I couldn’t resist and got a truck load of miniatures via the Reaper Bones Kickstarter. I mainly plan to use the miniatures for our DnD games, but also for the skirmish game Song of Blades and Heroes (and the dungeon crawler expansion Song of Gold and Darkness).
What would be a beautiful selection of miniatures (around 200 from dragons, to halflings, to wizards to angler fish men), if there would not be a dungeon they can dwell in? Thus I started to scratch build a dungeon interior and started painting up some Wargames Factory skeletons to populate it. They are a fragile bunch, but I like them much better than the earlier Bones skeletons (well, more poses, less static and less chunky). So while I like all the other Bones minis the skeletons had to be replaced. The skeleton sprue has been retooled in the meantime and an issue with breakage of some legs during transport is now resolved.
It follows a group shot of the undead dungeon dwellers as well as a couple of close-ups and soon there will be more posts focusing on the dungeon interior.
The skeletal mage is a simple kit-bash. His staff is from the Wargames Factory Orc box, I just put a skull on top of one of the spear shafts.
The soil is added and does not come with the models crawling out of the ground. Funny note: The guys coming out of the ground are actually the ones which arrived broken in the box. I got replacements for them with no trouble at all (excellent customer service I have to say), but I found it a pity to not use them this way. The box provides the option to depict the guys as if they would come out of the earth (there is a base provided with a bit of structure on).
How did I make the bases?
The soil is actual sand. Just get a shovel from the backyard and sieve it so you get something like fine dust. I then mix this with kitchen herbs, some bigger stones, sometimes some very fine small roots, pigments (only if you want to be very fancy, but doesn’t have to be) and then you add acrylic gel or acrylic medium matt. This paste holds its shape and can be easily formed. When dry it is rock hard and can be dry-brushed, washed or more pigment can be used to highlight it.
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