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Need help figuring out a palette for Bonemold armor

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Hi all. It's been a long time since I've painted anything, and I'm used to just grabbing the essential colors and running with them. Now, though, I'm wanting to build a little collection of rather specialized minis.

I need to know what specific Reaper paints would most convincingly recreate the color scheme of Bonemold Armor from the Elder Scrolls series.

Pictures for reference purposes:

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Now, I was thinking a triad of Green Ochre, Faded Khaki, Palomino Gold and maybe a bright old reaper yellow called Sunlight or something, but I have no experience with these colors. I also don't have the best eye for color. I don't know how they'll look together, how they look when wet, or how they look dry.

Are they good choices from your experiences with them (if you have had any), or can you recommend a better group of paints?

Here are their reference pics:

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(now that I look at the last two, they're pretty same-y...)

 

 

I'd like to stick to a small number of colors - four at the very most if possible.

Many thanks. 

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I can't vouch for those colors (I haven't used them), but they look spot-on for replicating Bonemold.  A lot of it may come down to how much surface texture there is.

 

Also, you can always use a yellow or brown wash (or glaze) to alter the colors, if you find they need a little tweaking once you get paint on the figure.

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I only own Palomino Gold, but I think you are on the right track. Palomino with a tip or two of white could work great on highlights.

 

I would add a darker shade however... something like Ruddy Leather, a red-brown?

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 Which figure are you planning on using that color scheme on? That's seriously going to affect how you paint it and which colors will work best.

 

 I'd hit the highest highlights with Golden Blond and use a brown wash (Reaper actually has a Brown Wash color now) to bring out the details.

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I only own Palomino Gold, but I think you are on the right track. Palomino with a tip or two of white could work great on highlights.

 

I would add a darker shade however... something like Ruddy Leather, a red-brown?

Hm, I could see that working as well...

I was planning to do some EXTREMELY minimal drybrushing of a bright yellow for the highlights, but I think a white would be needed pretty badly for that crackly sheen.  I don't know if I want something that dark brown/red in there, but it might provide a nicer contrast than a simple black or black-green undercoat and wash...

 

 Which figure are you planning on using that color scheme on? That's seriously going to affect how you paint it and which colors will work best.

 

 I'd hit the highest highlights with Golden Blond and use a brown wash (Reaper actually has a Brown Wash color now) to bring out the details.

I'm glad that you asked, because I love showing these things off and drawing potential business towards them...

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All four of them are made by Troll forged, and while there are others I have in mind including some Reapers, none of them are quite as bony or nearly so moldy. 

Forgive me Reaper, for I have sinned.

Anyway, I like the sound of that, it's good to know and that specific yellow would make a great highlight. Certainly keeping this one in mind!

Any more advice?

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Reaper provides a utility that may help you with your question called the Power Palette.  It accepts your picture and suggests colors in the MSP line for the colors you select in the picture.  I don't know how well it works, but it may give you some ideas at least.

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Tried it, didn't like it much. If there's a way to change the selection size for determining a palate I'll give it another shot, but I couldn't get anything really comprehensive out of it using its tiny tiny color finding square...

Thank you, all the same.

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 One thing I've noticed - those figures all have flat armor plates, whereas the bonemold armor has a lot of texture to it. It's going to be tough to get that mottled/cracked look on flat armor unless you paint it on very carefully. You may want to consider taking a pin or scoring tool and roughing up the armor's surface to provide detail (scoring in really tiny circles and random directions), otherwise the armor's just going to come out a flat yellow color without that "bonemold" look...

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That's a good idea, I'll have to get an extra or two to practice...

I should have noted that the latter two minis going to be smooth(er), since they're in a different kind of armor.

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I'll figure that out when the time comes. Maybe just delicate layering and washing.

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