Boy oh boy, am I glad to be done with these guys. I really enjoyed painting the first skeleton, but after painting bone after bone after bone… There’s just not that much variety in skeletons, and I had to really push to get through all of these.
With most groups of minis, you can add variety by mixing up weapons, shirt colors, skin color, or hair color. But for skeletons, there wasn’t much I could think of changing. I had considered adding some gold teeth or glowing eyes, but those effects just didn’t look right in the end. So I settled for slightly different wood colors for the handles of the scythes and adding some rust to some blades as well.
There were also some real bad seam lines along the one side of the ribs which I was able to mask decently with some well applied paint. Overall, I’m pleased with how they turned out. It just took a lot longer than I would have liked.
First, the darker handle…
Next, the lighter handle…
Now for the rusty blade…
And finally, the group shot of all twelve members of the Undead Skeleton Army.
Based in Vallejo Model Color (VMC) Khaki, (70.988), layered with Vallejo Game Color (VGC) Bonewhite (72.034), and highlighted with 50:50 Bonewhite and VMC Ivory (70.918)
Dark – Based with VMC Flat Earth (70.983), washed with Daler-Rowney FW Sepia Ink to darken and deepen the brown tone, highlighted very small areas with VMC Leather Brown (70.871) mixed with a touch of VMC Khaki.
Light – Based with VMC Flat Earth, shaded small areas with 50:50 mix of VMC Flat Earth and VMC Leather Brown, highlighted very small areas with VMC Flat Earth mixed with a touch of VMC Khaki.
Nonmetallic metal technique with a base of VGC Cold Grey (72.050), darkened with VMC Luftwaffe Uniform (70.816), lightened with VGC Dead White (72.001).
Rust added with a wash and layers of VMC Mahogany Brown (70.846), lightened with VGC Plague Brown (72.039), and highlighted with Plague Brown mixed with a touch of VMC Khaki.