"The Triumph of Death" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is not for the squeamish. Commonly dated circa 1562, it ranks among the most terrifying paintings of the age, and the centuries since have only boosted its fearful currency."
~Richard B. Woodward
A first peek at some of my new "Triumph of Death" 28mm Renaissance skeleton greens.
What- you are doing Metal minis?
The first war game I played with miniatures was an undead skeleton army vs Romans using heavily tweaked WRG rules, and GM'd by the famous Alan Lucien. The miniatures were old minifigs models from the late 70's or early 80's, with stylized Romans and a skeleton army (possibly the first skeleton minis ever made) modeled after Hans Holbien's "dance of the dead, or "Totentanz" woodcuts. They weren't the best sculpts, but man, they really did catch the essence of the period. That skeleton horde and the "Totentanz" style of them has stuck with me like a first crush. Older than old hammer, my bell had been rung!
|Ranking up with traditional old school bases|
|A great piece showing the stylized skeletons of the 16th century|
For years I've been drawing and making art around these Renaissance period stylized skeletons, usually half covered with their tight leather like skin, creating vignettes with skeletal halberdiers or Sweihanders. Looking back at my sketchbooks over the last decade and seeing how many times this idea has cropped up Renaissance skeletons, it really got me to thinking. Time to make some more toys.
|Concept drawing of a "attack mid" halberdier model|
I think in the back of my mine I've always wanted to recreate an updated line of minis in this style, but never had the sculpting chops to pull it off in metal. Last year became friends with an amazing sculptor Drew Williams, who shared my passion of the idea and agreed to work with me to create a range of minis. This is how the "Triumph of Death" (or ToD for short) range of miniatures came about. The goal of ToD is to create a Renaissance period skeletal army in the flavor of period woodcuts and paintings. In a word, Skeleton Landsknechts!
Wait- You are you going to share these, right?
You know, that is a fair question. This being the season of giving and all, I'd be a Scrooge to say no.
The plan is to roll these out as a KS with a couple of unit designs available with some command choices, in mid February. They will also come with Kings of War sized unit bases. As the greens come on line I'll be showing them off here.
In the mean time, I'd love feedback and ideas on what you think would make for a good Triumph of Death unit type- and what you would use them for. I'm planning to use mine for Kings of War.