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Native Bears – Paper Miniatures

Here are the next set of paper miniatures for Song of fur and buttons. Native bears, Oviraptors , Gallimimus dinosaurs and some egg markers. With these you can do the scenarios in Song of Fur and buttons up to the sixth one.

I based the native bears on the Koala’s and added a few extra troop types, so that later on I can use them as a more full faction for regular song of blades and hero’s games. First up the dinosaurs, I didn’t do nest marks for the Gallimimus but did do egg markers as these seemed more useful as they can be dropped if needed:

Next are the Oviraptors slightly smaller than the Gallimimus but very much more colourful, oddly enough most of the reference pictures I found for Oviraptors had them coloured brightly and oddly:

For the native bears I added a banner bearer, musicians and some Boomerang throwers. No cavalry for these guys but that seemed not in the spirit of the faction:

Native Spear

Native Elite

Native Ambushers

Native Boomerang Throwers

Native Musicians and Standard Bearer

Native Leaders(Sulpher Crest, Hero/Leader, Stitch Doctor)

The Elementals For the Stitch doctor to Summon

Here are the extra stats for the extra troop types:

Native Leaf Bearer – Troop
Points 26 Quality 3+ Combat 2
Special Rules: Forester, Standard Bearer

Native Musician Rattler – Troop
Points 16 Quality 3+ Combat 1
Special Rules:
Forester, Music

Native Musician Piper – Troop
Points 22 Quality 3+ Combat 1
Special Rules:
Forester, Music, Stealth

Native Boomerang Thrower – Troop
Points 33 Quality 4+ Combat 3
Special Rules: Forester, Shooter: Medium

I managed to work out some better settings on my camera so the pic’s are coming out slightly clearer. I basically put a homemade diffuser over the flash so I can use the flash without washing out the mini’s to much. This is in addition to the normal lightbox, it seems to have improved the pic’s a fair bit.

The files are below, as usual you will need to rename the GSD files after you download them (feel free to grab some bases from Onemonks site):

Gallimimus One Final – PDF

Gallimimus One – GSD

Oviraptor One Final – PDF

Oviraptor One – GSD

Bear Native One Final – PDF

Bear Native One – GSD

Bear Native Two Final – PDF

Bear Native Two – GSD

Bear Native Three Final – PDF

Bear Native Three -GSD

I’ll get to work on the pirate bears :).



Colonial Bears – Paper Miniatures

I’ve been working on some paper miniatures for Song of fur and buttons. First up are the Colonial bears and the Compsognathus dinosaurs, I also did some honey pot markers. I did these in a different style to the normal onemonk style a more cartoon chibi style. I found them much easier to draw as the style seems to fit more to my naturally inclined drawing style :).

First up are the Colonial Bears, I’ve done the 3 main hero’s plus an extra female heroin. Next up came the Bear infantry carrying rifle muskets and lastly the Bear special infantry. I didn’t do a Colonial Captain but I did one of each of the infantry types with mustache which I’m going to use as Colonial Captains. Below are pictures of each troop type:

Fursworth,  Cuddlesbury, Paws, Fluffyfur

Lady Fluffyfur was added primarily for my wife as she tends to like to play female heroin’s. I see her as the daughter of an important Colonial Bear who is always following our three intrepid bear hero’s even when she’s not supposed to be and helping them out when she can.  Hopefully others will enjoy using her as well, the stats to play her are below:

Lady  Penelope Fluffyfur – Personality
Points 80  Quality 3+ Combat 3
Special Rules: Hero, Acrobat, Fearless Shooter: Medium



Bear Infantry

Bear Special Infantry

I’m going to add a few more troop types once I’ve finished off all the other troops to play fur and buttons through to the end.  Next up are the Compsognathus dinosaurs and honey pot markers:

The above miniatures  cover the first two scenarios in the fur and buttons book. The files are below, as usual you will need to rename the GSD files after you download them.

Colonial Bear One – PDF

Colonial Bear One – GSD

edit: I’ve relaid out the compsognathus and have made 6 honey pots fit on the sheet:

Compsognathus One Improved – PDF

Comp One Imp – GSD

I’ve left the originals below for completeness but the above should be used 🙂

Compsognathus One – PDF

Compsognathus One – GSD

I’ll finish up the remaining troop types needed to play the scenario’s through over the next week or so. A big thanks go’s out to Ganesha Games and Ben who developed and released Fur and buttons as it really is a fun setting for Song of Blades and Heroes.

Dragonfly – Papercraft VTOL

I finished up the Dragonfly paper VTOL this weekend. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out in the end and it should make for a good addition to my terraforce army. Ironically I have built two but neither is in the colour scheme I selected for my army, but thats test builds for you.

I had mostly finished the texturing before Annette’s back gave out for 2 months, although there was still a solid 3 days worth of work to finish the model off. Basically I started of by re-familiarizing myself with the GIMP layout and checking what was missing. First up I had to complete some minor changes to the overall textures and adjust some of the glue tabs, plus design some landing struts. Once that was done I temporarily exported the files and created the craftrobo GSD cutting file.  Then I completed my first coloured test build, while constructing the below test build I took all the construction pictures I would need for the instructions:

The Dragonfly looks a little odd on it’s landing struts, but I don’t expect if anyone else does make one that they’ll be using them.  After the above test build was done I extracted each of the unique layers from GIMP that I wanted to use in the layered PDF. This step is quiet time consuming as you have to be careful to include the correct GIMP layers on your exported layers. I ended up with 24 layers exported ready to be turned into a layered PDF, which is just an import and then save as layered PDF job. Before generating the layered PDF I used the pictures from the initial assembly to create the instructions on how to put a Dragonfly together. This is the bit I like the least as it’s horribly time consuming and it seems when you get to the end you haven’t really achieved anything. I put the instructions together using Openoffice and then exporting it as a PDF document. After the layered PDF had been assembled I carried out one last test build to confirm everything was okay one last time, as it turned out I had missed a couple of scoring lines on the GSD cut files. We end up with the stock military Dragonfly paper VTOL, I mounted it to a 40mm square base:

The clear stand is just a folded up piece of transparency cut a glued with superglue (see below).  I’m not 100% happy with the dragonfly there are three spots that I feel are to fiddly and in future I’ll be more careful during the design stage. watch out for the windscreen, body and the rocket pod holders. The last thing I did for fun was create a bit of a fluff or background  for the Dragonfly in the theme of a military file. You’ll need to click the image to read it 🙂 :

As the Dragonfly PDF is a layered PDF you will need to use Acrobat 6+  to correctly view it and set layers on and off. The files are quiet big 12mb for the actual build file and 2mb for the instructions so it’ll take a little time to download:

Dragonfly (30mm) – PDF

Dragonfly Instructions – PDF Instructions

Dragonfly GSD Page1 – GSD, save as and rename extension from .odt to .gsd

Dragonfly GSD Page2 – GSD, save as and rename extension from .odt to .gsd

Stand Final – Templates for the Posts , no GSD as it blunts blades very quickly

A few notes on the stand posts I have done two heights and a flying level, bank right and bank left version. When you glue them up Superglue gel is easiest to use as it doesn’t run everywhere and cause the transparency to frost up. If you don’t have printing transparency simply print the template out on plain card spray some re-positionable spray glue (no spray glue, cheap glue stick should also work) onto the front side of the card and lay a piece of normal transparency on top. Simply cut out following the card lines and peel the card of the back when your done, you may need to rinse the transparency of before assembling to get rid of sticky residue.

I’m pretty tired as pulling the above together in the past 4 days has been pretty full on :). If anyone does build one I’d love to see it, feel free to post a link in the comments or post a pic in onemonks gallery.

May all your enemies tanks turn into smoldering slag piles, onto the next project for me.

Bugbears (Onemonk bash) – Paper Miniatures

I needed a little bit of a rest from drawing as I was getting a little bit frustrated with my current attempts at drawing my next paper miniatures. I really like Onemonks bugbears but unfortunately their is only one miniature. Bugbears are one of my favorite fantasy monsters so I decided to do a little bit of modification to the existing miniature to come up with four new ones.

I’m not going to detail exactly what I did as it would take to long a post 🙂 . I worked on each variant for about 1-2 hours each trying to make sure I hadn’t corrupted Onemonks artwork to badly and that the fronts and backs still aligned. I ended up with a Gimp file over 2gig in size when open and something around 200 layers for the 4 miniatures , the old computer was really starting to chug at the end. I constructed a:

  • Spiked stick club version, the club was borrowed from a troll,
  • A round mace version taken from Onemonks weapons sheet,
  • A dual weilding axe bugbear, existing axe plus one from the weapon sheet,
  • And a longbow wielding bugbear, I’m unsure if bugbears use bows but it looks good.

I had fun making these as I find bashing and modding much more relaxing than drawing, probably the most disappointing piece is the rear of the shield arm it just looks a little odd, but overall they look okay and the edits are hopefully not to obvious. A picture of the finished  bugbears:

Once again a big thanks to Onemonk for allowing us to mod his figures and change them around. I’ll definitely be putting these into Onemonk’s hoards once they are back up and running.

The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

Paper Miniature Bugbear(Onemonk mod) – PDF

Bugbear – GSD

Have fun with them.

Redback Spider – Paper Miniatures

I wanted to get some practice sketching up insects so I decdied to make a paper miniature based on a spider. Although not technically an insect I felt the extra pair of legs would just be more practice. Looking around at the different spider species,  I decided to base my paper miniature on the Aussie Redback spider. After several days of practicing sketching spiders in 3/4 view I finally ended up with a bit of rough sketch that resembled what I wanted.  I decided to do something a little different with the spiders as I always liked those miniature packs were you get small and big critters. I thought I’d do two sizes as flat miniatures and a third size as a 2.5d miniature.  Looking at the D&D scale chart I decided on the sizes of  medium, large and huge spiders. As usual I did the outlining and colouring primarily in Inkscape:

I decided to overlay the red strips in Gimp as it has much better control for that than Inkscape. The two smaller flat spiders were fairly easy to design where as the 2.5d Huge spider required a little more work and a pre-final test build to ensure I had the legs the correct length etc. I was hoping the whole lot would fit on  one page but as it turned out that wasn’t possible. The small and medium spiders are on one page and I did mirror each size so there’s 8 spiders on the page. The huge spider is on it’s own page with it’s instructions following it.  Here’s a final shot of the whole family all built up and waiting to devour the next group of adventurers who wander into their nest:

I’m very happy with how these paper miniatures turned out and although the  basing was a little larger than I originally wanted, the medium ones will fit into a 25mm base and two of the larger ones can be trimmed to fit into a 40mm base (Onemonk Bases here). The hair looks much better on print out than it did when looking in Inkscape although if you pick one up and look at it very closely  it does look a little odd.

The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

RedBack Spider Paper Miniature – PDF

Redback Spider Medium and Large (pg1) – GSD

Redback Spider Huge (pg2) – GSD

Anyways welcome to the parlor said the spider to the fly 🙂

Chromatic Dragons – Paper Miniatures

This was a little bit of a cheat project as I simply used the dragon from the below Elven Dragon rider miniature and re-coloured them the five evil dragon colours.

I did spend a little bit of time messing around with the re-colours as I didn’t want to have to create and export each colour from Inkscape to Gimp and then texture up the missing parts. I ended up creating a pile of layer masks for each of the main components on the dragon  body, wings and chest, Then I simply desaturated the color from the dragon and overlaid a new layer of the colour I wanted. I ended up with some minor pixels in some locations a bit of an odd colour but on print out they are invisible. A shot of all five dragons built up:

The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

Chromatic Dragons Paper Miniature – PDF

Chromatic Dragon Paper Miniature – GSD

Anyways hope some poor adventurers get toasted 🙂

Expansion One Fox Army – Paper Standee

I decided to finish up some of the paper fox army standees (Original post here) I had been working on before Annette’s back relapsed badly. I finished up the Pteranodon flyers, Paladins and Clerics. I still have other troop types to finish up but decided to post these up so I feel like I’m getting through the troop types.

First up are the Fox pteranodon riders or the aerial hero’s although these could also be used as just a plain flying unit. I’m not sure I quiet made the stands tall enough but they should be okay for gaming. I did a blue and red versions of the flyers with two slightly different fox poses for the riders. There are four in total and unfortunately I could only fit one flyer to a page. I also included an optional banner post that can be glued on if you need:

Next up are the Paladins and Clerics. The clerics are in plainer gear than the paladins and are wielding hammers or maces I did both a male and female version. The paladins are in nice shiny white armour and are again in male and female version, equipped just with swords:

The files are below, with the gsd files you’ll need to download them and change the file extension to .gsd:

Fox Paladin and Cleric – PDF Fox Cleric and Paladin – GSD

Fox Pteranodon Rider Red One – PDF Fox Pteranodon Rider Red One – GSD

Fox Pteranodon Rider Red Two – PDF Fox Pteranodon Rider Red Two – GSD

Fox Pteranodon Rider Blue One – PDF Fox Pteranodon Rider Blue One – GSD

Fox Pteranodon Rider Blue Two – PDF Fox Pteranodon Rider Blue Two – GSD

I’ve also put a zip together thats up on 4shared, assuming I’ve logged in recently you can grab them all from their. If not grab them individually above.

Fox Army – Expansion one

I plan on making a static paper projects page but that’ll have to wait until later for now back to my other projects 🙂

Core Fox Army – Paper Miniatures

One monk runs a monthly Paper standee figure submission on his website. As I had not submitted anything for a few months I thought I’d try and complete a few standee’s for this months hoard. As it turned out onemonk also offered up a bit of a prize for his months hoard, so I ended up working up a whole core army of standee’s (Which explains why no progress on other projects this month).

I spent a few days a bit stuck for any ideas on what to do for an army I didn’t want to do the normal elf/dwarf/human fantasy armies as these are well covered already. Greywolf offered that anyone could colour his fonts available on his site for the contest. Flicking through the fonts I saw this guy and thought it would make for a nice standee:


Originally I was just going to colour the above and submit it. I started work on colouring the above but wasn’t happy with the result he was to twisted sideways and didn’t look good next to other standee’s. So I decided to redraw the above using the font image above as inspiration. After a bit of work I ended up with the below as a range of figures. I did 3 different hair types to add a bit of variety:

Once I’d finished the above the ideas for different unit types, fell into my head, archers, cavalry on dinosaurs, mages, clerics, etc. I decided to match the troop types up to the HOTT core troop types list, discarding the troop types that didn’t fit in with how I visualized the army:

Paper Fox Army Troop Types

Type Description Fox Resolved
Aerial Heroes Heroes who can fly, or have a flying mount Fox on Teradactyl
Airboats Large flying platforms, like zeppelins N/A
Artillery Powerful, long ranged missile weapons Dino ballista
Beasts Savage creatures, like wolves N/A
Behemoths Elephants, Giants, Dinosaurs, etc. Archers on Brachiosaurus
Blades Well equipped foot soldiers, like the Roman legion Heavy Sword Infantry
Clerics Religious leaders who perform an anti-Magician role Fox Cleric/Monk
Dragons Large, super-intelligent flying creatures N/A
Fliers Giant Eagles or other dangerous flying creatures N/A
Gods Powerful supernatural entities, like Zeus N/A
Heroes Mighty warriors of renown Fox Hero’s
Hordes Endless seas of poorly trained and equipped fighters. Light Sword Infantry
Knights Armored horsemen who charge ferociously into mêlée Heavy Cavalry
Lurkers Creatures that hide in dark places. Water lurkers are a specialised version that live in aquatic terrain. N/A
Magicians Spell casters, sorcerers and conjurers Fox Mage
Paladins Warriors of Great Virtue Fox Paladin
Riders Mounted soldiers who fight with missile weapons in preference to mêlée Light Cavalry
Shooters Soldiers who fight with missile weapons, such as archers and crossbow men Bowman
Sneakers Ninjas and other sneaky assassin types Fox Scouts
Spears Well ordered soldiers fighting in phalanx Fox Spears
Warband Ferocious soldiers who lack discipline but not bravery Possible Wild Fox’s?

Next up was the Longbow men, they turned out looking a little robinhood-ish and I only did 3 different poses and limited the legs to left/right/center. Next was the Light infantry equipped with light chain mail and leather armour. Then I worked up some Light cavalry mounted on dinosaurs with the fox’s wielding short bows. At this point I went back and worked up standard bearers for the 4 troop types designed so far. I did a vertical and Horizontal Standard bearer for each troop type, except the cavalry which got horizontal banners only.

As I’d designed each of the troop types to have a unique look I decided the banners should be of a consistent design to help give the army a consistent look on the table. I used images from the open clipart library as bases for some of the banners but recoloured the images. Some designs I drew myself. I did 8 designs of each vertical and horizontal in red and gold/yellow theme:

Once the banners were done, I designed up a Mage and Hero to give the army some special characters. The last troop type I worked on for the Hoard was a set of pikeman. Once the troop types were done I worked up the craftrobo cutting files and did some test builds of each of the troop types, frustratingly I seem unable to get a consistent result with my cutting files sometimes they cut very accurate and the next time not so accurate.

Below are the test builds of each of the troop types mounted on one monk hinterland bases:

I plan on working on the missing troop types over the next 2 months as well as doing a set in 15mm so I can use them for HOTT/For the Masses. For any who are interested the PDF’s/GSD’s are below if your looking for bases, onemonk has a great set:

Fox Sword Infantry Fox Standard Bearer
Fox Pike Infantry Fox Longbow
Fox Light Cavalry (Red) Fox Light Cavalry (Blue)
Fox Light Cavalry (BannerHolder) Fox Hero and Mage
Fox Banners

For the GSD files below you’ll need to right click save as the files and then rename the extension to GSD rather than odt

Fox Sword Fox StandardBearers
Fox Pike Fox Longbow
Fox Light Cavalry(Red) Fox Light Cavalry(Blue)
Fox Hero_Mage Fox Banners
Fox Light Cavalry(Banners)

Zip File containing all files, hosted on 4 shared so if I’ve forgotten to login in for amonth it maybe unavailable (sorry):

Fox Army Zip

Also avaliable over at One monks site in Hoard 60 – 68:

One Monk hoards

I hope you enjoy using the paper fox army. I’ll move back onto my project list now 🙂

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