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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"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...


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