The main body of minis here are survivors of the Great Lead Rot of ’21.
These are the ones that cleaned up acceptably. I had to throw out a few, so not all variants are present.
I bought (most of) these back when they were new in the late 1990s.
The Drakul Knights or Drakul Warriors were supposed to represent undead knights of the Vampire Kingdom of Verdulak. The army included these armoured fighters, zombies and gargoyles.
As far as I remember, they were for the most part bought by people using them as subs for Chaos Warriors in Warhammer.
There are also a couple of other minis in the picture…, I’ll get them out of the way before continuing on about the Drakul:
Reaper Bones USA
Sculpted by Jason Wiebe
Bones USA / SioCast, 30mm base
I painted this one late November to finish up the RCL for that month. Krampus is a German / Tyrolean mythological figure that comes out at Christmas time to scare the children who have misbehaved.
He also works well as a random devil or demon.
02146 Unholy Warrior
Reaper Dark Heaven Legends
Metal, 25mm base
This was a freebie I got sometime this year when I ordered from Reaper. I think it fit well with the Drakul, so I painted it up with them. Also, a dead ringer for Dr Victor von Doom.
I believe the lot of these were sculpted by Kev White.
The one exception is the old plastic Chaos Warrior (the horned, bulky one) that is a Warhammer mini.
This type of Drakul warriors, the FA06XX series, were sculpted by another sculptor. They are not exactly poorly sculpted, but the skill level is obviously not as high as the original minis. Strange proportions, much more bulky weapons, and more crude details. They are a bit off, in my opinion.
We must remember that Harlequin were the low cost alternative to Warhammer minis of the day, and probably had to settle for not the best sculptors, especially after the uniquely talented Kev White moved on to greener pastures.
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 330 / 365 goal // scenery and terrain: 6)
January: 38 // 5
March: 11 / 1
[per day #337: -7]
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