Monday, January 10, 2022

Expanding the zombie horde

Every once in a while I want to (and need to) do a few zombies so that my zombie horde constantly grows. The Black Guard is still my biggest infantry unit, which does not make sense since they are an elite unit compared to zombies. I need to get to the three digit number to consider my zombie unit a decently sized horde.

Recently I bought some Forgotten World Living Dead Peasants which I intended to combine with my recently discontinued Games Workshop zombies. The size of the torso and legs fits perfectly with GW models, but heads and arms are significantly smaller. Especially the arms which are overexaggerated on GW models. They just didn't look right together.
Then I came up with an idea to combine the parts from the two kits. This way I will add variety to the unit without loosing cohesiveness. I used torsos from the Forgotten World zombies with the heads and arms from the Games Workshop zombies. I must say I was actually quite pleased how they fitted together, I didn't even end up with those bulging shoulders which is the thing I hate the most about GW zombies. I like that you get some female bodies in the FW kit which go awesomely well with those "Norma Bates" heads from the GW kit. 😁
I also like those typical, dragging, zombie legs which are featured on the FW models. So here is the result of combining the two kits:
warhammer zombies
warhammer zombies

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Mortreich's Black Knights

Mortreich's Black Knights represent the spearhead of the Mortreich Legion which is comprised of Black Guard and Black Knights. When the legion marches to war Black Knights are always in the first ranks leading the skeletal warriors into battle. They are often joined by the Nightfang Specter Lord who leads the undead cavalry into unstoppable and terrifying charge. They are wielding the banner representing Mortreich's coat of arms and are considered to be his most elite troops.

Originally I intended to make the unit 24 man strong, but I decided to leave them at 16 for now. This is more then a decent number and I can easily get back to them in the future, when I feel like it, and add one more rank. Now I want to move on to other units.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Project Log: Altburg - Townhouse I, Part 16 - Final Showcase

And with all of the details done this long journey comes to an end! 🍺 I am very happy with the final result, the house turned out just how I envisioned it in my head 10 months ago when I started building the model.

In the end I decided to add even more color to the model by painting the plaster on the second floor in dark blue color and red and white stripes pattern on the window shutters. The red and white pattern for the shutters was a good call in my opinion. They make a model look really striking.
This is the first model that will be featured on my Altburg display/gaming board. Now its time to wrap it up and move to another project. So without further ado, here are the photos of the final piece:
Until the next time, cheers guys! 🍻

Monday, December 13, 2021

Project Log: Altburg - Townhouse I, Part 15

So this is where I'm at with the house at the moment. I have finished the lower part of the balcony as well as the cargo room and protruding window. Interiors are also finished.
Currently I am working on the roof and must say that this is the first time I am 100% satisfied with the way it is turning out. I always struggled to achieve that weathered look on the shingles and was never totally satisfied with the result. Now I finally have the formula! :) I have used nine different colors to get the desired look, ranging from grey and purple to brown and green.
I will be adding a bit of moss at the end. Here is a real life example of the look I am going for:
After the roof there are only some details for me to paint and this project will be finished! :)

Monday, December 6, 2021

Project Log: Altburg - Townhouse I, Part 14

For the plaster on the first floor I decided to go with the reddish terracotta color to break the monotony a little bit. I really like how it turned out. I am even thinking about adding different color to the second floor, maybe green or blue, but I will see about that. I have to paint the balcony, little cargo room on the back and protruding window on the side first.