From the painting desk #61 – Terrors that flap in the night

November 18, 2018

It’s more than a couple of weeks since Halloween, so time to recap! As is tradition, I put on a horror themed miniature game for my friends, which in turn was a good incentive for me to get some vampires painted.

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These two ladies are part of Bad Squiddo’s My Last Sunrise line, and they’re lovely! I showcased the third one in a previous post. Long, flowing robes and clean sculpting (courtesy of Gus Kearns) made these really fun to paint. Again, I went with a very grey skintone – I had both corpses and statues in mind. I painted the robes in bright colours to counterbalance the grey skin. The painting isn’t as smooth as I’d like – it was a bit rushed so the blending is just not there especially on the blue dress. Other than that, they’re ok.

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Another miniature from said Kickstarter campaign, this one needs no introduction. He’s obviously the big D, Dr. Acula, Alucard, the mysterious owner of Carfax Abbey…so yeah Dracula. A quality sculpt by Gary Morley and a easy to paint mini, I’m quite happy. As with the notorious cloaker, I went with a very, very classic look with red cape linings and all. I went for a more human – if pale – skin than with the brides, to represent Dracula being a bit more sophisticated and trying to blend in with humans.

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This one is from Reaper, and documentation in this blog reveals that I bought the mini…nine years ago, back in 2009. Sheesh. Well, after nine years of waiting, she’s now finally painted! As you may have noticed, I love painting red, so I went with that here as well. It was a quick, rough-ish paintjob but I feel it does the trick. After all those years in the cupboard I’m just happy that the mini is finished. It’s still a pretty neat sculpt, so kudos to Derek Schubert!

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Vampires come in all flavours, and this one from Heresy is definitely one of the nastier-looking ones. Paul Muller has managed to sculpt one of the nicest vampires around, in my opinion. I gave the mini a really quick paintjob consisting mostly of drybrushing and washes, but I’m still immensely happy with the end result. It looks like a nasty beast, just like I wanted it to.

The Halloween game itself was great fun as usual, with vampires successfully eating every single villager before sunrise. A random selection of photos shows you many of the usual suspects appearing in these Halloween games as well as some of the painted minis showcased above. You can click on any photo to open a bigger version in a new tab. Thanks to the players for the photos!

The hunters…

…and the hunted

Nosferatu stalks his prey

A hapless nightwatchman flees from approaching zombies

A damsel in distress

It’s a monster rampage!

Due to some really poor luck on the vampire’s part, these two basically spent such a long time together that they became a couple



  1. Nice minis and all looking very atmospheric! Hope everyone enjoyed the game!

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    • Thanks for the comment! Judging from their comments they had a good time (they took an easy win, that may have helped).

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  2. Wow Mikko, those in-game shots are fantastic!

    You did a great job with those figs too, nice work 🙂

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    • Thanks Paul! It’s fun to have the players take photos of the game, helps with the blogging too 🙂


  3. Love that heresy vampire- the model is posed well, your paint job really brought out the best of it.



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  4. This is all the brilliant mate – that Heresy vamp looks like a really nasty customer, and I love how the purple dress on the 1st lady-vamp looks like silk! Very cool painting dude, and a superb looking game

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    • Thanks Alex, appreciated! The Halloween games have become a staple at this point, and usually boost my minis output too – deadlines will do that.

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  5. Great stuff 🙂

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    • Thanks Warb!


  6. Hi Mikko, I particularly liked the vampire. Fangs for posting!

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    • I see the humour goes in the family 😀 Thanks for the comment, glad you liked them!

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  7. Very nice Mikko. Especially enjoyed the range of pics and game play. Was that Andre the Giant in there?

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    • Thanks Mark, it was Andre indeed! More accurately his character from Princess Bride. You can get him from Antediluvian miniatures 🙂

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