Triumph of Death: Landsknect vs "late" Landsknechts

Bringing the term Bad War into a whole new realm of meaning. 

It was a beautiful day out today, and I was lucky to get some "action" shots of both my Triumph of Death and Landsknechts.

Some historical reference.

Now back to patiently waiting to hear back from the Kickstarter folks....


Triumph of Death: Halberdier Units

Triumph of Death: Halberdier Units

Finished up two units of  skelly halberdiers, based as units for Kings of War. The first unit is "advancing, with halberds high at the ready and back rank marching. I chose to put two torch standards in this unit, as multiple torches and candle standards is a prevalent theme in Bruegel's  Triumph of Death painting.

Not sure which angle told the story best so am over sharing here.
Multiple candle standards can be seen in the top center of this detail. 


The second unit is in an "attack attitude" with halberds lowered in the front rank and at the ready to drop some beats in the second rank. I put in a marching skelly behind the standard bearer- a quick conversion or halberd at ready- because it just looked better.

The standard is a cloth flag on a brass wire spear. Based on a Landsknecht flag.

Mix and Match

I've designed my "deckled" bases to fit together, so you could take these two units and make a Kings of War regiment.  This gives a lot more flexibility and also makes them more useful for Oldhammer games.  Both of these units, the Javelin regiment, and all of my single painted figures- including the one off conversions- are pledge rewards as part of my upcoming Kickstarter. Getting these guys done and photographed was part of the wait.  The KS will be launching a couple of days after I get the thumbs up from the Kickstarter group, so hopefully before the 10th. Pins and needles time!
Ranking up!
And lastly for now, a group shot of the units together. The angle shows its an action pose :)
That's all for now- thanks again for checking back in, and, as always, I love your feedback and comments! 


Triumph of Death: Of Martyrs and Reliquaries

The bless and burden of the Martyrs and the Reliquary

Martyrs and Reliquaries

Picked up these cool sculpts from Drew Williams today! They are stretch goal unlock pieces that folks will be able to get in my Kickstarter.  I wanted some nice set pieces that were not quite command models but were not necessarily rank and file, either. Stuff from which vignettes can be formed.

The poor fellow carrying the basket full of heads (reinforcements?) is an homage to the old Minifigs line. They did a model similar to this. It just tells a great story.  Originally we had human "live" heads in the basket, but it was too grim. Skulls work better.


 The Fisher King Reliquary

So this little drawing is something I've been doodling for over a decade. Not sure it has a true story behind it, but rather a mystery as to why it keeps coming into my head. Drew saw my drawing my studio one day, and the next time I went to visit him he had started to sculpt it! Really cool!
As he was working on it we talked about what it was, how heavy it might be, etc. In the end it was decided that it must be a reliquary. I believe it is a reliquary for St. Colin Dude, and contains a piece of the true piling he wiped out on. 
A sketch of the piece from last October.
I can't wait to paint this guy up!

Kickstarter update:

So the Kickstarter is ready for submission. Once in it takes a few days for approval (or it did last time I did it) then we get to go live! fingers crossed everyone!
This evening I was trying to take pictures of painted units that will be available as pledge rewards. Even with my adhoc studio set up they were not coming out as clean as I would have liked, so will reshoot the pieces during the day.
a sneak peak at long distance. Also I realize my ideas board may give away upcoming things...

Cheers, and as always, I love your feedack


Triumph of Death: Mounted Death and Musician Greens

Death- coming soon to a Kickstarter near you!
Memento Mei- Remember me. Yeah, I'd remember...
Death Rides a Pale Green Horse 

Hot off the sculpting table! This grim smiling fellow, is based off of a drawing by Albrecht Durer, fabulously brought into 3d by the sculpting talents of Drew Day Williams. Death is going to be the first unlock stretch goal for my impendingly imminent Kick Starter.

We've designed the model to accept different arms. Currently  it comes with the traditional scythe and another outstretched arm holding an hour glass, giving you options of the flavor of commander you want to lead your undead legions (or get more than one and have lieutenants).

The Sound of Dooooom! 

Adding to my command pack choices is the horn player. Based unadbashidly off of Holbein's Totentanz wood cut of musicians, this herald of doom holds his period horn high.
The burial shroud works as a fashionable cloak/scarf.

During the renaissance it was very common to bury folks in a cloth shroud as opposed to a coffin. Because of this, the shroud is often depicted on the "undead" in paintings, drawings and woodcuts of the time.
Hans Holbein the Younger.

That's all for now- I've got to get back to finishing up a couple more units of deaders for Kickstarter goals.  Thanks for any feedback and for continuing to come visit my humble blog!




Saint Colin Dvde

...And Saint Colin grabbed a shield and said unto Pharaoh, " follow me dude- I'll get you out of this". But Pharaoh, was a cook, and wiped out...

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Saint Colin Dude is patron saint of surfers, wax, and instant noodles

 I've been a devotee to St. Colin Dude for quite a while, and decided that with surf season coming up, I needed a version for the dashboard of my car. So, I made one.

A bit of history of St. Colin Dude

16th century etching showing St. Colin in the line up
 No one is sure where Saint Colin originated but all scholars agree it was from a coast or an island. Although references in the old testament are vague at best, ( mostly found in St Thomas' gospels) as far as we can tell St. Colin was a Roman soldier- most likely an auxiliary as their shields are more oval and board like. Like all good Saints, Colin was martyred by being boiled alive in a vat of top Ramen. Before he died his last miracle happened wherein the Ramen kept growing so much that it fed all around!  (other stories say he was boiled in wax)
Dutch/German Woodblock- most likely after contact with the Japanese 

The making of a Reliquary

This piece was done up on my laser-inator. I imported a drawing I had been noodling with and started translating the vector lines. After a few attempts I got something I was looking for cut wise.

Cut and unpainted. Still a bit tall for a car dashboard

Vector lines WIP

St Colin Dude and his Martyr pals Check out the waves

Over all a good weekend project, but I may go back and do a bit cleaner drawing of the dude.
 Thinking of including these as a goal prize for hitting a level on my upcoming kickstarter. Whaddaya think?



Triumph of Death: Doom Darts Regiment

The commander parts the shield wall to show that time is up!

 Doom Darts Regiment: Time's up!

Finished up my first full unit of my Renaissance skeletons, a regiment based for Kings of War. I'm going to point these out as skeleton archers, with the idea that darts of death would be as accurate and ranged as a bow. Accurate for skeletons that is...

 As a Regiment in KoW consists of 20 models, I front loaded the unit with 7 models in the first two ranks to give that "legions" feeling and so I could have more coffin lid pavises. I also really wanted   the commander showing you through a break in the shield wall- that time is up!

Side view showing ranking. Went with 3 ranks as It just looked good.

 With the unit built up 3 ranks, it makes it easy for me to attach another unit of 20 next to it (my deckled bases interlock) to create a horde for Kings of War. See- death can be flexible!
 these of course were inspired directly from Breugel's Triumph of Death Painting.
References like this make my models "historical" instead of fantasy :)

Another Conversion: Sword and Shield

I made a thing- taking one of the javelin Dart skellies marching, I cut out the dart and replaced it with a plastic sword from a GW model, then added an old GW empire shield. Really happy with the outcome.
This guy, along with all the painted singles I've done (including conversion) will go towards one of the painted model pledges for my imminently upcoming kickstarter. In fact, the main reason I delayed the KS is to resculpt this guy (and do a variation model) with an open hand so he can be used for various needs. I really want the best quality and variation for anyone jumping in to build a force or an army with these guys!

Cheers, thanks very much for looking, and I love your feedback and comments- keep them coming!


Triumph of Death: Regiments of Doom WIP

 The nice thing about skeletons? Nobody gives you guff about not painting the eyes!

Working on getting some troops and regiments done as examples for my upcoming Kickstarter.
Really loving how these guys are getting that "we are legion" kind of vibe.

The Coffin lid "pavises" will be added to the front rank

An earlier shot showing more of the underpainting. 

Painted up this command figure, then decided to not use him
for this unit. playing around with a bit more rust on the chain mail.

While working on the unit, I am trying different painting techniques to see what is both the most effective and time saving. Once I get this nailed down I'll do a step by step painting  guide.

Group shot

These painted and based up guys, with a couple more additions,  will be one of the available pledges.
Maybe the painted units will be too- we'll see.

Cheers, thanks for taking a gander!


Triumph of Death: Skeleton Landsknecht Pike

While working on the upcoming kickstarter, I started playing around with what other unit options could look like, and I converted a couple of javelin models into pike.

Really happy with the outcome, to the point where I'm having the javelin model remastered to be open handed instead. The hat is from an old plastic Mordheim set.

What do you think?