FutaManticore's Modelling Meanderings

Howdy folks!

So I’ve been pretty quiet of late, working out how best to import some of my existing models over to Kings of War and maybe even trying my hand at some multi basing. I have ideas. Lots of ideas. Too many ideas which seem to jump from one army to another, but I’ve finally settled on a few projects to keep me entertained and hopefully out of trouble.

Empire of Dust: Direct import of the small selection of Ossiarch Bonereapers I had collected, which will represent units such as mummies, revenant cavalry and maybe some characters. This will be further enhanced by Kings of War Empire of Dust models when they’re back in stock.
Twilight Elves: So I have quite the collection of TT Combat Desert Elves from their last Kickstarter, as well as a small selection of Witch Elves which can be repurposed. The idea will be a living statue/blood magic/soul binding army with a coven of lower crones controlling/leading each regiment. I’m thinking of ruined temple multi basing, and the statues could weep tears of blood?
Kings of War Ogres: Straight up just like the models, and I’ve already acquired myself an army box. Painting wise, I’m thinking paler brown skin, orange hair and blue warpaint. Pictish/Highland theme.

As for progress, I’ve made a batch of Multibases for the Empires of Dust. Six regiments, four Infantry and two Cavalry. Nothing special at the moment, but I’m already thinking of incorporating some characters into the bases and maybe small pieces of terrain


Also, some of the models I have removed from their bases and a quick mock-up of the general contrast between model and base.


Man, these really look great.

Aren’t those bonereapers insanely expensive? Or have they gone down in price?

Also, how did you pull off that texture on the multibases? Did you use grout?

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Cheers bud. Glad you like them!

Nothing so intuitive for the texture. I use Vallejo Black Lava Texture from when I used to base models individually. It comes in a 200ml tub, is fantastic to work with for creating small desert-like features and is surprisingly economical. Those 6 regiment bases caused hardly a dent to what’s left in the tub. I think I may continue this method for my Empire of Dust, but have other ideas for the Twilight Kin.
I have my own application tool, which is an old drybrush with half the handle snapped off at a diagonal. This gives you a nice flat-ish surface for scooping and applying the texture paint. I then gently smooth out the texture paint with the rounded side so you have a thin but even spread over the MDF. Lastly, I flip back round to the flat side and tap as much of the flat across the texture paint, which sticks and creates all those little ridges you currently see. The main benefit I find with the Vallejo texture over grout is that it holds a slight elasticity once dry, which makes affixing the models to the base a bit easier.

As for the Bonereapers, the infantry is quite cheap by GW standards. A box of 20 is £35 direct. Independent retailers are anywhere between £28-£30, but you can find good deals if your willing to search secondhand and maybe spend a little bit of TLC stripping the models back to bare plastic. I got a job lot of spearmen, cavalry and one character for just over £1.25 per model secondhand. They are a nice little experiment for my first foray into multi basing and I’m planning on using Mantic Empire of Dust and maybe some TT Combat Desert of the Dead for the remainder of the force.

Cheers again!

So, bit of an update. I’ve converted my Mortek Guard from individual bases onto multi bases over the weekend. They were actually finished last night, but getting half-decent photos of the unit was proving problematic.

Initially, I hoped to squeeze about fifteen dudes onto a single base, but these guys are pretty bulky when you take their stance and shields into account.

Next, I’m cleaning up some ogres and collecting shards of slate whilst out walking the mongrel.


Looking good, nice volume of models on the base. Also props on doing EoD with Bonereapers, first I’ve seen it done (probably in part because $$$$).

Cheers bud.

Yeah, Ossiarch seem to be the contemporary design for Tomb Kings, but a whole army of the blighters would certainly be expensive. I think a mix’n’match, drafting them in for some of the more elite options such as Mummies, Revenants and the odd Pharoh would be sufficient. I’ve got some Kavalos Deathiders lined up as Revenant cavalry and maybe even a Arch-Kavalos on steed as a Pharoh on Chariot. It’s a pretty big model with good height and fills a chariot base quite nicely.

While slowly cleaning up the Ogres, I’m brainstorming some ideas for painting the Nightstalker elements for the Blood Magic Twilight Kin. Not sure if they should be pale sickly flesh with bright visceral gore on the tentacles and teeth, think Silent Hill, or maybe painting them to look as if they are actually formed out of blood themselves…

In other news, I recently got a textured rolling pin so I can start making some cracked tiles for the Twilight Kin bases.