D&D Monster Manual 3 : Treeman/Treant – aka Reaper Bones 77184: Spirit of the Forest – Speedpaint!

So I’ve been browsing over at The One Ring forum again lately, and one of the cool things the community over there does is have a monthly little painting competition for LotR models. The January theme was “Monsters” but, you know, January is over – but I found the Feb theme of a unit of models to be a little off-putting (I’m better with individuals, generally – and especially with start-to-finish stuff). Then yesterday afternoon, a thought hit me – grab out an appropriate monster of some sort from the pile of unpainted Reaper Bones figures I have from the Kickstarter, and speedpaint it as a personal challenge. I knew that it wouldn’t be winning the TOR comp, but if I managed to finish it, I’d have a pretty cool prize anyway – a decently tabletop standard finished model for wargaming – KoW being the current hotness (even though I have a couple of completed Ents anyway.)

So I took a look through, disregarded several dragons since it was already 6pm on the 30th of Jan and heat-straightening dragons wasn’t something I felt like doing, and eventually found this guy – Good enough for an Ent or Huorn!

My "Proof" pic for TOR.

Basecoating with Citadel Mournfang Brown Base.

Glued Down.

It turned out to not be a fun easy mini to paint, but pretty horrible, with ill-defined “what the hell is that supposed to be?” “details” all over it. It’s not going to win any prizes – over on TOR or anywhere else, but I was at least on track at the end of the first night for a half-decent tabletop model by the end bell.

Paint finished. Just needing the base and foliage.

I considered OSL for the eyes, but decided against it. I wanted to keep it a little more subtle for this model. I went with green Entish eyes over red Huornish ones.


Here we go. I’m just happy I managed to get this guy done in about 28 hours from baggie to finished – and most of that being drying time from washes, inks, glue and varnish. Thanks to this comp, I now have another model for the table, and since I can be as slow as all hell to paint, this is a very good thing.

In the end I ended up going over a lot of the sculpted (and painted) details, since these details were so soft and often ill-defined. Things like the inner-joint areas of the model just being putty that was dotted for “detail”. I’ll take the static grass look instead!


Baby Got Back???

No more photos Left! Geddit? Left! /sigh

11 thoughts on “D&D Monster Manual 3 : Treeman/Treant – aka Reaper Bones 77184: Spirit of the Forest – Speedpaint!

  1. Welcome to the exciting world of ‘high detail’ Bones plastic. While I’m excited to attend ReaperCon for the classes, I have some concerns about the future of that company. The focus seems to be all about Bones, and I’ve been noticing a lot more miscast metal.

    Anyway, great job on the tree dude! And glad to see you slapping paint, that’s one thing Bones is really good for. Look at how many 6-8 hour experiments I’ve done over the last year!


    • Yep, when I count the actual painting time (without all of the waiting-for-drying time and sleeping time in the interim) the guy went together bloody fast – just a couple of hours of actual paintwork, really. In many ways I think the best thing about Bones, rather ironically, is not caring much. I’m not sure how much more detail the metal of this model would have had, though. While the face has a bit of character, the rest of it really smacks of a lazy sculpt.


  2. Attitudes to Bones aside, you did a great job on that. It looks fantastic. Lazy sculpt or not, it looks like a very cool figure to have on the gaming table to me. In fact, I may actually try and get one of those from my mate…

    The detail level seems to vary heavily from one Bones sculpt to another. On the whole I have had decent results with them, but my bat swarms didnt really have any faces.

    Its a great material for big, chunky monster type things though. I didnt buy anything from the first Bones KS (I traded for a few bits), but I did pledge for a few monsters to populate my Deathworld in the second KS. Its a great material for producing chunky items that wont collapse under their own weight.


    • You’re exactly right, of course. This one has pretty soft detail, but in the context of what it is, it manages to work. I’m pretty sure that the original sculpt in metal would have been a *little* sharper, but not significantly so, and the bones model works well for what it is. If it were in metal there’s a very good chance that it’d still be sitting around unassembled as so many other multipart metals in my collection are, or even unbought, which has been my attitude to them for the last several years after seeing how little patience I have for assembling the things now. Let’s not even speak of the metal warpage of the two halves of my GW Balrog… So yep, after hard plastic and resin, Bones is a good material for this sort of thing, and the price helps a lot!


  3. I’d say the added static grass and foliage really improves the appearance of the miniature from ok, to awesome! I will use some Mini Natur stuff for my one, too.

    I really like the Bones minis, but you are right , that they are either awesome, somewhat soft or plain horrible. So far I had more of the first and some of the second, however, I left the real bad stuff for the end ;). With the price I got them I can however not complain. Perfect gaming minis. Good metal miniatures like Dark Sword or Harmony Miniatures are anyway to beautiful to game with.


    • Stupid wordpress ate my reply last night. I’ve found the Bones to be a pretty good deal, especially the KS package I got, since it gives me enough variety to pull weird roleplaying things out of my hat if and when need be, and I got enough of them that I can feel ok if some are a bit of a loss and no stress about cutting some up. Having said that, I’ve only painted a few of them so far, but there’s enough interesting stuff so I can pluck something out almost at random and do something a bit interesting. Dark Sword are like high-end Reaper in a lot of ways, but hard to get hold of out here. Thanks for the heads-up on Harmony. I might end up buying some of those!


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