Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Wargames Foundry Necromancer and Skeletons
Straight off the painting table. These Wargames Foundry figures fit in really well with my 80's Citadel Undead. They share a lot of the same style and characteristics as the aforementioned I think. The Necromancer is lovely with his staff and evil features. I coloured his flesh with Dawnstone Grey and then gave it consecutive highlights by adding more white with each layer. I then added yellow eyes to give him that deranged ethereal wizard look.
The skeletons were initially undercoated in black and then drybrushed all over with Dryad Bark (this really makes the detail pop - and makes it far easier to paint layers and highlights on highly detailed figures. Try it!!). I then did a dry brush of Kendri Dust then another of Screaming Skull topping it off with Vallejo White. The armour was Leadbelcher with a drybrushing of Vallejo light rust.
On the Oldhammer Community Facebook I noticed one of the posters mention that his attempt to collect the older Citadel figures was proving expensive. I'd agree that trying to buy up all originals can be a financial drain on occasion especially when shopping around on Ebay. Nevertheless I find the Oldhammer Trading Facebook page to be ideal for picking up bargains of this kind. Another cheap and excellent alternative is to buy from manufacturers who produce similar (or in the case of Grenadier/Mirliton still making the original figures but at lots less cost than Ebay - check out prices of the Grenadier Undead War Mammoth for instance. ££££'s if you buy original from Ebay...or relatively cheap if you buy the new version straight from Mirliton!!).
Both Wargames Foundry and Ral Partha have new figures sculpted by former GW employees Tim Prow and Kev Adams, and they look absolutely fantastic. With all the character of the old Citadel/GW figures we know and love. Ral Partha have a great customer service and their prices are incredibly cheap. They still produce their classic Jabberwock monster fig for only £7.95, and the new Chaos Warriors are just stunning.
In my opinion using alternative Oldhammer figures fits perfectly with the ethos we're trying to promote throughout the community. Not only does it reflect the kind of diversity that used to exist in publications like early White Dwarf, but it shows a certain open mindedness and allows players to just use what appeals top them as individuals. In other words, to mix it up, be creative and have fun!