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Vampire Counts Thoughts

Oh no… guess by now, everyone would have heard of the next new exciting release from Games Workshop! Vampire Counts! More pictures and stuff can be found on most of the blogs and on BOLs…

First, the trend in Warhammer Fantasy recent is each army having a huge monstrous unit of something. I am not surprised that Vampire Count is getting its hugh monster unit. The Coven Throne / Mortis Engine is amazing, simply amazing. The sculpt is so cool with all its undead ethereal host ferrying the Vampires Lords or so. Definitely cant wait to get a hold of it and paint.

The other unit that is definitely my favourite is the Black Knights / Hexwraiths. When I first saw it, this is what I would call a cool skeleton horses! The sculpt looks good, and I am definitely getting them for my Black Knights, which I have been searching for a good skeleton horses to convert for sooo long. I read, seem like Black Coach will not have any new sculpt. It would be cool to have a new Black Coach to add on to my current Black Coach. As for Isabella, she is definitely gonna accompany my Vampire Lord… haha.

I am still not so keen on the ghouls and zombies sort, cos my Vampire Army is base on all skeleton warriors of all sort, with lots of bats. Speaking of bats, wonder will there be any new rules or miniatures for the bats or so… Hmmm….

Raise my Undead! Vampire Count Necromancer

Few weeks back, I managed to get my Vampire Count Necromancer all done up at the last hour and got it submitted in time for The Rotten Harvest 2011 contest. The results for The Rotten Harvest contest – Witches and Warlock category is out now and I got a place in the 2nd position. Check out the other entries gallery here. Thank you everyone for voting and Wyrd for the great contest!

The Witches and Warlock category is for all miniatures Spellcasters from fantasy to sci-fi. At first, I thought of getting the freebooters miniature for this category, but after much rumbling through my shelves, I realized that my Vampire Count Necromancer fits the category completely. As the pose for the Necromancer sculpt is like as if he is casting a spell of sort, I thought he should be casting the Innvocation of Nekek spell, raising an undead skeleton warrior.

vampire count necromancer

vampire count necromancer

With the bitz and extras from the Vampire Count skeleton warrior sprue, I managed to convert half a skeleton warrior raising from a pool of skulls and bone. The stone slab and pool of skulls are from Games Workshop Citadel Hero Basing Kit which I got a while back. The arm for the skeleton I had to cut and re-oriented the wrist and the sword arm wrist to a pose as if the skeleton is pushing itself up from the pile of skulls.

The colour choice for the Necromancer I followed the theme and colour feel for my Vampire Count army. Guess after much research, Necromancer are usually in a darker tone of robes and cloak. Anyway, as my Necromancer is casting the spell from a dusty pools of skulls ruins… I finished the miniature with a dust of weathering powder, as if he has been around lurking around the dusty skull ruins for skeletons reinforements.

I sure had lot of fun converting and painting this Necromancer, sure adds a new dark energy to my Vampire Count Army. Raise my Undead! Cheers!

Vampire Counts’ New Screams

Vampire Counts have new releases and updated rules on new Cairn Wraith and Tomb Banshee. I was having the impression that the updated rules were for the rare unit choice for the Vampire Counts. But upon reading the details in the official rules in White Dwarf, it is stated as a Hero choice in a Vampire Count Army. Then what about the rare choice? Does it mean I can have a Cairn Wraith and/or Tomb Banshee as Hero choices, and also have a rare unit of Cairn Wraith? If you compare the stats for the Cairn Wraith, they are about the same, except the hero choice on having the special skills of Chill Grasp, for the cost of extra 10 more points. Any comments anyone?

Then, there is Hero Choice, this makes a stronger temptation for me to get these 2 new character hero. And, I guess I can only get these at my local Games store now, haha.

Comparing the sculpt for Cairn Wraith, I think the new Cairn Wraith is more updated as compared to the old ones. The new one having the swish feel like ghost swishing everywhere, like nowadays with ghost 3D animation movie. The old sculpt feel like old school of ghost floating across plains.

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The new Tomb Banshee feels more updated with a vampire theme feel dress. The old Banshee feel more like a runaway Victorian bride ghost. Still, I am getting these 2 new characters for my Vampire Counts collection. Then the Garden of Morr, looks so cool! A cemetery in my own backyard, haha. But the problem is I have no more land in my Painting Shop to hold a cemetery! Haha!

Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee and her Cairn Wraiths

And screams filled the air, piercing into the depths of the ear drum… Arghhhh! Yes, my Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee and her 4 Cairn Wraiths are all done. Gosh, they looked ghostly and ready to wipe any souls out there.

Don’t you think my Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee looks pretty?… haha… I wanted her to sort of like wearing an old dirty gown of some sort. Imagine an old bridal gown turn yellowish, then toss into the sand and dirt and rolled everywhere. At the same time with the dirty gown, the Tomb Banshee sort of still have green glows. With that idea in mind, after usual base coat of Citadel Chaos Black, then Skull White, I started by washing her down with Citadel Gryphonne Sepia then followed by Devian Mud. Highlighted and wash the edges with Citadel Skull White. Next, followed by a wash of diluted Citadel Dark Angel Green, and Skull White highlight at the edges. And, there she is… screaming all the way….

vampire counts wraith

vampire counts howling banshee

vampire counts wraith

vampire counts wraith

vampire counts wraith

vampire counts wraith

With almost all of my Vampire Counts miniatures done up, only left Blood Knights and 10 Skeleton Warriors, I am ready for a battle with my Vampire Counts army. The air feels cold, the air feels damp… ooo, haha. Anyway, think the 40k mood seems to be kicking in with the Grey Knights hype and such. Let me rumble what’s for 40k next… Cheers!

Oooo… Vampire Counts Cairn Wraith

Over the weekend, managed to get 2 Vampire Counts Cairn Wraiths all done. Still have 2 more Cairn Wraiths and 1 Tomb Banshee to go. If everything goes as planned, I should be able to get the Cairn Wraith unit of 5 all done by this week or weekend.

vampire counts wraith

Before I started, I roughly had in mind that I wanted to maintain a dark feel like a reaper kind of cloak clothing for the Cairn Wraiths, but at the same time they also should have a green ghostly feel to it.

Painted the Cairn Wraith with shades of Citadel Chaos Black and Fortress Grey, highlighted the edges with Skull White. After which a diluted wash of Citadel Dark Angel Green is wash over the miniatures. Once dried, the edges are highlighted with Citadel Skull white lightly.

Now they are dark and ghostly… Ooooo, haha. Here I go… back to more chills and painting… Ooooo, cheers!

Vampire Counts Black Coach

The air feels chill, aura of death creeps down the spine… Vampire Counts Black Coach!

Yes… finally got my Vampire Counts Black Coach all done. Nightmares and Wraith filled the journey, haha. I did not use the skeletons nightmares from Vampire Counts Black Coach box, instead, I took 2 horses from the New Empire Pistoliers and converted them to nightmares with partial bones visible. See my earlier post on the conversion here.

Nesbet did suggested adding flames to the horses feet but by then I already had them based coated and started painting a bit ready. Did not wanna restart, thought I paint the flames at the horses feet instead. Managed to find some reference and inspirations for the nightmare horses from Xbox 360 games Darksiders. Though the flames are not as 3 dimensional as if its sculpted, the painted version I am still happy with it…

vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach
vampire counts black coach

After looking at the completed Black Coach, I still like my Black Coach nightmares better as compared to the original skeletons ones. The skeleton ones were kind of silly looking I felt for such an amazing fearing causing black coach. With the nightmares, now I drive more fear into the mortals… haha.

Behold… mortals… haha. Cheers!

Vampire Counts Black Coach and Nightmare Horse conversion

Brace for impact! Vampire Counts Black Coach!

Had some fun assembling my Vampire Counts Black Coach over the Christmas weekend. Lot of metal bitz to file and clean up as usual for all metal miniatures. Now the exciting part was my fingers and hands did not stain of any CA super glue, only a minor drips on my thumb which I wiped away fast. All thanks to the CA glue accelerator and it has become one of the important needs in metal miniature assembling. Cool!

The next thing that was disappointing, was the Vampire Counts Black Coach box did not come with a chariot base. Is it suppose to have or am I missing it? Then my son was asking me, how come there is only 1 base for the skeleton horse. Oh no, another horse base is missing. Gosh, this must be one of those unlucky mispack box that I landed with.

Rumble through my bitz only managed to find I have an extra horse base, the chariot base is still missing. I discovered that most of the online stores does not have chariot bases, only Wayland Games have, but its a bit pricey extra for a base. Besides, ordering online will take time, like a week or so to come, but I want to finish assembling my Black Coach.

My local hobby stores do not have any chariot base as well, they happen to have 25 x 100 regiment base. Just lucky, got 2 of those to assemble into a perfect 50 x 100 chariot base.

vampire counts black coach

Oh ya, the nightmare horses. I don’t like the bony nightmare horses from the box. So, I decided to do a little conversion for my nightmare horses. In my mind and impression, I imagine nightmare horses are with flesh and skin, but with torn of glow scar and some part of the horses having see through skeleton parts. My idea is to split a regular horse miniature face and convert the other half of the horse face with skeleton bones.

I decided to use the spare horses I have from the Empire Outriders. Using a curving knife and penknife, managed to cut half of the horse face out.

nightmare horse conversion

Then I cut the skeleton horse head, from the Black Coach box, into half. Glued half of the skeleton horse head to the horse with the cut out half face.

nightmare horse conversion

Using the curving knife, dug out a groove and glues the skeleton neck onto the horse. Took some green stuff and sculpt the gaps and grooves to look like horse flesh.

nightmare horse conversion
nightmare horse conversion

Managed to convert the 2 horses, each having skeleton face on the opposite sides. Piece them up with the Vampire Counts Black Coach, and its ready to charge!

nightmare horse conversion

Not yet… still have to get it painted! Nightmares, here I come… cheers!

Vampire Counts Spirit Host

Oooo… Chill wind blows, spine freeze as glow of green glowing from the tombstone… Spirit Host…

Yes, got my Vampire Counts Spirit Host finally done. The 3 Spirit Hosts in a rank with a mini sort of graveyard diorama. With tombstone and dug up grave, green glow flooding the graveyard as the band of Spirit Host come haunting the battle field.

vampire counts spirit host

I wanted the Vampire Counts Spirit Host to feel like those greenish green glow ghost sort of feel. Its like the army of the dead in Lord of the Rings.

Started the Spirit Host with a base coat of Citadel Skull White. Followed by a wash of diluted Citadel Dark Angel Green. Once dried, another wash of very diluted of Turquoise (mix of Dark Angel Green and Midnight Blue). Once dried again, a light wash of Citadel Gryphonne Sepia, focusing on some of the torn cloths holes and grooves. When everything is dried, blend and highlight with Skull White, focusing more highlights of Skull White on the high areas.

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Sure had fun painting these Vampire Counts Spirit Host, especially assembling the mini graveyard and searching for bitz for the graveyard. The next fun part was the dry brushing of the props on the base to create the glowing effect… Oooo, haha.

vampire counts spirit count

More ghost, wraith and coach to go. Let me pack up my bits and get ready for assembly. Ooooo… haha. Cheers!

Ooo… Ssspirit Hooost

Its almost done, my Vampire Counts Spirit Hosts. Have been messing around with my Spirit Hosts. Managed to almost complete the 3 of them. It was fun painting them though. Keep making Ooooo sound effect when I completed one each time…hahaha.

vampire counts spirit host

Now, left only the basing portion. I was thinking of basing a very graveyard kind of diorama with tombstone, skulls and dug up graves. Let me run through my scraps and see what I can come up with. Stay tuned… Cheers…. OOooooo

I can smell blood, Vampire Counts Lord is here

Finally…, I smell blood… fresh BLOOD… ! Argghh….

Finally got my Warhammer Vampire Counts Lord all done up, and ready to reap some blood out there. Its the Vlad von Carstein miniature. I will use him to represent the Vampire Counts Lord in a typical Warhammer Vampire Counts army battle game.

Vampire Counts Lord Vlad von Carstein
Vampire Counts Lord Vlad von Carstein
Vampire Counts Lord Vlad von Carstein
Vampire Counts Lord Vlad von Carstein

The scale armour is painted in Citadel Tin Bitz, blended and highlighted with Shining Gold and Mithril Silver. The shoulder, waist, elbow and knee armour portion is painted in Citadel Shinning Gold, washed with Gryphonne Sepia then highlighted with Mithril Silver.

The cape, I did a blend from Citadel Chaos black to Red Gore to Blood Red. Highlighted the high areas with mix of Skull white and blend.

The long sword the Vampire Counts Lord is holding is the Frostblade. I imagine it to be sort of icy cold steel and frozen kind of feel. Painted the blade with Citadel Boltgun Metal first. Wash the blade with a diluted wash of Citadel Midnight Blue. Once dried, dry brush with a mix of Citadel Skull White and Midnight Blue. Next follow by a dry brush of Citadel Skull White, focusing on the edges of the blade.

The skin and face tone for the Vampire Lord I started with a base of Citadel Scorched Brown. Next, highlight and blend the high areas with a mix of Citadel Skull White and Scorched Brown. Finally highlight and blend Citadel Skull White to the mix of Citadel Skull White and Scorched Brown. Finish off with some small dab of highlight dry brush with Citadel Skull White on the high areas.

So much in the Vampire hype, finally my army has a Vampire Counts Lord ready, haha. I am still left with some more to complete my Vampire Counts army. Mainly, about 10 more skeletons, black coach, some ghost and wraiths and blood knights. Think I will leave the blood knights to last.

Not much days left in 2010, still trying hard to hit my deadline… haha. Hopefully I don’t get distracted, my Dark Eldar codex keep looking at me, and my Grey Knights Terminator lying on my desk seems to me calling onto me… haha. Cheers!