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Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
I have begun a series of how to paint guides much like the showcase of showing off your masterpieces this is to show off how you paint your undead. Do not be bashful feel free to share so we can catalog a good variety and mix of wonderful undead tutorials. Please leave the holy water and stakes at home.

Carpe Noctem's How to paint thread index
 
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Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
So we started out this lovely saber tooth tiger bleached bone. Ok it’s the bone primer from army painter its awesome.
Next we washed it with sepia.
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Next we drybrushed it linen white from reaper, or menoth white highlight in p3. Long beard grey is a good alternative.
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Last I used white to pick out the teeth and claws.
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Reaper

Wight King
Aug 30, 2011
488
My technique:

Undercoat with bone color(I don't have any bone primer, so I just undercoat the model with black spray and then paint it with Bleached bone)

Strong wash with Flesh wash(or scorched brown - gives a bit different feel)

Medium wash with Black ink

Drybrush with Bleached bone

(If you want, you can highlight the details with Skull white here)

Finished result:
(6th ed skeleton is with Scorched brown, 7th ed skeleton is with flesh wash)
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Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
Ever tried army painter primer's Well I did yesterday on these skeleton's it works well. This was the bone one.

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Sometimes I add some light drybrush of linen white (reaper) for variety in the unit. Skull white would work. (not pictured)

Then I washed them a heavy wash of Mud I have no idea what its now called.
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I have used others in the past for some other projects But here are skeletons made easy.
 

desfer

Necromancer
Jun 13, 2010
801
Attiki, Atthens
ok, best skeleton tutorial i've seen, but a little bit complicated and time consuming, especially when u have to paint such a large number of models.

http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/1691-twilit-skeleton-guide

Great job Santawraith, these "How to paint..." threads are very useful :thumbsup:
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
Smiles thanks for being part of that inspiration my little desfer. Now if only you would help dig through my plog to get my old tutorials out.
 

Noobafrass

Grave Guard
Jan 1, 2012
274
How does everyone paint the bits of cloth and leather that hang all over the skeleton's legs, waist, and occasionally off their weapons?
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
I do mine chaos black with a drybrush of chardon granite with a wash of badab black

I make them look like black leather as it would be fairly commen and easy to do with keeping a darker theme.
 

Reaper

Wight King
Aug 30, 2011
488
I paint them red, in the same way as described in my post in "How to paint your grave guard" or with scorched brown, which is then washed with flesh wash and finally the edges are again picked out with scorched brown.
 

The Keeper

Ghoul
Jun 4, 2011
102
I personally think this thread and others like it are great, many hours have i spent surfing the web for ' how to paint' guides and its a great idea to get as many variants under one roof so to speak as possible. :thumbsup:

So here is how i paint my skeletons (using old paints as i'm still finishing off my old mega paint set).

1. Undercoat chaos black
2. Base coat: bone Dhendeb stone, metals Boltgun metal, Cloth (bottoms) Khemri Brown, Cloth (tops/ Head wear/ belts) Calthan Brown, and flags Knarloc Green and spear shafts Charadon Granite.
3. Wash Ogryn Flesh and Devlan Mud mix together on model a good coating, removing any excess build up of the wash.

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4. Highlight bone: Layer Dhenedab Stone all but deepest recesses
5. Further highlight bone: Layer Bleach Bone on raised areas
6. Last highlight bone: Layer Skull White on the edges
7. Highlight Cloth: Layer respective base coat paint
8. Highlight Cloth: Layer respective base coat paint mix 1:1 with Bleach Bone.

Weapon Rust
9. Paint tips of spears/ swords Scorched Brown
10. Stipple Bestial Brown
11. Stipple Mithril Silver lightly

Finishing Touches
12. Neaten base with Chaos Black
13. Base model
14. Attach Shield
15. Give a light dusting of Purity Seal

Final Skeleton:
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And here is a WIP of a unit im currently working on

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Mikey
 

Daoshi

Grave Guard
Mar 27, 2012
207
RE: dry brushing

If I were to drybrush to save time, I would do it to get a colour base established then they will quickly go over it again more precisely with a bit more paint to hit the raised areas to give it a smoother and more solid application of colour.
 

Zhatan

Varghulf
Feb 6, 2011
798
Sweden
RE: dry brushing

I find that being more careful when drybrushing will reduce the "dustyness". By that I mean remove even more paint from the brush and apply it lightly but go over the same spots several times. Also like Johnny says a wash will reduce it.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: dry brushing

To reduce the dusty look of the model, I prefer to remove less paint from the brush for a better coverage. Or do several layers of drybrushing. And then like Johnny said, a wash. Mud I find is my preferred skele wash.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: dry brushing

Would ya be offended if I merged this with the how to paint skeletons

I feel it has alot of good tips we don't all think about except when others ask.
 

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