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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Black sand can be found at Dollar Stores and the like, for very little money. I buy around three shades of green sand, mix them together with some model RR ballast (small stones, really), paint the bases with PVA Glue, then swirl them into the colored sand mixture. Works well, fast, and easy.

Bill, I am a huge fan of the old Mage Knight figures! They were an incredible source for inexpensive mini's, for fantasy gaming. They are hard to acquire, today, as they are mostly unavailable even on the secondary market. Their prices have soared, as well!

I bought up a number of their Zombie Centaurs, years ago. I built an army out of them, to use with Necromancer bosses. I applied The Dip Technique -- Royal Walnut, to finish them. It works superbly, IMO. I, too, rebased them. I never bothered painting over the MK marker colors (blue, yellow, and red), as it didn't bother me.

I miss the old MK figures. Not all were useful, or properly sized for what I wanted, but many were incredible figures for my AD&D RPG games, as well as my 2e BattleSystem mass war games. I made a number of armies using MK figures, for very little money. Cheers!

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

This little project crossed my workbench recently for some base reflocking – now they're ready for the battlefield again!

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These were originally Stinging Skeletons from Mage Knight: Pyramid, which I removed from their clickybases and based on steel disks.

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Besides rebasing them, the only thing I did to them was to give them a wash to tone down the bright colors, and I painted over the color codes.

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I don't know anything about the backstory, or how the Stinging Skeletons were used in the original game.

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From a tactical viewpoint, skeletons are one thing, and skeletons with crossbows quite another!

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Obviously, the capes were useful in making the sculpts sturdy, but they would also make the skeletons more resilient in combat.

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Why do the crossbows seem to be built partially from other skeletons? Hmmm…

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The major change I made while I had them back on the workbench was to replace the old 'muddy' base look with black sand, which for me is a generic look that works with both urban and dungeon settings (and not too jarring on a battlefield too).

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So these figures were cheap, look decent, and add to what we all need: lots of cannon-fodder baddies!