Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tomb Kings - Necropolis Knights, Khalida, Apophas, and Necrotect

These will likely be the last Tomb Kings models I paint for a while.

I like the GW Necropolis Knight models but I wanted to do something different. I forget where I got the idea from, but I loved the thought of them riding scorpions instead of snakes. Richard did some measuring for me and it looked like the Reaper Giant Scorpion would make for a great mount.

With some work I ended up with these guys:

I'm actually really happy with how these guys came out. They look different and they cost about $60 for the six of them (about half of what they would have costed if I went the GW route).

I do have a few caveats, though. First, the scorpions are big and do take some work to fit on the base and to make them line up with the models to their sides. Second, and most importantly, is that I got the P-65 Reaper versions and this was a bad idea. Reaper's P-65 line is cheaper but also made of a lead alloy that is softer and this caused a lot of broken joints and legs that took a lot of work to fix. If you're going to do something like this I would stick with the Warlord versions which, while more expensive, would be a lot easier to work with.

Still, I'm happy with how these guys came out and I think they look unique.

I also got Khalida, Prince Apophas, and a Necrotect done. I spent maybe an hour painting each of these and while it does show I think they came out Good Enough.

One thing I'd like to say is that the two Finecast figures (Apophas and Necrotect) were very close to flawless and each took less than five minutes to prepare and clean. Maybe I've been extremely lucky, but so far I'm continuing to love Finecast.

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