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Maledrakh picks some Bones

Maledrakh picks some 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 four delivered kickstarters (and a fifth in the bag slated for delivery next year) 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. With the 4th KS delivery they have introduced the so-called "Bones Black" material (it's a darkish grey) that is much harder and holds details significantly better -also on small models- and is much easier to remove mould lines on. No, they will never be as good as resin, but then they are significantly more affordable.

I have a seperate project for the larger Bones, but I have been doing a lot of the smaller ones as well. I thought it might be time to show off a few of the better ones, as the material is not as bad as it's reputation.

So here I will gather some of the threads and present a few of the minis, much more to be found in my blog The Mountains of Minis

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Lost Valley_ Sauroids

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The last couple of weeks have been full up with work and not much time for other things. I have been plonking away at these just a little at a time since my last post about a fortnight ago.  These are member of the Sauroid Tribes according to the flavour text. (Assuming the “Sauriod” is a typo, and the later “Sauroid” is the correct name). Each of “these warring tribes are highly territorial and will brook no trespassers on their sacred lands”, and they constantly battle both amongst themselves and with the warlike Jade Fire Clan orcs.

Cross referencing the tribe names in the flavor text with the kickstarter expansion image we find that each model represents a separate tribe:

From left to right Skywing, Bloodcrest. Blacktooth, Thunderfoot and Armorback. So that is five distinct tribes with a totalt of one miniature each available ;P

These have been released to retail by Reaper, so they have proper SKU numbers. (# in parenthesis are from the expansion image)

44063 Blacktooth Savage  (#601)

Tyrannosaurman! Painted in mostly the same scheme as the T-Rex-lookalike Blacktooth Terror. Black and red being markers for “evil”. He likes to wear thunderfoot skulls as pauldrons.

40mm base.

 

44064 Armorback Barbarian (#602)

Anklyosaurman! I found a picture of a tortoise with this colouration, so I went with it

32mm base.

 

44065  Thunderfoot Defender (#603)

Triceratopsman! Mostly the same colours as the upcoming Triceratops aka Thunderfoot Behemoth.

35mm base.

 

44066 Bloodcrest Smasher (#604)

Parasaurolophusman! Just some old-school dino colours for this one.

35mm base.

 

44067 Skywing Stormcaller (#605)

Pteranodonman! I modelled the paint scheme after a seagull. This one has a South American Prehispanic vibe going on. Probably on account of the headdress. Not the macahuitl at all. No sirree Bob!
32mm base.

 

 

You are in big trouble now, little man.

 

44063-44067 Sauroids

Bones 4 kickstarter, 2019

Reaper Miniatures

Sculpted by Chris Lewis

Made in Bones Black PVC

available from reapermini.com

 

These models were completed the 24th of April.

 

Bones 4 Core set completed!

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The “pictures or it never happened”picture:

The entire Bones 4 core set completed. 163 minis, including a few scenery bits, some chibis and a great big Dragon. All for a hundred bucks. Plus shipping, fees and taxes. So maybe around 200 bucks for me then. Still a massively good deal. Not pictured are also two different bags of bases that I did not use, and 4 more of each of the pillar toppers that were included in the set.

Ah, the quiet satisfaction of completing a thing and reaching a milestone. *Achievement unlocked*

so, onto the next. Onwards and upwards!

Ape Attack!

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The Ape Attack! subset from the Bones 4 Core set

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I chose to go different paths with each of them. These are so big, I think they are more useful as individuals than as a team. After all, there is only so much you can to with three giant apes, one of which that for some reason seems to have joined the Roman legions.

 

And I was not kidding when I said they were giant apes:

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They are twice the height of a man, and what looks like ten times the mass.

 

 

#83: The Great White Ape

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Drybrushed from black with a series of offwhites, ochre, beige and greys, and a couple of skin tones on the nekkid flesh.

This one does double duty as an abominable snowman.

40mm base.

 

#84: The Barlgura

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A barlgura is a D&D chaotic evil demonic creature of the Abyssal plane. Described as semi-intelligent and brutally violent, looking like an eight foot tall blue-skinned Orangutan with wickedly sharp claws. The model is of a much larger Gorilla…Well… close enough. Let’s just call him King Louie and leave it at that. “Oobee-doo! I wanna beat up you-oo-oo!”

50mm base

 

#85: Ingkay Ongkay 

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“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” (Gladiator, 2000)

 

So, Reaper…Pray tell. What is it I am not familiar with here? In what context might I need a giant romanesque-armoured gladius-wielding ape exactly?

 

50mm base.

 

#83, #84, #85 the Ape Attack! subset

Bones 4 Core set, 2019

Reaper Miniatures

unknown sculptor

Made in Bonesium PVC

40mm and 50mm bases

should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones.

The Hungering Dead

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More from the Bones 4 core set: we have arrived at the subset “Hungering Dead”:

 

Yup, these are your archetypical ghouls. Flesh eating horrors out looking for some nosh. Gnawers of bone, eaters of the dead. Which begs the question: do they count as cannibals if they no longer are human?

Here is my very fast method of painting ghouls and similar effectively:

These started out with a solid black undercoat. Then each was drybrushed several times with different beige tones, such as Citadel Ionrach Skin and Karak Stone. Then they were given washes on the undersides with shades such as Citadel Athonian Camoshade and Team Yankee Ordnance Shade. When dry, they were lightly drybrushed again with lighter fleshtones up to almost pure white, keeping to the top surfaces which leaves a kind of zenithal effect. The base rock were done in dark greengrey, drybrushed with yellowy sand, and then lighter drybrushed with offwhite. Black eye sockets with a white dot for the eye lends a sinister look to them.

Dot in some details here and there, bases and done.  I did these ghouls and the Grymwatch in a single sitting, taking breaks for drying time only.

 

#123;

 

  

He brought his very own packed lunch.

 

#124:

Subject #B4C-124 displays elongated limbs on a gaunt frame, and a foul disposition when peckish.

 

#125:

Obviously the hero of the group.

 

A little too fresh for our tastes…

 

 

#123-125, the Hungering Dead subset

Bones 4 Core set, 2019

Reaper Miniatures

Sculpted by Bob Ridolfi

Made in Bonesium PVC

30mm bases.

should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones. At least two of these are currently available in metal.

Bones 4 Wizards aka The Istari

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Pallando, Radagast, Saruman, Gandalf, Alatar. The five Istari, or Maiar spirits, that were sent to Middle Earth in human form to counter the works of Sauron.

You will notice that Gandalf is originally both ginger and a heavy drinker.

(No, this is not what Reaper calls them. Yes, I should have used #45 as Gandalf and some completely different mini as Pallando if I wanted to take this more seriously. #11 is just another wizard that also was in the Bones 4 kickstarter Core set, but not from the “Wizards” subset that was added to the core set as a strech goal.)

 

#11: Gandalf the Grey

 

#45: Pallando the Blue

 

This could have been movie Gandalf.

 

#46: Saruman the White

Grima…have you seen my cape lately? It has a little picture of a skull on it….Grima… Are we the baddies?

 

#47: Alatar the Blue

…and his best friend Lil’Smaug.

 

#48: Radagast the Brown

…and his best friend The Angry Inch.

 

 

No, we are the good guys! Go bother some orcs!

 

#11, #45, #46, #47, #48

Bones 4 Core set, 2019, #11 plus the “Wizards” subset

Reaper Miniatures

Sculpted by Bobby Jackson

Made in Bonesium PVC

30mm bases

should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones.

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