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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Curse of Dead Man's Hand

Great Escape Games hit a home run by bringing the undead into their Dead Man's Hand franchise. My friend John and I have a standing zombies versus gunfighters game I look forward to every year around Halloween. With Curse of Dead Man's Hand, you can pitch right in to the undead at any time with new factions, characters, abilities and a campaign. And figures that are lovely and gory all at once.
Everybody say "Cheese!" 
Fantasy painting normally pulls me out of my comfort zone. Hours of watching The Walking Dead finally paid off as I was comfortable painting this set once I found a recipe for painting blood and dead flesh.  When it comes to painting blood, it comes down to personal taste and how gory you want to go.  My recipe for blood was as follows:

Vallejo Hull Red for the base.
Vallejo Scarett Red for midtone
Vallejo Carmin for highlight
Citadel technical Blood for the Blood God to wash it all down.

If you don't have these colors, its essentially a dark red base, red  and then bright red highlights washed down by a fairly heavy red wash.


Haunted Bear and Storm Crow

Cannibal Dwarves and Dread Wolves

Wendingos
I played around a bit to come up with a recipe for dead flesh. Again, it comes down to what looks right to your eyes.  My recipe for dead flesh was as follows:

Vallejo English Uniform for the base
Wash with Citadel's Reikland Fleshshade or Druchii Violet
Highlight with Vallejo German Beige


Undead minions
If you're a Dead Man's Hand regular, you'll recognize the minions above are all based on of past figures and gangs. So if you ever wondered "hey, what happened to The Preacher," well, now you know.  

Perhaps the most important question is "How does it play?"  The Curse of Dead Man's Hand campaign is a blast.  The scenarios do a great job of setting up a cinematic arch and story to the campaign.  When we finished our first round, Hugh and I were laughing and shaking our heads. it really does play out like a movie!  I'll share up an after action report in my next post. Spoiler alert, the undead are really tough!  
The Witch and the Baron

13 comments:

  1. Wow, I really like those, nicely done.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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  2. Lovely figures Monty, the Baron is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Phil, the Baron was my favorite as well. He's the top dog for the undead.

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  3. Cool zombies, Monty! The witch is terrifically horrifying!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! That was the look I was aiming for! ;-)

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  4. Looks great. I'm just getting into Dracula's America from Osprey. Looks like your set could be used there too.

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    1. Thanks Ed and yes, these figures could port over to a number of games quite well!

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  5. Nice work as always, Monty. Halloween gaming is fun too.

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