This week it's another quick progress report on my Undead horsemen. I've finished putting together the three final members of my six-strong unit, and have briefly revisited the first batch (from my previous post) to add a few more details – mainly in the form of straps and reins.
Working with the old plastic skeleton bodies (that were originally designed as foot troops) became an interesting challenge to find poses that looked natural on the back of a horse. In the picture below, the two on the outside seemed to lend themselves to dynamic action poses, with one leaning off to the side, ready to strike, and the other having the horse rear up on its back legs. But the third one, in the middle, was a little more complicated. I had to cut the skeleton at the waist, and drill and pin the two resultant halves in order to reposition the body at more of an angle, as if the rider is leaning into the gallop. A small detail, but I think that aiming for a touch of realism in among all the fantastical elements really aids the interpretation of a miniature – giving viewers something familiar to look at as a 'way in'.
So with the completion of these three and the minor tweaks to the earlier ones, I'm pretty happy with the look of the squad and ready to get some paint on them.