Painting Bones



I had some theories about what might work on the Bones miniatures, which seems important, because I can’t imagine we won’t see more of these. Cheap, light, durable and good quality.

They are VERY easy to clip. Trimming is a bit more of a pain – the flash, once cut or filed clings pretty badly. It is just hard to get clean lines. The quality of the casting is really good though, the lines are very clean. It’s going to be hard to add anything, however. You can’t add stiff green stuff to floppy white plastic, so that’s too bad.

Anyway, my theories:

  • I was totally wrong about the varnish. It beaded up right away, I didn’t even bother taking a picture of it.
  • The purple on the left there is the tamiya acrylic. It isn’t water based, it has glycol ether and isopropanolol. Not something you’d use with a brush you roll on your tongue. However, the coverage was excellent. The paint flowed well and even when mixed with a little water stuck to the plastic.
  • Citadel foundation, the green, also stuck well, but when it wasn’t mixed with water it was a bit dry and didn’t flow into the smaller areas, like the gaps between the lettering. A little water solved this and it didn’t seem to bead too much.
  • The red regular citadel paint was a bit shittier. It beaded and withdrew from the edge of the painted area. It did dry quickly though.

Now, as a Scotsman, I feel it my bound duty to point out that you’ll use a lot more citadel foundation covering a miniature than you will using the tamiya acrylic. And the last time I bought tamiya, it was $1.90 for a pot that size. So… I’m going to buy a a pot of pale grey tamiya to undercoat these miniatures.

One Comment on “Painting Bones

  1. In between painting coats on the nursery I’ve been (stupidly) taking breaks painting some of the little critter models, just to get a feel for what works on them and which brands stick best.

    I tried priming one with a brush-on surface primer from Tamiya that I can barely stand to be around while I work with it it’s so fumey. That primer goes on good and adheres well, but it’s kind of a bear to work with. It can dry thick and it likes to pool, so you’ve got to work pretty quick with it and pay attention to where it’s landing. It doesn’t seem to be cracking though, and paint sticks to it.

    Vallejo and Game Colour paints are pretty watery and don’t coat at all.

    I was a little surprised how big of a difference giving them a little soapy water before painting made. I usually skip that step, and it really does make a difference.