KoW Undead Mounted Revenant Knights, part 2

Back in March 2013 I made a post about the Mantic Revenant Knights, (well, it was actually more about the restic material they are made of than about the minis -the knights were some of the first restic minis I had seen and I had just struggled with building them).

…and now, in April 2017, I have at long last gotten round to actually painting them:

      

These are based on 50x25mm oval bases I printed on my 3D printer so they can do double duty for both skirmish games and block-maneuver games like Kings of War or even old WFB.

I have painted them in the theme of the Lost Crusade, my Kings of War skeleton army.

For some obscure reason, these give the distinct impression of being from England.

 

10 Revenant Knights

Kings of War, undead faction,

A part of the undead army I bought with the very first KoW Kickstarter.

Mantic Games

Restic

50x25mm bases

 

 

Painted so far this month: 73 / 30.  

Painted so far this year: 158 / 365. Just 207 to go!

 

…and the DreadBall Crystallan Team

These are made in translucent blue plastic. (unlike their MVP. FFS!)

Only Jacks and Guards. It would seem that they are wearing bikinis. Go underwear league!

I enhanced the blue with Vallejo blue ink, and then a light drybrush with light blue. Dark redbrown details with a pale orange over, and Army Painter Red Quickshade ink on top. Dot in the eyes with almost white blue. Bases and done.

 

Crystallan Team

DreadBall, Season Six

Mantic Games

Translucent blue restic

DreadBall Hex bases.

 

Painted so far this month: 17  / 31.  14 to go!

Painted so far this year: 81 / 365. Just 284 to go!

DreadBall MVP Crypt. AKA Ben Grimm

The Season six Crystallans are made in translucent blue plastic. But not the MVP.

(as with the Ada-Lorana MVP. Again, WTF Mantic!?! I am sure there is some practical production reason, But FFS! How much more could it possibly have cost to make these moulds together with the teams, or even just shoot these minis together with whoever also is on the same mould with the translucent plastic instead of the regular grey?)

And Crypt will only ever play with Crystallan Teams? Pah!

 

Seeing as this mini is not translucent, I went with a completely different colour scheme:

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Still not sure which backdrop to go with. Still need to play around with the settings on the camera.

I thought this colour scheme was fitting for a rockmanbearpigthing that has been esxposed to cosmic radiation. Or something.

 

And yes, the team will shortly be finished as well.

 

Crypt the Crystallan MVP

DreadBall, Season 6

Mantic Games

Restic

DreadBall Hex base

 

Painted so far this month: 7  / 31.  24 to go!

Painted so far this year: 71 / 365. Just 294 to go!

Mantic Mummy

From the first Mantic Kings of War kickstarter, they made some Heroically proportioned Mummies. Which was a bit strange, as most other minis were closer to tru-scale 28mm and hence much thinner and with smaller weapons etc. Mantic has never been very consistent with neither scales nor styles.

Also, they were much more armed and armoured in a more Western and not quasi-Egyptian style as everyong was used to from Warhammer. And they were restic.

This of course led to a lot of complaints and badmouthing all across teh internets.

For my part, I quite like the more Draugr-like style of these. Also, I tend to prefer the heroic scale.

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But they had 20mm bases, and ranking them up is a nightmare. After prepping, they have been standing around in the to do drawer several years now.

I got one out of storage and rebased it on a 30mm base which I think it fits so much better!

 

Mummy

from Kings of War – undead faction

Mantic Games

Restic

30mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 9 / 28. 19 to go.

Painted so far this year: 42 / 365. Just 323 to go!

 

Sedition Wars Strain Phase 2 Exoform, “Quasimodo”

The Strain infects living hosts and by forced mutation rapidly transforms them to living weapons incorporating flesh and machine. Each “phase” being a stage og further mutations making the host/victim so much more formidable.

So the phase 2 exoform is a single step up from the unarmed mook cyber zombie…

 

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The second phase of mutations making it both larger and with the left arm turned into an effing plasma gun!

Too small a base for my tastes though. Even though I have added a metal weight beneath it, the mini keeps tipping over at the slightest provocation.

Damn those Sedition Wars restic minis are fine!

 

Strain phase 2 exoform #2 “Quasimodo”

From Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster game set

Studio McVey / Cool Mini Or Not

Restic

25mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 20

Painted so far this year: 384

Sedition Wars: The Doom Slayer Vanguard Trooper

Inspirational music:

 

I play some DOOM every once in a while, and every time I do I think of Sedition Wars (because, let’s face it, the inspiration is apparent.)

Making up my mind to do something about it, I set out to try and make a speed paint version of the Doom Slayer colour scheme. This was the result:

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Starting on a black undercoat, a two-tone brown/leather brown base coat. Olive heavy drybrush, then lighter yellow olive drybrush. Desert tan gun casing and a mix of yellow olive and desert tan for helmet and details. Some black and yellow for bits. Angels dark green on the visor, and just a few line highlights here and there.

Base drybrushed boltgun metal, washed with strong tone quickshade ink and some blobs of red quickshade ink. Solid black rim. Done.

 

Since the Sedition Wars kickstarter rewards turned out so dissappointing for many backers, the game and its minis have been consigned to oblivion it seems.

McVey Studios apparently have dropped the line entirely, to concentrate on making minis for others. (as in The Others: 7 sins game and such like).

For my part, after getting over the surprise of “premium plastic minis” turning out to be restic, I found the Sedition Wars mins to be quite nice actually. After growing familiar with the material, I find I do not agree with all the internet hate directed towards restic. It is good for it’s use. The Sedition Wars minis also prove that the material can make really good minis.

At any rate, after spending a lot of time prepping all that restic, they have been consigned to the drawers of doom with heaps of other KS minis like Dreadball, Deadzone and Mars Attacks!.

I originally thought I would like to do the Vanguard Troopers like Stormtroopers, all in white and black. Since white and black are inherently hard to do, at least quickly, I put them off and off and after a while moved on to other things.

Until now.

Also, I think these will do nicely for Enforcers for Deadzone and Warpath.

 

Vanguard Trooper

from the Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster game set.

(if you can get hold of a copy, do so! Great minis even though the game itself was a bit …untested.)

McVey Studios

Restic

25mm base

 

Minivember tally: 14

Painted so far this month: 19

Painted so far this year: 343

 

DreadBall: MVPs John Doe and The Praetorian

Oh, looking over some of my collection of newer minis I have prepped… Even though I have painted several teams and MVP, I still have two drawers full of Dreadball minis that are primed black, and a box of the second wave of DB Extreme minis that are untouched in bags. I dropped out of the DreadBall 2nd ed kickstarter as the minis presented there did not appeal to me all that much. And frankly, I needed to cut back on my kickstarter spending. So the latest three or four Mantic KS’s have not seen my pledges (apart from Star Saga which had Nameless in it!).

I already do have enough minis to last a lifetime, and the Mantic ones are so very hit and miss. Some I really like, others are shite city. Most are rather blandish. The big appeal with Mantic has always been a low(er than most comparable minis)  price point, and what you get are usually perfectly servicable minis. -mind you not Great minis, but servicable. But DreadBall does have good minis for the most part. And it is a great game.

Anyway. I look forward to the new 2nd ed ruleset and the hopeful revitalizing of general interest in the game. Only now that Blood Bowl is being re-released there might be a migration of players back to that game and away from DreadBall. For my part I find the two games scratch a slightly differnt itch. Not sure why, both are ball sports games (something which I find incredibly dull and uninteresting in real life)

John Doe:

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I colour code the threat zones and the back facing on the bases with red for guard, yellow for jack and green for striker like traffic lights. That flock is mostly black IRL and not brown.

I always found the Nameless appealing. Something about all those Cthulhuesqe tentacles I think.

Perhaps it is time to break out that Nameless team and do them up in full colour?

 

The Praetorian:

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The original Asterian Combat droid/drone/living automaton turned DreadBall Player.

The Mantic Space Elves using unmanned drones/robots much like Eldar Wraith Constructs. Go figure why.

I like the asterian droids, but I emphatically do not like the “living” asterian minis for Dreadball. There seems to be something wrong with their heads. They are probably my least favorite of the lot.

 

John Doe, Season 1 MVP (Nameless; Guard)

and

The Praetorian, Season 3 MVP (Asterian; Striker)

DreadBall, the Futuristic Sports Game

Mantic Games

Restic

Hex bases

 

Minivember Tally: 11

Painted so far this month: 14

Painted so far this year: 338