Posted 12/10/2017

Skeleton Warriors Made Easy

Nothing quite embodies the very essence of Death more than Skeleton Warriors. Clad in ancient armour and armed with rusting weaponry, these revenants are the core of many an Age of Sigmar army, and they’re pretty easy to paint too! In our latest entry from the Mind of Mengel, we’re looking at an easy way at getting yours on the tabletop looking great:


Tyler: Since I already have a full 2,000 point Nighthaunt army, and a carry over army of Tomb Kings from the World-That-Was, I felt like the next natural step was to expand my skeletal collection into the embrace of Nagash. That way I’d have a fun Deathrattle army to play at lower points, and I could combine them with my Nighthaunts for a full-fledged Grand Alliance Death army. I knew that I would have to paint a lot of Skeletons since my goal was to build the Legion of Death Warscroll Battalion, which requires a minimum of 30 Skeleton Warriors. Luckily, I had already messed around with a quick way of painting bone on my Nighthaunts.

Step 1.

The model was primed with Corax White.

Step 2.

I then washed all of the bone areas with undiluted Seraphim Sepia. This will tint the white a bone colour, and shade the recesses at the same time.

Step 3.

I finished off the bone with a line highlight of White Scar. I basically picked out all of the edges, and any other areas that I thought needed attention drawn to them. Pay particular attention to the skull.

Step 1.

For the cloth on my models, I decided to go with a dark purple, the favoured colours of the scions of Shyish. All the areas that were cloth were base coated with Naggorath Night. This may take two coats to get an even coverage over the white.

Step 2.

It was then hit with a wash of Nuln Oil.

Step 3.

I then highlighted it with Xereus Purple, picking out the edges and folds.

Step 4.

I did a final highlight of Dechala Lilac, making sure to hit only the most prominent areas and keep it more refined than the previous highlight.

Step 1.

All of the leather areas, such as straps, were base coated with Abaddon Black. On this model that was just the belt.

Step 2.

It was then given an edge highlight of Dawnstone Grey.

Step 3.

The leather was finished off with a more refined highlight of Ulthuan Grey.

Step 1.

All of the metal areas were given a base coat of Leadbelcher.

Step 2.

These were then washed with Agrax Earthshade to give them a dirty, aged look.

Step 3.

All of the edges were then highlighted with Stormhost Silver. I also painted small scratches onto the metal at this point, focusing mostly on the sword. Make these look as random and varied as possible, but keep them thin.

Step 4.

Lastly, I painted on some heavily watered down Skragg Brown onto the metal for a rust effect. I primarily focused around recesses where rust would collect, but I also made sure to do some random blotches on flat areas as well. You can do as many layers of this as you want to make the colour more intense in some areas over others.

With that, the model is done and ready to serve the will of Nagash! Just base the model to match your collection and you’re ready to go. I’m hoping with how quick this was I can knock out the other 29 Skeletons in short order. Nagash is an impatient master, and the Mortal Realms won’t submit to his rule on their own.


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