Skeletons (Castle Ravenloft)

I absolutely love undead miniatures. Skeletons, wraiths, ghouls, zombies, liches, vampires… you name it. There’s something about them that calls to me at a spiritual level.

After watching a bunch of skeleton painting tutorials (the one that really stood out was GirlPainting’s video, which showcases three different styles of painting your skellies), I grabbed the skeletons from my Castle Ravenloft boardgame (a must for any lovers of undead plastic miniatures) and proceeded to prime them white. Again, I learned how you should always take the time to prep your miniatures and properly wash them before attempting to brush anything on them… oh well.

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“The squishies went THIS way!”
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Left to right: Copper Skeleton, Brass Skeleton and Bronze Skeleton

I’d been dying (I swear these puns are not intended) to try a patina effect on several types of metal, so I opted to paint each of the skeletons’ weapons and shields a different metal. I had also never used copper, and this was as good an opportunity as any other. I also went to town on the bases, using Plastic Putty to create detail (an idea I ripped off of Tabletop Minion’s video on Liquid Green Stuff). After trying several color combinations, I think the one I like the most is the bronze skeleton’s base, achieved with a couple of coats of Citadel’s Agrax Earthshade after applying the Plastic Putty.

The last thing I did for these bad boys was to try and give them this sort of glowing gaze, which didn’t turn out exactly the way I want. I think it needs some more highlighting in the eye sockets… another thing I learned was that, even though I managed to sort of get a patina color by mixing my craft paints, I really should’ve gone over in thin coats, instead of applying a thick glob of watered-down color. It could also use some highlighting, which I discovered after reading this amazing tutorial.

I could also have done a more thorough job of highlighting the bone, especially at the top of the skeletons’ heads, but I really wanted to give them this dirty, just raised from the grave look, and I was too afraid to paint away the brown tones. Some Agrax Earthshade on the weapons and shields probably would’ve given them the dirty look I was looking for, as well. All in all, a lot of room for improvement all around!

Miniature

DnD Castle Ravenloft Skeletons.

Citadel
  • Agrax Earthshade (shading bone, bases)
  • Nuln Oil (shading weapons and shields)
Vallejo
  • M.C. Bronze 70.998 (shield and sword on Bronze Skeleton)
  • M.C. Copper 70999 (Shield and sword on Copper Skeleton)
  • G.C. Tinny Tin  72060 (Shield and sword on Brass Skeleton)
  • Matt Varnish 70.520 (final sealing)
  • Plastic Putty 70.400 (base texturing)
  • White Primer 74.600
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