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From the painting desk #38 – Living pirate, dead pirate

November 23, 2015

Two more miniatures for my pirate project, and very different ones at that. The first one is a merchant sailor by Galloping Major Wargames, mercilessly press ganged into service as a pirate:

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A simple paintjob on a lovely miniature, he adds some firepower to my group. I really like the Galloping Major minis, as they’re neat sculpts and very chunky. They’re also very tall, but fit in nicely with the rest of my ranges.

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The other miniature is an undead pirate by Black Scorpion Miniatures. I absolutely love this range – the undead pirates are really characterful and evocative of the whole “cursed to wander the seven seas” vibe. I painted the model using a different style than with my living pirates, using plenty of heavy drybrushing to make him more worn and weathered. I used black decorating sand mixed with pizza herbs to create a sort of afterlife base, drawing inspiration from Terry Pratchett’s depiction of The Desert, an afterlife of greyish-black sand, and adding some withered plants for a more maritime feel. I threw in an old GW metal skull for additional effect. I think the end result is quite pleasing, and creates a lovely contrast with the living pirates and their bases of almost white sand, as you can see in the photo below.

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That’s 33 miniatures painted this year, and the pirate project moving along nicely! I’m looking to build a small band of undead pirates as well, because…they’re undead pirates, that’s why.

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7 comments

  1. Very nice work! Makes me want to break out my unpainted pirates now.


    • Thanks Mike! No excuse not to do it.


  2. Really nice dude! Love the undead one.


    • Thanks Bob! Really happy with him myself, and already painting the next one.


  3. Very nice mate, I love the Black Scorpion range – great to see you doing such a good job with them ­čÖé Yo ho ho!


  4. You’re right, Mikko – you simply HAVE to have undead pirates!


  5. […] both bases in the “dark, unearthly ocean floor of death” style I used earlier on my undead pirate┬ánow permanently named Armitage Shanks. I added an old Warhammer tobstone and some broken planks to […]



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