MINI WARGAMING: "28mm Undead Roman Legions On the March!" (3 November 2007)
TOP: Box art for Zvezda Set #8801 Cursed Legion
I've spent some time the last few days working on the 28mm Undead Hordes of Master Necromancer Maksimok. My strategy for building this army has been a little unorthodox... way back at the end of 2006, my buddy Nils invited me to join his gaming group's Warhammer Fantasy Battles (WHFB) camapign, and I decided to allow myself to do so bacuase I've always wanted to build a 28mm undead fantasy army. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s I used to salivate over all of the cool undead lines that companies like Ral Partha, Grenadier and others used to manufacture. Those figures were so inspiring. And roughly twenty years later, this was my chance.
But I digress, my strategy in building this army was to buy no more than 10% of it new... everything else would come from buying used collections. And I have. And the result of that has been a very gnarly mismatched collections of figures. And, at that, I've ended up with a vast variety of undead figure genres as well. I had originally only intended to build an undead Vampire Counts army with a Gothic Horror theme, but now I have much more. Here are the current plans of which armies to make out of my figure stocks:
1. A 28mm Undead Pirate army along the lines of "Pirates of the Caribbean." Most of the figures are Reaper from a discount bin. I'm not sure whether I should try to form them into a Lustrian army with Count Harkon & the Zombie Pirates or a more conventional Vampire Counts army. I'm going to let this army sit while I finish the Vampire Counts one first.
2. Despite trying to select used lots for a Gothic Horror army, I have a strong nucleus of a Tomb Kings army. I have a ton of chariots, mummies, undead giants, and other goodies with an undead Egyptian theme. I'm also going to let this army sit while I finish the Vampire Counts one.
3. My pride and joy is the nearly 2,000 points of Vampire Counts that I now have nearly 100% assembled AND painted. The current army is almost all skeletons and, as time permits, I'll be experimenting with the more exotic units on the Vampire Counts roster... I have an undead dragon, giant vampire bats, a Black Coach, and plenty of undead cavalry among other undead goodies.
A. A block of Halloween themed units comprised of pumpkin heads and scarecrows.
B. A block of Undead Asian Warriors: ninjas, Samurai, and plenty of lacquer-armored infantrymen.
C. A block of Wights or Ring Wraiths. All of them have robes and hand weapons.
D. A block of Strigoi Bestial Ghouls. I've mixed in some cheap bitz bin Orky figures that have been zom-bi-fied.
E. An extra-beefy Grave Guard block made with larger undead warrior miniatures based on 25mm squares. The old GW wights were too large to mount on conventional 20mm squares. They look far better on 25mm ones.
F. A block of Drakenhoff Crossbowmen, mostly zombies and skeletons to work with a Sylvanian list.
G. A block of Drakenhof Guard, all heavily-armored wights with polearms to work with a Sylvanian list.
H. An Undead Demi-human Infantry block modelled along the lines of GW's The Cursed Company.
I. A Female Lahmian Infantry block.
Where does one find 28mm undead Roman Legionnaires?
Zvezda is the first source. There are five Zvezda undead sets currently available:
8801 Cursed Legion
8803 Necromancer8807 Return of the Cursed Legion
8815 Artillery of the Cursed Legion
8822 Cursed Cavalry
The Zvezda zombie box looks very interesting, but I haven't been able to locate any photos of them yet Frothers had a set up, but they were taken down shortly after. The guys at TMP found some great links for the Cursed Legion set, but didn't have any for the zombie set either.
Here's the best Zvezda link I've found yet, a comparison of the GW 28mm plastic skeletons and the Zvezda ones:
TOP: Box art for Zvezda Set #8829 Zombies
And here are two links for some photo galleries of Zvezda 28mm fantasy figures:
Gallery with Zvezda 28mm Cursed Legion minis:
Gallery with Zvezda 28mm Cursed Cavalry minis among others:
TOP: Box art for Zvezda Set #8807 Return of the Cursed Legion.
Eureka Miniatures is the second source. Nic over at Eureka Miniatures in Australia also makes a fine undead Roman Legionnaire, which isn't listed in his catalogue yet, but if you make an inquiry, he can send a few to you. He also makes some fine undead Greek Warriors and the finest undead horses on the 28mm market.
Eureka web site here:
I owe Nic many thanks for being kind enough to send me a sample of the 28mm undead Roman Legionnaire figure.
TOP: Box art for Zvezda Set #8815 Artillery of the Cursed Legion
And the third source is from assorted companies. Some other companies make a few figures that could pass for 28mm undead Roman Legionnaires, but they are few and far between. However, one company that makes a large number of figures with horsehead plumes on their helms, Lorica-type armor, and Roman-like weapons that could pass for undead Roman soldiers is RAFM.
RAFM link here:
Update (4 November 2007 at roughly 7:30am):
Update (4 November 2007 at roughly 8:00am):
An anonymous Frothers donor found yet another source that I neglected to mention: Alionis Miniatures. Thanks, Anonymous Donor!
Have a great Saturday!
And a Gut Shabbos to my Jewish readers!
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