December 5, 2013

We Are One Thirty Eight

And here are the remaining units in proper lighting, for posterity.

The old stuff. Painted mostly c1993-c1996

Scythes: Multipart GW kit, and heroquest pieces

Spears: Multipart GW kit plus Alternate Armies

Handweapons: GW plastics, grenadier, ral partha, and whatever else I could find in the sale bins

Bows from the multipart box.


Chariot #2. The rider is from the Doom video game range.

Undertaker's wagon. Chariot is built of balsa wood. Undertaker's hat and coat are early greenstuff experiment.

Mummies. Citadel metals plus some weird conversions based on the Heroquest game pieces.

Catapults. Citadel and some other unknown brand

Grenadier dragon with rider added

Ral Partha bone giant

Spiders from the Warhammer Quest game

A few years ago I added some of Otherworld's awesome skeletons to the infantry units

And the last few recent additions that haven't already been posted here over the last year:

Liche king:


Battle standard bearer carrying the Crimson Ghost

Big spectral thing.

December 2, 2013

Walk Among Us

Well, at long last, the Undead army is complete.

I'll be doing some more individual shots of units under my normal proper lighting setup before too long (though impending holidays and families visiting may delay that yet, we'll see), but I set everybody up on the table this weekend to see how the whole force looked, and snapped some pictures while I had everything arrayed on the table.

I thought I'd share.

(full size versions of the images are linked after the inline versions) ) )

Hand weapons: 





Chariot, Dragon, Catapults: 

Giant, Banshee, Wraiths:

Spirt Hosts, Ghost (varghulf), Spider swarms, Bat swarms: 



Liche / Wight King , Vampire, Necromancer, Vampire, Wight standard bearer, Liche:

Thats it for now. I'm pretty fearking psyched to have this all done. 


November 17, 2013

Ere I am, J.H. ...The ghost in the machine.

Well, the ghosts are finally a wrap.  Proper shots will be forthcoming, but here's a preview.

There was originally going to be a 5th element with a leader / ghost king type, surrounded by some swirly bits I found on one of the new undead sprues. It didn't work out as well as I thought it would, an 4 elements of ghosts is plenty anyway.

I do have the painted figure though and thought it might be fun to keep for other uses, either just on the shelf, or in the role of an undead general, as a liche or wight king or something; a role I don't have a fig for in this collection already.  I also happened to acquire 2 copies of the figure in my efforts to get as many different army of the dead figures as I could for the ghosts above. Almost everyone paints spirit hosts green it seems (if they don't just do it white), and while I am super happy with the cold blue I chose, I was curious how my same recipe would work with greens instead. So now, I have two available for the general, and I'm not sure which to use. I have an army standard bearer in the same style figure, and so whatever the general gets, the standard should get too I think. I don't mind having them be green to differentiate them as a different color ethereal from the spirits elsewhere in the army. . . just not sure how the green stacks up on its own.  I'm open to opinions!

One of them gets to lead the army on occasion, one of them will go to ebay.

November 3, 2013

hidden by leaves

I took a trip to Oregon this weekend to check out a samurai collection that is currently on exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. It was more fantastic than I expected, which is a pretty great way to be surprised.  Lots of pieces to look at very closely. Pretty stunning displays of craftsmanship all over.