Introduction: The Tiny Furniture "Kennel with a Dog" is a four-piece resin 28mm miniature set, consisting of a shaggy dog, a two-part homemade dog house, and the dog's tiny dog bowl with food. The set is suitable for most genres, typically medieval. The dog itself is an adorable shaggy mutt, lazing around and not aware of the zombie apocalypse. The dog house is on the hand-made side, suitable for a medieval tavern or suburban back lot. The bowl is well-crafted, even coming with a nameplate.
These miniatures are resin, and the sculptor has taken advantage of this to add wonderful details I haven't seen in plastic — or metal, for that matter. The doghouse has bent nails in the wood, a loving name plate for the dog house, and a metal tie to keep the lazy dog from running away (not that it will). The dog bowl itself has a bone, some sort of piece of meat, and its own name plate. The bowl looks on the modern dog bowl side, including a name plate for the dog. The dog itself is laying on its belly on one of its legs. The detail on the fur is incredible compared to most plastic miniature dogs — I was able to use a wash to show off the fur, rather than freehand attempting to show the fur texture.
Painting Suggestions: The miniature was quite easy to paint, and I highly recommend it for new painters. As said, freehand was unnecessary, reducing the amount of work and time I would usually use on an anime with fur. The house was the easiest, with priming in brown, followed by a brown basecoat, and a brown wash. I then painted the metal dog tie in black. You can further highlight the edges of the brown wooden slats with a lighter brown, as well as paint the individual nails. (I wasn't sure what to paint for the dog's name plate, so will paint it later.) The dog bowl was likewise primed in brown, then basecoated in brown and washed with a brown wash. The food and bone were then painted with ochre bone and light brown paints. (I usually use Army Painter's Skeleton Bone for bones and other undead painting.) The dog itself was primed and painted in brown, then painted in ochre. I then carefully washed it in a brown wash, making sure that the wash was painted into the niches and details, particularly the ears and eyes. As said, unlike plastic dogs and wolves, I didn't need to draw freehand the fur to suggest texture. You can, of course, paint the miniature in different colors, particularly if the owner of the dog has access to paint! The dog itself I recommend you search for photos for reference. (I searched on "shaggy hay fur dog" and had some hits.)
Washes: For the brown washes, I used Army Painter's Strong Tone and Soft Tone inks. I recommend Strong Tone for wood and dirty monsters, with Soft Tone for brown fur, and, sometimes, human figures.
"Field of Screams" Base: The base in the picture is not part of the miniature set, and is available from the Secret Weapon Miniatures "Field of Screams" line. (I chose it since I already had it painted.) For a base, you could try a paint scheme with different browns and lighter colors (eg. dead static grass).
Painted and Unpainted: Besides unpainted, Tiny Furniture also sells a painted version, with incredible freehand detail, such as black and brown patches on the dog, a drybrushed dog house, and green bowl.