Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Dark and Light Alliance - Heavy Warriors of the Dead

The heavy infantry from the two "Undead" infantry sets from Dark alliance, the other being the light infantry. There´s also two "Undead" cavalry sets, heavy and light, which each come with 10 mounted bods and two command type foot bods.
Even from the box art it´s easy to see that they appear more battered and campaign weary  than actually "Undead" looking.  Apart from some grim looking faces and a mild bone like look on some forearms (which could be taken as over developed muscles) there isn´t a lot to actually confirm them as "undead" which is, as far as I´m concerned, a Bonus. Not only can they be painted up as "Undead" but as circa 12th century marauding Bandit Viking - Norman - Saxon mix type medievals.
40 bods, 10 x 4 sprues. A good mix of active and inactive poses and some conversion potential.
The only bod that I´m not too pleased with, the one on the right  with the flail. Better to cut it off and make him into a Spear/ Standard bearer.  
Added into a norman shieldwall These would blend in quite well.
The poor bod on the left has lost his right boot!! See what I mean about the skeletal forearms?
The poses allow for creating a good looking shieldwall
The same bods with a quick paintjob as the "Undead". Straight from the sprue, no Flash removed, which shows how little flash actually needed removing for the ones above.


17 comments:

  1. Very nice, cool looking bad guys!

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  2. Great Pics and paint Paul .
    Cheers .

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  3. Nice paint jobs, all around, but particularly on the undead: you have genuinely captured the undead appearance from the LotR movies. Well done! I had my doubts about them being usable as undead, due to their looking too much like the living. Well done! Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers!

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  4. Nice work, Mr. Bods. Figures and scenery are A+.

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  5. Those undead look like you did them in greyscale, which I know is not an easy technique. Very nicely done!

    Did you get my package?

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    1. Thanks Anne. Basically, it is greyscale ;-D I made a mix of very dark green and using White went up to the Highlights from that. Took Ages :-D

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  6. Nice guys!!
    but I don't want to encounter them at the corner of a street !!
    (how you do to paint so quickly?? that's the undead question !)

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    1. Thanks :-D Q. How to paint quickly? A. Paint quickly :-D I don´t know. Basically the technique I showed you but done in gropus of 3-5.

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  7. Wow, that's quite a transformation - I love both!

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  8. Great painting again! They really look the part.

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  9. You show here very good what can be done with these figures! Love the last two pictures the most! Reminds me on the "Two Towers". Only there they are called "Army of the dead".
    Great painted bods Paul!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  10. really cool stuff work! they look cool either as the undead or as 'norman'-esk warriors

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  11. Excellent paintjob! Always thought that the quality of this brand was quite bad must be mistaken as they look great.

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  12. Wow, another set brought to life. I think they look great painted both ways but the LotR ghosts definitely stand out to me. Great job on the effect.

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  13. As usual, awesome painting! Kudos!

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