I am currently in the process of painting a bunch of skeletons for my “Revenant Horde of Dark Hallow” army.
I thought I’d go behind the scenes, as it were, and discuss the process.
I’ve always thought Skeleton warriors were pretty gnarly, wow I haven’t used that word since I was sixteen years old haha. I first saw them come to life when I watched Jason and the Argonauts with Dad when I was a kid.I could not believe my eyes. They were old, rickety, kind of clumsy but pretty bloody creepy. I purchased my first plastic skeleton miniature when I was about twelve and, considering I didn’t really know what I was doing, I did an ok job. It was when I first discovered dry brushing. I painted the mini black then carefully brushed across the little bones with skull white paint. I was well chuffed with my efforts. I remember showing Mum and she asked if I painted each individual rib and I lied and said yeah haha. She was happy, I was happy.
I’ve wanted a small army of Skeleton warriors ever since.
Feeling, somewhat, anxious about the building of the mini skeletal structures I did what any good man does and procrastinated about it for some time. After all my fingers are big and clunky and nowhere near as nimble as they were when I was a kid.
I’ve got to be honest, putting together the GW Skellies was quite annoying, fiddly and not enjoyable in the least. However, I pushed on and was happy with the end result. I didn’t do too much in the way of conversions, just an arrow here a headless mini there. Then I went on to the Mantic skellies and found these much easier to put together.Their poses are a little same, same but I made some slight adjustments so there weren’t too many repeats.
Since putting them together they have been abandoned in a zip lock sandwich bag in my metal locker (miniature storage space) while I concentrated on zombies and ghouls and other projects entirely.
I did, however, research and research and research bones, skeletons and dead things to get the right colour for my miniatures. I’ve seen many skeleton minis painted well but often a bit too white for my liking. A bit too clean.
Others, many of whom might be reading this blog, have done extremely good paint work on their skeletons. More recently this guys…
Also this chap, who actually did a brilliant tutorial on this very subject at my request…
What I took, mostly, from this was the use of snake bite leather and/or browns.
Also, from the same artist…
I went to the Museum with the family a month ago and was very excited to see the Dinosaur exhibit. When I walked in I felt like a little boy again but also a light bulb went off for me, not a frequent thing for me. I took some snaps of the dinosaur bones to study and reference. I felt like Indiana Jones with an Iphone haha. I was very inspired I must say.
Brown, grey, yellows etc…
I also jumped on the Google machine, of course, but I had already started to formulate an idea of how I was going to go about painting these boney little freaks.
The next thing I needed was some flare for them. Something different to make them stand out but I’ll save that for The Revenant Horde of Dark Hallow – Part 10.
- The building was a bit of prick.
- The research was fun and educational.
- The painting has me more excited than PacMan at a Ms PacMan beauty pageant.