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Well, I only just signed up, been lurking for a while here but with my latest project I figured it was as good an excuse as any to sign up. With the release of Games Workshops new Vampire Counts I decided it was about time I started a fantasy army again. The only problem was, I'm not overly fond of GW's new vampires, or most of the old ones for that matter. So I set about rummaging around all the models I've bought but never painted for some suitable models to become my undead leaders. And guess what, Reaper came to the rescue when I found my case of Reaper models that I'd bought but never got round to painting. I stated painting at the start of this week and so far I've completed my overall general, using the Monique Denoir model and im working currently on her bodyguard, currently a unit of 10, soon to be 20 Grave Guard.



Front View of the new Monique Von Carstien, no I haven't smudged on the lips its meant to look like shes just fed :P



Rear view the runes on the sword didn't go the way I wanted, my original plan was to have them seem to be glowing, but even though I've been painting now for about 10 years I'm new to doing glows and lighting, something I'll have to work on me thinks.



Shot with her bodyguard, theyre still very much WIP and I think I may redo the banner as its not as good as it could be.


Comments and criticisms are welcome, and ill post more as I get further along.

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Just a quick update, both yesterday and today I lacked the volition to do the grave guard so yesterday I did the Varghulf and today I worked on another of my vampires, this one using the Hyrekia model. Also got a shot of the entire army as it stands atm.



This is the shot of the entire army, alot of characters huh? there is a reason for that :P I'm gonna fill in the units later, but I want to get this lot painted first. The Knights on the far right are my Black Knights converted from Bretonian Knights using the new Grave Guard sprues. I intend on doing the horses in a ghostly sort of way to represent their ability to move through terrain.





Front, Side and Rear shots of the Varghulf, I love the model but I'm unused to painting large animals so I'm not sure I did it justice, im still fairly happy with the results though.




Front and Rear shots of my next Vampire, wheres Monique will be kitted out heavily for combat Hyrekia will be a formidable mage, ill make her a level 4 generating 6 power dice and knowing all the spells from one lore of magic.


I apologize for the quality, I'm a novice with a camera.

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Thanks, Yeah my characters are a bit female heavy at the moment but thats a few years of hoarding models and not painting them all lol, im going to address the balance once I've painted up what I've got at the moment. Just a quickie today, as I've continued to avoid the grave guard...






I now have no excuse for not doing the Grave Guard as thats all the characters that I need painting for games at the moment, so I promise I'm going to make an impact on the grave guard tonight. I used this model to practice the glow technique i asked about a few day ago, i think it turned out ok :) any comment or criticisms are welcome.

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Bit of a delay in updates, been busy with other non painting projects, I've got the grave guard (finally) about 99% done, i just need to do the bases and do a bit of touching up on a few of them. I need some help though, as I said last time I wasnt happy with the banner so ive blacked it out but i now cant decide what to put on it so I'm fishing for ideas. Heres the squad as it is now.






Also I've been deciding how to do my black knights, ive about 70% finished the squad leader, might change a few things before its done but nothing major.








C&C more than welcome.

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I looked over your pics and they are cool and you have great control but I have to ask. What are you using for paint? the models have a gloss look to them I know testors will do that from seeing people use them but I bet its just you need to hit them a couple times with a matte varnish. but beyond that great job and keep up the good work

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@ Pyreos: Thanks, the skeletal steeds are a bit outdated now and since they have the option for barding now (which the dont have a model for) I plugged for ghostly horses since that also represents their ability to move through terrain


@Hadier: I use games workshops paints, i noticed i get alot of shine whenever i use the inks, in a few places its deliberate like monique's armour, the grave guards weapons, varghulfs wings, and the black knights shields. others not so much like Hyrekia's dress. For the moment I have to stick with GW paints since theres no other real alternative anywhere near me.


@David: The Grave Guard were relatively easy actually once I'd decided what exactly I was doing with them, I'm just one of these painters that can paint characters for fun but I stumble on rank and file (a good characteristic considering ive got 2 units of 25 skeletons to paint.


@Jabberwocky: Cheers, the weapons for the Grave Guard came out exactly as I wanted them too, I cinda got my inspiration for them from the Souldrinker (i think) from the DnD dungeon masters guide.


Well, I go away on friday for two weeks so I've been putting off starting anything major mainly been doing alot of prep work, basing up and getting undercoated etc but I'm going to make a start on hte skeleton units when I get back then do the unit of black knights. Been considering my other options for vampires too, I've got Judas Bloodspire, One of the Vale Breakers, And a couple of spellcaster models who's names elude me sitting around, Ive also just got my hands on Balthon the cleric(ish) model who will be a vamp too, wondering if you guys have any other suggestions for models to vamp up, I've already decided im having at least one dwarf vampire :D not decided which one yet though.

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