• vendredi 3 juillet 2015

    The Vengeance of the Lichemaster ( Part two : The Skeletons)

    The Lichemaster and its troops are rather popular in the OldSchool community, a simple search on Google allows to find many splendid photos of Undead armies. I’m going to try to personalized my horde and give it … The Lichemaster touch!


    We begin with Skeletons, the technique the most used to paint the Skeletons consists to dry brush the bones with different colors of beige. It is simple to realize, fast and that gives a beautiful dusty effect. However, I find that figurines lose of their definitions and that erase details. I chose to paint my Skeletons by successive layers, 4 tones are enough to give a beautiful effect of volume to bones. For clothes, I chose to paint them in 3 colors of grey and to finish by washings to colorize them. Finally, concerning metals, I applied some washings to represent the oxidation (orange / chestnut). That gives a harmonious and detailed heap of bones and armors.


    The Lichemaster touch :  There are few illustrations of Lichemaster, nevertheless, we always find there his strange icon. It’s a skull set in a mixture of bone, this element is perfect to give some personality to my army. I applied this element on many shields and obviously to the banners of units. I replaced the icon skull on banners by a small mixture of circular bone, this one is surrounded with grime representing vaguely the Chaos star. There is second one icon which I appreciate less, it is a skull stylized in a circle. It’s less symbolic that’s why I did not wish to exploit it.


    My second unit consists of skeletons of Marauder Miniatures range and of skeletons sculptured by Roy Eastland. They are thicker than the others, they will be perfect to represent the personal guard of Krell. I replaced certain weapons by scythes of the skeletons Heroquest game, these blades are more massive and give a good impression of heavy weapon.


    Finally for my last unit of riders, I added figurines Grenadier Miniatures range which have a taste of the 80s. They are very pleasant to paint and married well to the Citadel range.



    That’s all for today, the next phase of this project will be dedicated to the zombies of Kev Adams.

    41 commentaires:

    1. Excellent work! Love your old school skeletons!

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    2. Beautiful collection!
      And inspiring so much!
      I am also hoping to paint something old school style and these will be more than helpful.

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    3. Cheers folks :) Old Undead are Magic :)

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    4. That's a big slap in the face right here ! Very good definition and readability and yet the palette is very simple and tight.
      Very clever work, I really like how you do not leave a detail unthought to get the best of your models.

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      1. Thank you Assless... When I read that, I think my mission is complet :)
        Bye Nico.

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    5. Utterly fantastic! That's all I got... I'm so jealous. ;)

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    6. Stunning brushwork sir. They are beautiful!

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    7. Very nice patina to the skellies, I like that you've given a unit double handed weapons, it always surprises me when undead players don't take them. Looking forward to more

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      1. The scythe stay their emblematic weapon !! Undead style :)

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    8. Really beautiful painting, and a perfect color palette. They look great as individuals and together as a group.

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    9. Really beautiful painting, and a perfect color palette. They look great as individuals and together as a group.

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    10. Really beautiful painting, and a perfect color palette. They look great as individuals and together as a group.

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    11. You sir, are a bloody magician!!!

      Well done Nico :)

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    12. Absolutely beautiful work!! I love how all of them look! Wonderful!!

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    13. Cheers, mates !! Always a great satisfaction to read your comments.
      Thank you !

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    14. Beautifully painted - it's always a pleasure to see your blog get an update.

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    15. Salut Nico,

      I love the skeletons unit, you do them great honor with the painting!! You're a shield master, some things I often neglecte ^^
      The cavalry is nicely done although I think it's du to your painting mostly as the minis are so so i believe.
      The Krell guard is also great, did you consider using the heroquest skeletons, they have this great touch of dark fantasy i love them, but they're plastic it's true :)

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    16. Glad to read your comments Finarfin !! Yep shields are really important, I take time to do them. And it's a pleasur to sculpt them.
      I have 8 HQ Skeleton (without scythes) in my bits box but ... I dont know what I can do with theise plastic chaps... Their scale is highter than 25/28mm of the Citadel range.
      Bye Nico.

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    17. Ah yes true; i have 18 of them, and indeed they're bigger :(

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    18. Uh not sure how I missed this post but.....OMG MAN!!! These are AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    19. Superbe!! Quelle entree en la matiere Nico! J'aime bien aussi que tu utilises du Grenadier, ca donne une impression ultra Old School. Je sais deja que tes Zombies vont etre ecoeurant, bien hate de les voir!

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      1. Merci Iannick :) Tu as raison, les figurines Grenadiers sont vraiment chouettes et elles se marient bien avec la gamme Citadel. En ce moment, je peints mes zombies et je dois dire... Ils sont très chiant (difficile) à peindre.

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    20. C'est superbe (mais d'un autre côté on s'y attendait), et on reconnait tout de suite ton travail dans le choix des teintes. Et quel plaisir de voir une armée de squelettes avec autant de variété de poses, j'ai voulu en commencer une avec la boîte des squelettes plastiques de GW et j'ai été trop déçu...

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      1. Merci beaucoup :) Effectivement, ces poses donnent une belle dynamique à l'unité. C'est même difficile de les mettre côte à côte en fonction des figurines... mais rien de dramatique :) Tu parles de la boite actuelle de chez GW?

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      2. Oui les guerriers squelettes des comtes vampires. Des figs très jolies, mais la pose des jambes et du buste est la même pour toutes, c'est dommage.

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      3. La Mort en marche... Oui, je vois.
        Restons en aux vieilles références, au moins y pas à les monter :)
        A+ Nico

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    21. Je me joins au concert de louanges : peinture efficace, conversions bien senties pour unifier les régiments, je suis admiratif du résultat (et de la vitesse à laquelle tu l'obtiens !)

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    22. Seeing these particular models given such love and attention warms my cold heart. The palette, the attention to detail, the shields and banners, all glorious. Fantastic work, I look forward to seeing the zombies.

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      1. Thank you David :) Shields/banners/bases are the 3 things we need to make a good unit/army.
        Zombies coming soon but I just want to said... these chaps are HARD TO PAINT !!
        :)

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    23. Amazing work man, simply amazing. After your superb work with the Dwarf Army, now you're back showing us your love for oldhammer's night creatures. Nice paintjob!

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    24. Salut j'adore tes squelettes dis moi qu'elles couleurs à tu utilisées pour les peindre?

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      1. Salut !! J'utilise que des peintures citadel.
        Couche de base Mournfang Brown
        Lavi d'Agrax
        Applat : XV88
        Eclaircissement 1 : Zandri Dust
        Eclaircissement 2 : Ushabti Bone
        Eclaircissement 3 : Screaming Skull, uniquement autour des yeux, pommettes et menton.

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