Jesters Do Oft Prove Prophets

An old favourite amongst my collection of miniatures is this ghastly jester, who scurried along as part of my Vampire Counts army long, long before the ghouls of Sylvania became the twisted knights of the Flesh-eater Courts. I first painted him about a decade ago, and then repainted him in 2017 when I set about tidying up and modernising my Vampire Counts army.

However it struck me that he would fit in well with the noble, heroic champions of chivalry *cough* that are the modern Flesh-eater Courts and, as I have a scheme afoot to put together a little Warcry warband of ghoulish horrors, I thought it was high time he enjoyed a reinvention.

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Surely when the good people of the Realms see him approaching, accompanied by the other knights, nobles and men-at-arms of the court, they’ll know that salvation from evil is at hand!


8 responses to “Jesters Do Oft Prove Prophets

  • Pete S/ SP

    Suitably sinister- I love him.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alexis West

    Ha! That is awesome! This sort of thing is why I love the new FEC fluff so much.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, the new background is great, it really brings the Flesh-eaters to live for me. I really wish it was reflected on some of the models though (even just one or two). The Grymwatch for instance are superb models (the one I’ve used here is actually my least favourite from the set) but they’re still very much just ghouls – it would have been a fine chance for them to bring in a few knightly accoutrements. The lad with the big bone (tee-he) is a bit weird looking as well so he might be a candidate for converting with some more old Bretonian bits. I reckon it might be possible to get a lance and a shield on there if I put my mind to it.

      • Alexis West

        Yeah, the Duke’s halberd is as close as they come to anything remotely Knightly. Even just some more cloth on them that could get vaguely heraldic patterns on would be cool. There is some mention somewhere that Gristlewel thinks that the huge bone is a shining magical sword or something.

        Also, whoever decided that the pegs that hold those Models on to the base should be as far from the (very skinny) ankles as possible should go step on some d4s. I had to do some substantial fix-up work on about half of them.

      • Wudugast

        Aye, I’ve had too many disasters with those pegs myself to trust to them anymore. If they go in properly they work wonders but they just need to get stuck a millimetre or two off and then you’re looking at a huge faff to repair it :-/ Plus, as you say, miniature’s with broken ankles are no joke. Nowadays I just chop the pegs off and use glue.

        The Duke is another one that I was thinking of turning into a knight. If I can get my mitts on the spare helmet from the Greatsword’s kit (the one no-one is wearing) I’ll see if it fits him – that way I can keep his face whilst still having something I can stick a few Bretonnian bits and bobs to.

  • Alex

    Love the concept and the execution dude, that’s a really cool mini. Creepy, sinister, and bang on from a narrative perspective – love it!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The real joy of it for me was that this really matches with the idea I had all those years ago but back then neither my skills nor the quality of the miniature’s available was up to creating it properly – and now I can 🙂

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