Spirits of Vengeance

“Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise…” – Isaiah 26:19

As we’re within a transition period here at the Buffet, with my Tales of the Black Museum being temporarily shelved as the focus shifts to the new Age of Unreason campaign, I find my hobby-time is split between finishing off a few odds and ends for TOBM and preparing the miniatures, terrain and fauna for the new project. And, for some reason, an urge to paint Daleks…

However, whilst there are no Daleks on show in this post, it does highlight the juxtaposition between the previous project and the new, with figures from both, which do happen to have a rather coincidental link…

First up, the most recent recruit to the forces of the Black Museum, the Penny Farthing-riding Constable Jack O’Lantern.

Constructed from various odds and ends from my bits box, including a plastic GW skeleton, who was then clothed in a Milliput uniform, when we first saw him, he looked like this:

As my intention was to have him as a Victorian version of the Marvel character Ghost Rider, he would not only require painting, but the addition of mystical flames boiling forth from his skull and a trail of fire behind him…which is why his base was made that long.

The painting wasn’t an issue, other than the wash I’d applied to his hands, feet and skull leaking on to his uniform, requiring a bit of touching up.

The flame effects were a bit trickier. Having previously used transparent silicone bathroom sealant to create a ring of mystical fire around an Oriental vampire model, mainly to hide the fact that he was a bit shorter than the other models he was going to be used with, I knew that it was possible. But it proved a little troublesome, as teasing the blobs of sealant into suitable flame shapes takes a steady hand and a medium that behaves itself – both of which were slightly lacking on the day.

However, I persevered and finally got what I wanted. Once dry, it was just a case of dry-brushing the ‘flames’ with a light blue, followed by a coat of blue ink, as the type of flames I was going for were similar to gas flames.

And this is the tinal result:

I’m pretty pleased with how the completed figure came out, bearing in mind that, other than the skeleton, it’s completely scratch-built.

Next up…imagine you’re a member of his Majesty’s armed forces, dispatched across the Atlantic to the New World, to protect the hardy colonists who have chosen to make a new life in a new land. You and your colleagues are thrust into a completely different environment, required to fight against natives whose tactics seem alien to the ordered warfare you are used to.

Imagine that due to being far from home, some of your colleagues resort to behaviour that goes against your very nature and values and, when you rebel, your supposed friends and companions turn on you, murdering you and leaving your body in a hastily dug shallow grave…

Would you rest easy? Or would your soul be consumed with vengeance against those who betrayed you?

If the latter, you may become a Revenant, dispensing your own form of justice from beyond the grave. You may become…a Deadcoat.

I appreciate that is a tertible pun, but it suited the figure that I’ve been working on;

This is a figure from Black Cat Bases, part of their Pirates of the Skeleton Seas range. However, as this particular figure was bought many moons ago, whilst they still do a similar figure, this particular sculpt is no longer available – which is a shame, because it is rather nice.

I believe it’s supposed to be a member of the Royal Navy, resurrected to serve an undead master, but I decided to paint it in a uniform similar to that of the British Regular Infantry, as worn during the French Indian War. I’ve not got very far, as yet, but I think you get the idea.

Until next time…

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49 thoughts on “Spirits of Vengeance

    • Thanks Andy. He pretty much came out the way I was hoping, so I’m quite pleased.

      However, as he was completed in May, he doesn’t qualify for “Forgotten Heroes”, so I’m going to have to come up with something else.

      Maybe the Revolutionary-era Captain America, perhaps? Would certainly ‘fit’ with the current project…Lol

      Will you be joining us this year?

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    • Thanks Dave. It’s nice to get him finished, as I’ve been putting that part off for a while now, anticipating that it might be tricky and not wanting to muck the model up.

      And my ‘Deadcoat’ is also a test piece, to work out the best colour scheme for my living troops, before I start painting them.

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  1. Hi Jez (himself says hi too, but as you surmised in your mail earlier he`s up to his eyeballs atm so not really able to get to the computer). I really like your skeletal rider, he reminds me very much of a Victorian figure we have from the Pax Limpopo range by Nic Robson over at Eureka Miniatures. Its a luxury piece (like all the Pax minis are) but to be honest, your own looks totally smashing. I`ve always had a high regard and admiration for homemade modeling and miniatures, especially facsimile pieces to stand in for special characters. Easy just to go and buy a Strahd, or an Agent Carter, a Drizzt Do `Urden, or a Catti-Brie, etc (and end of the day who SAYS these `official` figures are THE ones we need to represent such and such): so much nicer and cooler to make your own I always think. Even if you just pick a suitable figure, paint it appropriately and bingo! you have your own unique hero or bad guy. Your Victorian Ghost Rider is cool for the same reason, as well as being a perfectly executed bit of cool modelling (hmm is modeling one L or two, I`ve never been sure?). Your skeletal crew man is looking suitably fiendish, and will be very cool once he`s finished I`m sure.

    We`ve not been idle either, and have been painting lots of D&D minis of late (84 monsters and heroes in just over a week, to be precise, hehe), but the best has been saved to last.. the six iconic main characters from the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film, but re-purposed to be Paladins/Templars for our new D&D 4e Shadowfell and Undermountain campaign. First game of that is later this evening, so its a bit of a mad rush to get these six characters finished in time. They are looking really nice so far anyway. Amazing the number of uses you can find for those stretch goal minis from the Zombicide Black Plague sets. With a wealth of hundreds of untapped models like that to play about with, we honestly don`t need to buy more D&D type minis for a long long time.. if ever again.

    …. well, the odd special piece is always a nice treat isn`t it, and I know Stevie would die to get is hands on one of those pre-painted Umberhulks or a Shambling Mound hehe. I keep looking (in the WotC range – his preferred tipple), but so far to no avail.

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  2. {{{{{{{so I’ll pop in and see if it’s in stock. As I’ve got some bits to send to you anyway (FINALLY picked up some polystyrene cement today) I can add it to the parcel if they have one.}}}}}}}}

    thank you thank you thank you thank you xxx xxx xxx xxx

    You can`t imagine what a sudden and VERY happy surprise that is.

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  3. I really like how Jack turned out. He might be my new favorite mini of yours Jez. He looks smashing and the flames have such an eerie, Victorian feel being blue gas and all. Well done

    Fear of painting Redcoats has kept my Galloping Major minis in a box since the KS last year… Your start is better than mine!

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  4. Easiest way to do redcoats quickly and well is to spray can them all over in Matt Finish brown RUST-OLEUM from the hardware shop (its just like undercoatng them). then quickly drybrush (to highlight) scarlet red over the top of the coat, and Bingo! you have a quick and easy and highly attractive redcoat for your little men. We can paint twenty British a day (in a two hour paint session) easily this way, and they look great. Use the rest of the brown as a straight undercoat and paint over as normal.

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    • As I’ve been preparing ROUND bases for my redcoats (sacrilege, I know…Lol) by applying a thin layer of Milliput to several 2 pence pieces and haven’t got quite enough yet, they remain ‘on sprue’.

      I need enough to base my British relief force and their native guide, before they can venture into the woods on the way to Dark Haven.

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      • {{I need enough to base my British relief force and their native guide, before they can venture into the woods on the way to Dark Haven.}}

        You see I watch this space carefully as much as I can, especially now things are looking my kind-a interesting. French Indians, Mohawks, Delaware, British Relief Force, Native Guides, almost impenetrable woodlands you could get lost in simply by leaving the trail to relieve yourself behind a bush…….. and interesting sounding places like Dark haven and.. and.. and Oo maybe there`s an Aisha Shrine to Lady Fortune (the Goddess usually depicted shuffling a pack of tarot cards – sometimes balancing a sword on a set of scales).

        I`m glad to see you are making the models ready. this pleases me so much. Yeah, painting them on the sprue is good way to do it, though usually cheat and assemble first then undercoat and paint after. I assume then that these are WG ones, right?

        Love the Ghost-y man.

        T x

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        • Thanks Tarot. As the settlement of Dark Haven is on the Penobscot River, the tribes they may encounter are the Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Penobscot themselves – who all allied with the French against the British. If they do, I fear their Iroquois guide may not last long…

          I know EXACTLY where Dark Haven is, and what awaits them there, if they get that far…

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      • ROund….b…b…….b….ROUND BASESSSSssss, *gasps in shock horror*

        chuckles, nice post. Love that Constable Jack, hes a real beaut`.

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        • Whilst some of the sprues supplied did indeed come with square bases, there were not enough for all the troops. As the rest of my miniatures are on round or lozenge-shaped bases, it did seem sensible to follow suit with the new ones.

          Except the bear. He had to be on a rectangular base, because I didn’t have a big enough piece of plasticard to do a lozenge.

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          • Yeah in truth square bases look great for big BIG wargames (because you can form proper (neat) formations and see at the drop of a hat which unit is in what formation.., line, double line, column, square, cantabrian circle, etc. But for skirmish games, yeah round bases do somehow look aesthetically a lot nicer.

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    • I like quick! Thanks Hils, for the tip. I have 60+ very unhappy little men muttering in a box about not being painted. Its a drag, really, listening to the complaining. Off to secure matte brown Rustoleun.

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      • Harry, if you email us (Jez has our email addy) I`ll happily send you some photos of the finished redcoats, so you can see what the results are first hand, see if you like them :-)) Its so fast and trust me, the effect finished is pretty convincing.

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  5. since you put me onto that method its helped me no end hils, and im flying through my armies at a rate of knots, and they look much nicer now too. that method really works impressively well. works for my world war two us airborne, british green camouflage, grey for german infantry as well as old style redcoats too of course. rust-oleum is incredible and make a perfect undercoat as well as matching up to form an ideal primary colour. my friends were amazed when i won the easter model competition at our game store (nice prize too) that the bulk of my british parachute diorama comprised a colour that was simply rust-oleum primer undercoat. its nice and cheap too and one can will spray hundreds of models. i have over a dozen different colour cans now.

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  6. i really like your ghost rider jez. he is an inspired idea. i look forward to seeing the fiw when you have some ready, and looking forward to seeing them being played even more.

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    • Once they, and my trees, are ready, I shall be sending them off on a relief mission. Apparently the powers that be are concerned that the isolated colony of Dark Haven may be endangered by both French forces and their native allies, so a small relief force is being sent to check on them. The first part of the campaign will detail their adventures on their way there. What will they face in the deep, dark woods? Penobscot indians? French scouts? Bears? Wolves? Or something altogether more horrible? And what will those that survive the wild find when they reach their destination?

      It’s Captain Simmonds first command and I don’t think he’s going to be entirely prepared for what he is about to face… 😉

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    • Me too, Luke. I know exactly how I’m going to base my trees for versatility and it shouldn’t take too long – a few holes drilled in HeroScape hexes and some hot glue and they’ll be ready to use. Probably will need to dip them first, so the foliage doesn’t come off, but I have a plan for that too.

      And my ‘natural’ fauna is based…and I already have some painted ‘unnatural’ fauna, as well as some specific Native American beasties currently winging their way across the Atlantic. Oooh, it’s going to be SO much fun!

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    • As my son is currently constructing various scale models for his Architecture degree, he’s been borrowing my paints and brushes for his models (and asking for advice – which is nice). This also mean that there is flock and clump foliage available (as I don’t tend to buy this myself due to the expense), as well as plastic terrarium plants that our tortoise has rejected. Plenty of ‘raw’ materials to work with. Combine this with an almost full box of wooden coffee stirrers that my friend Chris…appropriated…from his previous job in a coffee shop, and I think a few wooden cabins may be on the horizon too. Oooh, and a water-powered sawmill.

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  7. I love that Ghost Rider, Jeremy. Great all around; concept, design and execution. Bravo, sir.
    Be honest: was Constable O’Lantern just kind of hanging around in a half-state of completion until I asked about him a few posts back? If so, glad I could provide the motivation to finish him off. Lord knows I have many projects scattered about in the procrastination pile…
    Thank you as well for plugging my blog!

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    • Thanks Keith. To be honest, I had been puttimg him off a bit, so your comment did spur me to bite the bullet and get him done. I’m glad that the final toucjes worked as U’d planned, as mucking him up at that late stage woyld have bern disheartening.

      And no worries about the plug. If I can garner you a few more followers, then that’s a good thing.

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  8. I love that “Ghost peddler”, that is a cracking piece of conversion work Jez. That “Deadcoat” (awful awful pun, I love it), is a great little figure too, never seen him before, good find.

    Oh and I’ve popped another parcel into the post that I hope you might fond of use.

    Cheers Roger.

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    • Thank you Roger. He turned out alright, didn’t he? My ‘Forgotten Heroes’ conversion won’t be quite so ambitious, but hopefully just as cool.

      And the ‘Deadcoat’ (knew you’d appreciate the pun) is a lovely figure. BCB do a few ‘skeleton navy’ figures, but it looks like they retired this particular sculpt – along with their Robbie the Robot which I wished I’d picked up.

      And thank you in advance – you do really need to stop sending me things, people will talk… 😉

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  9. We both would love to take part in Forgotten Heroes (we let Jez respond and let you now we cant do it this year), but we literally just dont have time I`m afraid, so sorry. Running two main campaigns with the lads (and lasses) and a third – just a fun, but in depth board game mini campaign – Multi Man Publishing`s “Advanced Squad Leader”, takes up most of our spare time. Playing three full evenings a week is about all we can realistically manage,and just keeping on top of the admin (player guests to think about and miniatures to paint and keep ahead of) is a challenge in itself.

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  10. Steve, I don’t know you, but I covet the fact that you play three full evenings a week. My friends can’t get it together enough to reliably play once a month.

    Which is why I mostly play solo these days. And also why I drink.

    Nah, just kidding. I don’t need a reason to drink.

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  11. Hi Piper, nice to meet you. Awwwww Is it so strange to enjoy playing lots, and often my friend? A fisherman will think nothing of going fishing a couple of times a week. a Surfer would be out on the waves every day during the summer, or a walker might go strolling up in the hills and dales at least once a week. A runner would tramp his five mile routine every morning before work, A football fan might watch every match on TV and attend the stadium every week….. hehehe It only seems to be the hobby of wargaming that people never actually do the thing the hobby is all about, and that`s a new phenomena really (buy stuff but never play… and blame it on needing to paint it all before putting in on the table lol). I liken game hobbyists who dont play to being like fishermen who buy lots of rods, beautiful floats and spinners, weights and line, nice comfy stool to sit on and a wicker basket full of gear…. but never actually goes fishing with any of it hahaha.

    I was like that too once, I`m sad to say, but (like giving up smoking) went through cold turkey and MADE myself chance. The result is… woohooo!! I play lots now and enjoy my hobby to the full 🙂

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  12. {{{Which is why I mostly play solo these days.}}}

    Ooo I love solo play as well. Even though I play with frineds, famly, and have had access to the club, I still (even after all these years) enjoy solo gaming as much as events and social gatherings.

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    • Basically, we just spent seven months doing the moving house thing, with everything packed away in boxes for a long time. Now he is back in a (very sizable) brand newly, painted smelling, wood and varnish scented games/hobby room, I`ve told him “what ever you can fit neatly in here is enough for any boy`s hobby, the rest can go.” (see how strict and mean I was *grins wickedly*) trouble is I know he could fill that room three times over and then some. Its interesting seeing him prioritize, and bundle the rest away for the `must go` pile. Poor dear, but its for his good hehe.

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    • Thank you very much, Michael. It was one of those mad little side projects that I just felt had to be done. Covers all the bases – a little bit superhero, a lttle bit Victorian and a little bit Horror.

      And whilst I will be focusing on the new project, I’m sure they’re will be similar ‘digressions’ along the way.

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