I do owe quite a lot to the HeroQuest skellibob with his big scythe (and big bones!). HQ got me into Citadel Miniatures in the first place and I was always more keen on the forces of undeath than on the greenskins. My first army (at least 50% of which was HQ miniatures from the main box and Witch Lord expansion) was undead (4th ed, although we used the 3rd ed book, 4th ed "get started guide" and I actually had the 4th ed undead armies book- a Christmas present from my parents). Sadly that army was given away along with most of my miniatures collection when I went through a brief spell of adulthood. With the Fimir done (for now) I have decided it is time to set myself a new army and want to recreate my first undead horde- recreate it as I would have liked it to have been back then that is!
On to the paint scheme then. It seems there are three 'classic' methods of painting skeletons. Spray black and drybrush, spray white and ink and spray bone and wash. I had three unpainted HQ skeletons, so a chance to give each method a go. I think I mixed all these methods as a kid (not very successfully!) and will probably do so again to get some variation across the units, but I do want to pick a dominant method to help with cohesion as well. Across the army skeletons of various age, state of decomposition and buried under different conditions will have been pressed into service so some variation is good.
On the left is the white base coat, washed with Army Painter Strong Tone and then shaded with Vallejo Sepia ink. The guy on the right is the same but with the original bone colour the HQ skellies come in. They give nice, clean-picked and shiny bone effects and I will definitely be mixing both these quick schemes into the units, but I have decided to go with what I think was also my dominant bone method in my first army...
Black undercoat, drybrushed with Vallejo Leather Brown, then Vallejo Khaki, then Khaki and White with a bit of white highlighting and shading with Sepia ink. The bone texture looks rougher and more aged- which is probably scientifically wrong but it looks more old-school and grim and it's the aesthetic that counts as far as I'm concerned! So there he is, my submission for the HeroQuest Hero Quest and my test-model for my old-school skellie army. Time to get onto the metals!
Now It's time for Steve to show us what he's able of !