Thursday, July 31, 2014

Empire of the Dead, Gentlemen


   Some indeterminate amount of time ago, I participated in the crowdfunding (via Kickstarter) of some miniatures for the Empire of the Dead game. I don't currently play Empire of the Dead (hereon, EotD), but I liked the figures for the Requiem expansion, so I bought in to the project. Naturally, as with most Kickstarter projects, everything was delayed, partly by the number of stretch goals reached and partly by the problems that spring up in any project. Not being in a tearing hurry, I was for the most part okay with it. When I duly received my package of lead, I was quite pleased with the contents.

   I started painting up the Lycaons first, which I believe have made previous appearances here. Now I am working on the Gentlemen's Club. I can absolutely see me making an Adventuring Company for IHMN out of these figures as well. I chose a theme color of blue for this faction. Thus, the Sapphire Club of Marylebone was born!

I am particularly fond of the Clockwork Butler.

Members of the Sapphire Club.

More Sapphirians. I like the fellow in smoking jacket and fez a lot.
The fellow in the overcoat is actually a club porter, not a member.
As if such a ruffian could be a member!

   One thing that I didn't like to paint, but which I think looks 'right' for these figures is the preponderance of black. Black trousers, black coats, black toppers. Not as bad as all white (snow blind me, will ye, ye damned Napoleonic Austrians?!?!), but still. I am glad I went for a brighter blue to help break the monochromatic issue.

   I have two more members to paint up (currently on the table) and that will be mostly that for this faction. I am finishing up what I think is the last of the Lycaons as well. He's just a human servitor, a hunter with a crossbow. After that, who knows? Maybe finish up the latest unit of automatons, which I have five completed and five remaining...


Michael Awdry said...

These look great! I know what you mean about black, I am working on some black hellhounds at the moment and I keep asking myself why am I bothering with shading! That said I find Privateer Press Coal Black a real God send.

J Womack, Esq. said...

For 'highlighting' the black, I have been using Vallejo's Black Grey #862.

I find it does a splendid job of bringing up the black just that little smidge without overpowering it.

YMMV, of course...

Terry Silverthorn said...

Beautiful work on those. All my EotD stuff is still sitting on a shelf awaiting some love aka paint.

Another ruleset to check out is Pulp Alley, though I am sure you already have eh!

Sean said...

I like these guys, tough but whimsical. Going back a post or two, I think the new blog looks good. Most of the green I see is the more Lime/ bright green, the few dark green ones I see are too dark. It looks like the links I have read are dark green. And lastly I think the cards you made are very nice. Reminds me that I have always meant to use that program and never have.

J Womack, Esq. said...
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J Womack, Esq. said...

Terry: I have not, in fact, to my knowledge, played Pulp Alley. I have considered it, but haven't followed through.

Oh, and thanks for the compliments, too.

J Womack, Esq. said...

Sean: thanks, thanks, and thanks.