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#29316
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
OK, so with my new camera software I'm having trouble figuring out how to reduce shots to fit -- hence this is just a sample....

BUT -- here are some shots of the new GW skeletons, with some shots at the end to compare old GW skeletons, WOTC, and Reaper. (I had a DF one, too, but the pic was too big to include)

I did find it VERY tricky to photograph these guys -- they're lurching forward, which means A) they tend to be hard to get centered, since parts of them are too close to the camera and at the wrong angle, and B) they're VERY hard to light -- the legs tend to be hidden in shadow. But I did my best. Hope you enjoy 'em!

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#29317
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
You've got to love the skeletons from GW. They're great, not only as undead minions, but also as bits for decorating bases and the like.

Keep it up, L!

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#29318
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
OK, so with my new camera software I'm having trouble figuring out how to reduce shots to fit -- hence this is just a sample....

BUT -- here are some shots of the new GW skeletons, with some shots at the end to compare old GW skeletons, WOTC, and Reaper. (I had a DF one, too, but the pic was too big to include)

I did find it VERY tricky to photograph these guys -- they're lurching forward, which means A) they tend to be hard to get centered, since parts of them are too close to the camera and at the wrong angle, and B) they're VERY hard to light -- the legs tend to be hidden in shadow. But I did my best. Hope you enjoy 'em!

L

Wow L, those look great. I love the undead. I have always wanted to paint up an army of GW undead. I did a regiment of the old GW skeletons a few years ago and thought they could not get any better. Guess I was wrong! I have got to pick up a regiment of those.
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#29319
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
And, while I'm at it, some pics of other recent GW minis I've painted -- new chaos stuff.

While these guys will fit right at home in the DoE, the skeletons seem like they need a place more... ancient... for themselves....

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#29320
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
You've got to love the skeletons from GW. They're great, not only as undead minions, but also as bits for decorating bases and the like.
Yeah -- the new stuff doesn't seem to come with QUITE as much for that purpose, but it does have a good selection. Plus it comes with three or four distinct types of round shield, most of them battered and torn, which is great for dungeon decor/treasure.

It wasn't until I painted up two sets (10 each) that I noticed the pattern -- the skeletons are assembled out of a pair of legs, a torso, arms, and a head, and five of the legs that come with the set are relatively "decked out" with armor, cloth, straps, etc. The other five are mostly bare -- only one, I believe, is COMPLETELY bare, but the others only have a single belt or small piece of armor. That means that you can essentially go in three directions when putting this set together: make 5 armored skeletons, very old school, and 5 somewhat bare skeletons; make 5 mostly bare skeletons and 5 with only leg armor; or make 10 'mixed' skeletons, all with some degree of armor but none totally armored (5 with only armor below the waist, and 5 with mostly armor above)

So out of my 20, I have 10 mostly bare skeletons and 10 mostly armored ones. It makes for a nice amount of variety -- my bare skeletons are useful as generic skeletons, and the remnants of heraldry on the others suggests a few factions...

The main thing I love about these guys, as I talked about in the Gaming Talk thread, is how much more realistically proportioned they are. They're thin enough that they seem like they could be the actual skeletons of minis in this world, rather than being so bulky they would never fit inside all that meat and muscle. Plus, the skulls have real personality without losing that vague sense of realism. I put that older GW skeleton in for comparison -- the skull is so huge, so uniformly round, so cartoonish... I used to like that set a lot, but once I saw these new ones, it's amazing how much harder it is for me to get enthusiastic about what came before. The new skulls just seem so much more... SKULL-LIKE. ! And the new shields, again, are vastly more interesting. The only remaining cartoonishness comes from the absurdly oversized swords GW insists on saddling figures with. Still, overall these are a huge improvement over the previous figures. I should also point out that some of these are the Grave Guard figures -- the ones with big flowing robes covering their legs. Many of the GG heads feature elaborate winged helmets, and you COULD distinguish the sets that way if you wanted. But if you decked all your basic skeletons in the most elaborate helmets they have available, and put the GG in the LEAST elaborate helmets... the two sets would blend nearly seamlessly....


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#29321
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
Here are a few pics I left out of the last batch -- some of these showcase the neat shields the set comes with, plus I wanted a good picture of the "basic" (i.e. unarmored) skeleton I put together, and then I also decided to add eyes to my daemonettes, so I wanted to post those.

One other thing I forgot to mention -- I picked up two sets of regular skeletons and one grave guard, and I now have enough leftover pieces from both sets that if I bought another of either I could easily put together a bunch of "combo" skeletons. For example, while I think the massive winged helms of the grave guard are kinda fun, I don't really need more than a few of them -- but I do really like their chestplates. If I get more, I'll use leftover skulls from the regular skeleton set on them. Similarly, I have enough arms-with-various-weapons from both sets that whichever I bought next, I could arm them as either grave guard or regular skeletons. I've said this often, but I REALLY like the way GW has been putting together its plastic sets for the past few years -- you get a ton of creative options, and I don't really see that with minis from any other company. It may be possible to convert minis from Reaper or WOTC plastic, but it's not as easy, and won't work as well much of the time, as these GW sprues.

Enjoy!

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#29322
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
Law,

As soon as you mentioned the skeleton sets from GW--in a previous thread--I have been waiting to see the comparison shots.

So thanks for posting some. If I might request, could you take a shot or two of several different companies next to eachother so that we can see the height, density, and other diferences in direct comparison?

I remember buying a Skeleton set, and a Dwarf set a long time ago ('88?) from GW. and thinking at the time how kewl the possible options were. Most of the Skeletons were never built as monsters, but many of the parts ended up being incorporated into other projects in one way or another.

I think I gave the Dwarf set away. Regardless, I remember thinking thatr the old Skeletons were pretty realistic looking. But you are correct. The new ones appear to be much better scale. Again, would you mind posting a more comparative shot?

Thanks, and great photos...

maj!
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#29323
Skeletons... 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
I'll give it a go -- I actually had one, but it was too big, and I realized I can't reduce photos on this computer (my photo software is on my old laptop..)

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