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

Hello everyone!

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:

Coming next:

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

The List:

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.

5 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Owlbear

  1. Pingback: Miniature Monday – Owlbear — Caffeineforge | Ups Downs Family History

  2. I will admit: The Owlbear is possibly my favorite monster from D&D, originating from the early days of the game. It’s menacing yet goofy.

    Antonia – Now THAT is a Kung-fu panda! I love the idea and the execution is great. I’m particularly impressed with the bamboo. I hope you get feeling better, too.

    Timothy – I like the standard owlbear. The feathers came out particularly well. Sometimes a well done version of the basic monster is best.

    Michael – Another great exotic species mix! I always liked Asian Sun Bears and the owl parts are very convincing, especially those eyes. The bigger base looks almost like there is more to this mini diorama.

    Arjen – Sorry to hear you didn’t care for this one, you did a nice job anyway! I’m curious to see the Bones V version, too.

    Mine lost a bit in the pic. It looks a little washed out, but not too bad. Mine is a Grizzly/Pygmy Owl combo, but I didn’t try to get too accurate. These are both species that live in my area, generally, and I was inspired by an encounter I had with a Northern Pygmy-Owl many years ago. They are quite fierce, yet not much bigger than many songbirds. I’ve never encountered a Grizzly Bear in the wild, fortunately! Apparently, I’m the only one who needs owlbears as I could only find one painted example in my collection. I left the odd fangs on, but I think I’ll remedy that as I agree that they look a little silly.

  3. My thoughts on this:
    I love the two versions of non-standard owlbears. I had to laugh about the panda. The black asian owlbear is somehow the most realistic of the five beasts, maybe because it does not try to be a bear, but something more exotic.
    It is interesting to see how the three brown owlbears turn out very differently due to painting styles and color choices. Mine is scruffy and looks like he will blend very well with the woodlands, Tim’s brown fur looks much more healthy and his black beak is more menacing than the other two. Jim’s owlbear is not afraid to show off its yellow feathers. The yellow head makes the head slightly more bird-like and less bear, making the beast more logical and believable (instead of a bear with some feathers and a beak stuck on).

  4. Wow, that panda! It is a little whimsical, but it really works and does look pretty scary too. Nifty basing as well.

    The three brown owlbears are all well done. Timothy’s definitely looks fierce with the dark rings around the eyes. I also really like the wing feathers. Jim’s has a nice grizzly bear look, and I also like the different colors used on the feathers. I think one of the nicest features on Arjen’s is the yellow hands and feet, making those parts look more bird than bear.

    Hope all is well with everyone!

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