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It’s not Tat, it’s Big Bones!

It’s not Tat, it’s Big Bones!

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About the Project

Reaper Miniatures have had great success with their budget line of PVC miniatures known as Bones, with three delivered kickstarters (and a fourth on track for delivery in the spring of 2019) that all have blown up, with literally hundreds of minis being made and released upon an unsuspecting world. The "Bonesium" PVC material has received no small amount of criticism as being rubbery, bendy and not able to hold very fine details. Alot of this criticism is valid, although the quality of the details has improved substantially with time and newer Bones are generally better than older ones. No, they will never be as good as resin, but then they are significantly more affordable. However, where the Bonesium material really shines is in the bigger-than-human miniatures like Ogres and Owlbears. The Bones range also encompasses a number of Dragons and some really big behemoths like Cthulhu and Shub Niggurath. This is where I intend to showcase some of the larger ones from my blog

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Giants of the Storm Clouds

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In the first Bones kickstarter Reaper made several pairs of Giants. This pair was labeled as Storm Giants at the time.


For some reason, the female is quite a lot smaller than the male.


Say what you will, they certainly are giant sized when compared with humans!

I chose to paint them as Papa Smurf and Smurfette, just because.


In the third kickstarter Reaper started redoing the Giants, replacing them with significantly larger versions of previously released ones. These have not been remade (yet). I would expect them to do that in the expected-to-be-upcoming fifth kickstarter, as they have recently shown off a print of the same female figure in a different pose and at about twice the size.



Being from the first Bones kickstarter, they are in the softer material. That big sword there was a noodle when I received it. I repositioned it with hot water, and again, it is for the most part OK even if it is slightly bent, it is only apparent from certain angles.

Also, it has a mould line indentation groove going down the front shoulder that I probably should have filled, as it became very apparent after painting.

I based it on a 76mm bespoke 3Dprinted round lipped base.


77163: Male Storm Giant

From the first Bones kickstarter, 2013

Storm Giants subset.

Reaper Miniatures

sculpted by Julie Guthrie

Bonesium PVC

76mm 3Dprinted base.

available from



The female changed from being a Storm Giant to being a Cloud Giant between the kickstarter and the retail release of the miniature. Whatever the subtype, she still gets a case of Smurfette syndrome.


The pose of the female is a bit strange, and she does have a certain supermodel-vibe going on. Reaper has explained that the pose was meant to illustrate her bending down to talk to someone human sized, and as such it is not too bad. But taken out of context it just comes off as a bit cheesecake-ish. Reaper has acknowledged that the pose did not work as intended. The swimsuit-like corset really does not help to avoid this impression at all.

Again, a mini with a slight case of bendyweaponitis. (which, in fact, is the proper scientific name for it). Treated with hot water then cold to straighten out the worst of it.


I based her on a 50mm round lipped base.


77162 Yephima, Female Cloud Giant (the male one did not get a proper name, I wonder why not?)

From the first Bones kickstarter, 2013

Storm Giants subset.

Reaper Miniatures

sculpted by Patrick Keith

Bonesium PVC

50mm round lipped base

available from

Grindgear the Corroded, Clockwork Dragon

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Wyrmgear the Clockwork Dragon was a part of the very first Bones kickstarter back in 2012. It has been standing around unpainted and semi-assembled on my Dragon shelf (the top one with extra space for all the wings and such) several years. Some time ago, I pulled it off the shelf and started rusting it up.

And it did not look good. So I put it back on the shelf.

And took it down again after some time, did some more rusting. And still it did not look any good.

And some of this was down to the pristine, straight and flat wings. The wings are made in a much harder / more rigid plastic than the rest of the Bones. They might be polystyrene, but could  just as well be the same Bonesium PVC with less plasticiser. Whatever the case is, the wings are really hard and totally non-flexible.

So I cut them up with scissors and took those wings outside behind the garage and burned them with fire!

My trusty lighter delivered flaming retribution to those wings, letting me bend and scrunch them a bit.

So, with the stiff and pristine wings dealt with, it was time for some more paint.

None of the earlier paint jobs were any good, in the end I dumped a bunch of Citadel Nihilakh Oxide all over it, drybrushed a bunch of different bronzes, golds and greenish steel. The wing “cloth” is based on Citadel Ionrach Skin, Reaper Vampiric Shadow and a whole buch of other paints, shades and inks.




Certainly not perfect, but ok I guess. Probably should have gunked it up with some sand or textured paint before trying to rust it. Might have made it look better and more convincing.

This will work as an undead Dragon of some sort.



77177: Wyrmgear, Clockwork Dragon
Sculpted by Julie Guthrie and Bob Ridolfi

from the Reaper Bones 1 kickstarter

Made in Bonesium PVC

Bespoke 3D printed 120x80mm base

The Colossal Skeleton

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Skill 6
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This one has been standing around, based in one form or another since the Bones 1 kickstarter back in 2013 or whenever it actually delivered.  One of the few KS1 Undead Bones I had not painted yet.

I had originally based it on a square movement tray thinking to make it as some sort of skeleton unit for Kings of War, but for some reason that no longer appealed to me when I dusted it off this time. It had actual cobwebs on.

I finally settled on a bespoke 125mm by 90mm oval 3D printed base, and slapped some paint on it to get it done.



How I painted it:

It was originally sprayed with Army Painter Skeleton Bone Spray several years ago. Then I did a basecoat on all the details that were not bone. The main skeleton was given a wash of Citadel Reikland Fleshshade, and when dry, I drybrushed -while making sure there was less and less paint on the brush, and using progressively lighter strokes as I went- the bone with several shades of bone from the very yellowy army painter one to more whitey reaper ones.

The other details were given light washes of black or dark brown, also dirty greenbrown was used, just to get som shading in. Then some top colour that fit, just brushed lightly to accent the details.

The teeth and the bone haft of the weapon was painted with reaper leather white and the gravestone mallet-head was painted greyish green, sandy yellow and off white which is how I often like to do stone.

The metals were done with a coat of gunmetal that was vigourously rubbed with two shades of brownish orange, and then lightly brushed with scalecolor thrash metal. also a bit of gold was used here and there.

This is the kind of miniature where it gets nessecary to go back and fix all the sloppyness as each colour I put on with my shaky hands tend to go all over the place, especially when drybrushing.

Basing was relatievely simple,. just putting down an assortment of tufts here and there and then getting in there with the thinned PVA and my magic scatter mix.

To quote Chef Ramsay: “Done!”


The size of that thing! It is named “Colossal Skeleton” for a reason. I think it might be a match in size for the recently released Mantic Kings of War Vanguard Giant.



77116: Colossal Skeleton

from the Bones Kickstarter 1

Reaper Miniatures

Sculpted by Jason Wiebe

Made in Bonesium PVC

Base 125x90mm


Mudgullet the Froghemoth

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Skill 9
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From the Bones 3 kickstarter: An excellent stand-in for a Great Unclean One or Daemon Prince of Nurgle; a not-Froghemoth, that has now been renamed “77581 Mudgullet” and is slated for release by Reaper this January 2019.



I am sure the froghemoth started out as a joke; an amphibious, elephant-sized betentacled toadlike ambush predator abberation with three eyes on a single stalk that bursts out of boggy waters to attack unwary high-level adventurers that happen to be moving through the swamplands.

Somehow, the froghemoth seems to have resonated with players and has become a fan favorite.


It seems somewhat larger than an elephant though. Here shown with a juicy barbarian adventurer lunch for scale.

Big miniatures are best painted with big brushes. This one I painted mainly with a 2cm wide flat brush.

After undercoating black, I did the top in old citadel dark angels green and the bottom in Leather Brown. Drybrushing with different shades of lighter green and creamy bones. Breaking open a more than twenty year old round flip-top Citadel Terracotta, I used that for more details, patches, stripes and the back ridges. I further used Flames of War Sicily Yellow for the stripes and back ridges. Washed with Citadel Athonian Camoshade to bring it all together.

New Citadel Screamer Pink formed the base for the tongue and mouth internal, mixed with Vallejo Mecha Magenta and white for highlighting in several stages.

The teeth and claws were basecoated with new Citadel Skavenblight Dinge, and mixed with white for highlighting in several stages.

I gave it “innocent blue” human-like eyes, as I think that is much creepier on such a monster than toad or octopus eyes.

The base rocks were painted in my dark greengray/sandy yellow/offwhite style, with round details in screamer pink, Finished off with some Vallejo Earth before applying tufts and my magic flockmix.

Quite a sloppy, rough and ready paint job, but effective nonetheless.


This mini is a good example of how the Bonesium PVC material shines with larger minis, letting them be affordable (or even possible to make). The material holds details on this scale very well, and the rubbery bendyness only serves to make the mini durable as it can take a drop or two. It will not break. (Unless it is dipped in liquid nitrogen first.)




77581: Mudgullet 

Reaper Bones Kickstarter 3

Bonesium PVC

Sculpted by Enos Kline

The included sculpted base is roughly circular, between 10 and 11 cms in diameter.

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