Games and Models

Meet the Ghoulfriend

Assembling and painting the Games Workshop ghouls

New figures on the block

Like most gamers who dabble with fantasy I am partial to the dark undead! I also rather like the GamesWorkshop version of Transylvania via Hammer Horror and Hieronymous Bosch.  So I bought the new Vampire Counts book.  And plenty of tempting new figures are showcased in the book.

Citadel Ghouls - the complete unit
Citadel Ghouls - complete unit

Being old enough to have started with Airfix ho/oo figures I have a soft spot for plastic figures. The only thing that puts me off the Zvezda range is I cannot remove the mould lines without accidentally whittling a piece of figure off! Figures made in hard plastic that I can clean up without unintentional surgery are a welcome change. Having a chance to buy a box of Ghouls from the new range at a good price I seized the opportunity.

Open the box!

You get enough pieces to make ten ghouls and one can be a leader figure. There are enough arms and heads to give plenty of variety. One point to make is because of the way the figures are animated it carefully plan how the finished unit will look. If you don’t they will not neatly assemble as a unit and we all know how vexing that is! Not that gamers are at all neurotic about this sort of thing …

Putting on the slap

Citadel Ghouls - head ghoul
Citadel Ghouls - head ghoul

The figures assemble easily and after a prime with GW white spray I painted them in subdued colours with a single subdued highlight. Having recently taken to using the new GW washes a coat of Devlan Mud grimed the figures up nicely. A quick touch up of colours here and there and it was job done.

The figures were finished with a heavy duty satin varnish followed by a matt spray after basing.

And there’s more

Citadel Ghouls - objective marker
Citadel Ghouls - objective marker

With all the optional bits and pieces I put together a simple objective marker. This was made form the spares and set on a standard Citadel large round base.

By Rick Lawrence

Making models and playing tabletop games since the late 1960s, and still enjoying it! Now working in heritage and dabbing around with photography, with quality cafe time when I can.

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