Well, during my 3-week hiatus I did manage to get a chunk of progress done on my new Tomb Kings army. Not ahugechunk, but a chunk nonetheless.
Here is the current state of my Skeleton Warriors.
I opted to go with Warriors and not Archers. That may turn out to be a mistake on my part, time will tell, but there’s just something about Archers that makes them second-choice for me.
I decided to build them with a mix of hand weapons and spears, as I like the way units look all mixed-up like that. As Andrew has started building them, the majority have unadorned heads, which he prefered, and I do not. I would have liked all them to sport the TK headgear, but I chose not to go back and switch the heads, as I just want to get this army painted. Yes, my goal is to actually finish painting this entire army, which I was never able to do with Skaven, High Elves or Empire. And as I am not (currently) planning on making this a huge force, this is quite a possible goal for me.
Anyway, after finishing building them, I added play sand to their bases (even though to scale the desert sands would not be so visible) and primed them white. Next came a wash of GW’s new Seraphim Sepia shade all over. I went with only one coat, as I got the bone colour I was looking for, although another wash of the face and ribs would probably look good on them. However, they are just rank n’ file troops and their shields will cover most of their bodies, so I’ll probably just leave it. Their weapons got Quick Silver on the metals and Bloodstone on the wood. The metals got two washes of Ogryn Flesh wash. They didn’t exactly turn the bronze they should be, but I like it and will do it for the rest of the army (but not other armies). Some Vallejo Glorious Gold where applicable, a little bit of Meredius Blue on the headdresses, and finally the base got Rucksack Tan, including the edges. And voila, 20+ Skeletons awaiting shields (which are yet to be started).
For standard troops, I’m quite happy how they turned out. Most other figures in this army will get the same attention. Only some characters and centrepiece models (Warsphinx, Casket) will get a bit more love. As usual, on the tabletop they look exactly how I would want them, and the speed at which I work on them will help me get this army fully painted.
Oh, and I did start building the command models. They are a mix of Warrior, Charioteer and Warsphinx Tomb Guard bits. I somehow forgot to add an arm to the musician before priming, so I’ll have to fix that. The standard bearer was not complete when I primed the rest, so he’ll get his prime on with the next batch of models/shields.
Speaking of the next batch of models, tomorrow I’ll show you how the rest of my army looks, and talk a little about where I am going to go with them.
Here is a sneak peak of one my favourite parts of this army:
More on that one tomorrow!
Thanks for reading.