Triumph of Death: Procession

Kickstarter update and Kublacon!
Before we delve further, I want to thank all of you that have already backed my Triumph of Death Kickstarter! We've hit 115 backers and unlocked 6 stretch goal rewards so far- and we are only half way through the Kickstarter! I've got great stretch goal rewards in the wings, so if you haven't backed yet, or know someone who loves landsknechts, or skellies, or both, please visit my Kickstarter. 

This weekend I'll be running two games, The Pikeman's lament (using my 54mm imaginations woodens)  and a Breaking Lances tournament. If you are at Kublacon please stop by and say hey!- I'm giving out free samples of my triumph of Death minis!

Procession of Death

I've had some time this week to get the first castings of the Stretch goal rewards minis painted up and based. These are now part of the "collection of death" backer reward, which has already been claimed.  Thought I'd share a few pictures.

Some fun personalities to add into the collection!


Based upon a cross between an old Minifigs model and a Holbein woodcut, this guy is either carrying trophies or reinforcements. Just don't let him get behind you then dump the basket!

The Priest

The priest miniature is a straight up riff off of a great Holbein woodcut. One of the things that interested me in the wood cut was that the priest is wearing a hanger. And that storm lantern is awesome!

Hans Holbein's the Priest

Relquary: The Fisher King

 This model was inspired by Holbein's work, but is a machination of my own mind. My sculptor Drew Day Williams saw my drawing, and decided to sculpt it. I'm really glad he did!

fish lips
The drawing that caused this to happen. 


Triumph of Death: Death Rides a Painted Pale Horse.

  Painted Death

I've had a chance to start putting paint on the master casts, and am exited as to the results. These models are pretty easy to paint up and give a lot back in terms of detail.
Super happy with the mounted death!

Musician with Horn

This guy, based upon the Hans Holbein print is the first model to wear his burial shroud in a fashionable way. We researched the horn and made it as accurate as possible from a period piece.

So much attitude in this guy- especially for having no lungs!

And a group shot!

Kickstarter update!

Well, we are one week in and I'm happy and thankful to report that the the Triumph of Death Kickstarter is over 900% funded! We've unlocked some great stretch goal rewards and there's more to come.  Please go check it out
Triumph of Death 


Triumph of Death: Master Casts

Mounted Death with two arm variants

Kickstarter update

Thanks all for backing the kickstarter so far. We've already unlocked several stretch goal rewards and are on the verge of another- with (currently as I type) 89 backers in just the weekend. That and funding in the first 70 minutes of the KS- well, I am agog!

Master Caster: straight out of the mold

I want to keep as ahead of the game as possible, so I've gone and had more of the greens master molded. Here's some pics of the latest pieces. Sorry for the hurried pics but I scrambled to prime them- and they are all on my painting table as I type, in various states of done. (to be shown soonly!)

Trophy hunter or Reinforcements?
Horn musician taken from the Holbein woodcut

Several of the KS Stretch goals are unlocks of variations in the unit make up. This javelin thrower wearing the shroud is one of them. 

When it comes to reference, Holbein, Durer, and Breugel pretty much are setting the standard. There was very little I needed to do for a concept to get the priest done other than give Drew Day Williams the wood cut image. From there we worked out casting points, such as the hangar sword connecting to the bell arm, and off we went. Love that storm lantern! 

  Not all concepts are from the old masters. This is a creation of mine that I've been drawing since college. Not sure what it means but I really like the image. Drew saw it and secretly started sculpting it. It has instantly become one of my favorites!  we are classing this one as a Reliquary.
I have taken to calling this the fisher king

Thanks very much for checking these out. If you are interested,here's a link to my
Triumph of Death Kickstarter. 



Triumph of Death Kickstarter Launch Date!

I'm very excited to announce my upcoming "Triumph of Death" Kickstarter launches Friday May 12th! 

A true legion of undead.

Every idea or mad scheme starts with a back story...

The first miniatures wargame I played in was an epic battle between a Renaissance skeleton army and Romans run by the notorious Alan Lucien. The miniatures were old Minifigs models from the late 70's or early 80's, with stylized Romans and a fantastic undead/skeleton army. They were possibly the first skeleton minis ever made and modeled after Hans Holbein's Dance of Death, or "Totentanz" renaissance wood block prints from the 1500’s. They weren't the best sculpts, but man - did they catch the essence of the period. Those skeleton hordes and that "Totentanz" style stuck with me like a first crush. Older than Oldhammer, my bell had been rung!

Hans Holbein's Death and the Landsknecht

I've always wanted to recreate an updated line of minis in the Totentanz style, but never had the sculpting chops to pull it off. Last year I became friends with an amazing sculptor, Drew Day Williams, who shared my passion to create a range of 28mm skeletons in the vein of Renaissance artists like Holbein, Dürer and Peter Breugel. This is how the "Triumph of Death" (or ToD for short) range of miniatures came about.
A detail from Breugel's " Triumph of Death". This is what we are making!
The goal of Triumph of Death is to create a line of Renaissance-inspired 28mm white metal undead skeletal miniatures for collectors and for use in RPGs and table top wargames. In a word, Skeleton Landsknechts!

skeleton marching open hand, with javelins and coffin lid shield

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I've whet your appetite! 


Triumph of Death: Landsknect vs "late" Landsknechts

Bringing the term Bad War into a whole new realm of meaning. 

It was a beautiful day out today, and I was lucky to get some "action" shots of both my Triumph of Death and Landsknechts.

Some historical reference.

Now back to patiently waiting to hear back from the Kickstarter folks....


Triumph of Death: Halberdier Units

Triumph of Death: Halberdier Units

Finished up two units of  skelly halberdiers, based as units for Kings of War. The first unit is "advancing, with halberds high at the ready and back rank marching. I chose to put two torch standards in this unit, as multiple torches and candle standards is a prevalent theme in Bruegel's  Triumph of Death painting.

Not sure which angle told the story best so am over sharing here.
Multiple candle standards can be seen in the top center of this detail. 


The second unit is in an "attack attitude" with halberds lowered in the front rank and at the ready to drop some beats in the second rank. I put in a marching skelly behind the standard bearer- a quick conversion or halberd at ready- because it just looked better.

The standard is a cloth flag on a brass wire spear. Based on a Landsknecht flag.

Mix and Match

I've designed my "deckled" bases to fit together, so you could take these two units and make a Kings of War regiment.  This gives a lot more flexibility and also makes them more useful for Oldhammer games.  Both of these units, the Javelin regiment, and all of my single painted figures- including the one off conversions- are pledge rewards as part of my upcoming Kickstarter. Getting these guys done and photographed was part of the wait.  The KS will be launching a couple of days after I get the thumbs up from the Kickstarter group, so hopefully before the 10th. Pins and needles time!
Ranking up!
And lastly for now, a group shot of the units together. The angle shows its an action pose :)
That's all for now- thanks again for checking back in, and, as always, I love your feedback and comments! 


Triumph of Death: Of Martyrs and Reliquaries

The bless and burden of the Martyrs and the Reliquary

Martyrs and Reliquaries

Picked up these cool sculpts from Drew Williams today! They are stretch goal unlock pieces that folks will be able to get in my Kickstarter.  I wanted some nice set pieces that were not quite command models but were not necessarily rank and file, either. Stuff from which vignettes can be formed.

The poor fellow carrying the basket full of heads (reinforcements?) is an homage to the old Minifigs line. They did a model similar to this. It just tells a great story.  Originally we had human "live" heads in the basket, but it was too grim. Skulls work better.


 The Fisher King Reliquary

So this little drawing is something I've been doodling for over a decade. Not sure it has a true story behind it, but rather a mystery as to why it keeps coming into my head. Drew saw my drawing my studio one day, and the next time I went to visit him he had started to sculpt it! Really cool!
As he was working on it we talked about what it was, how heavy it might be, etc. In the end it was decided that it must be a reliquary. I believe it is a reliquary for St. Colin Dude, and contains a piece of the true piling he wiped out on. 
A sketch of the piece from last October.
I can't wait to paint this guy up!

Kickstarter update:

So the Kickstarter is ready for submission. Once in it takes a few days for approval (or it did last time I did it) then we get to go live! fingers crossed everyone!
This evening I was trying to take pictures of painted units that will be available as pledge rewards. Even with my adhoc studio set up they were not coming out as clean as I would have liked, so will reshoot the pieces during the day.
a sneak peak at long distance. Also I realize my ideas board may give away upcoming things...

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