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  1. This is the Bones owlbear. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out, although I think I would lighten the 'owl' portions a bit if I were to paint another.
  2. Finally, my first show off post. I am still trying to get the hang of taking pictures and am by no means a professional miniature painter, but I am pretty happy with this mini as a tabletop piece. Enjoy.
  3. I was taking a stroll through the woods one day, and came upon a beast from the ancient days of BONES I, the Jabberwock! This guy had been mostly finished for a long time, but wouldn't stay upright. I couldn't get a rod through his legs, so I wound up gluing the heck out of his tail to get it to stay to the base.
  4. One day a young gnome went out looking for adventure In the distance she heard a great flapping and shrieking. What could it be? On going closer to investigate, she saw the pet of the local wizard had escaped its cage! It ran directly at her! After only a moment, it was joined by the wizard's other pet! Luckily, this gnome was great friends with the Wizard and knew the secret to taming his pets: They liked to have their fortunes told! Our plucky gnome pulled out her Harrow deck and laid out the cards..... The owlbears fortunes were clear: In the past, they had exercise roaming around the forest, in the Present, they have the good company of a friend, and in the Future, they will have a good nap in their barn. The owlbears were very pleased with this news, and waved goodbye. They wandered off home to their nests. And the gnome did likewise. And that is why you should always be friends with a wizard. The End
  5. I really disliked the Kung-Fu Owlbear when I first saw him in the debut of Mr. Bones. I didn't complain about it, there was plenty of other cool stuff and it's not like painting or even keeping the little weirdo was mandatory. But I was eating breakfast and watching a video of a Tokyo owl cafe (as one does) when I saw an owl with solid black eyes and got inspired. Turns out it was a barred owl, which is a genuinely adorable little bundle of silent death ( https://www.google.com/search?q=barred+owl&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=703&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=oRnqVKz1KMThoATS0ILgDg&sqi=2&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ). The cast base on this sculpt was originally designed for pewter and came out too floppy in Bonesium, so the base is Magic Sculpt and has a paper clip running up to that ankle spur thing. There's no need for heat, just stab a needle where you want the wire and then stick the wire through the channel. Sadly, Barred Owlbears like this one tend to crowd out the endangered Spotted Owlbears from their home range. Gives the druids fits. Tokyo Owl Cafe:
  6. D&D is no stranger to stupid monsters, and this is one of them — the Owlbear. Mechanically, it's not terribly interesting; it's just a big biting, clawing monster, more dangerous than some, less dangerous than others, but with no real distinction about it. It might as well just be a bear. A rabid bear, but just a bear. Its existence in the D&D canon does have implications for the standard milieu, implications that are borne out repeatedly: in the D&D universe, anything can be interbred with anything else. It's a concept that really doesn't hold water in the real world, though it appears to be central to the world view of those peculiar people who think that two men getting married is going to lead to general mayhem and apocalypse. But that's a bit beside the point. This figure does have something going for it that I haven't really seen in others. The owlbear is supposed to be fundamentally bonkers insane to its very core, and this figure does look a tad doolally.
  7. I think that'll do for a couple months, hopefully I didn't bombard everyone too hard with my stuff over the last week or so. I tried to space it out. Anyway, here's the remaining mini's from my last photo session... The flesh golem was a super fun paint. Also, ugh for the mold lines. I must stink at seeing these on bones. Never notice one or two 'til I get them posted... Eyebeast was a pretty straight forward job. This lizardman I did not batch paint with his brethren, as it was my first lizardman I've painted and wanted to just focus on figuring out a palette. And I'd like to say last but not least, but really I didn't do too much with the Owlbear, just a quick clean paint job. Didn't even really bother to stuff his cracks with green stuff. Thanks everyone for looking (at everything this week)!
  8. And another. Edited to show the otherside :-)
  9. The Otherworld Miniatures' Owlbear, sculpted by Paul Muller:
  10. A while back I painted up the Bones Owlbear, and here he is in all his abominable, monstrous glory. Managed to complete him in two nights, which is fast for me (basecoat and wash on the first day, drybrushing and finishing up on the second). Well, I should say that that's only counting the painting part; there was also quite a bit of mold line removal and gap filling to do on this guy. Thanks for looking, and C&C are always welcome!
  11. I finished this guy up litterally just before leaving for a Sci Fi Con this last weekend. I may do a bit more with the base, but I haven't decided yet. As always, questions/comments/critique welcome! and to show off the base, here's one angled up a bit:
  12. DHL Rumscratch, Dwarven Wereshark Secret Sophie Present for MatrissaTheEnchantress When I first found and started Rumscratch I was kind of stoked to work on him. I used y usual shale basing and went with coral colors. I got off to a great start getting the base colors on Rumscratch himself but I really was having trouble getting his shark coloring to work so I set him aside for a bit. When I got some feedback regarding the items Matrissa wanted I thought, Rumscratch. I am glad MatrissaTheEnchantress enjoyed her Secret Sophie present and she can use him as a creative NPC for gaming. Give it a thumbs up on the Inspiration Gallery.
  13. Bones Owlbear Secret Sophie Present for Kay13 Special thanks to those who mentioned using straight pins to adjust drooping Bones minis, including MiniCannuck. I shoved a pin up the Owlbear's single leg touching the ground to get it to stand upright. Here are the photos: And here's a closeup of the base: First I cut off the front of the integral base and trimmed it to better sit in the round base. Then I smooshed some of the MagicSculpt that came with my Happy Seppuku stamps. Once I had that level with the remaining integral base of the owlbear, I removed the owlbear from the piece and stamped the base with the Happy Seppuku Bones stamp. I got the partial skeleton in there. Then when the putty was cured I replaced the owlbear to the round base and covered the edges of the integral base with greenstuff and hid the edges with manual texturing using a toothpick mostly. Once that was cured and I had finished the owlbear I painted the base as you see above as a kind of swampy, moss covered mess. I'm glad Kay13 liked it and can't wait to do another Secret Sophie. Give it a thumbs up on the Inspiration Gallery.
  14. So today, I was painting. And taking occasional breaks to waste time on the internet. You know. "A day off." And I noted something interesting on artist Tony diTerlizzi's blog: Tony's got this really interesting article up about the origins of some of the first Dungeons and Dragons monsters... whose MINIATURES actually predate the MONSTER! Usually, someone comes up with the idea of "beholder" or "Frog Dragon" or whatever, and then someone SCULPTS the thing. But these creatures actually caused the development of their D&D counterparts -- in the illustration above, the rust monster, bulette, and owlbear, respectively. In this case, Gary Gygax bought a bag of dinosaurs at the dime store, found some things in there that were decidedly NOT dinosaurs, and literally whipped up encounters based on them ANYWAY. Can't blame him. Would you believe there was a time where miniatures of D&D monsters were really pretty hard to find? Outside of a bottle of Old Skiddocan Squeezin's, anyway. It got me to thinking about inspiration sources. I'm no sculptor... well, I am, but no one in their right mind would pay me to sculpt anything more complicated than a very relaxed ooze ... and I found myself looking at the figure I'm painting at the moment: the medusa from the first Bones kickstarter: 77037, by Bobby Jackson, for the completists. Now, while this is a perfectly good medusa -- attractive, detailed, and certainly quite menacing -- it ain't the medusa described in Greek literature. I had to go and look around at the shelves to see the other medusa... 02354, sculpted by Jim Johnson. Not the poison koolaid guy, the sculptor. Two totally different guys, really. ...no... still not the Greek mythology version... where had I seen this before? And then it hit me: The original version of "Clash of the TItans." So... we have RPG adventurers facing off against a Greek mythology critter, as filtered through the sensibilities of movie SFX master Ray Harryhausen, and then through the minds of two different sculptors. Made me think hard and seriously about inspiration sources for sculptors. I mean, everyone has a mental idea of what a zombie looks like, sure... and owlbears... well, once you get the idea of "crossbreed between an owl and a bear, mostly bear with owl head, and big honkin' claws and the temperament of a wolverine who took the brown acid," you can draw a pretty quick mental image. 77156, by Jason Wiebe. Here, Jason Wiebe takes a basic idea by someone else, and goes pretty gonzo with it -- while the one in the picture up top looks like it might be satisfied with a few pick-a-nick baskets, Boo Boo, and watch out for Mr. Ranger... Jason's looks like it wants to rip my arm off and shove it down my throat, just to see the horrified look on my face. My point: The original idea wasn't Jason's, but he took it and ran with it. And he's not the first, nor is he the only. I was kind of surprised when the D&D folks didn't sue Blizzard for some of the things that turned up in World of Warcraft: Jason Wiebe coulda done 'em better. ...and anyway, I guess I'm not sure where I'm going with this. It made me think about cultural bleedover, and how "orcs" started out as one thing when I was twelve (Lord of the Rings) and became another thing when I was thirteen (Dungeons and Dragons), and would become yet another thing when I was in my late twenties (Warhammer), and to most of today's kids, have become yet ANOTHER thing (the LOTR and Hobbit movies). Like I said, cultural bleedover. Our myths are CHANGING. Sometimes in small ways, like owlbears in dynamic poses instead of just standing there. Sometimes in BIG ways, like the ever-changing orc. Anyway, anyone interested in diTerlizzi's blog article? It's here: http://diterlizzi.com/home/owlbears-rust-monsters-and-bulettes-oh-my/
  15. So here are the latest miniatures I got tired of working on. I intended to crank out a couple of big, easily painted models but ended up trying to be "creative". Of course that means I lost interest after getting 3/4 done. Here is the first, the Bones Griffon. I had some issues with this model not wanting to stand up. When I got the model the beak was nearly touching the ground; no problem, a quick boil and reposition and it was ready to be mounted on the fender washer. A couple of days later, it was back to the original condition, so I re-boilded it and re-positioned it again. Still no dice, so I had to remove the base, drill and pin the model. (For those who have to remove a Bones model that is super glued to a base, a little twisting action when trying to pry them appart works wonders.) I think this model may have a problem similar to Dealthsleet, in that some moldings were manufactured with weaker material. Anyway, I have several griffon models, some painted as american bald eagels and others as golden eagles, so I decided to try something different. I knew there are white lions, so I looked for white eagles. There apparently are no naturally occuring white eagles! Who knew? But there is a striking sea eagle with black and white feathers, so I went for that: Next up is the owlbear. Having settled on a white lion and sea eagle for the griffon, I decided to go for a snowy owl and polar bear for the owlbear. Turns out snowy owls are not typically all white, so undercoating in black and highlighting with white was a close approximation: Just to show that I don't hate tradition, I also painted an old GW (boo,hiss) griffon in more traditional colors: I hope you enjoy the pics; I will probably use the Bones models for "named" monsters in some D&D game.
  16. Hey guys! I'm new to painting mini's. I've been slowly learning since I recieved my Kickstarter package months ago. I wanted to take a moment to comment on how easy it is to get into this hobby. When I first recieved my mini's, I was confronted with two facts: 1) that I've never painted anything before in my life, and 2) that I have absolutely no artistic or spacial skills whatsoever. I thought "wow, I'm going to have a bunch of really cool mini's painted really badly." My first one, a zombie was really quite bad, but they got progressively better each time. Anyway, here is my fifth mini I've painted and the first one I've felt was good enough to post.
  17. My progress on the mountain of bones so far. I'm most proud of the owlbear which I think is an original scheme. It's based on a barn owl. C&C welcome as always.
  18. So, there isn't one for this dude yet, right? If there is feel free to move it. I've got one of mine pretty much painted up: Needs some finishing touches on the feather parts, and I'm not happy with a black beak, even though most of the owls I found online had that. Now I'm trying to convert my other one a bit. Some of you probably realized at this point, but I hate having identical monsters :P So far this is what I got, cut the left arm(?) and head off, and reattached them. Wanted to share this because I found it looked awesome. Looks like he's in the process of bull rushing some poor adventurer. Maybe someone gets inspired. I'll be back with better pictures when I finish green stuffing the giant gaps and texturing him.
  19. Disclosure: I am not a professional painter. You could probably see this by the pictures. I consider myself the typical average guy who collects and paints minis. That being said, here is my WIP pics for a few of the Bones I did. This first pic is base+some drybrushing on the owlbear and werewolf, and base only on the elemental And here is the elemental all finished up, with some minor work needed on the base and that's it.
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