Friday 11 May 2012

If you go down to the woods today...

You're sure of a big surprise!

More fur covered beastliness from the North American wilderness.  Once again they are from 'Trent Miniatures', 'DeeZee Miniatures Prehistoric Range' and again bought through the magnificent, 'Arcane Scenery and Models'.

This time dubbed 'Cave Bears' which were said to have become extinct around twenty seven and a half thousand years ago, but mine are hopefully going to pass for big 'Brown Bears'.  Once again I'm hopeful that they will form part of a 'secret project' I'm working on; now when I say 'secret', what I really mean is that I've not thought it through properly and have once again fallen afoul of 'Shinybloodyitis!'

Back to the bears - great, weighty sculpts and relatively easy to paint up; mostly dry brushing and a bit of detail work.  Given that they were quite straightforward I decided to have a bit of fun with the basing.  I've been looking for an excuse to try out a tip highlighted by the wonderfully talented Michael from 'Ministories'.  He had in turn spotted a great 'How To' on the 'Massive Voodoo' site for using the foam packaging that comes in the blister packs with our miniatures as moss. 

Packing foam 'moss' attached to pieces of slate.

This is really simple to do, but wonderfully effective.  Cut and stick to where you want your moss and when dry just tease at it with a pair of tweezers to make it more irregular.  Paint up as you like, but in my case I went for a rather conventional palette of green. 

Given that these 'big ole' fellas are likely to found in the woods I reached for one of my 'Salute' purchases;  'Antenocitis Workshop's' Decor Plus - Autumn Leaf.  Tiny little leaves coloured to represent, well Autumn leaves!  Pure, unadulterated showboating, but I love them! 


  1. Nicely done! They look great, nice base-work too.
    Bears are one of my favorite animals.
    I'll have to keep those bears in mind. I bought the set of 3 bears from Foundry, for my prehistoric pulp project, but you can't have too many bears!

  2. Great looking minis and lovely base work. I'm definitely going to borrow that foam/moss idea.


  3. Another work by you which I really like!

    You're blog let's me always think of starting something Victorian too. I love the way you present that pulp theme...

    1. Thank you Monty, that is very kind of you.

  4. Un-bear-ably good :-D
    The packing foam moss is a great idea. I´ve got a heap of the stuff..I never throw anything never know eh?

  5. But do they sh*t in the woods? ...or are they Catholic?

    We'll have to start calling you the beast-master! They're superb, sir!

  6. An excellent job on both painting and basing!!!!

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  8. I love those bears and you've done them a justice! A nice tip for doing moss too.


  9. Lovely work there Michael. The basing is awesome and the moss idea sounds and looks pretty good too.

  10. The painting style is very easy to "bear"....sorry I don't know what came over me, the foam idea is excellent!

  11. Wonderful sculpts, and paint on these Ursus...

  12. Smarter than your average bear...! Good job on them Michael. It is becoming a proper menagerie around here

  13. Very nicely done. Lovely dry brushing. Look forward to more on your 'secret' project :D

  14. Jolly simple but jolly effective old boy. Thanks for sharing.
    Oh.... and superb painting and basing BTW.

  15. Thank you all so very much, mind you some of the puns were Pooh! ;) I should once again offer a big thank you to Michael at Ministories and the boys from Massive Voodoo for the original 'moss' idea.

    1. I of course assume you mean Angry

    2. Well I was of course referring to Winnie! ;)

  16. Good idea...I've been wondering what to do wiht that stuff for yonks!

  17. Really like the look of your bears, but I would as they remind me of one I did years ago but your finish knocked mine to touch. Like the moss, love the leaves!


  18. Great stuff! Fur has come out really well and the basing is top notch!!

  19. Those animals are awesome !
    Great painting work !!!
    I like!

  20. Excellent work. Simple, but effective.

  21. Michael.
    What colour scheme did you use for the bear?
    I have a couple at the top of lead Mountain that might just reach the paint table now?

    1. Hi Stuart, they started with black undercoat, then Games Workshop 'Scorched Brown' followed by Foundry 'Spearshaft Shade' then 'spearshaft' on its own. Black around the nose and eyes with a dark grey hight on the tip of the nose. Hope this helps.

  22. They look so playful but I best play means ripping your face off. Wonderful painted and based.

  23. Very nice beasties, you have them spot on! The head detail is excellent, the colours perfect. Love the base detail too.

  24. The tip with the foam is "moss" have... Definitely going to try that one out.

    Nice brushstroke on the beasties and the leaves really set the bases off.

    Might have to pay Arcane a visit myself for my jungle...

    1. I've had nothing but top quality service from them.

  25. Wow! Museum quality stuff here. Fantastic painting and basing. Best, Dean

  26. Nice!!!
    Where to start from? Thi bear or the base? They both look fantastic!
    Welly welly done Michael!

  27. Very nice painted bear! Now what's next? Davy Crockett? :-D


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