Thursday, 24 January 2019

"Do Not Pursue Him!"

"He will not return to these lands. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man shall he fall."
This "cartoon scale white metal figure" of Sir Bones is produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range. Sculpted by Steve Saleh and destined to lead Lord Rascal's ever-increasingly contingent of Skeleton Swordsmen, I thought this Undead knight would probably form part of the Necromancer's Undead Light Foot unit I'm currently painting for my 'Lord Of The Toons' project using the "Dragon Rampant" rule-set.

Initially primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Dark Sand, the miniature was arguably drenched in "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and subsequently dry-brushed using (more) "Vallejo" Dark Sand. I then dry-brushed him rather more lightly with Dead White, before 'picking out' his sword, armour, belt buckle and shield emblem using a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.
"Come not between the Nazgul and his prey!"
In order to give Sir Bones' hand-weapon something of an edge, as well as 'highlight' the details on the skeleton's ornamental armoured boss, armour plating and buckle, all of these areas were later delicately dry-brushed with some additional "Citadel" Ironbreaker. I also painted the warrior's shield and ragged under-garments in "Vallejo" Heavy Violet, and his billowing cloak with Heavy Red.

Both of these areas were eventually dirtied up with a splash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before I patiently dry-brushed the knight's hooded travelling cape with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. As a final touch I pigmented the flesh-less soldier's belt with a mix of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Imperial Royal Guards WIPs - The three warrior just need some washes to be applied
Alongside Sir Bones, I have also managed to complete four more of Lord Rascal's Skeleton Swordsmen. All of these Undead combatants were painted in precisely the same way as their knighted leader, with the only difference being that their shield's were randomly base-coated using "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, Heavy Blue, Heavy Violet or Black before being treated to a wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

Having spent some considerable time picking out plenty of bones and skulls, I've turned to some of the models within the Imperial Royal Guards Unit Expansion for "Star Wars: Legion" as a more colourful diversion. These "enigmatic warriors" by "Fantasy Flight Games" were originally going to be simply primed, shaded and dry-brushed. But as I wanted Emperor Palpatine’s personal bodyguards to have their famous "blood-red masks" stand out that bit more I have since base-coated their head-wear using "Vallejo" Dark Vermillion... 

14 comments:

  1. Great work on the skeletons Simon, with the emperors guard I found the arms and gloves were the colour you've done, the robes were then brighter probably equivalent to blood red, for the helms I started with blood red then shaded with caroburg crimson, I then did an edhe highlight with watered down pure white, and then put a red glaze over to finish

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    1. Cheers Dave. I've actually finished my Imperial Royal Guards, having gone with a "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson wash over the "Vallejo" Dark Vermillion :-)

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  2. Great work on all of your skeletons, Simon. I look forward to seeing your finished Imperial Royal Guards. A part of me wonders if two of them are actually Tag and Binks, whose tales I enjoyed immensely when I bought their TPB.

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    1. Thanks very much Bryan. I don't actually own any Tag and Bink comics, which I should probably correct at some point, but I do know the scene where the pair are hiding behind the Emperor's only lift whilst Luke and Vader battle it out! LOL!!

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  3. You're getting a really good depth of colour in these figures with the various washes and dry brushing. Great stuff

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    1. Cheers Vagabond, very much appreciated. My Undead reinforcements have arrived too, so expect plenty more Skeletons over the next few weeks :-)

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  4. Those skeletons certainly bring a smile to my face !

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    1. Thanks very much, Joe. Lots more to come including their Necromancer, Lord Rascal himself!!

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