Ankylosaurus / Clubtail (Reaper Bones Lost Valley 609), plastic miniature
“What are Bones Miniatures?
The Bones material is a polymer plastic. It is light-weight and slightly flexible, and is very durable. You can paint a Bones figure straight out of the package, and that paint job will also be pretty durable. Bones figures are as detailed as metal figures, for a much lower cost. Bones miniatures are produced with integral (built-in) bases, but it is easy to cut the miniature off of the base if you prefer to put it on something else. It is also easy to cut the figures apart to convert them into different poses or change weapons.
What is the bare minimum I need to know to start painting my Bones right now!
If you want background on why these are the recommendations or what other alternatives might also work, read the rest of this document, Painting Bones Miniatures: Preparation and Painting Bones Miniatures: The First Coat is the Difference.
Remove Mould Lines
Remove by slicing just under the mould lines with a hobby knife, in a similar motion to paring vegetable or hand-sharpening a pencil. Files work best if you file in one direction, then remove burrs by filing in the opposite direction.
Reshape Bent Parts
Dip the misshapen piece in boiling water for a minute or two, remove and move into desired position, then immediately hold in ice water for a few minutes. NOTE: Read additional information in this document for safety recommendations!
What Glue to Use
Superglue aka cyanoacrylate works best to glue Bones to itself or other materials.
What Putty to Use
All major brands of putty tested work with bones. (Green Stuff, Milliput, etc.)
What Works as a Paint Stripper
Soak figure in Simple Green Concentrated All Purpose Cleaner for 12 – 24 hours, then scrub it with an old toothbrush.
None. Start with a first coat of undiluted Reaper Master Series Paint, then paint as normal from there. This is the best choice for durability and a good painting surface. Other acrylic paints that work with miniatures should have similar results. Paint can be applied with a brush or airbrush (diluted paint seems to work with an airbrush.)
Best Primer if You Want to Prime Anyway
Reaper Master Series Brush-On Primer in black or white, or Folk Art Glass & Tile Medium (also brush-on.)
Best Spray Primer
Many aerosol primers will not cure completely on Bones. Reaper forum members have reported good results with the Army Painter sprays.
How to Do a Wash Directly on Bones
Thin your wash with one of the following mediums and just a small amount of water if necessary: Master Series Brush-On Sealer, Folk Art Glass & Tile Medium, Delta Ceramcoat All-Purpose Sealer.”
Note: Supplied in a bag rather than a blister pack or box.