Charnel Pit of the Ghoul Queen, and a whole lot more


An encounter set from Bones 5 named Charnel Pit of the Ghoul Queen.

The fifth Bones kickstarter included several encounter sets as add-ons. Each set is a specific scene consisting of some terrain pieces and some minis that together function as a vignette or a diorama.
This one is pretty pulpy: Three female ghouls (or Barbarella-style women in skull-masks), a buff Fabio-style male prisoner, a large charnel pit full of skulls and bones, a stone altar and three different standing stones with a large Satanic cultist-looking goat’s head on one, a couple of skulls in recesses on another and a hanging skeleton on the third. Pretty useful stuff as scatter terrain for any wargame.
In addition to all this, there is also a female sword-and-shield toting heroine that has come to save the day. I did not paint that mini at this time.
The bones in the pit are a separate piece that can be removed, leaving the pit blank. Maybe I will fill it with snakes, or acid, or black pudding at some point.

I based the prisoner and the high priestess on 28mm bases, the ghoul/cultists on 25mm bases.

But wait there’s more… (lots more beneath the fairy tale)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was “Gruff.”

On the way up was a bridge over a cascading stream they had to cross; and under the bridge lived a great ugly troll , with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker.

So first of all came the youngest Billy Goat Gruff to cross the bridge.

“Trip, trap, trip, trap! ” went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll .

“Oh, it is only I, the tiniest Billy Goat Gruff , and I’m going up to the hillside to make myself fat,” said the billy goat, with such a small voice.

“Now, I’m coming to gobble you up,” said the troll.

“Oh, no! pray don’t take me. I’m too little, that I am,” said the billy goat. “Wait a bit till the second Billy Goat Gruff comes. He’s much bigger.”

“Well, be off with you,” said the troll.

A little while after came the second Billy Goat Gruff to cross the bridge.

Trip, trap, trip, trap, trip, trap, went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll.

“Oh, it’s the second Billy Goat Gruff , and I’m going up to the hillside to make myself fat,” said the billy goat, who hadn’t such a small voice.

“Now I’m coming to gobble you up,” said the troll.

“Oh, no! Don’t take me. Wait a little till the big Billy Goat Gruff comes. He’s much bigger.”

“Very well! Be off with you,” said the troll.

But just then up came the big Billy Goat Gruff .

Trip, trap, trip, trap, trip, trap! went the bridge, for the billy goat was so heavy that the bridge creaked and groaned under him.

“Who’s that tramping over my bridge?” roared the troll.

“It’s I! The big Billy Goat Gruff ,” said the billy goat, who had an ugly hoarse voice of his own.

“Now I ‘m coming to gobble you up,” roared the troll.

Well, come along! I’ve got two spears,
And I’ll poke your eyeballs out at your ears;
I’ve got besides two curling-stones,
And I’ll crush you to bits, body and bones.

That was what the big billy goat said. And then he flew at the troll, and poked his eyes out with his horns, and crushed him to bits, body and bones, and tossed him out into the cascade, and after that he went up to the hillside. There the billy goats got so fat they were scarcely able to walk home again. And if the fat hasn’t fallen off them, why, they’re still fat; and so,

Snip, snap, snout.
This tale’s told out.



Scene made from parts of the Bones 5 Encounter set “The Bridge Troll’s Toll”. This was for the semi-annual Page-O-Rama challenge in the RCL.
In addition to the bits in the photo, there is a semi-submerged troll, a troll nest with a clutch of eggs(!) and a goatherd that I have not painted yet.

The Goats are based on 28mm, 25mm and 20mm bases. The Troll has his integral 60x35mm base, same size for the semi-submerged troll that can be seen in the topmost pictures.

but wait, there’s more…

07038 Wolf Pack

07038 Wolf Pack
Reaper Dungeon Dwellers line
Sculpted by Geoff Valley
Bones USA / SIOcast
30x18mm bases

Here the normal wolves of the wolf pack are compared to one of the Dire Wolves from the same line. They look like cubs next to it. Both of these types are originally older metal models that have been recasted in the Bones USA material and released under the new “Dungeon Dwellers” line.


…And even more!

I found another wolf model and did it together with the wolf pack. This model is from Ral Partha Europe’s Wicked Wonderland kickstarter.
Metal, 50x25mm base

The Cloaker from the Bones 5 core set.
Bones Black hard PVC
40mm base

and even more!

From Bones 5 Fan Favorites, the Animatronic Troll and Goblins, as featured in the comic strip used to illustrate the kickstarter campaign’s storyline.
Bones Black hard PVC
The Troll is based with a 40mm base, the goblins have 20mm bases.

I painted them for the limited palette challenge of the RCL.


That’s all folks!

Total painted so far this year: 254 / 365. Just 111 to go!

January: 31 + 9
February: 34 + 17
March: 50 + 2
April: 46
May: 30
June: 27 + 6

Categories: Bones / PVC, Comparison shots, Kickstarter, Metal, Ral Partha, Random Fantasy, ReaperTags:

2 comments

  1. Huge output numbers! Those Bones terrain pieces look great.

  2. Well done all around! The goats totally steal the show. I also like the head of the troll poking out of the water, that’s great!

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