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Ghost Stories – Part 4

With the ghouls of the flesh eater courts ready to take to the battlefield it’s time to finish painting their Nighthaunt adversaries. Again only one model was required, in this case a Myrmourn Banshee. 

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I really like these models, although it took me a little while to find a way to make my chosen colour scheme work as well on her as I wanted it too. Now that I’m happy with it I quite fancy turning my attention to the rest of her sisters. 

Technically that’s the warband completed, in fact I’ve already painted more Chainrasps than I need, but I’ve been enjoying working on the ghosts so whilst I was about it I finished up two more.

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Of course this means I have far more Chainrasps than I need for the warband but there’s no harm in that, indeed I’m well on my way to completing my first squad of them. Here’s the warband that will be facing the ghouls at some point in the next few days (as usual don’t give yourself eye-strain, click on the pictures for a closer look). 

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And here’s the entire Nighthaunt collection so far.

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 Next I want to try and clear a few part-painted miniatures off the desk – starting with something that’s a bit orc-y, but also a bit unusual for me. I’ll leave you guessing, but hopefully not for very long… 


Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Part 4

One more ghoul to round out the warband – for now – and this time it’s the turn of the leader, a fearsome Crypt Infernal. In order to make him stand out a little I used an alternative head from the same kit, which I think means he’s technically a Vargheist – not that I think anyone is going to worry over a technicality like that! 

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Time to lead his thralls in search of prey!

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With him done that’s another Warcry warband completed and ready to unleash. Next up – more ghosts! 


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.


Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Part 3

Time to focus on all things ghoulish (and ghostly) with only a couple of weeks to go before my planned Flesh-eater Courts vs Nighthaunt Warcry game. So far I’ve mostly been painting the smaller members of the ghoulish warband so now it’s time to tackle something bigger, the crypt flayer. Like his predecessor, the crypt horror, this guy brings some muscle to the team with the added benefit of being able to swoop across the battlefield in suitably horrifying style.

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Built as per the instructions the model ends up with one wing raised and one lowered, which makes him look very lopsided. Rather than tolerate such a state of affairs I adjusted it so that both wings were lowered, which called for a bit of greenstuff to get the shoulders looking right. Of course I then discovered that this makes it damn near impossible to get in and paint the legs and the insides of the wings, but sometimes we have to suffer for our art! The warband’s leader – a Crypt Infernal for those trying to keep up with all these crypts! – will have one wing raised and one lowered, I couldn’t face struggling through the process again and it helps make him look a bit bigger and more imposing.

I’m also one ghoul short (of a picnic?) so I got another one painted up, once again taken from the Grymwatch set.

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With these done the warband is almost complete, there’s just the warband’s leader – the aforementioned Crypt Infernal – left to paint so I’ll try to bash on and get him done ASAP.


Ghost Stories – Part 2

Since I finished painting those three chainrasps a couple of weeks ago I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a ghostly Warcry warband. However, before I can do anything of the sort I had a problem to deal with. You see, those ghosts that I posted a mere few days ago were actually started many, many months earlier. How did I paint their tattered robes? What colours did I use, and in what order? Did I write it down, and if so where did I put it? So many mysteries, and so few clues to help me solve them!

In the end I just grabbed a test ghost and worked it all out again from first principles, ending up with something that I think is a fairly close match.

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That done I turned my attention to the Dreadwarden, the leader of the new warband (and the leader of this nascent squad of chainrasps, should I ever paint enough of them to make an AoS army worth considering).

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Here’s the whole swarm of little ghosts so far, ready to pour out of their open graves and carry off the souls of whomever has disturbed them (or whatever it is that ghosts get up to).

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Lastly for today I wanted one of the Glaivewraith Stalkers. These are probably my favourite thing in the Nighthaunt range and, for my money, one of the most ironically “Warhammer” models ever made, real classics despite being relatively new. Naturally getting at least one for the warband was a must.

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With these done the bulk of the warband is finished, although I still have a few other things to finish up. My partner and I kicked around the idea of a ghosts vs ghouls game sometime around Halloween so I’ll aim to finish up both warbands over the next couple of weeks.


Ghost Stories – Part 1

I’ve really liked the Nighthaunt range since they first appeared and I managed to nab myself a bargain on the ghostly half of the Soul Wars box but until now I’ve not got around to getting any of them painted. The other day I spotted these three Chainrasps lurking in a box and decided that now was as good a time as any to tackle them at last.

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I’m not sure when we’ll see any more of these ghosts but I do have quite a few waiting for attention and these were remarkably quick and easy to paint so I’ll dig out some more sooner or later. At the very least it could be that another Warcry warband beckons.


Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Part 2

Once again I find myself crawling around graveyards in the dead of night looking for prey… Or, to put it differently, I decided to sink my teeth into something else for my Flesh-Eater Courts Warcry warband. This time I went for the crypt horror, which not only gives the cannibalistic little monsters some much needed muscle but was also relatively quick and easy to paint, whilst still feeling like a bit of a victory given its size.

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With the big lad in tow the warband is starting to come together nicely.

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I quite enjoyed painting a bigger ghoul so I’ll probably add at least one more to the warband, maybe one of the winged crypt flayers and perhaps even a crypt infernal as a leader (there’s something of a theme to these names isn’t there?). It won’t be straight away but watch this space!


Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Part 1

I’ve been inclined to poke around the odd graveyard lately, turning over the carcasses and looking for snacks. Unsurprisingly that’s got me looking at the Grymwatch set of models, which I picked up as part of a scheme to put together a ghoulish Warcry warband (much in the same vein as I used Ironskullz boys – also from Warhammer Underwear – to make an Orc warband). Some readers may recall that I used one of them to create a nasty-looking jester back in November of last year.

Now he’s joined by a few more cannibals, starting with this hook-handed gentleman.

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Alongside him we have the first lady-ghoul that I can remember seeing from GW. This is probably my favourite model in the warband, in fact she’s pretty much worth the price by herself, and she proved to be great fun to paint as well.

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Thirdly we have a pair of unfortunate, mistreated bats. Bats get a bit of a rough press at times, which is unfortunate as they’re really quite brilliant little creatures, which do no harm to anyone, yet which are branded with all kinds of silly supposititious nonsense by people who really ought to know better. Remember, the same people who flap and scream that bats are poisonous and out to get them are also allowed to drive cars, have children and vote.

It’s also not a good idea to eat them, as this is likely to be a source of infections crossing from wild animals to humans, something which could potentially lead to a global pandemic and massive loss of life, as well as social and economic devastation. Thankfully people listen to experts rather than just making things up as they go along and as a result has remained a purely hypothetical scenario – global pandemics being very much a thing of the past now and unlikely to occur in any of our lifetimes…

Anyway, there are some bats in the grymwatch set (because obviously if you’re not scared by the corpse-eating cannibals then some nocturnal insectivorous mammals should be enough to give you the heeby-geebies) and I thought they’d make a nice thematic stand in to replace a fury in Flesh-Eater Courts Warcry warband.

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The poor bats don’t seem to be having a terribly good time of things, for one thing they’ve been chained together, and chained to a headless corpse, with the chains looped through the delicate membranes of their wings which seems rather convoluted and cruel. Then again the Flesh-Eater Courts are already quixotic cannibals who tilt at innocent civilians rather than windmills so why not torment innocent bats as well? Either way they were quite fun to paint and between them these three models have me thinking about my ghoulish warband again so I might tackle some more soon. Maybe one of the big monsters, or perhaps some more ghouls? (Grym)watch this space! (I’ll get my coat…).


Garage Days Revisited – Part 4

Some readers may recall that back in the summer of 2018 I was given a box of old miniatures rescued when a friend of a friend was refurbishing his garage. It was a bit of a pick and mix of old lead, we had a vampire, an Imperial Guardsman (shouting into his phone) and a boisterous Night Goblin fanatic, as well as a few other models which have passed the intervening years untouched – but never forgotten.

This undead Blood Bowl player comes from the same set and I reckoned it was high time he received some attention. I’ve been planning to paint up a Blood Bowl team or two for some time and although I’ll admit that still hasn’t happened this seemed like a fine way to dip a toe into the murky waters of violent fantasy sports.

First of all here we have him as he looked when I received him, in all his battered, ’90s era glory.

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I think we’d all agree he’s a little rough around the edges but he’s not badly painted either, he certainly beats my early work hands down. The reason I’m showing this is that my aim was to keep his appearance fairly close to the original scheme, whilst updating it into something gritty and modern.

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I’m still a little way off clearing my desk sufficiently of other projects, something I’d like to do before tackling a full Blood Bowl team, but working on this sporting corpse has reminded me how much I like the aesthetic of the game so I’ll aim to get to work on my Orcs soon.


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!