I blame the film the Mummy, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/ with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, and with an excellent supporting cast too. I had always liked Ancient Egypt, and had even planned to do a 3rd Edition Undead army complete with Mummies and chariots (maybe a retro project for the future?), but after watching the Mummy it inspired me to collect a Tomb Kings army when the range was released a few years later.
In the older, first edition of the army book (2002) there was a bit about a Khemri King named Setep, and a magical weapon description in the magical weapons armoury belonging to him.
So it is said of Setep: He made himself king of Khemri. He restored the Necropolis and replenised the priesthood.
And in the magical weapons section:
Blade of Setep.
This Highly ornamented curved sword belonged to King Setep of the 5th Dynasty, and it's edge shimmers with blue energy that can shatter armour.
Rather than make up a King or choose another one, and as I used the magical sword (in the game it negated armour saves, and after the first hit on a model wearing magical armour it destroyed it), I chose Setep, and stuck with him when the 2010 book was released.
Painting wise I liked the turquoise, red, and gold colour scheme for Khemri, so stuck with that. Later on I added more bits to the army, and replaced the metal Tomb Guards for the nicer plastic ones. I loved painting the army, both back in 2002 and in the later update in 2010.
It is a shame that I no longer play the current Warhammer rules as I dislike the increasing over-competative playing style and the 'arms race' of monsters and magical items. Even in 2010 it was more of a painting project than an attempt to create an army for gaming purposes, although I did assemble the army according to the lists.
I still have a about 100 Skelelons, 4 Chariots, the old Tomb Guard regiment, the 2002 limted edition Army Standard Bearer, and the metal Settra model to re/paint, but they are all low down on my 'to do list' .
2010 Army Book.
The painted army photograph, minus the Horse Archers which I forgot to place on the board!
Lord choices: Special Characters.
On the left (a metal) High Queen Khalida, and on the right Prince Apophas. The latter is one of only two 'Finecast models' I own, of which I am not a fan. Nice model, terrible quality resin.
Mounted Liche Priest, and the Prince/King model from the Warsphinx kit.
Two converted Liche Priests, on the left converted from a metal army standard bearer using plastic kit bits, and on the right a plastic model comverted from a spare Prince/King model above.
Another two Liche Priests.
Left is my other 'Finecast' model, and right an old Marauder Miniatures Liche (with the orginal end of his staff broken).
Tomb Prince, and old 1990's Citadel Mummy (both Metal).
Setep's Regiment of Chariots.
I swapped his large two handed sword for one of the plastic Tomb Guard ones.
As they are part of Setep's personal Chariot Regiment I decided to add some the spare parts from the Tomb Guard set to suggest a mounted Tomb Guard. I also chose the other style of chariot fronts to differentiate from the other 'ordinary' chariot units.
Tomb Herald, the Army Standard Bearer.
The model is very top heavy so instead of a plastic skeletal horse model, I mounted him on a Warmaster Sphinx model. I had to greenstuff the saddle a little.
Close up of the mount (still counts as skeletal mount).
Troop Choices: two regiments of Chariots.
Close of of the ordinary Charioteer;
the Musican (using Tomb Guard horn);
30 strong Swordsmen Regiment.
Side view close ups showing the verde gris and bone colours.
Leader, made using a spare Chariot crew body, and musican with drilled out horn mouth.
Some of the swordsmen (and archers below) are moutned on regimental bases.
I like the Tomb Kings archers, cheap and always hit on a 5+.
Regimental based Archers.
Some of my characterful conversions/poses.
Side and rear views.
Two regiments of Horse Archers, always handy for flanks and hitting on the same 5+.
The 'new' Tomb Guard regiment.
For the front rank I added two models wielding the Chariot crew halberds.
These are the old metal versions, and I made the regiment up of one of each of the sculpt types.
Hawk and Jackel.
Crocodile and Snake.
I bought these purely because I love the look of the models.
Metal Tomb Scopions.
Tomb Scorpion scurrying over ruin stone (spare part from Sepulchral Stalker set).
Each of the legs are seperate and had to be glued on and held. Fiddley.
Body type 1.
Body Type 2.
Here Kitty, Kitty... two Khemri Warsphinxes.
These look great on the board, and in the few modern games I have played, they are useful to have. Even better having two!
Howdah and crew of the one on the left.
Howdah and crew of the left hand Warsphinx.
Side view of the first Warsphinx.
I went for the sandstone paint colour for the body rather than black or anything else. It seemed to fit better with the army and was more suggestive of the desert to me. It also looked a littl more like the colourations of Ancient Egyptian cats.
Necrosphinx. Big, scary, and it flies!
Torso and head shot. I chose the Skull head over the King head as it seemed to fit the army better.
From this angle it looks very Persian or Babylonian. The design notes stated that the Khemri/Tomb kings range were not just inspired by Ancient Egypt, but were a composite of all the ancient Civilisations of that era and area.
View from infantry eye level.
Casket of Souls.
Top view, with added skulls from my bits box.
Altar Tomb Guard.
Screaming Skull Catapult.
Certianly a lot bigger than the 3rd Edition one.
Bone Giants, now re-named as the Necrolith Colossus.
I choose the plain skull head as personally I thought the other head option was a little too over the top.
The one on the right is the standard unaltered model. The one on the left I repostioned to stand side on, did'nt add the metal base, and slightly twisted the arms and body for the pose.
It's a shame there are several good rare choices now for the army as these are a great army choice and models.
Body of the right hand one.
Side on of the left hand one.
King Setep, stepping out from his tomb.
I filed down the sides of his base slightly so he could be fitted onto the back of his chariot, or used dismounted. I also, in accordance with the magical blade description, painted it with blue ink over silver to give that shimmering blue energy look. I also glued a shield to his back so he can still have that great 'hand out grasp powers pose'.
Not sure what next weeks update will be on. I need to get down to some serious painting, and have'nt decided whether to plough on with the Slann, have a look at the Slaves to Darkness era Emperor's Children army, or tackle something new.