Time to dip a toe into the filthy streets of the Cursed City and what better place to start than with Watch Captain Halgrim. Once a senior member of the city watch, when the vampires took over the city and the purges began Halgrim betrayed his oaths and turned his coat, signing on with the new overlords in exchange for joining the ranks of the undead nobility. Sadly for him his treachery failed to pay off in quite the manner he was expecting. To this day however Halgrim leads the ranks of the city watch – though now both he and they are nothing more than decaying automatons.
It might be a while before I get around to painting the troops under his command but I’m certainly looking forward to them. Before that though, my next targets are a few skeletons of a different stripe…
I do enjoy a good pun so discovering that this ghost who flies around hitting people with a bell is called an Extoller was almost enough to make me paint him by itself.
This model is intended to serve as the leader of a squad of Grimghast Reapers but as these come in squads of ten and I only own the four that come in the Soul Wars boxset (and I don’t even know where all of them are at the moment) he’ll be restricting himself to serving as an alternative leader for my Nighthaunt warband in Warcry. He’ll also be another entry to the “Paint The Crap You Already Own” challenge from Ann’s Immaterium.
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.
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.
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).
And here’s the entire Nighthaunt collection so far.
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…
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!
Time to lead his thralls in search of prey!
With him done that’s another Warcry warband completed and ready to unleash. Next up – more ghosts!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
With the big lad in tow the warband is starting to come together nicely.
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!