Hi guys, more zombies for you today – I powered through this lot over the week, ready for a game tonight. This time it is the gorgeous Karr-Keel set from Upstream Games House. There is a great backstory on the website for these guys, with the whole set being very narrative driven and a self-confessed ‘vanity project’ for Brian Kirkell’s birthday – an inspirational example to anyone with an idea or two up their sleeves! Furthermore, I believe that there is a second wave in the works for Karr-Keel (Kirkell – geddit?) as well, so hopefully we will see the range expanded. It is well worth checking this set out if you like your zombies quirky – the quality is superb and they are packed full of gorgeous little details, with these being sculpted by none other than Kev ‘not just Goblins’ Adams. Here are my versions – as usual, these are mostly painted with wash directly on to the undercoat:
Check this out – the ‘reflection’ is freehand… I’m quite proud of it :-)
I also picked up the lovely Teamsters Cart from the Karr-Keel as well, with the intention of using it as a corpse cart. I changed the bell-ringer’s right hand for a lash and planted a sword in there just to make it tie in with AoS a little better, and I added some extra skullage to the cart itself. Again, this is a really nice mini, great fun to build and paint, and it adds some nice hitting power and zombie-buffs in game:
Now, you can’t very well have a shambling plague of zombies without a mind to direct them, so I also finally got around to doing a proper Necromancer for my army. He’s from Diehard miniatures, with the addition of the hourglass in the left hand. With a nod to the late & great George Romero, (father of the modern concept of what a zombie is), may I introduce Gorgo Romero – master of unlife, and high-noctifer of the broken wheel cabal:
Here is Gorgo, driving my entire Fleshwalker horde to glory:
I’ve lost count of the sculptors & manufacturers represented in this group, and of the races/species represented. I’m rather pleased with this wonderfully eclectic mix :-)
In other news, I had my first experience of RPG on Thursday night, and had a ton of fun with it. I joined with a local group & ended up playing in a trial run of Star Wars: Force and Destiny. A few of the more experienced RPers on the table were quite scathing about it, and it wasn’t really what I expected to be honest – it was less ‘in your head’ and more map driven. It was also far easier than I expected, (though to be fair, it was the first act in the sequence). That said, I still enjoyed it, and had a good laugh with some very interesting group of people. I think it is fair to say that this is something that I would like to explore further, and I’m hoping to get a more authentic experience next week.
Anyway, that’s it for now folks! I’m going to be knuckling down to my Chapel commitments from here on so this may result in fewer posts overall, but hopefully it all comes together nicely and in time :-)
Wow, nice work here. I’m in love with some of them. Besides, the mirror reflection is freakin’ awesome!
Thanks mate, they are lovely minis :-)
Mate that freehand reflection is phenomenal
Well done on all of them as well. Great minis
Cheers dude, they are lovely minis, and I am pleased with that little touch with the mirror ;-)
You’ve done really well. Even the fact that you thought of doing it is impressive.
Great army, great freehand(!), great work! Those figures are pretty cool and I’m always impressed by your output (gotta work on my speed painting!!). Never RPGed myself, there are a couple of guys at my work who are into (I think) pretty old school D&D (the all in your head type stuff with a dungeonmaster) but they haven’t asked me to join them (they know I’m into 40k) which is good as I haven’t had to refuse! Seems a bit weird to me so I’ll be interested to see how you get on. Apparently there is also going to be a 40k role playing game released later this year (there was one now defunct by Fantasy Flight Games I think) but I think I might just go with Talisman when they re release that this year and see if I can get my kids into it!
Cheers dude, and yeah, I hear you about it seeming weird – I won’t lie, there were some really interesting characters there! But… I’m going to try and avoid any preconceptions and just have a go – after all, wargaming and painting minis must seem pretty weird to some people right? ;-)
You are right, there is already a 40k RPG called Rogue Trader, (not ‘the’ Rogue Trader, as in 1st ed 40k), and an old Warhammer Fantasy RPG as well. I also hear a rerelease is due, and I hear good things about Talisman. It’s all there to be tried dude! :-)
What? Sitting around by yourself painting loads of weird little men for a game you hardly ever actually play isn’t normal? I have to reexamine my life.
lol – yeah, I know man, I can’t believe that some people find that strange!!! :-P
FFG released a swarm of 40k RPG. The first one was Dark Heresy and was all about Acolytes and the Inquisition. Then they released Rogue Trader, a DeathWatch game, a Astra Militarum one and a Chaos one. Maybe some more. I really liked DH and RT but didn’t really bother with the rest. They felt a bit too much like a money grab to be honest.
The new 40k game is developed by the same bunch of people that did the FFG ones.
Good to know – FFG’s handling of Star Wars should give us a clue then ;-)
So many things to like here! Great paintjobs on great minis, and as others have pointed out, that freehand reflection is wonderful. Glad to hear you liked your first brush with RPGs too – different groups can have very different approaches. I’ve found that playing RPGs has really been a huge influence on my miniature projects as well – most of our mini games tend to be very story driven and often with a game master.
Oh and I need that zombie monkey for my small undead pirate contingent.
Thanks dude on all counts – totally agree that the best stories make for the best games, and looking forward to exploring the genre further. Next time I order from these guys I’ll score a spare globe monkey for you (hard to see in the pics, but there is even a skull island on the globe – look under his right hand)
Ooh, glorious! Thanks muchly, let me knoe when you do :)
Yes, I agree, the reflection is really something!
:-) Thanks Ann!
That is an absolutely amazing undead set. Awesome job. I especially love the cart.
Thanks man – they really are lovely minis to paint
I’ll have to join the choir here. The mirror reflection is absolutely marvellous. I really like this motley group of undead.
I haven’t played a Star Wars RPG in 20 odd years.
Thanks dude, glad you like ’em :-)
Huh. Seems my comment got lost (or I forgot to hit “post”!)
Anyway – a cool collection. The reflection in the mirror is subtle but really nicely done. The plague cart also looks the business – I particularly like that Zombie horse!
Cheers mate, they certainly were good fun to do, and that horse is such a good sculpt :-)
What a great work!
Michał Kucharski said:
What a great work!
Thanks man :-)
Thank you for sharing your paint job. Love the work on the mirror. We are a small, family run endeavor and we still get a kick out of each and every review and set of miniatures we see painted. Also, we hope you don’t mind. We shared your post on our website!
Thanks Brian and no problem! Keep on trucking – I love what you guys are doing :-)
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