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.
“The squishies went THIS way!”
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!
DnD Castle Ravenloft Skeletons.
- Agrax Earthshade (shading bone, bases)
- Nuln Oil (shading weapons and shields)
- 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