They hunger – Vampire Thrall

This week’s showcase features a slightly converted Mantic Ghoul. A head-swap made him into a vampire thrall. He also looks a bit like edgy Yoda in his teenage years, but that is incidental. So buckle up and I give you some pointers regarding the conversion, paintjob and basing.

Converting the Ghoul

The conversion is fairly simple: Just take a Mantic Ghoul body and add a Warlord Orc head. I chose the bald one with pointy teeth and eye patch. All of them have pointed teeth to some extent, but this specific head worked best for a Vampire thrall in my opinion.

Vampire Thrall conversion. Mantic Ghoul. Warlord Orc.
The transitions could be smoother, but I like the colour scheme.

Purple is the new black – painting the thrall

Just like Gruff last week this chap is a bit older. In fact I painted him when I got back into miniature painting after a longer hiatus due to work commitments in 2018.

I wanted something a bit different for the skin and decided to go for a desaturated purple combined with a medium green tunic. The only other colour is introduced via the thin yellow line on his tunic and the yellow moss on the base.

Vlad Dracul. Vampire Thrall. Birch trees.
Fetch me a drink Igor…

Nowadays I would push the contrast using a rather dark shadow colour (violet blue maybe) and add a bit of colour variation to the skin, maybe red, yellow or a warm brown.

The tunic would also benefit from more shading with a dark green with a red bias.

Vampire Thrall conversion. Mantic Ghoul. Warlord Orc.
Evil Yoda sure looks hungry…

This was also the first time I used Tamiya dry pigments to add dust effects to the clothing. They come in what looks like a make-up dish and can be applied with a small brush. They stay put, so don’t need fixing.

Fallen angel – basing the Thrall

The base is extremely simple. Just a bit of XPS arranged to look like stairs hewn in rock and a few flowers and brushes. I also added a broken angel statuette. I made a press mold of a cake topper with such little angels and can now reproduce and weather them as needed.

Vampire Thrall conversion. Mantic Ghoul. Warlord Orc.
Less is more with the lichen paint. So just lightly dip the sponge in it and remove excess paint with a paper towel.

Worth noting are the Vallejo effect paints. The range also features a yellow lichen colour, which provides a good base to work from. You apply it in an irregular fashion with a sponge and then mix a bit of orange in to depict the slighter darker inner areas of the lichen. You can also add a faint dark grey line around the edges to delineate it more from the rock.

Vampire Thrall conversion. Mantic Ghoul. Warlord Orc.
The autumnal brushes add a bit of colour to the base and mirror the accent colours used on the thrall.

There we are. A simple conversion, that you could use to make a few thralls for an encounter. I hope you enjoyed the showcase and stay tuned for next week’s installment. As always, wield your brush with honor.

2 thoughts on “They hunger – Vampire Thrall”

    1. Thanks. It is a fairly simple conversion, but makes use of the Orc heads. I never liked the torsos of the set, but the heads are nice. I might come back to the Ghouls in some point and try out some other colour variations on the skin.

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