panda out of my head so I finally went with it. It borders a joke, of course, because we generally don’t regard panda bears as very threatening, but if you look at it you might wonder who’s the endangered species here! I added “bamboo” by painting some dried flower stems. The leaves on the floor are made from rosemary.
Timothy’s version shows some nice contrast:
“I painted it a while ago. It looks ok but I need to put some matte varnish to tone down the shine.”
Jim’s owlbear is the cinnamon version:
“I’m pleased with how my Owlbear came out. I didn’t make my usual mistake of starting with a color that was too dark and I think my lighter version works fine. The body is a little plain but the feathers and face are where the detail is anyway. The pics don’t show the feathers quite as well as I would like. Overall, the detail was crisp and easy to paint and I like this sculpt and it’s pose. I think this mini is in the sweet spot for Bones: Large enough that it has good detail but small enough (and it has enough support) to avoid sagging.”
Michael also painted an Asian version:
“I wasn’t really looking forward to this one, as I have a few owlbears already, but I ended up having some fun with it. I wanted to do something a little different than the usual brown coloration. I considered doing a polar bear/snowy owl variant, but I had spray primed in black, and painting over that would be annoying. Instead, I decided to look to Asia and meshed an Asiatic black bear with a Eurasian eagle owl. Finally, I did a little extra work on the oval-shaped base I put the model on, using Battlefield Brown basing material by Army Painter and a few different tufts. Looking back, I wish I had filed out the teeth, which I kind of think look silly in the beak.”
Arjen picked a classic brown:
“I did not like this owlbear very much. The details are a bit crude on this one. I think the one in Bones 5 is much nicer, based on the pictures. I tried to do a bit of pattern on the feathers, while staying away from the obvious white feathers with black tips, but it did not work out well, too little contrast between the browns, probably. I tried some color variation in the fur, but it all became a muddy mess. Only the eyes worked out OK. I wanted a slightly larger pupil, like real owls have, but was afraid I would lose too much of the yellow and the penetrating stare, so I left it as it is now.”
This week’s gallery:
03/08/21 Townsfolk Beggar (Bones IV Core Set)
Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 03/05/21 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
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)