In this post, I’ll show you how to paint Ulfenwatch Skeletons from Warhammer Quest Cursed City in 27 easy to follow steps. You’ll learn how I paint dirty golds, faded red rags and more. Find out how in this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint Warhammer miniatures. With each picture is the corresponding instruction. Each step shows the Citadel paint(s) I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Ulfenwatch Skeletons

Undercoat the model black. You can use Chaos Black spray, I used Vallejo Surface Primer and my airbrush.

Basecoat just the inside of the fabric cape and rags with Barack-Nar Burgundy as per the picture.

Highlight the inside of the fabric cape and rags with Khorne Red leaving plenty of the previous step showing through in the recesses to represent shadows.

Paint the outside of the fabric cape and rags with Word Bearers Red.

Add a touch of water to Squig Orange and apply a thin coat to the outside of the cape and rags. Repeat this a further two times to build up the intensity. These three thin layers will help blend into the previous Word Bearers Red layer.

Paint the hair, and eye patch with Dark Reaper. Then paint a thick highlight on the armour with Dark Reaper.

Highlight the hair and eye patch with Mechanicus Standard Grey.

Paint a slightly less thick highlight of Sons of Horus Green on the edges of the armour.

Paint the metal weapon blades and belt buckle with Leadbelcher.

Create a 50:50 mix of Basilcanum Grey and Lahmian Medium and wash the entire miniature. 

Shade the metals with Gore-Grunta Fur. Once dry repeat to increase the intensity of the shading.

Paint the gold chain mail and gorget with Liberator Gold. This will take a couple of thinned coats. I thinned this with Lahmian Medium.

Wash the gold areas with Aggaros Dunes. 

Wash the gold areas with Creed Camo Contrast.

Paint the belt with Doombull Brown.

Paint the wooden shaft with Steal Legion Drab. This might take a couple of coats.


Wash the leather belt and woodEn handle with Wyldwood Contrast. 

Paint thin edge highlights of Skrag Brown on the leather belt.

Edge highlight the wood with Baneblade Brown. 

Edge highlight the inside of the fabrics with Mephiston Red.

Edge highlight the outside of the fabrics with Jokaero Orange.

Edge highlight the armour with Hoeth Blue.

Edge highlight the gold and metals with Runefang Silver.

Paint the bone areas with two coats of Ubshabti Bone. 

Wash the bone with Skeleton Horde Contrast. 

Highlight the bone with screaming skull. 

Edge highlight the bone with Wraithbone. 

To paint the base I painted the rubble Sons of Horus Green, washed with Agrax Earthshade, drybrushed Dawnstone and edge highlighted Celestra Grey. The sand is painted with Dryad Bark, drybrushed with Steel Legion and then final drybrushed with Karak Stone.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Black Undercoat
  • Barack-Nar Burgundy (base)
  • Khorne Red (base)
  • Word Bearers Red (layer)
  • Squig Orange (layer)
  • Dark Reaper (layer)
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey (base)
  • Sons of Horus Green (layer)
  • Leadbelcher (base)
  • Basilcanum Grey (contrast)
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Gore-Grunta Fur (contrast)
  • Liberator Gold (layer)
  • Aggaros Dunes (contrast)
  • Creed Camo (contrast)
  • Doombull Brown (layer)
  • Wyldwood (contrast)
  • Skrag Brown (layer)
  • Mephiston Red (base)
  • Jokaero Orange (base)
  • Hoeth Blue (layer)
  • Runefang Silver (layer)
  • Ubshabti Bone (layer)
  • Skeleton Horde (contrast)
  • Screaming Skull (layer)
  • Wraithbone (base)

Paints you’ll need for the base:

  • Sons of Horus Green (layer)
  • Agrax Earthshade (shade) 
  • Dawnstone (layer)
  • Celestra Grey (base)
  • Dryad Bark (base)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Karak Stone Layer 

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Check out my previous tutorial on How to Paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms. Want to learn more about painting Warhammer Quest Cursed City models, stay tuned for more tutorials, in the mean time you can check out my review of Warhammer Quest Cursed City.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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