“Lost Valley” is one of the expansions to Bones 4, and incidentially the first of the expansions I will tackle after completing the Bones 4 Core set.
Lost Valley is, as the name suggests, the Land that Time Forgot style prehistoric setting where dinosaurs and cavemen live side by side. Or rather, where Dinosaurs rule the land while Men cower in caves.
More than anything, the minis make me think of the 1981 movie Quest for Fire:
The classic Ron Pearlman’s acting debut movie. If you have not seen it, do so. It does conflate several periods of mankind’s evolution, but is not all that far off being a reasonably historically accurate representation of the early stone age as far as I know. It does not call itself historical anyhow, but a “science fantasy”. Also Iron Maiden made a song inspired by this film:
Note that Iron Maiden competely craps out in the very first line of the song:
“In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth
When the land was swamp and caves were home
In an age when prize possession was fire
To search for landscapes men would roam.”
The rest is a good summary of the movie, but critically there are no dinosaurs in the film, or even in the time period portrayed. The Movie is set about 80.000 years ago. Dinosaurs had been extinct more or less 65.000.000 years already. Dayum!
The Lost Valley, however, does not care about such trifling detail. So, on to the miniatures:
According to the flavour text on the inside flaps on the Expansion box, The People of the Dawnlands are peaceful hominids that are fleet of foot and grow their own crops in the central plain region of the Lost Valley. They worship the goddess Makoteli, a deity of Fertility and Agriculture. Presumably the Fertility Idol represents the aforementioned Makoteli.
Male Pattern Baldness was a thing also in the Stone Age.
Carrying the Sacrificial Orange
The skin was done in grey with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade, carefully drybrushed with Vallejo Nocturna Pale Flesh and light grey.
The two braves have oval 25x35mm bases, as I did not want to use 30mm rounds on them, but their action pose was too wide for a 25mm round. Maybe I should have printed out some 25×30 or 25x32mm for these but I just used what I had to hand, which happened to be 25x35mm.
#615 Fertility Idol
This statue is presumably based on (aka copied off) the actual stone age figurine “Venus of Willendorf” found in 1908 in Austria and that dates back around 30.000 years. The real thing is about 11cm tall, carved out of limestone and and painted with ochre. As such it is one of the earliest examples of painted miniatures known. Truly, this hobby has ancient roots!
Wait! Why so angry? All I did was help myself to some of your delicious breaksfast spread there!?!
44077: People of the Dawnlands (4)
44093: Fertility Idol
Bones 4, Lost Valley Expansion, 2019
Sculpted by Jason Wiebe
Made in Bonesium PVC
25mm and 25x35mm bases
available from reapermini.com
These models were painted on or around the 8th and 9th of April.
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 120 /365 goal // scenery and terrain: 11)
March: 45 / 10
April: 24 // 1
Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion: 5/36+2 Just 33 to go!
The Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion: