I got these raven sitting on skull minifigs from the Wildspire Miniatures Animals of Sol’an set, but singles are also included in the Hero’s and Animals set.
Here are the steps I took to paint the skull.
1. Prime black. I’m using Rust-Oleum 249846 2X Ultra Cover, but really, any flat black primer that sticks to plastic should work fine.
3. Drybrush gray for the mid-lights. (If the skull top is empty, otherwise these may be the highlights….)
3.5 (Add very small white highlights to the top…I didn’t because it’s got a raven sitting
on top of / shadowing those top reflections…)
4. (optionally, add transparent neon red to the eyes for less-realistic spooky look….)
I’ve found that this transparent florescent red Liquitex acrylic ink will dry to a dark maroon color if painted over a black background, as it needs a titanium white background to truly “light up”, so look at the next few photos to see what it looks like dry.
5. Wash with a dark yellow (let fully dry before the next wash). I’ve found that this yellow color is critical for the “skull/bone” appearance, but as a wash it tends to leave deep areas with yellow lines that don’t work quite right appearance wise, which is why the burnt umber wash is done afterwards.
HOWTO: paint the raven (Some of these steps are done while also working on the skull, but would work on a standalone raven or crow figure.)
1. Prime black
2. Paint with a metallic black (I used sequin black).
4. A VERY light drybrush with white or metallic pearl white finishes things up. I concentrate mostly on the top of the bird for highlights, but do a very light brushing on the other areas just to give the edges of the feathers some extra definition.