Thursday, 24 March 2016

A Tale of Four Oldhammerers: Month Seven.

After coasting for a couple of months after the birth of our new daughter I needed to get back into painting skeletons. Getting 6 done may not sound like much but it breaks the back of the task, leaving me only 10 more to paint in the final three months of the challenge, phew!

Not that it has been a chore, I have really fallen back in love with the undead over the course of this project and I am looking forward to getting in some games with these chaps at BOYL. From there, I will be able to use the army at my club for games of 3rd, 5th and 6th editions, which have all come back into fashion recently.

I even made time to repaint a few shields, improving the look of them slightly. My freehand skills just aren't ready yet, more practice is the way forward but in the mean time I want a simple look I can replicate easily for these guys. I opted for some basic heraldic quartering; it goes slightly against the principle of painting rag tag individuals that I started with but it has made me happy.


This week's additions, 4 skeletons; 3 with hand weapon/shield 1 with spear/shield at 11 points and 12 points each respectively, a standard bearer with light armour for the Grim Reapers at 26 points and a L5 'Charnel Warrior' skeleton champion (for the hw/s skeletons) at 32 points. Total: 101 points for the month.


The progress so far, 752 points. With the latest skellies added in the force is starting to look like a proper army at last! :)

I am posting a week early this month so no points tally for the others yet, I will update with another post at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by!

9 comments:

  1. The undead were my favourite army. I had many a success with them. Now I'm back I do feel silly for selling them all those years ago.......

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    1. It's a familiar pain shared by us all, the lost treasures traded away, sold, stolen or simply mislaid over the years. I console myself with the joy I get from snagging a bargain on ebay or the fb trade groups! :)

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  2. Top stuff Paul! I do love skeletons, I have to say these guys are inspiring me to churn out some undead of my own! Excellent

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    1. Thanks mate, I'd love to see a skelly or two appear on your blog!

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  3. Love the dirty paint scheme; tired of gleaming skeleton armies. I remember the undead in 5th edition; man they were fun to play.

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    1. Many thanks, I like my undead to look fresh from the grave so to speak! I dug out my 4th and 5th army books recently, they are very cool with loads of fun ideas to try like the Sylvanian mixed living peasants and undead force.

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  4. The army is really shaping up mate - how are you finding painting to a deadline each month - energising or draining? Must admit when I used to do the Lead Painters League on the LAF it was usually a mixture of exhilaration and panic although that was a minimum of 5 minis a week for 10 weeks, plus a nice photo which was often the most time consuming bit!

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    1. Thanks mate, we'll have to get a game in after I hit 1000 points in June. This format has been great for me, an ideal amount. Though it's a bit off-putting when you think of deadlines it is energising to see the army grow steadily. Without the direction it gives I'd have probably painted a mish-mash of different things instead and I'd still have no completely finished force for my undead.

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