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Mighty Armies: The Battle of the Rock

Editor Julia describes the close-fought battle that swung around and round the Rock!

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Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2022 5:45 p.m. PST

I don't currently play any fantasy wargames, just dungeon crawls, but I know that, if I did take up a fantasy wargame, I would have to play undead, especially skeletons!

Why? I honestly don't know, but I suspect it harkens back to early childhood when I was entranced by Ray Harryhausen's amazing animated clackers in "Jason and the Argonauts". Something about those things just checked all the right boxes!

Every time I see posts to someone's gallery of fantasy armies or new offerings from another manufacturer, I always gravitate towards the skeletons. I've even bought sprues of skeletons just to assemble, paint, and give them away later.

Anyone else admit to being a Bonehead?

Striker12 Sep 2022 6:24 p.m. PST

Bonehead here and probably for the same reasons. I also have a keep demons as my side piece army.

JMcCarroll12 Sep 2022 6:39 p.m. PST

Yet another Bonehead here. Have armies in 10mm, 15mm, and 28mm. Yet they all pale in size to my Lizardmen armies.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2022 7:08 p.m. PST

When I think Skeletons, I also think Jason and the Argonauts

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2022 8:03 p.m. PST

They are my favorite fantasy mini to paint. They paint very fast: ivory craft paint, on every square millimeter of bone, touch up everything else appropriately, then brush on Minwax Polyshades Royal Walnut urethane stain a.k.a., The Dip Technique.

Painting Skellies is fast, easy, and it gives me inspiration to paint other, more complicated minis in my queue. I have waaayyy too many Skeletons in my Undead Army… Cheers!

SpuriousMilius13 Sep 2022 7:39 a.m. PST

Ditto Sgt. Slag. When I played Warhammer Fantasy, I had an undead army with lots of boners because the plastic box set was relatively cheap & required very little painting.

Andrew Walters13 Sep 2022 9:35 a.m. PST

I had some skeletons and decided to test painting them two ways: prime black and dry brush white, and prime white and wash black. Both ways worked great, test inconclusive, that's how great skeletons are.

They're scary, they're definitely not on your side, you don't have to feel bad about killing them, they are definitely minions so you know the real problem is someone else, they are creepy, they can't be frightened.

They don't retire. There are no farmer skeletons or baby skeletons. There's no negotiating with them.

There are just a lot of things that make them great.

Steve Jackson Games made some skeletons that could be assembled with either medieval or modern weapons. I bought a bunch, but it will probably not be enough.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2022 9:55 a.m. PST

Skeleton hoplites, skeleton samurai, skeleton medieval, Dead of Dunharrow, yes I have them and love them….

phil bagnall13 Sep 2022 11:35 a.m. PST

For some reason I never really felt the love for mediaeval dungeon style skellies. But I have a large Tomb Kings army, and a good number of the recent Warlord/Wargames Factory and Wargames Atlantic hoplite themed skellies, which I look on as the fantasy cousins of my New Kingdom Egyptian and Spartan ancients armies

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2022 3:02 p.m. PST

I love the Harryhausen style so much better than the usual lumbering undead!

Although they are a bit dated looking now, I was always a keen buyer of the Minifigs VFW skeletons .



Not mine jeez I wish that they were. And when painted that well they're still something to be proud of!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2022 2:29 p.m. PST

I had a Ral Partha 25mm Skeletal Catapult and Crew figure set, which I painted nicely, years ago. I sold it. I think I can still buy replacement sets, but I would want 3-5 of them in my collection: fast, easy to paint to a decent standard, but these are all metal figures, and pricey

Been denying myself these Catapults for years, but the desire is still there, even though I know I will never capitulate. Cheers!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2022 8:04 p.m. PST

I bet your opponents are always saying I've got a bone to pick with you.

snurl115 Sep 2022 1:32 a.m. PST

I have a ton of the damned things.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2022 11:52 p.m. PST

I still have a large collection of those MiniFigs "Valley of the Four Winds" skeletons. Some of the earliest good skellies to appear on the market! Cavalry, too.

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