Crusaders Games

Hammerhal – Painting Blightkings

My Hammerhal box set has begun by building and painting the excellent Putrid Blightkings. You have a lot of build alternatives with these models, so I decided to make them into mini characters to add a little extra interest for the dungeon master. This group has 7 vigour minimum and presents a tough challenge when compared to most Silver Tower enemies.

‘Spike’ is my armoured blighking, and I went with a heavy green style to fit with Slambo, and gave him a spikey horn helm. This is probably my favourite model of the set, and he gains an extra vigour life point for having a shield.

‘Fang’ is the Blightlord, generally thought of as the leader and i gave him the most deformed theme. He is the only one in my unit without a helm which gives him some distinction. The Blightlord gets to roll one extra dice when he attacks so he will pack an extra punch, and dual weapons seemed the best fit.

‘Bellringer’ is an interesting character, with options to carry either a giant tocsin bell or an axe, I went with the latter for a dungeon where a weapon seems far more useful, and gave him a flail of bells instead so he can still make a noise. Carrying a tocsin bell adds plus one movement to all Blightkings, and I will use Bellringer to bring this rule into play.

‘Moose’ I originally built as an icon bearer, which when present heals Blightkings one wound each round, but I felt it  carrying around a huge war staff in a dungeon was a little off and a little static in his pose. I changed him into another shield bearer for the extra vigour point, and plan to add the icon to the dungeon as a room item you need to destroy.

‘Tank’ is the final Blightking character who has an unstoppable look to him, crashing through the dungeon towards the heroes. Having two weapons will allow him an extra dice to attack.

I am generally happy with the results, I find skin harder to paint than anything else so this was a challenge, and in hindsight i could possibly have gone for darker green based skin tones. Here are the bloodreavers, a mix of standard builds but with a little blightkings crossovers to add extra dungeon interest. Now just the acolytes left.