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As part of getting ready for Curse of Strahd, I picked up quite a few undead miniatures to pick away at. Skeletons are obviously a true classic, being the ranged option for undead in addition to their array of melee weapons and armor options. I picked up a small horde: of Reaper's most recent skeletal offerings, which come in sets of one unclothed and one clothed skeleton with similar weapons. I have to say, I really like this; it gives a lot of potential for mixed groups, and breaks up the monotony of a bunch of naked skeletons with some pops of color. I decided to use blue for all of mine - it contrasted the oranges of the bones nicely, while at the same time giving them a more unified appearance, as if they had been a squad in life, perhaps. I was in a desert mood, despite basing these guys with some more floral flocks, so I gave their shields the Star-over-Sand symbol of the Immescantii Desert warriors, who also use blue as their banner. While I like the clothed warriors, they take a lot longer to paint... next Reapercon, I'll probably pick up two each of the unclothed ones to bring my numbers up a bit, and another set of the Breakers, who are both clothed. 16 skeletons is enough for anyone, and I thing a 3/5 ratio of clothed to unclothed will work fine on the table while saving me a ton of time painting these. And the paint job was pretty quick, cloths aside! A basecoat of Goblin Skin, drybrushed with Leather White and washed with Army Painter Soft. I was kind of surprised that the wash worked as well as it did knocking the orange down - Goblin Skin is REALLY orange - but I trusted my gut and it came out pretty nice, and definately a different look from the mummies, which was important. I also picked up some statues/waymarkers from a set called Undead Rising at last year's Reapercon. These will probably see use as tokens and objective markers for D&D and Call of Cthulu-type stuff. They were a lot of fun - crisply-cast, with interesting bits all over and easy to drybrush. I'm pretty pleased with them.
I created a little Graveyard. The Crypt and the Raven are resin models from Minimonsters, the Skeleton rising from the grave is 02043 from Reaper. The Tombstones and Fence are from the Reaper Bones III Graveyard Set. The pathway was made with Milliput and I used the Greenstuffworld Cobblestone Rollerpin on it. Enjoy! Likes, comments and job offerings to lead Undead Hordes welcome! WIP Here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/79298-children-of-the-grave-by-glitterwolf/&page=6