Bobbybox pt 14: Skeletons of the Lost Crusade

Picking up work on the rest of the bobbybox miniatures, untouched since before Easter(!), here are the contents of the Skeleton Troop Sprue all done:



10 skeleton infantry, a skeletal dog (or is it a rat), and the top of a skeleton dragging itself up from the grave

I already have (the start of ) an Undead Army for Kings of War called the The Lost Crusade themed slightly along the lines of Templar Knights with white robes and shields featuring red crosses.

So here is another unit, or it can be an addition to an existing one.

I based them with my bespoke 3D printed 20mm round lipped bases for older mantic miniatures that both make them round based for skirmish combat and keeps the 20mm footprint for Kings of War or Warhammer Fantasy Battles ranking up. Also, they are easier to rank up since the round bases let me adjust the positions.

Miniatures in HIPS polystyrene plastic.


The Tally so far:

Finished from the Bobby Box: 110  / 126   (+10 / 13 casualties, small animals etc)

Just 16 left to do! (plus two modern soldier casualties and the mars attacks pilot without a vehicle)

Finished from the stash: 128

Finished minis in total this year: 238 / 365 (target one for each day on average)



January: 59

February: 24

March: 62

April: 34

May: 25

June: 12

July: 0

August: 7

September: 3

October: 12




Categories: FOGS, Kings of War, Mantic, Polystyrene plastic, The Crazy Box SagaTags: , , , ,


  1. These are very nice miniatures and nice skeletons sculpts… what range are they from again?

    • Hi! These are made by Mantic, “Kings of War Undead Skeleton Troop”.

    • I like these quite a lot! Is there any chance you’d share how you got this effect? Really quite nice and I’ve got a bunch of Mantic to paint myself for Saga Age of Magic.

      • Hello, I am glad you like them 🙂 How to paint skeletons like this:

        I start with a black undercoat, and do all the metal bits (weapons, armour etc) roughly in a black steel / gunmetal, trying not to get (too much) metallic paint on other areas. When dry, I drybrush these areas carefully with dark or hot orange then a lighter more pale orange to do the rust, wiping off a bit with my fingers to expose metal at the edges and raised areas. (alternately drybrush carefully with metal, you just want a hint of metallic shining through here and there) It is not a problem if the metals or the orange seem too bright at this stage,
        The bone: I drybrush the bone parts with a dirty bone colour, trying to avoid getting any on the rusted metal. Then again with a lighter bone color.
        The cloth: I paint in all the cloth and the shields in a dirty offwhite or cream color, making sure it is a bit different from the bone. Then I paint in crosses with a dark red (such as army painter dragon red or citadel khorne red/mephiston red (the brighter one of the two). Brown, grey or tan on straps, pouches, leg wrappings etc.
        When all this is dry, I slop army paninter Strong or Dark (or a mixture of the two) quickshade ink (the waterbased dropper bottle type, not the smelly tin type). Citadel agrax eathshade and nuln oil can stand in for these if that is what you have, I would thin them with a drop of water or so). draw off excess pooling with a brush to avid tide marks and very dark spots.
        this will darken and dull the paint job considerably, but also give a great shading.
        when dry, go over some of the details to brighten up here and there. some metal, bone parts etc.

        This is a rather fast way of doing lots of skeletons and such, just batch paint them (the same colour on all the minis before moving on to the next colour)

        Hope this helps, and good luck 🙂

      • This is an amazing amount of detail. Thank you so much for sharing! Looking at the photos, I couldn’t quite puzzle it out as is such a smooth transition. Very well done and thank you so much for your help. It will be the roadmap for my own painting.

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