Nagash’s Finest

It may be hard to believe but the Ossiarch Bonereapers were first released back in November of 2019 and not “just a few months ago” as my brain otherwise insists. At the time I dreamed of assembling a mighty army of them, but in the time since I’ve painted precisely zero. On the other hand I haven’t bought very many of them either so at least they aren’t gathering dust in the unpainted pile like some other projects I could name…

However that’s not to say I don’t have any of them at all, so – with Death on the rise amongst Games Workshop’s latest wave of releases – I decided that this was a fine moment to paint up a couple of Mortek Guard, the elite foot soldiers of Nagash’s legions.

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I’m not sure if I ever will build my Bonereapers army, or if this is one of those projects that will remain forever on the wishlist, but I did enjoy working on these two enormously so expect to see the rest of their squad show up sooner or later. Probably later if I’m honest but luckily Nagash is infinitely patient…

24 responses to “Nagash’s Finest

  • Alex

    Looking good mate, suitably ancient an malevolent! What size base are they on? They look short but I suspect that’s not the case

    • Wudugast

      Cheers muchly mate. 🙂 They actually are oddly short, I expected them to be much taller, especially given that they’re supposed to be Nagash’s elite infantry and his counter to the Stormcasts. Those are 25mm bases they’re on, they stand roughly the same height as the old GW skeletons, and are a fair bit shorter than the Cursed City skeletons (and so presumably the new skeleton warriors as well). I’m planning a review of the new Soulblights for this weekend, I’ll include a size comparison line-up of all my skeletons then.

  • Raff

    Much as like the way you painted them (especially the weathering on the shields is expceptional) I really struggle with the whole Ossiarch’ range of models: do I like them? No. Do I hate them? Neither. Maybe it’s just me being too enamoured with the old, classic skeletons…Anyway, great job from your side!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – if you can win over someone who’s not keen on a model that’s always a good moment for a painter. Now I need to impress someone who really hates them…
      I know what you mean though, there are a few factions in the game like that – I don’t dislike them but I can’t see myself painting them (Idoneth for instance, or Tau over in 40k). And, much as I love the Ossiarchs I’m really glad that the Soulblights are bringing back a range of old school undead as well.

  • Túbal Villar - Virakotxa

    Those faces look incredible! Ossiarch Bonereapers’ Necropolis Stalkers… plus Tyranid Warrior parts… It’s all I can think of lately! So I understand the tangent… This range is really cool.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 😀 Aye, I think when I first saw the Stalkers I joked that this must be a Genestealer Cultist’s idea of what a size-zero model looks like! I like your idea of mixing parts from the Stalkers with Tyranid Warriors, I’d want to mix in some Sylvaneth bits as well and make some kind of wicker-man from a feral-world that’s been overrun by Genestealers. Another one for the “ideas pile”!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice indeed. They have a more modern Jason and the Argonauts vibe about them to my mind. 🙂

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Crikey, those are just brilliant! 🙂 It’ll save me a bit of typing in future if you just assume that if I “like” your post it really means “Crikey, those are brilliant”!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great. I keep looking at my AoS stuff and think to myself: once the Nurgle 40k army is done….



    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, that’s a wise way to approach things – I’m all over the place with projects, particularly at the moment. Not that I really mind, life is busy and miniatures are for chilling out with, not adding to the pressure. 🙂

  • mellis1644

    Looks really cool. Keep up the work

  • Kuribo

    These look great! I like how weathered the shields look. Its a nice contrast from how clean GW’s team painted them. This army falls under stuff I’d probably never paint. They don’t grab me visually and I prefer the more traditional vampires and skeletons to these but its awesome that GW makes different flavors of things so hopefully everyone gets something they like as we’ve discussed recently 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate – I figure if they’ve been waiting under the ground for millennia before being unleashed then they’d probably have ended up a bit rusty and corroded. I enjoyed painting them a lot so I’ll put together the rest of the squad and see how things go – I wouldn’t say never to an army of these. On the other hand I too love an old fashioned skeleton or zombie and there’s a fair few of them about right now…

  • patmcf

    Got to love your comment on “likes” funnily enough we were discussing them just two days ago, I s said they were for people that they were for busy people!! then some one said no mate they are for polite people that think your Dioramas are shit!! How bloody cruel eh!
    I like doing the old verdigris on the shields and Armour but I feel mine is a bit wishy washy where as yours looks so vibrant! I use Citadel Technical Nihilakh Oxide, I was wondering if you had some advice on how to improve on them. Cheers Pat.

    • Wudugast

      Haha! That is cruel mate – I reckon they’re just jealous! Honestly I think you’re probably right, I’m struggling to find the time for anything more than clicking “like” these days myself.

      I’ve always struggled with verdigris myself and this is really the first time I’ve been completely happy with it, so let me teach you my recipe. Start with a nice undercoat of dark brown – I’ve used Rhinox Hide from Citadel. Then dab on Nihilakh Oxide. Then, the secret ingredient, Aethermatic Blue from the Citadel Contrast range. You just want a bit of it on the bigger areas of Nihilakh Oxide but it really adds to the vibrancy. Then sponge on some Runelord Brass and you’re done. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • patmcf

    Thanks mate, will try that out when I have chance, It wouldn’t have occurred to me to use those colors in that order, so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
    Oh Mate the Young one can through passing through and she said , no dad, a like is what it is ,not a negative ! its just like we love your work dad ! but we have plenty of other things that are just a bit more important! !!! ( not doctored) ,

  • Faust

    Interesting, they look like rather beefy Skeletons. Not sure where I’m at with that. Kinda cool? Nice paints though, I really like how you weathered up his shield.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, beefy skeletons is a good way to describe them really. I think they’re essentially bone golems. They could use to be a bit bigger and more imposing, especially in comparison to the new skeleton warriors, but I like ’em all the same. 

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