Thanks everybody. The one minion was desperate to please, as always, but not entirely sure what the situation required ... and the blonde minion was pretty blase ... "What's this, can I eat it?" ...
Thanks for all the comments. It was a fun build and I learned a lot.
One of the biggest accomplishments for me in this, is the clay skull detailing. I've had a tough time with that. I keep thinking I'm doing a thicker layer of clay, and then the piece dries and I paint it, and the detailing seems pretty anemic.
I have Stolloween as inspiration, so I set myself the challenge of doing intentionally thicker clay. My test piece was the section of vertebra (you can see it in the 3 skulls pics). I put the clay on 'too thick' and then waited to see if it would dry.
It dried fine, and after being painted it doesn't look thick at all. Need to go thicker still to get to a Stolloween level of detail, I think, but I broke my initial barrier, so I'm happy.
I want a graveyard this year, so I need to start cranking out some tombstones, and I've got some pumpkin ideas percolating too. This definitely helped kick start me into gear.