Cursed City: Vyrkos Blood-born 1

Time to delve once more into the dark streets of the Cursed City, and this time it’s the turn of one of the Vyrkos Blood-born. These were once the young nobles of the city who traded society do’s for an unlife of bloodthirsty immortality, throwing in their lot with the city’s new vampire overlord in an effort to save their own skins.

They’re odd-looking creatures these, and I’m not entirely sure I like them as models (or perhaps it’s more accurate to say I’m in two minds about them). I certainly don’t like the studio colour scheme for them so I’ve used this one to try out a slightly different, and more bestial, colour pallet and I think I’m happy enough with it so this will probably be the way I paint the other two when I get around to them.

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Life is still fairly busy at the moment so painting remains firmly on the backburner but I’m still itching to get my teeth into the rest of this box so expect to see more creatures of the night showing up sooner or later…

25 responses to “Cursed City: Vyrkos Blood-born 1

  • Azazel

    Nice work here, it certainly has a feral look!

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    A mean looking individual! 🙂 Colour scheme looks good to me!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I can just picture him leaping from the darkness at some poor sod who’s about to become a meal. Now I just have to copy that colour scheme onto his two brothers.

  • Alex

    Ooh, I like that mate – huge improvement on the studio job 👍

  • Pete S/ SP

    That looks great- the bestial look really works on the mini.



  • imperialrebelork

    Very feral and very cool mate

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I love this one. You nailed the colour scheme I reckon but the composition is excellent, very dramatic. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! It’s a nicely composed model isn’t it? I hadn’t really seen that aspect of it properly until I went to take photos of it. Even whilst I was painting him I tended to be looking down at him (being as I am a little bit taller than he is) but actually he’s best viewed from the same angle another miniature would see him, looking up at him as he prepares to leap down on his unwitting prey!

  • Kuribo

    Now that is a grim looking vampire! I don’t like GW’s recent designs for Nosferatu vampires but I tend to think vampires should be prettier like the Lahmians were which is probably not a popular opinion. Its nice to see you get some painting in and I’ll be looking forward to see more Cursed City as you get around to painting it!

    • Wudugast

      I like both, I enjoy a bestial looking vampire like this one but I also like one that’s a bit more civilised like the Lahmians. There’s a lot of Lahmian style heads in the new Blood Knights kit (or at least I’m told there are, mine are still with the postman…) so there’s room for conversions there. In fact you got me thinking there – back in the old days people used to use High Elves for vampire conversions all the time, I wonder what could be done with a mixture of the Lumineth Realmlords and the Blood Knights. Food for thought there.

      Anyway, glad you like him mate, hopefully by the end of July (or maybe even before) things will be a bit quieter and I’ll get more painting in, although I should still get a few other things finished in the meantime too.

      • Kuribo

        I forgot about that. That one mounted Elf Unit, Dragon Princes maybe, was easy to make into a vampire. Mounted units would have been fairly simple to convert back then too. With that said, you’re definitely onto something there 😀 I’ll be looking forward to that as things have been too quiet without your updates! 🙂

  • Steve's Paint Brush

    I think I like the sculpt of the hair least about these new vampires, but great painting mate!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, those hair-do’s are pretty terrible aren’t they? I was tempted to take the clippers to him but since the whole Cursed City debacle a replacement model isn’t easy to get hold of if I screwed it up so I bottled it.

      • Steve's Paint Brush

        Yeah they would be spot on for 80s “Fright Night” style vamps but I just don’t feel them for a dark fantasy setting… but yeah totally get you, takes a brave soul to hack up Cursed City minis as things currently stand!

  • Mikko

    It’s something of a weird concept – a sword on a feral creature? Your work is definitely nicer than the studio look, though, and makes it look very menacing.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I thought that as well (regarding the sword). I don’t have the book to hand to check but from memory they keep their minds – albeit driven by unnatural hunger – and their old combat skills, it’s just their bodies that become twisted and corrupted. So he’d still know how to fight with a sword and, as a noble, would prefer to. Echoes of the Flesh Eater Courts really, except these know they’re vampires. 

  • patmcf

    Brilliant one Wuda! as soon as I spotted him it was the usual cry I make when I’m amazed! Wow F…Me !

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