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"A Straw Bear Is A Traditional Character..."


"...That appears in carnival processions or as a separate seasonal custom in parts of Germany."

These three 28mm scale metal models of some Straw Bears are produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as SKU: MINI 466 from their Villains and Monsters range. The single-cast pieces can also be purchased as part of the Lincolnshire-based company's four-figure Mummer Procession deal, along with a Hobby Horse, Accordionist and Drummer.


This sculpt actually came about as part of the manufacturer's successful "Children of the Fields - Folk Horror 28mm Miniatures" Kickstarter in May 2018, and was unlocked as the campaign's £22,000 stretch goal. At the time I wasn't able to support the project, and only became aware of this particular model's existence when Karl Perrotton suggested it to me recently when I asked him about the prospect of producing something smaller than my recently-painted Strawman.

'The bears may be relatively realistic in appearance or have narrow heads like a long, tapering sheaf.'

As I plan for the Strohbären to act as lesser minions of Winterly Village's sentinel, they were all primed using a couple of coats of “Vallejo” Dark Yellow and liberally drenched in a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Each figure was then heavily dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Dark Yellow, and then later Buff, using a large, soft-bristled make-up brush.


The carnival characters were debatably table-top ready at this stage, but I decided to break up their palette a little bit more by haphazardly applying splotches of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade and Biel-Tan Green to certain areas of each model. This hopefully suggests that the Straw Bears' wheat is already at various stages of decomposition. In addition, they were all once again treated to a delicate dry-brush of (more) “Vallejo” Buff.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - This Retained Knight has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Alongside my Straw Bears I have also been piloting the “Citadel” Colour Layer Sons Of Horus Green on a 15mm scale Retained Knight of the Prydian Army by "Alternative Armies". I’m currently eagerly awaiting my pre-order of "Horus Heresy: Age Of Darkness" starter set by "Games Workshop", so thought I'd work out a palette I'm happy with prior to my Sons of Horus legion arriving.


In addition, I've pigmented a good many figures from "The Ion Age" range as Horus Heresy proxy Space Marines, chaotic daemons and Imperial Guard before, so thought the addition of some former Luna Wolves wouldn't look out of place on the tabletop. I actually hope to get enough painted to form a small infantry squad, complete with a dreadnought and (already finished) Battle Taxi...

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undercoat2670
Jun 17, 2022

Very nice quirky straw man! Great paint job, I really like them.

I do like that Sons of Horus paint too. Space marines do look good in that colour.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 17, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I like the Straw bears too. Fun to paint too.


Hopefully I can a few of the 15mm Sons of Horus finished, so I can use them in a small BatRep or two in the future.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Jun 14, 2022

Great job on the Straw Bear. I still need to pick up these and the other Morris men !

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2022
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Cheers Simon. I don't have the rest of the Mummer Procession deal. But I do own a few Morris Men somewhere as memory serves. It might be time to dig them out, LOL!!

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wsd50
Jun 14, 2022

The straw bears are a good match to their larger brethren, I do like that colour too, it really suits the AA figure,


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2022
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Thanks Roger. It made a change getting some figures through the post and painting them up straight away, LOL!!! I'm definitely a fan of Sons Of Horus Green with a Nuln Oil wash. 😀

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planetmut
Jun 13, 2022

I really like the Stone Bears, Simon, you did a great job colour-match them to the strawman. I like Crooked Dice's Children of the Fields range, I painted a Mr Mangel figure a couple of years ago.


The Sons of Horus marine is looking great! I still love that colour and might have to buy a pot.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2022
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The Mk III armoured Space Marines should start appearing in the next post as WIPs. Already visited you Mangel posting, and commented. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 13, 2022

Great work on the Straw Bears Simon, and nice progress on the Sons of Horus miniature as well

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 13, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Hopefully Crooked Dice will do some more Straw creatures at some point as I really like them - and they're super straightforward to paint. LOL!!!


Just another practice piece before I get swamped with the real mcCoy Horus Heresy figures.

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