Holiday Miniatures

Happy Holidays! Whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Yule, or are just trying to keep your spirits up in these darker days of the year, I hope you find some joys in the season! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a reader. Knowing that there are people who’ve found something I’ve shared helpful or informative definitely brings me joy.

I’m still working on getting into the holiday spirit, and as part of that I’m going to share pictures of the holiday themed miniatures I’ve painted that are currently available as a gift with purchase or for sale. Scroll to the bottom of the post for more information about that. I’d even say that rushing to paint festive figures has become part of my personal holiday tradition! 

Cat Dragon and TreeCat Dragon in Tree. New this year! More photos here. Information on how to paint fur patterns.

Ghost of Christmas PastThe Ghost of Christmas Past. New this year! More photos here. Information on how I painted the candle and reflected light.

Ghost of Christmas PresentThe Ghost of Christmas Present. New this year! More photos here.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to ComeThe Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. New this year! More photos here. Information on how I painted the black (and blend in general) here.

Holly Christmas ElfHolly the Christmas Elf. More photos here.

Christmas Dragon HoardChristmas Dragon Hoard. More photos here. Some tips for painting wrapping paper here.

Christmas FamiliarsChristmas familiars (all three count as one selection.) More pictures here.

Tinker the GnomeTinker the Gnome. More photos here.

Joy Winter FairyJoy the Winter Fairy. More photos here. There is some info on paint colours I used here.

Dragon and StockingDragon and Stocking. More photos here. Work in progress pictures and information on how I painted him here.

I hope that you and yours enjoy a wonderful holiday season filled with miniature (and full-sized) fun!

Below is a graphic listing all of the 12 Days of Reaper figures that are available. The promotion runs on their website from December 2 to December 13, 2019. In the past, the promotion featured a different figure each day as a free gift with minimum purchase. This year you have more choices. If your purchase total meets the minimum purchase requirement of $50 (pre-tax, and in a number of currencies), you will be able to choose which of this year’s 12 featured figures you would like. And the purchase amount stacks – if your pre-tax order totals $100 or more, you’ll pick out two figures, and so on.

Orders of $60 or more will also receive a holiday sampler that includes an ornament, a couple of paints, and some figures. (But only one sampler per order, and only while supplies last since some elements aren’t made in-house.) And on top of all of that, you’ll still get the usual free figure of the month for every $40 worth of your order. Which you also now choose from a menu of options! One of the current options is Ashana the Genie. She is the same scale as the Efreeti I painted earlier this year. (Scroll to the bottom of the Efreeti post for a scale picture.)

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The 12 Days figures are only available as a gift with purchase during the promotion period. But after December 13, the remaining stock will go up for sale individually. Note that at this point each will only be available while supplies last. 

If you’re not sure what to buy, Reaper has just put almost all of the special edition Sophies of years past into open release. These were originally available only at conventions and similar events, and some have gone on to be rare and a little pricey in the secondary market. Now everyone can have the ones they want. There are also a number of additional holiday figures that are only available for purchase at this time of year, including a limited availability set of holiday paint colours. These colours are now available for purchase individually, as well. There are some additional Christmas figures available for purchase year round. (The Sophies and a few others at the bottom of this link, and a set of Nativity figures if you’d like to paint your own crèche.) And new this year is the Dreidel Golem and a new Krampus sculpt.

Mylk and Cookies – 12 Days of Reaper

Reaper Miniatures has always gone in for holidays in a big way, which is probably why frantic deadline painting has now become one of the ways I celebrate Hallowe’en and Christmas. :-> So to help me get more in the holiday spirit, I’m going to share some pictures of the figures I’ve painted, and some work-in-progress insights.

This year they are once again running their 12 Days of Reaper promotion from December 5 (yesterday as of writing, I missed a day, sorry!) through December 16. During the promo, one special holiday figure of the day is included free with every purchase of $40 or more from the online Reaper site. And for the first time ever, they are making the 12 Days figures available for purchase separately, for two weeks following December 16.

The 12 Days promotion stacks with the promotion to include a free Dungeon Dweller of the month with each $40+ worth of order. So for every $40+ you order at this time, you’ll receive two free metal figures. And if your order totals more than $65, you also receive a Christmas Sampler package that includes Bones miniatures, candy, a postcard with cool art by Talin, and a naughty or nice surprise. There are a fixed amount of Samplers, so those are while supplies last.

Here is the schedule of figures for each of the 12 Days of Reaper. 

12 days promoI painted a number of these figures, and will be trying to upload pictures to my blog on the appropriate days so you can get a better view.

The figure for December 6th is Mylk and Cookies. Mylk is an adorable baby yeti who is just too excited about all these yummy cookies that she’s found. I had a lot of fun painting this, it’s a cute and creative twist on traditional Christmas motifs, sculpted by the incomparable Julie Guthrie.

Mylk and Cookies front

Mylk and Cookies back

I started my experiments with underpainting and grisaille some time last year, and I used that approach with this figure. As usual, my emphasis was on figuring out where to make things lighter and darker. As you can see below, I didn’t worry about details like the eyes or mouth, or shadow lines between each individual cookie or anything like that.

Yeti grisaille front

Yeti grisaille back

The cookie decorations are textures, not just paint. After I painted the cookies plain, I went back and added acrylic medium products to create the decorations. Though if you plan on trying this yourself, it might be just as well to add these touches after or even before priming.

For the poured icing on the stars and trees, I used acrylic modeling paste. Thick acrylic gel medium would also probably work. Experiment with a toothpick and a damp brush and see which you like better. You might use the toothpick to apply and the damp brush to smooth things out. For the decorations on the gingerbread men, I used an even thicker product, Woodland Scenics Water effects. If you get a glob on the end of a toothpick, you can usually pull out a small string of gel. I used these pointed gel strings to ‘draw’ on the stripes and dab on the circular buttons and eyes. Once the acrylic medium product fully cured (which doesn’t take long at all for small things like this), I painted over it with the appropriate colours. I had been dreading painting the decorations, but it was easier and more fun than I had expected. And far less sticky than decorating real cookies!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the process of applying or painting the decorations as the deadline was looming by that point. I do have some pictures from before I added the decorations, though, so you can see how much it adds to the final look of the figure. 

Yeti pre front 450

Yeti pre back 450

If you aren’t sure what to buy to get to the minimums for free promotion products, Reaper also has a selection of holiday figures available for sale only at this time of the year, as well as a set of holiday themed paints only available in the set. Some of the colours in that set are definite fan favourites, and others are fairly new, having only been introduced last year.

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I’ll see you back here in a couple of days with some pictures of an adorable dragon hoard!

Link to Reaper Miniatures: http://www.reapermini.com