Wallochian Guard

Sculpted, cast and painted a henchman for Vlad Tepes. I based him on the background figures in Angus McBride’s painting of Vlad the Impaler – I’m not sure about the costume’s accuracy but the hat and coat seem Byzantine/Turkish enough for the time.

Next will be a similar figure but in a fighting pose. I think between the two I can also make a ranked unit for larger games.

Cast and painted Vlad

Vlad the Impaler sure cast up easy! I don’t have much experience with home casting 28mm figures, but this one didn’t even need any venting. There’s almost always problem areas – sword tips, hands – where air pockets block the flow of metal. Not in this, for whatever reason. It was a great cast the first time.

Almost as if… he wanted to be cast! Spooky!

After a little bit of cleanup, on to painting.

I’m planning a snow base for him, but more on that later. Next up are finding some opponents and allies, plus making some suitable terrain for skirmish games in 15th century Wallachia.

Vlad III Dracul

Back to the sculpting bench after a hiatus to focus on painting. I’ve had the idea to sculpt the Wallachian warlord Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) for some time now.

Besides the spooky factor, there’s lots of inspiration for wargaming in 15th century Eastern Europe. The Ottomans are finishing off the Byzantine Empire, taking Constantinople (1453) and the “Empire” of Trebizond (1461). The Italians are carving out an empire amidst the wreckage, there’s Catholic-Orthodox friction plus a whole host of ethnic warriors with their own distinct looks.

There’s some nice 28mm Vlad figures on the market, such as a mounted figure from Old Glory and foot figures from Citadel/Wargames Foundry and The Assault Group, but all have him in full plate armor. Certainly what he would have worn for battle, but I wanted him in clothes since the region and period had such distinctive dress.

First, the face. After a bit of fleshing out I finished the face first. I’m hoping to capture those arching eyebrows, long nose and large eyes from this picture:

Here’s the completed face, without hair.

The wire dropping down from his arm will support a Turkish-style sleeve similar to the one on the archer figure below. Vlad’s arm will be through the hole and the sleeve will hang down.

Plenty more work, the right arm, sword, hat details, but Vlad is moving right along. I’m not sure if I’ll try to cast him or just paint the green, but I’m sculpting him with casting in mind just in case.


Here’s some medievals, mostly Perry Miniatures with Crusader Miniatures for the Latin knights.

Byzantine cavalry, from Perry’s Crusader range Armenians and Seljuks. The only converting is adding height to the two middle figures’ helmets.

Seljuk cavalry, also from Perry’s crusader range.

Dismounted knights from the Latin Kingdom of Constantinople. This was the short-lived crusader state that was established after the sack of the Byzantine capital in 1204. These guys are from the later days of that kingdom before its fall to Nicean Byzatine forces in 1261.