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

Keep ‘Em Coming!

I finished painting the remaining Night Goblins from the Knightmare Miniatures range so my warband is expanded and as complete as it currently can be. Thinking ahead for Saga, I can field three units of warriors, three trolls (I assume there will be some monster/monstrous creature slot), a shaman/wizard and the warlord.

While looking for any release info or beta rules that might be floating around (no luck there), I did come across a fan made project called A Fantastic Saga. Haven’t tried it, but clearly a lot of work has gone into the expanded rules and fantasy races that are available, so definitely worth checking out. Using the Kobaloi list, I could field my Night Goblins as a 6 points force.

Four goblins wearing black hoods in front of two looming trolls

Emboldened by their backup, the goblins charge ahead

Two goblins wielding a flail and axe respectively

Whether with flail or axe, goblins just like to bash things

A goblins with a double handed spiked club and another with an axe

If you can’t afford an axe, a wooden stick with nails does the trick

Blazing Saddles

I finished the cavalry arm of my Tomb Kings army for Warhammer Fantasy Battle by adding a second rank to the spear armed skeleton horsemen.

Ten skeletons riding undead horses arrayed in two ranks

The Master of Horse still commands his riders in death

The horses are very old sculpts since GW never saw fit to replace them. For the riders, I mixed up parts from the original plastic skeletons with the Tomb Kings releases. As previously mentioned, I added horse blankets made out of tissue paper to give the models a bit more heft and have the riders stand out from their mounts better.

Two skeletal riders carrying bronze tipped spears

Galopping towards the foe on skeletal steeds

Side view of a ten strong unit of skeleton horsemen

Charge of the bones brigade

For future expansions of the army, I have two units of five horse archers each built and primed but first up is a squadron of chariots.

View from above on skeleton cavalry carrying blue shields and led by a banner bearer

Riding under the gleaming bronze war banner

The Beasts are Stirring

While doing a roll call of my various work in progress armies for Warhammer Fantasy Battle I came across a mostly finished herd of Beastmen Gors that required a few updates. I drybrushed the bases brown where they were grey before and repainted the edges in my now standard Gorthor Brown.

Twenty strong unit of beastmen with horns carrying hand weapons and shields

Beastmen are a constant threat to hamlets and villages throughout the Empire

I also found that I was one warrior short since I intend to use the previous leader of the herd as a Wargor in the 1,000 points force. Since I had a spare model from the Marauder Miniatures MB09 Beastmen Regiment with a missing double handed club, I converted that figure by giving it an axe and shield from the plastic Citadel Chaos Marauders. About half of the other Gors also received shields from that set, as none of the regiment was equipped with any.

Two beastmen armed with axe, curved sword and shields

Beastmen use crude but effective weapons and armour

Some of the Beastmen had previously been converted to wielding two hand weapons, while the remaining ones were now given shields from the Ungors plastic set.

One beastman carrying a sword and dagger while a second holds an axe and shield

Gors wield vicious, heavy blades

The Tomb Kings Ride to War

Having recently picked up more infantry for my Tomb Kings I felt it was time to continue painting the already built and primed forces that are making up a 1,000 point core army using Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Edition.

I don’t enjoy painting undead horses much more than life ones hence I had kept back the cavalry and chariots. The first five of a ten strong regiment of horsemen with thrusting spears are now finally done and I’ll keep working away on the second half interspersed with various other projects.

Five skeletons carrying blue shields and spears on skeletal horses

The vanguard rides out

I’m using some overarm thrusting spears for the unit to add variety and indicate that they are not fighting as knights with lances. The musician carries a metal horn in snake form that was part of an early version of the Khemrian infantry. I also equipped the horses with black saddle cloths made from tissue paper to give a heavier feel to the models and prevent the bone-on-bone look.

Eye level view of skeletal cavalry heading forwards

Skeletal hooves will trample all enemies into the dust

Fire and Brimstone

I have finished another four of the medieval demons produced by Antediluvian Miniatures. This lot is carrying handgonnes, a sort of cannon on a stick that originated as early as the 13th century. In game terms, where appropriate blackpowder weapons might be missing, I’ll use the crossbow rules to represent them.

Four multicoloured demons with horns carrying primitive firearms

Hellish firepower

A red skinned and a green skinned demon standing back to back

Covering your six six six

Two demons with faces covering their bodies aiming guns in opposite directions

Who wants some more?