Marienburg, Undeadish, etc! (Nightmare Legion + Odds/Ends)


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Post Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:01 am

Marienburg, Undeadish, etc! (Nightmare Legion + Odds/Ends)

After a few years away from painting, gaming, etc. and selling off most of my collection, I am trying to get back into it in some way. I’ve started coming back to a couple of the web fora I used to visit, and though I would start cross posting what I’m up to. Some of you may have already seen this elsewhere.

So to briefly get up to speed… Due to lack of time, and most of what I have being in the wee hours of the night, I am going to take a shot at solo gaming. Not my ideal, but it seems like my options for actual gaming are that or nothing. I’ve decided to go with some old school fantasy gaming, but will be taking a fresh look at rules. I will be using commercially available rules, and then tinkering with them to work as a solo game. I may try out several games, but after looking at a few I’ve decided my initial rules will be Legion of Battle from Crusader Publishing (Crusader Miniatures.)

Initially I was going to stick with a lot of the basic WFB fluff, as one of the armies will be my existing (and continuing to expand) Marienburg army. But the more I have considered it, the more I have decided to move on. They will still be Marienburgers and seem a bit familiar, but they will be in a different setting. Simplified, these are the Good Guys.

The Bad Guys will be what I am currently referring to as the undeadish. The core of the opposition will be undead, but also those who are still alive but have sort of “sold their souls” and become mystically bound to the forces of the undead (undeadish) plus various villianous allies, mercenaries, and enslaved troops.

I will explain some of the concepts for the setting later. My plan is to run a narrative campaign, and possibly turn it into a little bit of an art & writing project as well.

I’ve started with some figures I’ve already got, and have been slowly expanding that on a fairly small monthly(ish) budget.

I’d like to get my existing Marienburgers photographed & cataloged, and have started a little project to that end. You can see the start of the photos at http://zerotwentythree.blogspot.com/p/a ... nburg.html

I will do the same with the Undeadish when I finish up the basing. In the meantime, here is what I’ve done for them…


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(Undeadish infantry)


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(Undeadish ogres)


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(Undeadish giant and witch, shown with an ogre for scale)


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(Skeleton infantry)


Near future plans are for more skeletons, skeleton and undeadish cavalry, and to make a decision on what to do about some armoured, elite skeletons. Still plenty more beyond that...
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Post Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:06 pm

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While I make up my mind about the horse colors, I decided to finally base & varnish some of what I've recently painted. I decided to stick with the same style base as almost everything else I've got. At some point I will paint something on the banner.

I have been contemplating whether I want to rebase my individual Marienburg figures onto 40mmx40mm bases like these. I've never been a fan of individual based figures for mass combat games. But I'm also not a fan of extra basing work.

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Post Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:59 pm

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The bad guys look great so far, I like the colour scheme that ties very disparate troop types together and leaves no doubt as to their evil allegiance. Units on multi bases look nice ranked up as these regiments prove, though I've never done it for any of my 25/28mm armies. Your Marienburgers are fantastic btw, lined up against these ghoulish bad guys all in black they will be a spectacle to behold!
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Post Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:10 am

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Very nice; they are looking excellent.
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Post Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:09 am

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I love the colour tones! Its a shame you did not do the skellies in a "cold" tone. THe yellow skellies, although nicely painted, dont match the other models.
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Post Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:20 pm

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Good to see you back, zero twenty three. I couldn't work out why your name sounded familiar, and then I looked on the blog and saw the logo and it rang a bell. I started reading your blog just before you packed it in at the end of 2012, and it seemed a real shame. Your undead barbarians are just fantastic, so keep up the good work.
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Post Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:00 am

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Thanks for the replies!

The good guys riot of color contrasting with the limited & drab palette of the bad guys is what I was after. Using cooler tones on the Germans vs. The warmer, earthy to es on the skeletons was a conscious choice to try to differentiate between the still living but enslaved "undeadish" and the "animated dead" who lack any sort of free will or consciousness (presumably) of their own.


Setting

I am starting to lean towards a medium-low fantasy concept, or at least something less than the Warhammer world. I've actually been thinking about a setting quite a bit and finally did decide to completely part ways with Warhammer. I think the major fantasy elements will be:

Non-human but "humanoid" races. At this point, in the part of the world in which my campaign will be set, it will be mostly humans, with ogres, and small numbers of giants, great orcs, and swamp goblins. There used to be elves, but as far as anyone knows, they're all dead. Rumors of other races in far flung places. Some may be introduced as part of the narrative.

Undead. Obviously. But this is a new & foreign thing, as far as my Marienburgers are concerned.

Magic. Mostly rare and powerful, and manifesting itself through items and creatures rather than mages flinging fireballs at each other on a battlefield.

Fantastic beasts. See previous item.

The divine. Divine intervention will be about as common as in the real world.

Technology will be mixed. I'm still attached to the Empire & renaissance, so gunpowder, pikes, etc. will be around, but I will probably be leaving out any steam tanks or robo-horses. Navigation & ship-building will be slightly less advanced.

I've quickly sketched out a first, (very rough) draft of a map-like thing. The highlighted area is where the action will happen, centering on the city of Marienburg and the surrounding hinterland.

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Post Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:35 am

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While digging around through old boxes, I came across this. I had intended to use it for my old Skaven army, but it will work just as well (better?) with the undead!

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Post Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:15 am

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I stole a series of 5 & 10 minute breaks throughout the last few days to put some paint and a series of washes/glazes on the Caller's beast. This is a bit of a new technique to me -- I've been using it to an extent on all of the undead, but for decades I've been more of layering & blending style painter, and have stayed away from doing many washes. But I'm learning to love it!

However, I've got mixed feelings on how this particular figure turned out. It's not really a subject that should be too colorful, but also felt like it needed a bit more color than the washed out look of most of the rest of what I've done. Hopefully it doesn't look too out of place once the army is filled out.

While I was basing it up, I also finished the base on a previously painted Undeadish giant.

For reference, the giant is on a 50x50 base, the Caller's beast (I need a new name for it) is on a 50x100.

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Post Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:59 am

Re: Marienburg vs. the Undeadish

Earlier this week I received a box of Warmachine Bane Thralls. I've been looking for an option for some armored "elite" skeletal troops. I had been considering a few different ideas, and these were on the list but I kept resisting because I think the shoulder plates (pauldron?) look ridiculous, as do the bits of someone's iron fence they are wearing on their backs. The latter are easily left off. I had considered clipping the shoulders, too, as illustrated by my quick photoshoppery to test the idea...


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So now that they're in my possession, I can see that the square "pads" on which the separate shoulder plates sit might look like decent, if someone bland, armor plates on their own, with the exception of the "champion" figure who is designed completely differently. I could just leave his on, as above. Honestly, though, I think the plates look less ridiculous in person.


Other observations about these figures.... they are sold as "plastic" but they are not polystyrene. Maybe a lightweight, hard resin? Not sure the shoulder plates will be nearly as easy to trim down & clean up as if they had been polystyrene. The detail seems OK on most of the figure, but the skulls look pretty disappointing. I was already on the fence a bit when I saw close-ups of the skulls in photos. In person they are even more caricatured with pretty soft looking detail. Looks like there will be a little cleanup, hopefully this plastic isn't too tough to work with.

I'll withhold final judgement until I've actually worked on & painted these, but at first unboxing I find them a little disappointing given the regular retail price.
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