Monday, July 14, 2014

Painting a Reaper Bones Cthulhu

I painted up Reaper Bones Cthulhu for my dungeon bash, but kept my progress under wraps to avoid spoiling the surprise for any players who might visit this site. This is by far the largest miniature I've painted, and I wasn't quite sure how to proceed. I researched what others had done when tackling their gargantuan elder gods, and settled on using a series of layered ink washes.

I gave Cthulhu a base of black and then heavily drybrushed it with gray and white.

I only had small bottles of GW and Army Painter washes which wouldn't be nearly enough for his noodley eminence, so splurged on a set of Winsor & Newton inks . Using thinned down greens, browns and yellows, along with intermittent application of paint, Cthulhu took on a naseating shade in far less time than I expected. The gray preshading + ink wash looked decent right away, but I kept fiddling about to build up more texture and color variation.

With a deadline approaching I finished Cthulhu up with some vibrant pink tentacles and a quick green/gray drybrush to the base.

He was a bit intimidating to start but I'm eager to tackle some other large figures now that I've got this ink wash technique down.


  1. That's a superb result. Fantastic job on that one.

  2. Superb work the whole thing really stands out

  3. Looks great, thanks for sharing your technique!

  4. Very nice, I have mine half done.

  5. Superb, great call on the inking and color choices!

  6. That is so disgustingly wonderful
    Mine is still in the box so this is very handy indeed, thanks

    Ia! Ia! R'lyeh cthulhu fhtagn!

  7. Looks fantastic. The washes do a solid job of bringing out the texture on the skin.


  8. Thanks for the tutorial.

    I will have to try something similar.