Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Oni of Skulls

hi all

more Rising Sun goodies, this time - The Oni of Skulls

I really love this model! but first a little more about Onis…
Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with a single horn or multiple horns emerging from their heads,[2] with sharp claws and wild hair.[3]
They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs called kanabō (金棒).[2] This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable.[4][5]
Their skin may be any number of colors, but red, blue, and green are particularly common.[6][7] They may sometimes also be depicted as black-skinned, or yellow-skinned.[2]
They may occasionally be depicted with a third eye on their forehead,[2][8] or extra fingers and toes.[8] 

I tried to keep to a fairly limited palette because there is an awful lot of detail on this "miniature" and I didn't want it to look too cluttered.  The skin has about half a dozen highlight layers and was quite challenging in that I didn't want it to look white!  Sadly, i'm still yet to take a flattering photo and it does look better in person.

The brown red was a combination of crimson and chestnut brown from Vallejo and looks v nice imho but I think I over washed the tiger skin loin cloth to the point where the stripes are not evident.  What I didn't want to do however was make the orange too bright and artificial!  The brightly coloured strips of cloth were painted to look like they were torn from different victims and a painted in contrasting colours.  Once again I used matt varnish to the detriment of the finish of this model and I'm beginning to see the appeal of Simon "BlaxKleric" continued use of gloss! However, I'm stuck with the matt for this range of minis now...

hope you enjoy


  1. Marvellous stuff, Andy. Simply marvellous. What an awesome looking model and paint-job you’ve done :-)

  2. Great work Andy, the blue skin looks great, and the stripes are visible on the tiger skin, it just looks like he hasn't washed it in a while, understandable as it's probably not tumble dryer safe

    1. Probably not Dave, I did want it to go darker than most painters seem to go with tiger fur but thought maybe I’d overdone it.

  3. I think you've made a great job on this impressive figure. The subtle colour scheme has worked well and he looks a pretty scary monster.
    Interesting thoughts on varnish, why is matt not working for you?

    1. I think it was because I was using a brush on Matt varnish, have since changed to a spray and it’s working better

  4. Wow Andy! That looks absolutely incredible mate :)

  5. Great paintjob. I like the drawing his sword pose on this one. Nice work