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Getting Reaper Bones to the Table

Don’t have the time or willpower to fully paint up your reaper miniatures but you don’t want them languishing in the game cupboard?

Why not just give them a wash and play with some cool black and white minis?

The process is simple: Hit the miniature with a flat white spraypaint, glue the miniature to whatever base you want to use (or do that in reverse order if you want the base to be white with black patterns), and then wash the miniature with a watered down mix of 2:1 black to dark brown.

Now you have your miniatures table-usable and when you do want to go through and paint them, they will be pre-washed so you’ll already be one step done. Worst case, you have to paint over the wash, but for most colors I have more problems covering the natural plain white than any black.

Mostly just a result of me being too lazy to actually paint all of my miniatures that I’ve gotten from the Bones kickstarters and realizing that more are on their way. I’ll post an update as I get around to fully painting these to show the results of painting on top an existing base wash.


I am a big fan of knowledge as a recorded resource and have put the original book rule that Retired Adventurer uses. Take a look and see if you might find books to be a better treasure reward once you’ve implemented a similar house rule.


3 thoughts on “Getting Reaper Bones to the Table

  1. Shannon Ferguson February 9, 2018 — 6:29 pm

    I really like the look of these. Almost like classical sculptures!


    1. Yeah, I’m really happy how they turned out and I might try some other colors to see how they work out. Maybe a blue wash for some water or ocean monsters or a dark red wash for fire or demonic entities.


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