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Hi and hello since this is my first post on this forum.
First, please excuse my english but I am not that great at english.
To my question: I am more or less entirely new to the tabletop hobby and after a while decided now to get started with Warhammer Fantasy Battle and a Tomb Kings Army. After having read many posts about painting techniques and seeing different colorschemes, I wondered if it is possible (and good looking) to paint a skeleton army in rather dark colors? I was inspired by many Ushabti pictures I saw: In most cases the bones and skin of Ushabti were painted in rather dark colors, giving them the appearance of petrified bones. Does anyone of you have an idea how that would look on an entire army? What colours could I use to accent this? I was thinking about purple and green and a silverish color for the metal parts. I was thinkin about using a basecoat of snakebite leather or an even darker brown and then applying a whole model wash with some really dark ink or wood varnish and then adding the colors to the parts where needed.
Could you give me some advice what you think about this idea?
Thank you for your time,
No one who can help me?
Check out the example of using future floor wax at the bottom of this page:
Tools and Tricks
If you can get the stuff in your country, it will solve your skeleton production woes. Dipping is unadvisable if you want to add detail after. Acrylic model paints will not adhere very well to the polyuerthane and will run all over the place. (You can however, as also mentioned in the article above, use pens on top of spray varnish, but that doesn't seem like a time effective solution for line troops.)
To do this I would spray the skeletons white not black. Give them a wash with brown ink. Drybrush them up with some dark browns, about two shades. Add some bleached bone to them lightly as the last drybrush on them.
If you are new to the hobby here is how you drybrush. Get a drybrush and get a small amount of paint on the end. Then wipe most of the paint off on some newspaper. You want the brush to still have paint in it but be sort of dry. Now simply move the brush back and forth across the models.
Try to get no paint into the cracks you only want paint on the raised areas. The effect is often a rough finish which will suit skeletons very well as the are old and rotten. To do the metal areas to keep them looking dark I would paint the metalics to be dirty.
Paint the weapons and armour black. Again drybrush them with boltgun metal and then only a little chainmail paint. You can then gibe them a brown ink wash. The brown ink will darken the metal and make the metal look rusty.
Hope this helps out, please ask if you need more help and show your results sometime if you can.:yes:
these two posts actually helped a lot, especially the point that acryl doesnt work well on varnish. I'll go and try the futurewax wash as shown in the link and post as soon as I have a result.