Painting Undead

This article is designed to demonstrate painting undead miniatures quickly. I hate playing with unpainted miniatures but like most people do not have the time (or the talent!) to spend on painting. Therefore below is the quick and simple painting method I use on my undead forces.

I always end up with an undead army and like them to look like they have just been dug up. Other people prefer bleached or white bones, I like dirty/earthy looking skeletons. For this example I'm using an Otherworld Miniatures skeleton.

First up clean the miniature of any flash and mould lines. Yes I know this is a quick paint guide but you really do need to start with a clean figure. Then undercoat the miniature with a white base coat. I have already mounted the miniature onto a 20mm round slotta base.

Next we are going to paint the whole model in its principle base colour I use Coat d'Arms paints for all of my miniature painting. For skeletons I go for Dark Leather (534) (little hint, just because your painting a fantasy miniature there is no need to stick to fantasy colours!). Just because your trying to be quick don't be tempted to apply the paint too thick and obscure the detail.

Next I dry brush the whole miniature with Buff.(228) I tend to be quite heavy with this dry brushing and go over the whole miniature not worrying about things like shields and weapons.

Now I move onto the the equipment (and armour if any present). For this miniature I applied a thin coat of Wood Brown (218) to the spear shaft and shield. Also put a bit of Gun Metal (142) with a dash of Rust (241) just to make sure the blade isn't too bright.

Once all the base coats are done I next apply a brown ink wash. Normally I water down the wash to one part ink to two parts water. The wash is applied across the whole miniature a bit like the dip method. I don't mind the fact that this tends to colour the whole miniature in the same shade. As I mentioned before I like my undead to look just dug up and assume thier equipment was dug up with them.

Finally for the miniature I apply a light (must be light!) dry brush of Linen (233) to the whole model. Shield, spear, skeleton the whole thing. The only exception to this would be if the miniature had some clothing in which case I would add a little of the Linen colour to the base colour of the clothing for the dry brush.

And so here we have the finished miniature. For the base I simply painted it Olive Drab green (508) and before the paint dried sprinkled it with flock. Painting this miniature from start to finish took minutes rather than hours. If you set up a production line for each stage you can get through whole units in no time.