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When I first saw the Oathmark Revenants and idea  immediately popped into my head “they would make great  undead to add to my Lord of the Rings armies”, these  were the armies I fast painted in lockdown as detailed in  the Oathmark Express articles, which I did and wrote  with wargaming buddy John Treadaway, sometime back  (see here).  I had thought of this when the Oathmark  Skeletons were released, but I wanted ghosts or undead  not full-on boney chaps so the Revenants would be ideal  I thought.    The troops I was hoping to represent were the Dead Men  of Dunharrow, appropriately also know as the  Oathbreakers. These Men were cursed to remain in  Middle-earth after they abandoned their oath to aid the  good side in the War of the Last Alliance. The Army of the  Dead was led by the King of the Dead.   I had built build up a frame of five models already for  
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The Dead Men of Dunharrow here led by the King of the Dead
publicity photography, and fortunately still had them  around so I experimented on them so see if I could do a  fast job on them like the rest of the armies we did for  Oathmark Express. Well it didn’t quite workout as I had  envisaged, for two fortunate reasons.  The first reason came when I showed them to Nick and  he said, “Trouble is, the description of them describes  their spears like a winter thicket, and the Revs don't have  spears”… and when someone quotes Tolkien at you it’s  time to listen. The quote is by Legolas. "I see shapes of  Men and of horses, and pale banners like shreds of cloud,  and spears like winter-thickets on a misty night. The Dead  are following." So I needed spearmen…  The second reason was in spite of the fact I had already  painted the first five, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end  results, so I was pleased have another go at them and  see if I could get a more satisfactory finish. 
MAKING SPEARMEN The first task was to make them spearmen. The  Revenants come armed with a variety of weapons but no  spears, so I needed to look elsewhere for spear armed  hands and arms, as it were, to graft on to the Revenants.   I started by sorting out all the spear armed arms I could  find, and trying to workout if that would fit and suit the  Revenants. I rejected the dwarf and men spears as being  to big and solid, I wanted a lighter look to them.  As it  happens I keep a large bag of spare plastic parts for just  such an occasion left over from all the other frames I have  made up over the years. The donor arms holding spears  came from across the North Star plastics ranges, most  from the Oathmark Elf Infantry, with other contributions  from, Oathmark Goblins, Frostgrave Cultists and  Soldiers II and just one from Oathmark Skeleton  Infantry. 
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Building armies continues Part 4: The Dead are following
Kev Dallimore
PAINTING SPEARMEN Keeping to the same ethos as before in this Oathmark  Express series I wanted them to be super fast painting so  no shading or highlighting, a straight neat paint job, then  Army Painter Quickshade Washes all over to provide  all the shading and contrast. As before this relied on two  main things the quality of the models and the neatness of  my painting. I had planned initially to also use a coat of  Army Painter Quickshade - Strong Shade varnish, but  after a test out on the first five Revenants I made without  
spears, I decided it didn’t quite give the ethereal look I  was hoping for so I decided not to go with it for the rest.  This meant I couldn’t use the first five for the Dead Men  of Dunharrow but they aren’t wasted and have been  repurposed for Frostgrave…   PRIMER The models were sprayed up with car primer, very lightly,  and then Army Painter Uniform Grey Colour Primer  Spray.
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I then carefully snipped off the hand holding the spear at the wrist at an angle that would hopefully match a handless Revenant arm. (this is a Elf Spear)
I then carefully snipped off the hand holding the spear at  the wrist at an angle that would hopefully match a  handless Revenant arm. As luck would have it there was  a nice crease at the wrist (on the elves) that was just right  and off the hand came a treat, but be careful not to nick  the spear or yourself when cutting. Tidy up the spear and  hand before you do the surgery so that it’s all nice a clean  to pop onto the waiting arm.   Initially I did think I would have to slice off loads of sword  hands but fortunately the right arms for the two handed  axes are hand free, because the hand is moulded on the  axe, grasping it, and not on the arm. It could have been  made for it! Of course, I did slice off three or four sword  hands before this occurred too me, doh! However it wasn’t  wasted effort as I used those too and it added a bit more  variety to the mix of arms. Always snip off components  with modelling side-clutters and tidy up with a knife. 
A nice crease at the wrist (on the elves) that was just right and off the hand came a treat, but be careful not to nick the spear or yourself when cutting.
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Fortunately the right arms for the two handed axes are hand free, because the hand is moulded on the axe.
Always snip off components with modelling side-clutters and tidy up with a knife.
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Once you have your component handless arm and spear  with a hand on it, you can assemble these and then fit  them to the body.  To get a good position for the new limb  with spear I just lightly tack the arm and hand in place with  just a smidge of glue, this allows you a bit of play to  reposition if needed. Then once you are happy slosh on  more glue to fix it in place. On most of these guys I tried to have more than one attachment point, to give it a bit more  strength, as these figures will be gamed with so need  
To get a good position for the new limb with spear I just lightly tack the arm and hand in place with just a smidge of glue.
On most of these guys I tried to have more than one attachment point, to give it a bit more strength, as these figures will be gamed with so need some robustness.
some robustness. Often the spear was glued to the  ground or thigh as well as the new wrist joint.  Then you can assemble the rest of the Revenant in a way  that looks good with the new spear arm.  And here are some more examples of the conversions,  see if you can spot where the odd rogue heads have  come from!  
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Then you can assemble the rest of the Revenant in a way that looks good with the new spear arm.
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And here are some more examples of the conversions, see if you can spot where the odd rogue heads have come from!
COLOUR SCHEME As ever keep the block of colours neat! It’s not a vast  range of colours but luckily Army Painter does enough  greys and the odd extra bit of mixing gives you enough.  Below is a list of the sort of colours I used, and as you can  see I have mixed it up a bit throughout the unit.  Flesh – (or where flesh should be) Ash Grey. Dark Clothing and boots – Necromancer Cloak or Uniform Grey mixed with more Black.
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Clothing – Uniform Grey mixed with Black. Light Clothing and boots – Stone Golem or Uniform Grey mixed with White. Light Hair and teeth – Gorgon Hide. Woodwork and boots – Uniform Grey. Armour and metalwork – Bright Gold mixed with Shinning Silver. Wash - Quickshade Washes Green Tone all over the whole model, I did a couple of coats.
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As ever keep the block of colours neat!  Flesh – (or where flesh should be) Ash Grey.
Dark Clothing and boots – Necromancer Cloak or Uniform Grey mixed with more Black.
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Armour and metalwork – Bright Gold mixed with Shinning Silver.
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VARNISH As before these models are to be troops on the table not  cabinet pieces they needed a good protective coat of  varnish. This was in fact two coats of Anti-Shine Matt  Varnish, brushed on. FINISHING I used the same mixed up basing compound, which is  
Wash - Quickshade Washes Green Tone all over the whole model, I did a couple of coats.
made up by John by the bucket. It is self-coloured and  dries to a rock hard mostly matt textured finish.  Once the  compound was thoroughly dry and hard it was drybrushed  with Desert Yellow, in a fairly rough manner and covered  with various flocks.  THAT’S IT AGAIN One layer of paint and a wash, no highlighting, just  neatness, good models and good basin 
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Far left has a Frostgrave Cultist spear, next right Frostgrave Soldiers II spear, next another Cultist spear, next another Frostgrave Soldiers II spear and far right has an Oathmark Elf spear.
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Far left has a head from the Oathmark Skeletons set and second from left’s head is from the Frostgrave Barbarians set, these two both have Oathmark Goblins spears. The next two have Oathmark Elf spears and the one far right has a spear from the Oathmark Skeletons set.
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These boys all have Oathmark Elf spears.
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These are the metal command figures for the Revenants.
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Here they are as one big unit for Oathmark.
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Here are the first five non spear armed I did, then rejected for the Dead Men of Dunharrow, based up to have another life or death in Frostgrave.