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…..Friday’s “Mystery Meat”…..Skeletons, Ghouls, & Zombies


   ~ Attention. Here’s an update on tonight’s dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed “some kind of beef.”~

   This week, I’m posting some miniature pics. A while back I picked up a small set of some Mantic Games undead. I originally bought them to have some skeletons and ghouls for D&D, one thing lead to another,  and soon I had several sets along with the undead army boxed set. I had a lot of fun building these minis, very relaxing, yet a somewhat creative process. The skeletons are somewhat customizable. Each Skeleton sprue comes with ten sets of legs, ten torsos (six with heads and four without), five seperate heads, some extra arms with weapons, lots of spears and swords, a base insert for a skeleton coming out of the ground, a skeleton torso for the insert, a small tombstone, and a skeleton dog (rat?). I enjoyed assembling them with all the different options. These Skeletons look good on the table, and IMHO will work great for D&D.


   The Revenants (Heavily Armored Skeletons) were not as interesting to me. The sprues follow the same layout as the Skeleton sprues, same sets of legs, different torsos, most of these skeletons have helmets, no spears, but lots of extra armor bits to put on the models which were fun to get creative with, but the models overall just lacked something (to me). I think for me they just didn’t seem to be that menacing, because even with the extra armor, they just don’t seem to be bulked out much more than the regular skeletons. I still enjoyed building them, but the regular skeletons are still my favorites.

   The Ghouls are some nice sculpts, very nasty, evil looking, degenerated creatures. They come two to a sprue, two different sets of legs, and two different torsos, three heads, two extra hands with weapons, a mechanical looking claw and a sack of body parts. There can still be a lot of variation with poses and heads, and suprisingly you can make them look quite different with so few options. If you want to base them up in ranks for an army, you have to be carefull with the poses, as the arns etc. seem to get in the way of each other, unless a little forethought is used. But for roleplaying minis, these Ghouls are gruesome!

   The Zombies, I love these guys, when Mantic first came out with their Zombies, they had a limited time offer of buying individual sprues for like a $1.99 at their webstore. I bought ten sprues along with some bases immediately. Each sprue has three sets of legs, three torsos, three seperate arms, six different heads, a base insert (for a zombie torso rising from the ground) and a spinal column. At first I thought there should be some more parts for more options, but after I started building them, I realized I didn’t really need more options. Between what you get on the sprues, the fact that you can use the Ghoul legs and torsos with the Zombie heads (and even some of the Skeleton parts) you can easily build lots and lots of unique Zombies. I enjoy getting creative with them, trying to come up with different combinations.

   Here are some Zombies rising up from the ground.

   Overall I really like Mantic Games miniatures, I like to relax and build a handful of them every so often, they are relatively inexpensive, and work well for roleplaying or wargaming. Some of the poses, like the legs are a little static, the Revenants don’t really work for me, and the Ghouls, while very gruesome looking are a little more limited because of the lack of building options. I do recommend checking them out if you like miniatures, but be careful, they can become habit forming. …….Now where are my paints…..???

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    This blog came into being after I discovered the OSR blog scene. I was inspired by Dyson Logos and his blog, specifically his geomorph project. Check out his awesome work: "Dyson's Dodecahedron" The style and the simple elegance of his 10 x 10 squares put me on a mapping roll. I have blatently (...and respectfully) emulated his style and now have pages upon pages of geomorphs. Along with more location specific maps in that same style.

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