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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
Greetings!


Twelve years ago on this very day I made my first own purchase in a Games Workshop store. I found an ancient scroll (an old receipt) that somehow has managed to survive all these years that proves it. Back in those days a regiment of 20 zombies went for around $27.

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In a true undead fashion Games Workshop has since brought Warhammer Fantasy to an early grave (yet the only things that are getting raised again are the prices!). Nevertheless I shall be giving this army another go, and my goal is to actually paint the stuff that I buy and build. Those Zombies that I bought 12 years ago are long gone now, but ever since that day I have been longing to start a Vampire Counts army even though I never really got around to creating it besides buying a couple of things that never really lead anywhere. However, that is about to change!

I know that "The Old World" is destined to bring back the glory days of old, but since there can be no rest for the wicked I will now be starting a new project. A project that I began twelve years ago, but that will hopefully give me a painted army that will be ready once the "Old World" comes a-knockin'.
My goal with this thread is to share my progress, and hopefully it will help with keeping me motivated with my task.

My army will mainly be focusing on the Von Carsteins, and it will be set in an icy cemetery landscape. There will be unit fillers, conversions, and miniatures from various companies.


To give this project a start of some sort I painted up a character and a "unit" (feels wrong calling it a unit since it consists of just 1 model). I have found a color scheme and a basing method that provides acceptable results, and not to excuse my level of painting but I do think that the miniatures look better off camera somehow. Personally I totally understand why the word pain is part of the word painting since I usually struggle with giving miniatures a coat of colors - but alas, to get someplace you have to start somewhere so here we are.

Now to the first miniatures in this grave undertaking! Here below we have the fearsome Banshee, in mid-howl, giving all around her a terrible tinnitus. Up next is a Skeletor-esque boney boy that has crawled up onto a vantage point to better be able to see all the carnage that surely is about to commence once his zombie horde is unleashed upon the enemy. In life he was told that he should aim to have a kind heart, so now he carries the heart of a kind man upon his cursed staff.

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Here they are together again for a group photo in less direct sunlight. They look like two supporting parents cheering you on from the sidelines during a soccer cup for kids. If you thought the lady had a scary front then wait till you see the back of this Banshee! She is a sight that gives sore eyes, and no lotion in the world can ease that discomfort!

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I don't know what unit or character that I will be beating with a brush next, but stay tuned for more! There is plenty of room in this mass grave for any sort of weird and wonderful unliving things to come alive in the future!
 

Raven Torrid

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Staff member
Sep 3, 2011
577
Croatia
Welcome back to the world of the unliving!
Liking the colour palette and the overall feel with the snowy bases. And yup, that Banshee is really something!
 

Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
Thanks all for the kind words!

I attended a tournament for 6th edition this past weekend. I got to borrow my friends painted Vampire Counts army and played three games of 1500pts points. It was great fun! I managed to claim the second last place in the tournament but I had an absolute blast!
My Nechrarch Vampire Hero was mounted on a Nightmare and must have sipped on a Tomb King-slurpee at some point since he had royal blood from Nehekhara in his veins in order to be my trusted General. This made him highly confident - but alas also very vunerable since he had no save of any kind since there were no points left to spend on anything besides that juicy vampiric power. In the very first game of the tournament, and in the very first round, my Night Goblin opponent lobbed a rock with the aim to crush my Black Knights. However, the boulder must have been caught by the wind (as it often happens with big and heavy things) because somehow it scattered right onto my very surprised Vampire instead. My vampire then decided that the best course of action was to headbutt the rock with his baldspot. It ended poorly, and he turned into a pile of dust and shame.

Nevertheless that game was very enjoyable, as were the rest of my games. My need to play with my own future Vampire Counts army only grew, and with that motivational boost after the tournament I went and painted a unit of Ghouls!

I was slightly inspired by the Evil Dead franchise in that I wanted to give them eyes that shines kind of bright like Deadites. I also wanted them to be blue'ish to represent that they are affected by the weather since in 6th Edition they are "Alive!".
It ain't easy being a cannibal in that cold climate! They have brought a bucket of body parts to the fight since it is important not to fight on an empty stomach. The Ghouls in the back ranks are really enjoying their succulent snack.

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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
New additions! New phone that should have a better camera but the pictures came out slightly blurry anyway. I will have to learn how to take more crisp pictures in the future. Anyway, on to the newly converted and painted units!


When traffic is killing you but you have to get where you are going you need a Black Coach.
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The start of a Skeleton unit.
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More unitfillers for the calcium crew.
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A Wraith mounted on a horse (that has seen better days).
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That is all for now. So what is next? I will leave that as a surprise - especially since I don't know myself yet. Maybe another Necromancer, or a Vampire? Perhaps try and slog through some zombies? Who knows!
 

Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
Thanks for the comment, and the likes! It inspired me to get going with the miniatures below.

After some animosity in the aristocracy I finally amassed two real leaders for my living dead - one of might, and one of magic.
What Vampire Counts army can call itself that without the very vampires that make up half of the army's name anyway?
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Raven Torrid

Moderator
Staff member
Sep 3, 2011
577
Croatia
Great work! Loving the basing composition and the use of colours. The spot colours really pop when combined with the monochromatic style and the snowy setting.
 
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Loki Ragnarok

Skeleton
Sep 10, 2021
56
This is lovely. Love the ghouls, the vamps, and the wraith.

Took me a moment to realize that it is a hole in it's head and not a piece of deadpool mask though xD

Also really like the banshee, the half-skinned model is nice, even though it also adds the humorous impression that she is wailing from outrage at being seen in improper dress.

The winter theme is nice too, I'm getting Northrend flashbacks and I like the tombstones. I don't know why it hits me here in particular, but the tombstones also really remind me of an old, old castlevania boss fight against a ghost among tombstones.

Weird nostalgia, but not unwelcome.

In short, great work
 
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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
This is lovely. Love the ghouls, the vamps, and the wraith.

Took me a moment to realize that it is a hole in it's head and not a piece of deadpool mask though xD

Also really like the banshee, the half-skinned model is nice, even though it also adds the humorous impression that she is wailing from outrage at being seen in improper dress.

The winter theme is nice too, I'm getting Northrend flashbacks and I like the tombstones. I don't know why it hits me here in particular, but the tombstones also really remind me of an old, old castlevania boss fight against a ghost among tombstones.

Weird nostalgia, but not unwelcome.

In short, great work

Haha, well thank you! The Wraith will from this day forward be called "Deadpool"! I am keen on going back and repainting parts of that miniature, but that will probably have to wait till I have painted the stuff that has no paint on them first.

I am trying to capture a Northrend feel with some parts of the army, and I kind of wish that I had went more in that direction with the army (having blue as the army's color instead of red, for example). Hopefully I can make a Lich King looking lad later on to really try and go for that theme.

Thanks again for your comment! It is much appreciated.
 

Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
New year - new me!

Here are the first paint jobs of 2023! I tried out a new army color by applying a dash of orange onto the miniatures. I think I like it, and it pops more which is nice. So future units with probably have that as well, and at some point I will go back and repaint the red that has already been applied as the army color on my previously painted units. I also tried out a simple but effective "glowing blue eyes" addition to the undead, which will also be part of future (and older) additions to the army going forward.

A 40 man strong unit of zombies has arisen from their graves to serve in unlife eternal.
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Some close ups of the creative carnage and chaos.
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Unas the slayer

Moderator
Staff member
Jan 1, 2017
1,890
Northern Italy
New year - new me!

Here are the first paint jobs of 2023! I tried out a new army color by applying a dash of orange onto the miniatures. I think I like it, and it pops more which is nice. So future units with probably have that as well, and at some point I will go back and repaint the red that has already been applied as the army color on my previously painted units. I also tried out a simple but effective "glowing blue eyes" addition to the undead, which will also be part of future (and older) additions to the army going forward.

A 40 man strong unit of zombies has arisen from their graves to serve in unlife eternal.
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Some close ups of the creative carnage and chaos.
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Poor lady, I'm sure a vampire would have find a better use of her. 😜

That said, i really like the touch of orange, it breaks the snow & ice monotony.
 
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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
Months have passed since my last post. Pardon my delay. My frozen graveyard had runneth over, so to speak. Nevertheless, two new challengers now appears. I have painted up two monsters. One can act as a possible unit filler/random monster, and the other will work as a Mourngul or a Winged Nightmare.


She is very hungry. He is very angry.

If they had any legs they would enjoy taking long walks among the tombstones in the cemetery under a full moon. Now they instead are set on slaughter and acts of aggression.

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He was summoned with the help of some lit candles and an arcane alphabet, and she was summoned when your foot unexpectedly broke an unsuspecting twig.

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He is known by many names, but the most common known name for this hellish figure is "the Undying". In life he fought and failed, yet in death he remains. He can never be free from his curse, and he always return for the ritual.
She is not known by any name, but hidden deep in local folklore and in hushed tones around the campfires people speak of; "She Who Feasts". She was shackled and contained with powerful incantations, yet she escaped. She always needs to eat, and she will never stop chasing you.
 

Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
I have decided to repaint some of the earlier models. Orange is the new black. I also experimented with a new ethereal paint scheme.

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I also repurposed a gang of 38x spearmen that I had painted up many years ago for an empire army. I did this by snapping of their fleshy heads and replacing them with flashy skulls to make them undead, I also repainted the browns to black and added my army colors of orange and black to the shield. The musician is rocking a bag pipe that I made, but regarding how he will be playing that instrument without lips remains to be seen. The unit was a quick and dirty rework of an earlier unit that has not seen any play for many years, so hopefully they will hit the board more in this new undead state instead.
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I have also dabbled in Tomb Kings by adding two Tomb Scorpions to the army. The Vampire Counts welcomes the Barrow Kings. The two could also be used as Tomb Stalkers in a 6th edition Lichemaster list.
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With my new paint scheme for ethereal units I decided to paint up some more spooky elements to the army! Here we have 10x Glooms (servants of the Lichemaster), 1x Wraith/Ghost, and 2x Spirit Hosts (or unitfillers for the unit of Glooms). These were so easy to paint, and I was going for a retro-vibe with the bright blues and red eyes.
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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
It has been awhile since the last post, but I promise that I am not ghosting you all - the only spirits here as these new additions to the army!
I painted up 4x Spirits Hosts to join my previous 2. They had no honor in life, they have none now in death - but they will suffer me!

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I also recruited some haunting Hexwraiths to sweep and reap.

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A Blood Knight and a new Banshee (my old Banshee was not painted like a ghost, so I figured a new one was in order that actually looked ghostly pale).
The Blood Knight I painted at my friend's place while he was busy painting his own stuff the night before a tournament. The vampire was gifted to me and half painted with a paint job from my friend's younger days, so I kept the decorations that he had painted on the horse armor as a sort of legacy from that old paint job and then got to work converting a fur cape. Now he serves my army and will probably be a part of a unit of Blood Knights down the line.

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Since my last post Warhammer the Old World has been released, and even though Vampire Counts are just a legacy faction there and probably won't be receiving any love I have upgraded my army with base adapters to fit the new size. I like to keep them on their "old" sized bases as a sort of retro feel.
 

Duke Danse Macabre

The Duke
True Blood
Sep 16, 2010
3,702
Sunderland, United Kingdom
They maybe legacy now but when he remembers their lore there’s been vampires in the empire since the start.

loving the nostalgia your army is giving me.
the wraiths all look great as well, I like what your trying to do with the light osl.

ives been playing with that myself and using one online video guide that has really paid off if your interested?
would give an example but it’s 40k, would work beautifully for glow effects as well however.
 
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Von Kallstrom

Zombie
Jun 7, 2022
18
Thanks! I really enjoy painting this undead army, and I try to get quick but passable results. The ghosts are very easy to paint, and I am happy with the effect. They would probably pop a bit more against another sort of basing scheme, but I roll with what I got - and I really wanted semi-blue ghosts even though the bases are semi-blue as well.

Sure, I don't mind sources for tips and inspiration - so please feel free to post the link!

At the moment I am working on several different models at the same time, so we will see what the next addition will include. All I can say is that it will be more opaque than ethereal.
 

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