Traditional Bone

Traditional Bone

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    11 Dec 2019
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    25 Dec 2019
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A recipe used to paint traditional bone colours


  1. Use Ushabti Bone , using several thin coats as needed.


  1. Begin with an all over shade of Agrax Earthshade mixed with Contrast Medium at about 1:3 parts.
  2. Repeat the previous layer, but work only into the recesses
  3. Using Snakebite Leather mixed with Contrast Medium , build up darker areas in the deepest recesses and to the sides of raised points


  1. Use Ushabti Bone to establish edges. Keep the paint thin to allow the paint to blend
  2. Thinner highlights with Screaming Skull
  3. Final spot highlights with Screaming Skull with White Scar mixed (about 1:1 but you can add more or less depending on where on the model)


  1. One very final glaze over all of the bone, using Contrast Medium with a tiny spot of Snakebite Leather in (as if the Contrast Medium is simply contaminated). This provides and even finish and ties the colours together.


  1. Highlight the uppermost points with tiny dots of White Scar , which you can add some Screaming Skull to if you wish to be less stark. Focus only on highest points.



Warhammer Hobbyist. Mostly Black Legion, Thousand Sons, Chaos Daemons and Chaos Knights. Drukhari for 2023. Hope you find these recipes useful!

Citadel Painting System 6
Shade 1
  • Agrax Earthshade
Layer 3
  • Screaming Skull
  • Ushabti Bone
  • White Scar
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Contrast 1
  • Snakebite Leather
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