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Must Contain Minis08 Nov 2021 7:33 a.m. PST

Recently I built up a box of Wargames Atlantic Skeletons and painted them up. Since I was painting them anyhow, I decided to write a tutorial on how I did it.

Come on over for a tutorial and some nice showcase pictures of the minis too. link


Article at… link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

I think they look great.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

They do look nice!
Did they come with shields? I bought the Wargames Atlantic lizardmen, and was dismayed to see hey did not come with shields. I suppose this is because they come with three sets of weapons (spears, muskets, and sf weapons). I'm still new to this whole plastic figure thing, and have no idea where to find plastic shields.
You mention spraying the figures white to start out. When I primed my lizardmen, the force of the spray tended to blow them over, or even off the tray. I'm thinking I need to weigh them down a bit--maybe you have other tricks, though.
Washes/shades: I hang my figures upside down to dry after using a wash so the paint settles in the areas that would be shaded from the sun. Does the Army Painter dry faster (while you're holding the figure) or what?


Huscarle08 Nov 2021 10:41 a.m. PST

Cracking good minis; I may have to try this army painter method for my hordes grin

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 10:49 a.m. PST

Grelber, use Blu tack to attach them to a craft stick before you spray them. Hold the craft stick by one end and prime the figures.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 11:27 a.m. PST

Thanks, 79thPA, I'll try that. It was just a surprise when I put the three samples I did on a tray with metal figures to prime and they didn't stay put!


Must Contain Minis08 Nov 2021 11:55 a.m. PST

Grelber. The skeletons did come with those shields.

The army painter wash dries fast enough. I use a brush to dry up excess wash and to put it where I want after lightly coating the entire mini.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 2:42 p.m. PST

Skellies are among the easiest, fastest mini's to paint, bar none! In the past, I would paint some up when I needed to get through a painting slouch: they painted so fast, so easy, they never failed to inspire me to pick up with painting more complex figures. Unfortunately, I now have as many skeletons as I will ever need… My undead armies are likely my largest!

If interested in dark washes, I would also suggest Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain -- Royal Walnut, for skeletons, and just about every other type of down-and-dirty miniature. It is around 1/3, or less, than the cost of QuickShade products, oil based, and incredibly effective. It is the original Dip Technique. Cheers!

blackjack07108 Nov 2021 8:20 p.m. PST

Great looking skeletons! Thanks for the tutorial.

Must Contain Minis08 Nov 2021 10:16 p.m. PST

Thank you Blackjack. Sgt Slag, thanks for the tip. I used to use minmax on board game miniatures and got good results with that too.

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