Chariot Charge

Obviously a Tomb Kings army needs to feature some of their signature models, the skeleton chariots. This provided me with the perfect opportunity to finally put the classic plastic kits to good use, combining them with some later skeleton and Tomb Kings parts.

Three chariots made of bones pulled by skeletal horses
The chariot squadron leads the charge

Painting all the bones by hand is a somewhat tedious but not overly taxing process. I’m planning a second rank already, but for the core army of 1,000 points these three should strike fear into the hearts of their enemies already.

Skeleton warriors riding bone chariots
Even in death, the charioteers revel in the rush of battle
Close up view of skeletal chariots
Bones, hooves and spears smash into their enemies
There skeleton chariots driving in line
Chariots are perfect for the desolate battlefields of Nehekhara
Side view of a skeleton chariot carrying a warrior with a large bronze horn instrument
The ancient horn calls the legions to war

While I had all forces arrayed on the battlefield, I also observed that the old archer regiments, which were based on some haphazardly drybrushed figures of yore, looked a bit flat and didn’t tie in very well with the style of bone I have been recently painting. In order to improve on that, I added an additional highlight of pure white while also doing a bit of extra work on the metals.

Two ranks of six skeleton archers
Their arrows find their targets with unnatural accuracy

10 thoughts on “Chariot Charge”

    1. Cheers! It’s probably a bit unnerving, not making a sound apart from the creaking and rattling of their bones as they lay into you. A mortal enemy, panting and cursing, would be so much more relatable.

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    1. Thanks, glad I brought you round to their rustic charms. I always liked the chariots, but the original crew solution was a bit uninspired. The Egyptian touch is all they needed (though I am also contemplating a Celtic variant for a future project).

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    1. Thank you. The spearmen are now getting an upgrade as well, since I had left them to be tabletop ready but missing some final highlighting. It’s an approach I think I’ll employ more for any new armies I am starting.

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