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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Sep 2019 4:21 p.m. PST

If you're painting skeletons, what color is your primer coat?

* white
* black
* brown
* tan
* bone
* I don't use primer

Chairtwosqueaky04 Sep 2019 4:32 p.m. PST

Brown- until I see a reason for a better color- which will no doubt be detailed later in this poll! ha!

Ragbones04 Sep 2019 4:45 p.m. PST

Testors Light Earth.

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 4:56 p.m. PST

I primed one skelly green-he's still green, never got him painted.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 5:06 p.m. PST


Dry brush "Bone".

Magic Dip brown.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 5:27 p.m. PST

Burnt umber. Drybrush off white.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 5:55 p.m. PST

Grey like everything else….

Syrinx004 Sep 2019 6:01 p.m. PST

Brown or black. Depends on what I have more of.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 6:53 p.m. PST

Used to paint them very brightly, almost cartoony, and used a brownish wash over white.

But after seeing this excellently painted unit, dark and forbidding, I'll be using black!

Source: Oldhammer community on FB. So probably not everyone can see it. Apologies. Take my word for it, brilliant paintwork!

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 10:08 p.m. PST

I prime them white then use a very heavy light to medium brown wash. I then paint the details, (weapons, shields, armor, etc.)

Green Tiger05 Sep 2019 1:55 a.m. PST

I have used both white and black – pleased with results either way but used black for mass painting …

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 2:12 a.m. PST

White then wash with sepia & dry brush with bone color.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 5:49 a.m. PST

Necrons – Black primer with silver paint and charcoal (as near as black grey that is not black) dry brush

Most organic skellies – Brown prime with off-white paint (mix in a little brown or ochre, possibly leaving a little unmixed) and a black wash after.

"Wet" skellies (recently defleshed) – Red primer with white paint and brown or black wash.

Cartoon skellies – White primer, black wash both sides with the mini laying horizontal.

Dagwood05 Sep 2019 1:38 p.m. PST

I have no skellies.

The occasional skull I have primed white, mainly for the sake of the rest of the figure. Then a yellow brown, then a wheat sort of colour, then white again.

evilgong05 Sep 2019 3:33 p.m. PST


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

Yellow-ish tan, if I need to prime them. If they're plastic, and a yellowish tan color, then I just paint the non-bone bits, as needed. Then I apply the classic Dip Technique, using Royal Walnut stain color. This gives them a just-dug-up, dirty appearance. I do skeletons, as a quick, pick-me-up, to encourage myself to paint other mini's, which are more complex in painting.

Skeletons are a basic, horde-type, monster for fantasy gaming. They are viewed at arm's length, like all the rest of my figures. Difference is, Skeletons are super-simple, super-fast, to paint.

Paint one figure, using simple block painting techniques, followed by the classic Dip Technique. Place them on your table, at normal gaming distances. Look at them, and see how much difference your eyes can really pick up between them. Then…

Ask yourself if it is really worth your time, to do more than simple block painting, followed by the classic Dip Technique. Be honest with yourself, though.

I realized, 20 years ago, that at arm's length, I really could not see the difference in quality, on my 25mm-28mm figures. I was in my 30's, then, now in my 50's. I don't have time for holding myself to a higher standard in my paining. Never have. Never will. Your mileage may vary. Game on! (For me, the play is the thing; painting is just a required step towards playing…) Cheers!

JimSelzer10 Sep 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

white then brown wash

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Sep 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

I've got some on the workbench, will try brown priming this time! grin Thanks!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

Just saw a photo, yesterday, on the news, showing a pile of Human skulls. I believe it was in South America. The skulls were a dark brown color, from weathering.

In short, any shade of white, to dark brown, will be "realistic"… It all depends upon the climate they are exposed to, and for how long. Add to that consideration, a fantasy environment, and the entire color palette opens up! The color wheel is your smorgasbord, Bill. Cheers!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Sep 2019 2:19 p.m. PST

Dork Tower knows all!

Asteroid X19 Oct 2019 8:28 p.m. PST

Or try the GW Contrast colour Skeleton Horde (it's beige) with their Wraithbone primer.

It really is quick and easy to use.

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