A Half Dozen Dead

I’m throwing all skeletons with polearms together into a unit of Grim Reapers for my Oldhammer Undead. The majority will probably wield scythes in the end but I am starting with this motley assortment of blades on a stick.

Three of the figures are from Marauder Miniatures, one Citadel, and one is by Bob Olley I believe. The weedy looking fellow on the left in the first photo is possibly Essex Miniatures. The figure was part of a batch purchase and I wanted to do it justice by fielding it all those decades after its creation. I imagine it portrays an unfortunate young farmhand drafted into a long forgotten war. Another broken sculpt from that purchase had already found its place as part of a terrain piece.

Three skeletons wielding scythes and other polearms

The dead are coming to reap the living

Three skeletal warriors with halberds and other polearms

Heavy blades will smash through any defences mustered

Death Covers the Land

When the Winds of Hobby Motivation are waning, the Lore of Death can usually still squeeze the odd beat out of my shrivelled necromantic heart.

As one can never have enough skeletons, I painted up a couple of old metal Marauder and Citadel warriors of bone and two others which were part of a bundle purchase and possibly produced by Grenadier or another long defunct manufacturer.

The Citadel figures are mostly slotta models with one that pre-dates this era. I went with my usual simple colour scheme of mostly black and iron while painting the more ornately armoured fighters with oxidised bronze plate.

Three armed skeletons in a medieval town setting

Another town falls to the walking dead

Three armoured skeletons, two in tarnished bronze plate mail

A former noble, touched by Chaos, fights on in death

The non-Warhammer miniatures of a sword fighter and a crossbowman are based on round bases as I will use them in skirmish games like Frostgrave rather than my Oldhammer Undead army.

Two armoured skeleton warriors with sword, shield and crossbow respectively

A soldier’s weapons drill never dies

Blood Axe Raids Intensifying

Painting progress has been slow for a while but I just managed to finish another Blood Axe Nob for the warlord’s retinue. The sculpt is of Thrugg Bullneck himself, leader of the infamous Space Ork Raiders created by Kev Adams.

Note the rock formations and alien plant life in the background, which were bought from a pet store aquarium section. Buying ready made wargames terrain while watching dogs getting shampooed? A win win situation.

Four Orks in military gear with guns amongst rocky outcrops

Grizzled veterans of many wars

Four Space Orks standing in a circle

Council is held

Welcome to Mordgrave

This week will see me dusting off my copy of Frostgrave to finally have a game. A mate and I are planning on getting a campaign going, hopefully recruiting along the way.

Rather than setting the story in Felstad, we’ll be drawing on the background of the Old World however, so it is more akin to Mordheim with wizards and various fantasy races. As gangs, I am therefore drawing on my existing Warhammer Fantasy Battle armies without having to paint everything from scratch. For the first gaming session I put together Night Goblins, Dwarfs and Undead, only needing to finish painting a shaman and warrior of their respective armies which had been long overdue anyway.

Goblin in black robes wielding a staff facing off against Dwarf with shield and hammer

Old enemies clash

While there are no different racial characteristics and stats in Frostgrave, I selected the war bands to reflect some of their archetypes. The Dwarfs are fewer in numbers but with better equipment and stats due to their troop types.

Group of six Dwarfs in a medieval city

Enchanter, Apprentice, Marksman, Knight, Man-at-Arms and Thug

For the Night Goblins I am mainly using the Kev Adams sculpts by Knightmare Miniatures, reinforced by some Citadel figures from my Warhammer Fantasy Battle army.

Band of Goblins amidst medieval houses

Witch, Apprentice, Infantryman, Man-at-Arms, War Hound, Archers and Thugs

The Undead are raised from my Warhammer 3rd Edition forces, with zombies representing thugs and skeletons other troop types.

Skeletons, zombies and wizards on a cobblestoned street

Necromancer, Apprentice, Men-at-Arms, Infantrymen and Thugs

How these work as gangs in Frostgrave, we’ll find out. A drawback of using “soldiers” from other armies is the lack of figures representing certain character classes like thieves, but with a bit of artistic licence and kit bashing I could add them where needed. In any case I would want to stick with classes to fit a certain fantasy race, and where that is the case, miniatures will also be easier to find.

We Are Legion

I completed the second half of my latest regiment of Skeleton Warriors for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, bringing it to six ranks deep. The figures are again kitbashes using parts from three different generations of plastic Citadel models. For the shields I used some ornamental bosses this time to add further variety.

Fifteen skeletons in three ranks with shields and handweapons

Newly risen skeletal warriors on the charge

Having completed a third regiment to use with Warhammer 8th Edition in addition to the two units in my 3rd Edition army, I thought it would be imposing to bring them all together in one large skeletal horde.

Line of skeletal warriors advancing across rough ground

The dead surge forward under black banners

Skeleton warriors formed in deep ranks

An endless tide of vengeful dead

Close up view of skeleton warriors marching under a black banner hung with skull trophies

The dead reap a grim harvest

There are still some scythe and pole armed skeletons to paint in my Oldhammer collection, so their ranks are set to grow further over time. For the dead shall walk the earth.

View down onto dense ranks and files of skeleton warriors

The skeletal horde sweeps away all life in its path

Blood Axe Buddies

Still working on my Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader era Blood Axes warband, though Orktober wasn’t enough to finish the retinue of Nobz to accompany the Warboss. The latest addition are two more Bosses, with one carrying a trophy pole.

Green skinned Orks in ragged military gear and carrying a standard of Space Marine helmets

Space Marines make the best souvenirs

Back view of Ork standard bearer

Remnants of past battles

Space Ork Boss with an iron jaw and red beret

A steely jawed veteran of many campaigns

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