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Minions of death

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Project Blog by SteveHK

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About the Project

First project post on the site as a new-comer. As amateur hobbyist I have recently in the last year got back into tabletop miniatures, and am currently painting and interested in doing a few projects. Undead (as they were called in the 90’s) was my first WHFB army. With recent Legions of Nagash battletome, and the many lovely models released in the nighthaunts army my interest in them has resurgence. This project will be a progressive update of models I have recently painted and completed, as well as a upcoming models as I work through the pile of bones and cloth in my hobby drawer that are the nighthaunt army... any tips and advice on colours and techniques are much appreciated!

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skele-tonnes

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Wight King on foot to lead the mass of skeletons.  Nothing much special about this model - cloak was done with Corax white undercoat, nihilakh oxide wash all over, coelia greenshade wash in the recesses, then dry brushed with ulthuan grey to bring back the highlights - then glazed 1-3 layers with waywatcher green until happy with the green glow.  Edge highlight with ulthuan grey to bring back the bright peaks.Wight King on foot to lead the mass of skeletons. Nothing much special about this model - cloak was done with Corax white undercoat, nihilakh oxide wash all over, coelia greenshade wash in the recesses, then dry brushed with ulthuan grey to bring back the highlights - then glazed 1-3 layers with waywatcher green until happy with the green glow. Edge highlight with ulthuan grey to bring back the bright peaks.

Some infantry – managed to get 40 skeletons painted up in this similar way, various bronze coloured gear, or iron coloured gear.  A bit messy in some places, not necessarily to reflect the battle damage and grime that is a resurrected body… but rather after the long slog of 40 skeletons, I did another 20 grave guard – this time using chaos warriors I had lying around… and repurposed a few stormcast externals.  The grave guard models from the official line don’t really stand out in my mind – lacks the elite feel. The chaos warriors and storm cast infantry are more beefy looking. Perfect to supplement with the box of skulls.  (It come with orc skulls too… but I have not got any fully armoured orruks to proxy as dead orruks yet…).

One day I hope to have an assortment of different skeletons to form a large display.  But no more standard skeletons… fed up with those (same feeling I’m getting with the Night Haunt chainrasps!)

Rust effect is simply grunge it up with typhus corrosion, then a very light drybrush of Ryza rust, and tone it down with a bit of agrax if the orange is too bright.  I have seen tutorials that use layer paints or browns and shades to get the rust effect really nice.  I’ve done it the lazy way.

One to summon them all

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Daunting model... was always put off from purchasing this model and painting it up - after all it is the key figure of the entire death allegiance. Having said that then, how you not have him?  Had a go with no real color scheme in mind - went for a metallic green armour that was essentially based leadbelcher, highlighted with runefang steel, washed with coelia greenshade, then glazed with waywatcher green, and edge highlight with runefang.  The bones - Zandri Dust bade, washed with a agrax/nulnoil/lahmian mixture, and dry brushed with tyrant skill.  Overall pleased with this model and glad I gave it a go.  The original model has Nagash floating in the air... I didn’t quite like the pose, seemed spindly and weak, certainly easy to break.  I decided (after being inspired by a Golden Demon Winner) to seat him.  I believe the throne is the magewrath throne - but I gave it a bit of a twist - Nagash having the keyword FLY... his throne levitates carried by the spirit hosts... admittedly not many at the moment.  I may revisit the model one day, and add more spirits. I also wanted to add a vampire harem sitting at his feet, but I’d need another blood coven throne box for that... another time.  Too many other interesting models waiting to paint and build (New black coach might be the next...)Daunting model... was always put off from purchasing this model and painting it up - after all it is the key figure of the entire death allegiance. Having said that then, how you not have him? Had a go with no real color scheme in mind - went for a metallic green armour that was essentially based leadbelcher, highlighted with runefang steel, washed with coelia greenshade, then glazed with waywatcher green, and edge highlight with runefang. The bones - Zandri Dust bade, washed with a agrax/nulnoil/lahmian mixture, and dry brushed with tyrant skill. Overall pleased with this model and glad I gave it a go. The original model has Nagash floating in the air... I didn’t quite like the pose, seemed spindly and weak, certainly easy to break. I decided (after being inspired by a Golden Demon Winner) to seat him. I believe the throne is the magewrath throne - but I gave it a bit of a twist - Nagash having the keyword FLY... his throne levitates carried by the spirit hosts... admittedly not many at the moment. I may revisit the model one day, and add more spirits. I also wanted to add a vampire harem sitting at his feet, but I’d need another blood coven throne box for that... another time. Too many other interesting models waiting to paint and build (New black coach might be the next...)
Side view to show the throne... needs more spirits at least.  The throne is on stone which I carried out matching color of the bloodsand base... but the red is quite dominant... that vampire harem might break up the uniformity a bit...Side view to show the throne... needs more spirits at least. The throne is on stone which I carried out matching color of the bloodsand base... but the red is quite dominant... that vampire harem might break up the uniformity a bit...
I put of painting that Nagash for several months after purchase... this one pictured... 20 years at least... and counting.  Might just be a chunky block of rust by now!! Too scared to open the shrink wrap lest the powdered form of Nagash sprays out.  Somethings... were never meant to be opened...I put of painting that Nagash for several months after purchase... this one pictured... 20 years at least... and counting. Might just be a chunky block of rust by now!! Too scared to open the shrink wrap lest the powdered form of Nagash sprays out. Somethings... were never meant to be opened...

WIP - practice model for Mounted nighthaunts

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Thought I’d slip this one in as a second entry since I threw this image up as my banner image (while I get used to the site).  This model to me is complete as far as the miniature goes - I just need to finish the base.  Happy enough for tabletop quality and display (at a distance).  This model allowed me to practice the colour scheme before attempting some more of the other mounted and more prominent miniatures like Reikenor the grimhailer, the the dread blade harrows.  The mount was coloured Stegadon scale green, edge highlighted with sybarite green, washed with a agrax/nulnoil/lahmian medium mix, then touched up with sybarite green edge highlights. Ulthuan grey for minimal highlights.  Cloak of the rider was done using a loaded brush technique (still practicing trial and lots of error..) using an acrylic white, moot green and incubi darkness, to try blend it in one go. Riders and mounts skin - I didn’t quite want bone colour like I use with my deathrattle units... as a more ethereal spirit army... I went for a Fenrisian Grey (I play spacewolves so I had this on hand) with a drakhenhoff nightshade wash. Highlight back up with Fenrisian and minimal highlight with ulthuan grey.Thought I’d slip this one in as a second entry since I threw this image up as my banner image (while I get used to the site). This model to me is complete as far as the miniature goes - I just need to finish the base. Happy enough for tabletop quality and display (at a distance). This model allowed me to practice the colour scheme before attempting some more of the other mounted and more prominent miniatures like Reikenor the grimhailer, the the dread blade harrows. The mount was coloured Stegadon scale green, edge highlighted with sybarite green, washed with a agrax/nulnoil/lahmian medium mix, then touched up with sybarite green edge highlights. Ulthuan grey for minimal highlights. Cloak of the rider was done using a loaded brush technique (still practicing trial and lots of error..) using an acrylic white, moot green and incubi darkness, to try blend it in one go. Riders and mounts skin - I didn’t quite want bone colour like I use with my deathrattle units... as a more ethereal spirit army... I went for a Fenrisian Grey (I play spacewolves so I had this on hand) with a drakhenhoff nightshade wash. Highlight back up with Fenrisian and minimal highlight with ulthuan grey.

Harbingers

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For this Harbinger wanted to try to simulate “it” being summoned from the rift below. Quite enjoyed painting this and was was good practice as a medium sized model before working on Nagash himself and a zombie dragon.  For this Harbinger wanted to try to simulate “it” being summoned from the rift below. Quite enjoyed painting this and was was good practice as a medium sized model before working on Nagash himself and a zombie dragon.
This Harbinger I wanted it to not be support by the wings and spirits as it can seem a bit weak and break easily. Instead I wanted to simulate a pose whereby it has just landed... or ready to lift off again. The bone is simply Zandri Dust, washed over with a Agrax/Nulnoil/Lahmian mixture and then lightly dry brushed with tyrant skull. Spirits done by ulthuan grey base, nihilakh oxide wash, coelia greenshade recess wash, highlight back with ulthuan grey.This Harbinger I wanted it to not be support by the wings and spirits as it can seem a bit weak and break easily. Instead I wanted to simulate a pose whereby it has just landed... or ready to lift off again. The bone is simply Zandri Dust, washed over with a Agrax/Nulnoil/Lahmian mixture and then lightly dry brushed with tyrant skull. Spirits done by ulthuan grey base, nihilakh oxide wash, coelia greenshade recess wash, highlight back with ulthuan grey.