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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Who holds the Devil, let him hold him well...

He hardly will be caught a second time...


And well might the Bishop of Keinetotehierstadt mark these words having foiled Baron Kraust in his latest evil machinations!

Yes dear reader, an ancient evil is stirring here and Baron Kraust once more stalks the land. The ranks of his fell army swell with the fallen and the living dare not mention his name.

Part two of the game I played with Warlord Paul and Doug, one of his compatriots from the Harrogate club, can be found here - thanks for Gm'ing and writing it all up mate and thanks to Doug for having us over! This was all part of the Halloween inspired Night of the Living Lead games that various Oldhammer local groups got together and played a while back.

Kraust's woeful story is a cautionary tale to those who would covet worldly power and seek to bargain with Ruinous Powers, nay Death itself!

His latest outing was to come to defend the Ziggurat of Mum-Ho-thep from the forces of Khorne at BlogCon - I'll get a report posted once I've got round to sorting out the pics.

For now here's his (fairly) newly painted skeletal horde - the fantastic Skeleton Army boxed set. I've had these chaps rattling round a box for years now so it was out with the polystyrene cement and definitely time to give them a lick of paint. Oh - and I finally completed one of the Oldhammer monthly painting challenges!






Tim the Enchanter, or Bobmore Timor the accountant of Doom, as he has become more recently known...


Original banners cut from the Skeleton Army box itself (Weathering by me)!


 


Baron Kraust standing proudly next to his newly raised archers - shame they couldn't hit a barn door.


Assorted spooks, ghoulies and gribblies.


Kraust's pet Manticore - now slightly wary of Dark Elf repeating crossbows!




The Skull Chuckers have proven to be rather powerful and that's without even using the Screaming Skull ammunition.


I think it was Phreedh who gave me the armoured skeleton in this pic - he had a broken weapon which I turned into a nice length of chain for whipping his crew into action.


As much as I love these Carrion models, they have yet to prove themselves on the field. Dark Elf crossbows and Empire halberds have been their nemesis so far...





Lots of Deathriders! I still want some metal ones though.




Another banner cut from the original box!



Glad I found enough bits to resurrect the chariot which was in quite a state of disrepair - even managed to find some more wheels and scythes from a fellow trader on the LAF.




The Zombie Dragon...

This beastie has already earned a fearsome (if slightly cheesy and overpowered) reputation. The rules printed in an early WD are slightly over the top and I think merit a post all of their own - plus I need to leave for work in a few minutes!


Suffice to say this was a joy to paint.




 
 
And finally some more reinforcements - a cheeky little lot I secured for about £20 on ebay after a long period of abstinence (thanks for nothing Orlygg!). These chaps will be enjoying a Dettol bath soon and Kraust is already warming up the Necronomicon to get them into action!






22 comments:

  1. Not another skull chucker! ;)

    Looking good, quite the Undead army you have shaping up there.

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    1. Ha - yep that's what I thought! All legal in Warhammer Armies though ; )

      I need to make some wheel scythes for the new chariot too...

      Are those new carrion models I've got the same as the one you were talking about the other day?

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    2. Actually yes, the one on the right looks exactly the same!

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  2. Thant. Dude. Dewd.

    That there is quite the fantastic undead army. Being a bit of an oldschool undead nut, I am made misty-eyed seeing such a huge collection of beauteous undead. Superb sir.

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    1. Coming from you sir, that is quite a compliment - cheers!

      Just need a ton (literally) of metal zombies and skellies to swell the ranks further.

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  3. The colors of the whole army is exactly like I imagine a skeletons horde. Bravo.

    Bye Nico.

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    1. Thanks Nico - you can't beat a bit of rust and grave dirt for that authentic undead feel!

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  4. Excellent Undead army, I like the rusty feel to them, and the use of the weathered banners from the box. Nice shields too.

    The whole colour of the army is great. The cavalry is impressive, and I really like the Barrow Wights in the Ethereal host.

    The Zombie Dragon is awesome, and I love the Manitcore.
    Nice army :)

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    1. Very kind of you Lee - and there was me thinking the rusty shields were a bit of a cop out, time saving exercise instead of coming up with freehand designs for them!

      Plus I still couldn't make my mind up about whether my Undead shields should have motifs from their previous life - Empire/Bretonnian designs or more gothic/macabre designs.

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  5. I still believe that those plastic skellingtons are the best ones ever. Excellent painting on some truly classic figures.

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    1. Got to agree with you there Blue - just bloody fiddly to move across the table without a movement tray!

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  6. Can you just slow the hell down? You're making the rest of us look bad here...

    As regards the undead, though - they are singularly beautiful. Very well done!

    Regards
    Gaj

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    1. Cheers mate - Surprised myself with getting this lot done so quickly (the plastic skellies, carrion and dragon anyway!). Mind you it's really just a lot of drybrushing and ink washes along with splashing a bit of orange and brown ink for the rust.

      Glad you liked them!

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  7. What a great looking army. Got many of those figures myself languishing in a box somewhere

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    1. Thanks Scotty - have they inspired you to summon yours back to the tabletop? ; )

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  8. Sigh.. why is it every time I move off painting my undead someone else posts an awesome looking army and gets me back into them..
    amazing army you have here by the way and thanks for dragging me off rogue trader and back to fantasy ;-)

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    1. My pleasure - although the RT stuff is always great too!

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  9. Very nice skeleton horde. I'm still trying to get over sticker shock, but maybe I don't remember how much lead cost when I actually bought it.

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    1. Cheers Sean - this little lot has been pretty economical I must say - a mix of freebies, ebay bargains and the original Skeleton Army box set I bought back in the 80's.

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  10. A lovely collection, magnificently painted and photographed! Very inspiring! Well done!

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    1. Most kind of you Mouse - sorry to hear about your little mishap a while back!

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  11. Most kind of you Mouse - sorry to hear about your little mishap a while back!

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