So, another month has passed and I have not been feeling it at all. Too much work, too much other stuff to do, too much crap going on all around in this year of lockdowns, distancing and isolation.
And then I attempted to clear my mind of the encroaching miasma and get my Zen on by batch painting the Undead from the Conan boardgame, to try to get to that flow state that empties the mind of the horrors of the times.
I did not achieve any kind of Zen, my turbulent mind did not settle and the painting was boring. Really boring. As in…procrastinate by doing everything else boring. Which in turn had the effect of putting me off painting for some time.
However, in an effort to clear my desk and also the mental space these were clogging up so I could turn a new page with the painting and all, I pushed through to get them done before November petered out.
It was not as if they took very long to paint. Did I spend as much as 10 minutes on each? Maybe, when you include the basing.
Did not take that long time to paint any given one, that is. All together though…there are 45 of them. Yeah, so. Hours on end.
I usually paint similarly posed or copies of the same mini differently for variety’s sake, but not these. I just could not be bothered. These were batch painted with the same colours across the board. Uninspired is one way to describe the paint job. Sloppy and feckless are other ways, all perfectly valid.
There are two distinct types of undead here though.
These are mummies. Or Draugr if you will. Maybe they could pass as Zombies, or elites such as Grave Guard, Barrow Wights or similar. They do have some flesh on them, even though they seem rather dry. No armour to speak of, and massive curved cleavers, the (over)size of the weapons traditionally indicating the danger level they pose. And these weapons are really quite big.
There are 5 of the left one, 10 of the middle one, and 5 of the right one in the Conan game I got from KS. 20 of this type in all.
These are your more typical skeleton warriors. The flesh has long since rotted away. They are kitted out as soldiers with chainmail, helmets, armour plates, round shields and infantry weapons.
There are 5 of the left one, 15 of the midde one, and 5 of the right one, 25 of this type in all.
The reason the quantities are like that is that the 15 skellies and 10 mummies are the basic amount in the base King pledge game set, while all the ones with 5 of each were stretch goals that were added to the rewards. This KS blew up in a major way and added a lot of stretch goals.
Also, I expect that a mould’s worth of minis is an amount in multiples of 5. That would make it easier to pick and pack each game set.
Where did you lot come from?
Terrible, uninspired and boring paint job aside, they are perfectly fine for table top use. And now they are done. I think I will be trying for something a little more fun next.
They all have 25mm integral bases and are made in hard PVC “boardgame” plastic.
Conan the boardgame was kickstarted by Monolith Board Games in 2015, and delivered in 2016. They ran an expansion/reprint KS in 2020 that funded and is currently in production with projected delivery next year.
These minis were finished on November 30th, 2020.
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 316 / 365 goal // scenery and terrain: 12)
March: 45 / 10
April: 41 // 1
September: 36 // 1
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