Colours and planning: Deciding how to paint Ossiarch Bonereapers

Dom works out a look for his skeletal taxmen

So now I had my army of choice I had to try and figure out what colours I would paint them, how I’d put them together and what bases I should go for. Traditionally, I don’t put too much thought into this aspect of the hobby and have usually just copy a Games Workshop colour scheme, ala my Crimson Fist and Saim-Hann armies. The one exception was way back in 1997 when I started collecting for the first time and I had an all purple Drukhari army (called Dark Eldar at the time). Why purple? Well, I liked the colour – so I had to have purple in my Ossiarch Bonereapers force somewhere as a little call-back to my origins in the hobby.

A painted dark eldar archon model
Archon No’kaei, one of the very first character models I ever painted.

As it turns out, there is a lovely piece of art in the battletome of skeletons in purple battle armour and it looks really good with the bone underneath it. I had happily stumbled across 2 of my three colours; purple and bone.

Artwork for Ossiarch Bonereapers from Games Workshop

The third one was a little more difficult to come up with. So, I used the same strategy I employ when I’m picking out a tie for a fancy night out with my wife – I go opposite on the colour wheel to whatever her main colour is. It turns out that for purple, this is green, and I was sold.

Only 2 more questions remained for me to answer, where will this green go on the model, and what shade? Given the deathly nature of the Ossiarch Bonereapers, I wanted to make their weapons a little more magical looking. To me this fits with their etherealness and also their Nadirite weapons in the lore. Their weapons are magical to a certain extent – perfect! The shade was an easier question to answer – what green Contrast Paints are available? I went for Akhelian Green to make my life easier when it comes to painting.

The bases were easier to mock up – I knew that I wanted my Bone Taxmen to be walking through some lush farmland or somewhere idyllic to ruin someone’s day but without destroying the flowers. Flowers after all don’t have any useful bone in them.

By Dom

All images used without permission from Games Workshop Limited.

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