Monday, October 5, 2020

Something Wicked This Way Comes


His Royal Highness

    Hello boys and ghouls, it's Spooktober! I've decided to keep with my undead for this month as it only seems fitting. This week, I've been working on another hero for my Legions of Nagash, albeit a rather more bloody than the Wight Kings. I've been wanting a faster Vampire Lord to keep up with some of my cavalry and other beasties, but the one-winged vampire model is kinda doofy in my opinion. The Abhorrent Archregent, on the other hand, is a wonderful model, and Ghoul Kings used to be Vampire Lords before Flesh-Eater Courts were a thing, so I figured, what the hey. 

Presenting Lord Albrect Holst, the Beast of the Ossified Forest:

    I worked real hard on the gradient on his claws, then promptly covered them up with blood. Oh, well.

 I remember a blurb in one of the army books about some Strigoi Ghoul Kings being little more ravening beasts who slake their thirst on living and dead equally, so I added an unfortunate zambie from the Crypt Horror kit to break up the base a bit. I think he adds some good colour contrast to the pale skin of the Strigoi.

A bit of gold to show off. He is a Lord after all.

    I'm very pleased how his skin turned out. I paint my vamps very pale and usually use a purple wash to get that "bloodless" look, but I wanted Albrect to be more bestial, so I used a thinned down Agrax wash instead. I think it makes the red of the blood and wing membranes pop. 

    Thanks for looking, that's it for this week. Next time I'm going to have some more Wights, no kings, but rather their bodyguard, Grave Guard.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

No Bones About It


Well, maybe a couple of bones.

    Now, I know I said I was going to start with Necrons, but the muse thought differently. I sat down to work on some Necron Warriors, but a couple of undercoated wight kings called to me from their shelf. First up we have one of Gary Morley's fantastic Wights from the 90s. It's a great sculpt that has lots of character without some of the silliness you get in some of the other older Warhammer guys. I'll be using him as a Wight King with Black Axe. Excuse fingers, as I haven't gotten a light box for pictures yet. 



    In the lore, wights have powerful curses woven into their weapons, and I tried to capture this with a green-y glow. I built up several coats of thinned Waywatcher Green glaze (now sadly out of production) until I was satisfied. 

Spooky green axe. 

  Next up is the current plastic Wight King. For me this guy is the perfect balance of detail. Not too many gewgaws and wotsits, but also not completely bereft of life. Well, so to speak...


Side with cape.
 Serious Spawn vibes from his billowing cape.

Spooky green sword. 

    Well that's it for this update. I hope y'all enjoyed it. Next time, I'll have either some space skeletons, or some regular type skeletons. Thanks for looking and I'll see y'all next time.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Testing... Testing...


Testing 123

   Hello any and all readers. Welcome to the nerdroom, pull up a chair and get comfy. I have started this blog to keep myself accountable with painting all my tiny soldiers, mostly Warhammer of both flavours as well as a few historicals. My wife and I just had our first baby, so it probably won't be too regular with the updates, but I'm shooting for weekends. To start with I'm going to be working my way through the Indomitus box for 40k.

Heh. Stupid space elves.

    I love 40k, having gotten into it in 3rd edition in my halcyon youth, but my enthusiasm for it has dropped off in favor of Warhammer Fantasy/AoS. I dabbled in 8th edition, but it was a little too much for me. The 9th edition changes grabbed my attention and I've jumped back in. My main army for WHFB/AoS is Vampire Counts/Legions of Nagash with a focus on lots of skeletons and Necrons are basically space skeletons, so it's a win win. 

  Thanks for looking, I hope y'all enjoy the blog. I plan on having another update this weekend with a few 'Crons