The Beginnings of an Undead Army


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Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:52 pm

The Beginnings of an Undead Army

So far this year has been a real struggle for me to get motivated to carry on painting up my large collection of dwarfs. I've tried on several occasions to at least complete the unit I've been painting and even though only a couple short I just can't seem to just get on. So one day a couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to just paint something in the hope this would then drive me on to get on with the dwarfs. Looking through my pile of lead I just couldn't find anything that inspired me, at one point I was thinking one of my elven attack chariots but after some cleaning up I knew it was too intricate for my needs. However a chariot did appeal to me and I have several to choose from but it then hit me what could be simpler that a skeleton chariot! So after a few days searching I had myself a complete Skeleton war machines box. Whilst the catapult and all the skeletons needed a nice long soak I have been able to get a start on the chariot. So far its just the horses but its definitely a start in the right direction

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The thing I love about painting skeletons is for me its just a case of paint an off white colour and then lots of washes of browns and maybe a few highlights in between. I like my skeletons to have the just out the earth grimy look to them. Sadly taking photos is still my downfall but will try to get some better ones as I move on with this little project.
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Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:24 am

Re: Getting my Mojo back

I think all of us know that taking pictures of miniatures is a special pain in the butt. That said . . . you've beaten that dead horse into shape right well! :) Looks good. Looking forward to the rest of the dried bones.
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Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:40 pm

Re: Getting my Mojo back

Undead horsies are looking great, hope to see some more soon. Sounds like there are plenty of treasures in your lead pile.

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Post Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:08 pm

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Cheers guys

So started on the actual chariot. The only real issue was to work out a colour for the cover on the platform. From looking on google it seemed the few i found had gone for a brownish colour. However I've decided to go for a rotten flesh look, my theory being its simply the flesh from the dragon that was used to create the chariot in the first place. Here are a couple of pics to show the progress so far. The photos show it after a few washes of various browns and green plus a brown/purple wash on skinn to get the basic colours I'm after now its just a case of building up these colours with more washes and some highlighting. Hope you like.


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Post Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:08 am

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Oh, now that is cool! Not only is it a great old miniature with tons of character, but you've done a great job with it. :)
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Post Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:42 pm

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Great mini and a fantastic paint job. How you got the full chariot crew as well?

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Post Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:45 pm

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Symphonicpoet : Yes it's a great little model

Sleepysod : Yes I have the complete box so all 6 characters and to prove it here's the first one nearly complete

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The plan is to paint all of the characters then decide who will ride . One thing I am noticing is how thin the legs are which may make pinning the models rather difficult !!!
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Post Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:41 pm

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Great work on Longhorn, look forward to seeing the other heroes. It really is such a good box, a good dilema to have to choose who gets to ride in the chariot, so many classic options. Good luck with the pinning.

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Post Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:21 pm

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

Here's a couple of terrible photos of Longhorn and the driver.

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Sadly a lot the subtle colours on the bone have washed away with my crappy photos. When it came to the driver I was stumped by his right leg and couldn't work out if it was trouser or skin under the rag ! In the end I went with dead flesh. Next is Screamer and hopefully finish the actual chariot
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Post Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:20 am

Re: Skeleton Chariot (getting my mojo back)

^The color is ambiguous enough it could be either trouser or flesh. Now if you put a pinstripe tattoo on it . . . ;-)

Lovely stuff! Good to see the mojo flowing.
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