Klaatu, barada, nik…. – The dead will live again

What would be a beautiful selection of monstrous denizens, if there wouldn’t be a dungeon they can dwell in? Exactly! Thus I started to scratch build a dungeon interior and started painting up some Warlord skeletons to populate it. They are a fragile bunch, but I really like the proportions.

The skeletal mage is a simple kit-bash. His  staff is from the Warlord Orc box, I just mounted a skull on one of the spear shafts.

Fun fact: The guys coming out of the ground are Skeletons, that arrived broken. I got replacements for them with no trouble at all, but I couldn’t face throwing away the broken ones.

Basing the skellies

No better way to depict fresh grave soil, using some fresh grave soil! Well, actually soil from the garden, you get the idea. Just get a shovel, sieve it and use only the fine dust. I mix the dust with kitchen herbs, some bigger stones, small roots, dry pigments and acrylic matte medium. This paste holds its shape and can be easily manipulated when wet. When dry, the mix is rock hard and can be dry-brushed, washed or more pigment can be added to highlight it.

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Azazel
21 February 2014 at 2:50 am

These guys look great! I’ve got a box of them on their way to me – might even be in tonight’s mail run, I’m hoping. Were the broken ones replaced by your retailer, or by WGF?

daggerandbrush
21 February 2014 at 2:57 am
– In reply to: Azazel

Given the retailer went into receivership I contacted WGF directly. The guys there replied fast and did send me some new sprues without problem. I had to supply a picture of the broken sprues, but that is good on their part, as surely some people try to take advantage of their good service.

You should get the new retooled sprues, so the chance of damage is reduced. They are still quite fragile, but so far stood up well to normal gaming use.

Azazel
21 February 2014 at 3:47 am
– In reply to: daggerandbrush

I hope so. I’m getting them from a fairly well established UK retailer, so no telling how old the stock is.

daggerandbrush
21 February 2014 at 3:58 am
– In reply to: Azazel

If tsome arrive broken just use them as base decoration or make them come out of the soil :). WGF will be happy to replace any broken ones.

Azazel
21 February 2014 at 3:50 am

I’ve gone for these instead of the GW skellies, since the price is much better than those in the VC line, and these have better proportions than the 20+ year old (modified) Skeleton Horde sprues still in use for Tomb Kings..

daggerandbrush
21 February 2014 at 3:59 am
– In reply to: Azazel

I absolutely agree. I think it is a good trade off between looks and sturdiness. That makes them the best looking and cheapest 28mm skeletons.

Azazel
2 March 2014 at 3:06 am

Welp, they arrived, and they look to be in great condition. Now into the pile they go until it’s time for my undead army to be raised! I have a feeling that some of them will make it onto the bases of my Ogre army, though… 😉

daggerandbrush
2 March 2014 at 8:15 am
– In reply to: Azazel

Glad your dark forces arrived ready to haunt the living. They make good trap markers, too.

David
30 September 2017 at 11:04 pm

Cool skeleton figures. Reminds me of the skeletons from the Ray Harryhausen movies.

daggerandbrush
2 October 2017 at 12:45 pm
– In reply to: David

Thank you David. Yes, the WGF (now Warlord Games) Skellies are excellent miniatures and they definitly have the Harryhausen vibe going.

RJ
15 September 2020 at 9:47 pm

Hi, What paints did you use on the columns? i can never seem to get paint to take to the plastic cake columns. Thanks

daggerandbrush
7 October 2020 at 9:09 am
– In reply to: RJ

I usually prime with Vallejo Polymer Primer and then use acrylic paints. Make sure to wash the columns first. If you want even better adherence use a lacquer based primer. When finished varnish the pieces with a polyurethane based matte varnish.