The Black Knight Rises

Bit of a rescue job called for here. This poor old Black Knight was started a while ago but, for various reasons, I made a bit of a hash of things and for a while I just stalled. He’s still not as good as he could be but I’ve got him to a stage where he’s good enough that I’m happy to leave him here. I do have several more of them so I think I’m better off taking what I’ve learned here and applying it to them rather than continuing to struggle.

Black Knight Vampire Warhammer Skeleton Wudugast (1)Black Knight Vampire Warhammer Skeleton Wudugast (2)

Long term I have a dream of putting together a large collection of these knights (by which I mean at least ten or fifteen – maybe more). I don’t know why exactly but I find the image very visually appealing – although it’s safe to say I wouldn’t feel that way if they were charging down a remote country road in my direction! Like most hobbyists these kind of projects capture my imagination for half an hour three or four times a day at least but this one has stuck for many years now so it might well actually happen. If it does this guy can lurk at the back behind what will hopefully be a host of better painted comrades in arms.

19 responses to “The Black Knight Rises

  • Azazel

    He looks fine to me, and if an extra dose of inspiration strikes you while painting his (many) brethren, you can always drag him out for a tiny bit of updating in the production line. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! That’s wise advice, perhaps a few months away from him and (hopefully) having an easier time of things with his colleagues might have me feeling a bit more enthusiastic about him again. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I really like these models, and it’s not the fault of the miniature that this particular one turned into a bit of a chore to paint, so hopefully there will be a whole squad of them here sooner or later. 🙂

  • Kuribo

    Azazel’s advice is spot-on above, I would say. I’m curious as to what you don’t like about the mini. I can think of things I’d paint differently (due to personal preference) but I don’t see any glaring flaws in your paint job. Personally, I’d love to see more of these and while the skeleton models are generally not too excited for Vampire Counts in Warhammer, put them on a mount and they suddenly are. Go figure! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Well, if you don’t see any glaring flaws then I’m going to pat myself on the back and be proud of myself for managing to cover them up nicely. 😉 When I was basecoating him the paint ended going that horrible lumpy way, I must have held the can too close to him or perhaps there was more moisture in the air than I realised. After that he just turned into more effort to fix than I think I was prepared for and I’m still not entirely convinced that I managed to get him looking quite as good as I thought I would, but if he looks good to other people then that’s good enough for me. I’ve got plenty more of them – and plenty more chances to do a better job so it’s no big deal.

      I’m a sucker for undead of all kinds but undead on horses are especially cool aren’t they? I’ve wanted an all-mounted undead army since way back in WHFB and someday it might just happen…

      • Kuribo

        That does drive me crazy when that happens from priming. I’m working on some minis that I primed and have uneven surfaces which is disappointing. This is also why I don’t prime if I’m display painting. It gives me better control over the surfaces which I obviously want. I do think an undead army would be awfully cool. Has GW ever released that undead skeleton rider for AoS? It feels like they teased it forever ago and I don’t remember it ever coming out. It is an awesome model as we’ve discussed before! 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I can see why you wouldn’t want to risk it if you were painting one of your display models. I find 99 times out of 100 the spray can produces better results faster than brushing the undercoat on, but that one time it goes haywire is always really frustrating. At least this time it happened to something undead – skeletons, zombies and the forces of Nurgle are a lot more forgiving than some things would be (High Elves, Stormcast Eternals, Tau, anything that knows how to run a bath and turn up for a battle in clean armour basically).

        The skeletal horseman that we both drooled over has been released… kind of… To my immense frustration and irritation he’s currently only available in a Start Collecting boxset with a load of other skeletons, none of which I particularly need or want (because they’ve been out for years and I’ve already got plenty of them for one thing). They did make some vague noises about him being available separately at some indeterminate point in the future but as yet that hasn’t materialised.

      • Kuribo

        That is very true! A messy high elf won’t do! 🙂 And that makes so much more sense. I haven’t seen almost any painted examples of that skeletal horseman online and it is a display painting project waiting to happen! Not many display painters are going to buy all of those extra minis that they don’t want just to get that guy so I bet there are a lot of people waiting for it to come out individually. Its one I’d love to paint but I have too many other projects I need to finish first as I bemoaned not too long ago and won’t rehash 😀 Thanks for keeping me in the loop on this too. You’re my go-to source for GW info 😉

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Nice figure mate but I’m at a loss to see what is wrong with it. It might have been troublesome along the way and maybe you are disappointed in colour options but the end result looks very good to me. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Well he definitely gave me more trouble than I think he ought to have but if people with fresh eyes look at him and don’t see anything wrong then I’m happy. 🙂

  • Alex

    Looks great to me mate – I find that undead are very forgiving when it comes to how well they are painted… the margins between a professionally painted skelly vs. a drybrushtastic 10 minute jobby is so small, the juice just ain’t worth the squeeze! Enjoying the process & end result is the most important thing 😉

  • backtothehammer

    I echo the above. It looks fine but I understand that the painter can be his own worst critic!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! Yeah, I can definitely be a lot more harsh on my own work than I would be on anyone else’s. It’s another benefit of the blog though, getting a fresh pair of eyes on a project can reassure me that I’ve not produced something terrible (or, sometimes, tip me off that my brilliant idea isn’t looking quite as good as I’d like to believe…).

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is rather nice- I like it a lot.



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