Reaper Bones 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle (kinda)

Reaper Bones 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle

I’m always torn when painting and posting up these Reaper models. Should I include them in the D&D series or not? I mean, they’re clearly designed specifically to be used in D&D (and other derivitive fantasy RPG games), but they’re not licenced, and speaking for myself at least – a lot of them end up drafted into my Warhammer-ish and Kings of War armies, rather than having any plans to be used in D&D roleplaying or even D&D Adventure System board games – especially generic stuff like undead. It’s a little easier when they’re clearly “not-” models for D&D’s more unique creatures.

This particular gargamel model is even more of a quandry – this particular Bob Ridolfi sculpt is these days available in Bones plastic as 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle or (totally) Metal as, erm. “03223: Gargoyle“. The model we have here, though was actually one from Reaper’s (apparently discontinued) Legendary Encounter series of prepainted Bones models.

Reaper Bones 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle

I’ve had this thing sitting around for years, and it was only a couple of weeks ago when rooting around in a tub of models looking for something else that I fished it out as an “easy win” and then proceeded to base it on a 30mm base, then repaint it. The funny(!) thing is that as a prepainted model from the LE line, it suffered from precicely zero of the fucking endless stickiness and tackiness problems of its Bones brethren that make them such a nightmare to work with.

So, in the end it was a pretty quick and easy model to get painted. I again used a little thinned green and purple inks to play with the plain grey and give it some interest. I should probably work out if it’ll go in with my Dark Elves or my Undead, and then add the approriate flowers for that force. I’ll do that later.

14 thoughts on “Reaper Bones 77028: Mortar, Gargoyle (kinda)

  1. Your purple and green shades are so subtle that you really have to look for them, but if they weren’t there the model could look very bland when looking at it as a whole

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      • I’d tried one in the past, years ago that we got from a beauty counter locally when I first heard of the idea, but it had horrible plasticy synthetic bristles that just smeared the paint in streaks everywhere and put me off the whole idea for.. shit, it must be more than 10 years.
        I recently watched a couple of YT videos where people were talking about them again and decided to bite the bullet and get a couple of sets to try out – so I’d have a variety of “types” to use. Just eyeball them with “Drybrush” in mind and you’ be able to see the different sizes and shapes easily used for different models and types of area.
        I got these – and honestly, they’re fucking great:

        They do take forever to dry once used and cleaned, so I’m finding that having a set with several large ones works well. There was also conveniently someone here who was happy to take the couple of not-useful-for-miniatures ones off my hands, and then SOMEONE ended up having one of each of the sets bought for them as a gift anyway.
        Apparently the prices for these things on Amazon is incredibly reasonable compared to how much you’d pay for a similar brush in a pharmacy or beauty counter. Not to mention those Artis Opus drybrushes…


  2. He is quite an evil looking gargoyle! You did a nice job painting him and I think he has a nice stone look as well.

    I am of a certain vintage where there was a cartoon called Gargoyles on TV where the characters were gargoyles who were actually good characters/the protagonists of the show. I wasn’t crazy into Gargoyles but it is something that has stuck with me after all these years 🙂

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    • Thanks mate! I do vaguely remember that show. I was a bit older so never actually watched it, but did see it in passing. Just looked it up and did not realise that the voice cast was full of Star Trek actors!

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      • That makes a lot of sense to me because I think that the tone and plot were a bit more mature than I was ready for. Not in that there was adult or risque content of course but it had more of a serious, Star Trek vibe to it as I remember. I only watched it because I didn’t have cable and so I didn’t have many viewing options at the time. It was far from a favorite for a much younger me! 🙂


  3. I can definitely make out the purple undertones/shading. Really makes the stone more interesting. The base with the warmer colours also provides great contrast. Looking at the other comments I might check out Gargoyles again. Not a big fan, but I could try and see which Star Trek actors were featured.


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