Happy halloween! For this joyous occasion I’ve prepared a healthy serving of five painted ghouls for your perusal. They were supposed to be used in a Stillburg scenario I had planned to play a few weeks ago – but we ended up getting rather inebriated instead of actually playing any games. Those things happen, I suppose.
I was in a bit of a rush to finish them, which actually doesn’t show except on the Talisman ghoul in the back (more on that later). I wanted them to look pale and tomb-dwelling, which I think I achieved. They were painted with Vallejo Pale Flesh over a white undercoat, then washed with purple and blue washes, highlighted up with layers of Pale Flesh and Skull White and then washed again. Did the eyes reddish, to add some contrast to the models.
These three are early 1990s ghouls by Gary Morley. The centre one seems to be from a later wave (he wasn’t in the 1993 catalogue), it bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the 3rd edition Blood Bowl ghouls also by Morley. It’s the only one in the 1994 catalogue that exhibits this trait, the others are more Max Schreck like. I actually enjoyed painting these a lot (as always with Morley sculpts, I’m definitely re-evaluating his work). I used to have quite a lot of these, but foolishly sold them off as 90’s tat.
Next, we have a Paul Muller sculpt from 2000. I like it, but not as much as the ones by Morley. I sold off quite a few of these too. Should have sold this and kept the other by Morley. Oh well. I’m sure I can stock up on Morley sculpts rather cheaply on eBay for a year or two more until the 90’s becomes fashionable again.
Finally, we have an old Aly Morrison sculpt for Talisman, released in 1986. I’m a bit disappointed in how poorly I painted it, but was in a rush to finish it. Now that I have, I wish I had just kept it back a while. Would’ve liked for the pants to be a different colour. Might redo them in green or something. It’s a bit bland as it is now.