Well, obviously ‘Treat’ :-)
Greetings Terrans, second post in two days eh? Spoiling you lot rotten I am! I had a bit of time free this weekend & was looking for something to paint, when I remembered that I had the ‘Exiled Dead’ underworlds set primed and ready to go. Seemed like an auspicious weekend to tackle them, so that’s exactly what I did.
They are a strange bunch – the leader is supposed to be a Vampire called Deintalos, who dabbles with the forbidden art of electrical necromancy, (or the ‘force motive’ as the fluff refers to it), so he got exiled from the big Death place in AoS. So we’re kinda aiming for a Vamp/Steampunk/Victoriana/Frankensteiny vibe I guess? It’s a strange mix of influences, but see what you think:
Hmmm… He’s a nice enough mini I guess, but he’s just a bit… bland. I think the confused and confusing background is a factor here, as it makes it a bit… conflicted? The severed hands motif works for a necromancer for example, but not so much for a pioneer in the forbidden exploration of la force motive… And why does he have some dude’s face stapled to his face? Or is it a mask? Who knows!
Painting-wise, I settled on a faded yellow for the primary colour – no particular reason, other than I like yellow and it works well with the bruised purple of the severed hands. I’m quite pleased with the electricity effect on that staff topper too.
Next, we have 4 electro-zombies:
These Zees are nice enough minis, and I quite like the electro-doodahs sticking out of their tortured flesh – unlike their master, the theme of these minis is very clear!
Unusually for Zombies, I wanted to go for a uniformed look with these guys – I just got the vibe that, as a gentleman inventor, Deintalos wouldn’t go digging for corpses when he likely has perfectly good house staff to hand. With that in mind, I stuck with the yellow, but just made it a bit dirtier.
Next is Deintalos’ apprentice Marcov, and his zombie bodyguard:
Again, these minis are nice enough, and while I can get onboard with the not-Igor apprentice, the not-electro bodyguard is a bit random. As with the leader, this bit of the warband is just a bit confused, and I think I would prefer to have another couple of electro-zees than these two randoms. Still, it is what it is, and they got painted up in the same way.
Last, but by no means least, I finally got around to painting the 3D print that my pal Mikko produced for the Ghost Archipelago weekender over in Dublin last Easter. The event was titled ‘Dire Straights’, so with some top punning, this guy was christened ‘Dark Knopfler’:
Dark was great fun to paint, and I’m really pleased with how he came out – the OSL was particularly fun!
I even managed to fit in a little nod to the event location on his tiny, tiny map:
Here’s a final Halloween group shot:
The Exiled Dead are so eclectic that Dark Knopfler fits right in!
That’s all for now folks, it’ll be back to Realm of Warcry for my next post – we have a Halloween-themed game tonight so I’ll report on that, plus new month means I can go paint a new section of the Warband!! I think I’ll tackle the Rotmire Creed :-)
I reckon that the zombies, “Igor” and bodyguard in yellow scrubs is a smart way to go with them. I might do something similar with mine when I get to them.
I don’t think that I will have the patience to paint a pictorial map of even half the quality of yours on my on Dark Knopfler though.
Cheers dude – that weekend still puts a big ol’ smile on my face 😁
Great warband, Alex! I am getting some real ‘King in Yellow’ vibes from this.
Cheers mate, works ok doesn’t it 😊
Dave Stone said:
Great work Alex you mean about the confused background on the model, but your painting has elevated them all, great attention to detail on the map. Will include you in the Zomtober round up if you like.
Thanks Dave, and sure, that would be great! 👍
There are certainly some troubled souls in amongst that lot! Very nicely done! :-) That map is brilliant! :-)
Cheers mate, it seemed appropriate 😉
These are great man. The electro zombies are so cool. The vampire leader is an odd mix but he works for me. Although I thought he was a she going by the hips hehe. Is Mikko still blogging?
Cheers dude, pretty sure he’s a Bruce, but it can be hard to tell with Vampires 😂
Not sure if he is or not tbh! He’s been a busy boy though, getting married and so on
Just busy! Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated etc.
Ohhhh there he is hehe. I hope you’ve been well my friend
Nice lot! The electro Zombies and the armored bodyguard are my fave. Really like the way you did his armor. As for the Leader’s face, how do we know that there isn’t another face stapled under that and another face stapled…
Oh yeah!! Good point mate, & glad you like ’em :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Those are great- the map detail is brilliant.
Cheers Pete 😊
They’re a weird bunch aren’t they? Like you say, it feels as if the designers couldn’t quite decide what the theme was – it’s almost like they were designed by committee. You’ve done a grand job on them though Dark Knopfler is superb as well and the map is a very nice touch!
Cheers mate, yeah, a bit of a confused bunch, but decent enough I reckon, (though DK is the best of course) :-)
Great looking warband Alex but I do love Dark Knopfler, very nice. 🙂
Cheers mate, he’s good fun :-)
Good job mate. That first one reminded me of a Courage The Cowardly Dog villain for a bit.
Cheers dude, & good call!! :-D
Those are creepily brilliant mate! Lovely painting.
Cheers dude, they were good fun 😊
They all are awesome and scary. My favourite is Dark Knopfler, but I find them all truly inspiring!
Thanks dude, they were an i teresting little team to paint, but yeah, I think that DK is especially cool too 😎
Great bunch Alex! Also love to see Dark Knopfler get some love.
😊 Cheers dude, he’s a lovely thing to paint 🤘
Nice, I really like the way that you’ve ramped up the creepiness with your paint scheme on that wizard. And the map is a touch of genius or madness, but I can’t tell which.
Cheers mate 😂
Wow matey another successful group!
Cheers mate, I’m chuffed with these 👍