Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bones Goblins

These are my first Reaper Bones models. I thought I would try them out since they are so inexpensive.

Bones Goblins, front
Bones Goblins, back
These photos are actually of my second attempt...

On my first try, after washing in soap and water, I painted directly onto the Bones material, as recommended. Initially they painted up fine using Reaper paints. I did a simple paint scheme and then thought I would wash with Army Painter Quickshade.

Big mistake. They never dried...stayed tacky for days afterwards. I let them sit for about a month and they were a little less tacky, but not much better. So I thought maybe a spray coat of matte finish would help.

Bigger mistake. They fogged and then, when handled, the finish and paint cracked right off. What a mess! I almost relegated them to my son's toy bin, but after a little reading on the forums I thought I'd try again. They went into a soak of Simple Green and I started over. The pics above are the result.

Once again I painted directly onto the Bones material, using Reaper paints. Then I gave them a wash of Vallejo sepia wash. Once this dried I went back and picked out a few simple highlights. Then I coated with Liquitex gloss varnish. After this dried, I coated again with Liquitex matte varnish. Et, voila! There they are.

These models are fine for basic troops and D&D monsters. The detail is not as good as their metal counterparts, but it is still serviceable. I've bought a few other Bones models and will paint them simply like these. They are a cheap way to flesh out your collection.

Anyway, here's a few action shots...

A High Elf paladin and Elf archer defend the bridge from goblin raiders.
Meanwhile, help is on the way in the form of a dwarf, a human paladin, and a wizard.
The battle rages on!
Until next time, carry on!


  1. Hmm, I wonder if the Quickshade is a polyurethane varnish? I don't think the Bones material likes that...

    1. Yeah, the research I did suggests that. The Reaper paints with Liquitex coating works very well.

  2. Nice work. I'm going to be painting my first Bones figure soon...we'll see what happens.

    1. Thanks! They are good figures for what they are - minions. Enjoy!

  3. Bones are actualy quite good. I have a lot of their products as I backed some KICKSTARTERS.

    Looking good mate!

    1. Thank you.

      Bones are fine for what they are - excellent minions and basic troops. I still prefer metal for characters and specialty models. I have not seen the larger Bones models (Dragons, etc) close up, but these do seem interesting. Bones are inexpensive and very good value, I can say that for sure!