Ghost Stories – Part 3

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts – although actually, I probably should have been. Before I tackled the Spirit Host model several people warned me what an absolute nightmare it is to assemble and you know what, they weren’t wrong! Lots of tiny fiddly joins, lots of weight resting on very small connection points – generally they were a huge faff but I got there in the end. After that painting it was easier, it wasn’t quite a case of “just dunk it in a bucket of Hexwraith flame and call it done”, there was also all the careful highlighting that came after – along with holding my breath and praying that none of those fiddly joins broke (again…). Still a lovely miniature but a real exercise in frustration at times!

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Now whilst I think I’m quite justified in worrying about building and painting more Spirit Hosts at least I had no need to fear the (Grimgast) Reaper, which turned out to be very straightforward to paint and which I hammered through in short order.

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With these two done I’ve just got a Banshee to fill out this warband, plus the Crypt Infernal to complete the ghouls and we’re golden. The weekend is looking a bit busier than planned but all being well I should find a spare hour or two to attack them, otherwise they’ll be my focus for an evening or two next week.


22 responses to “Ghost Stories – Part 3

  • Alex

    Awesome! 😊

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  • Janice Duke

    Looking good!

  • Kuribo

    You’ve been on a tear lately! When not converting, you’re getting stuff painted up which is awesome. I think I had heard that the Spirit Hosts were tough to assemble and just looking at it, you can see why. It looks like quite a fragile mini when it comes to gaming as well. Come to think of it, a light hand while painting might be a good idea too. Glad you got that one done and can move on to more fun things πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, it’s the time of year – I’m not outside as much as normal now winter is coming in, and we’re in partial lockdown here again so I’m in even more than I usually would be. This is usually the time when I realise I’ve got dozens of miniatures sitting around part-painted that I started working on in the summer and then ran out of time/energy/enthusiasm – the early winter when I’m trying to catch up with myself is usually my most productive time, and I’m hoping that this year I can put this lockdown to use and make a bit of a dent in the backlog.

      The spirit host seems to be made up almost entirely of narrow joins but so long as nobody drops it, nudges the table, sneezes nearby, breaths on it too much or gives it a harsh look it probably won’t fall to bits. Probably…

      • Kuribo

        While we don’t have a lockdown (but probably should in my opinion), I’ve been trying to stay inside and stay safe so it has helped me make plenty of hobby progress too. I hope you’re able to tame that backlog this winter. It would be one way to get something positive out from what has been a troubling time!

        Haha, I’d say don’t play any Nurgle armies then because the sneezing seems most likely against an opponent like that πŸ˜‰

  • theimperfectmodeller

    You seem to be gearing up for Halloween very nicely! I can see how the first figure must have been a challenge to put together, it wont be easy to store or transport either I suspect. An excellent kit though and very nicely painted as always. The same can be said of the second figure too. πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, the spirit host is going to be stored very, very carefully. As for transporting it, well I tend not to take miniatures anywhere else anyway, but if I do get the chance to go to someone else’s place for a game (so as soon as we’re allowed to socially mingle again – I’ve marked my calendar for sometime in the next couple of decades) I’ll be leaving this one at home. πŸ™‚

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work on those. They look so fragile though.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • imperialrebelork

    Well there’s something strange in the neighbourhood that’s for sure πŸ˜‰ Very Nice Mr Wudu

  • Thomas

    I picked up the Sprit host kit years ago. Built it, almost finished painting it too. Then I decided to cut up every model and use the pieces as ethereal flames and magic stuff in my Thousand Sons. Fantastic kit.

    Love the paint job. Looks ace.

    • Wudugast

      That’s… actually a damn good idea. I’ll file that away in the dark recesses of my brain for future consideration. They were a lot of fun to paint (apart from being terrified that they were about to collapse all the time that is) – it was a process that leaned heavily on “making a mess” and sloshing lots of green washes around. πŸ™‚

  • backtothehammer

    The rust effect on the scyth is excellent. Can I ask how you did it?

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! You certainly can – working over a black undercoat, give it a base coat of leadbelcher, then a really decent wash with agrax earthshade (you can even do two coats if you think you need it – the main thing is to get it nice and dirty but leave a bit of metal showing at the edges). Then sponge on rhinox hide, then mournfang brown, then skrag brown and finally fire dragon bright – using a bit less with each colour so that the one below shows through. Concentrate this on the areas where rust wouldn’t naturally be rubbed away (the flat of the blade for instance). Then carefully sponge on some stormhost silver along the sharp edge of the blade (less is more at this stage) and then grab your finest brush, paint on a few scratches with more stormhost silver and your done.

  • Mark A. Morin

    Excellent work, and I’ve seen similar GW things like this that would as you say fall apart with a side glance. I hope you can keep yours safe as they are superb.

    BUT, as you may know I’m a metal mini lover – and here I think this would be better and sturdier in metal!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Funnily enough I had been mentally comparing them to metal miniatures but I’m not convinced they’d have been any easier. The join is so tiny that pinning it would have been a nightmare (and I did consider that too!) and there’s so much weight above it that getting a decent bond with just glue is always going to be an issue. I’ve painted metal models that were similar, although not quite as extreme as this, and they were an unbelievable headache. Then again if they’d tried to do this in metal the sculptor would probably have realised the error of his ways early on and made something a bit more stable – which would have been a win all round!

  • Azazel

    Awesome looking models here – these guys are sweet!

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