Death and Taxes: Why I chose the Ossiarch Bonereapers

The skeletal toll-men of death welcome Dom to the Age of Sigmar

What does this hobby mean to me? Well primarily it’s all about the gaming. I love to set out my toys opposite someone else, so we can get rolling those dice to see who emerges victorious. Usually this is a fine plan that has served me extremely well over the course of my time within the hobby. That is until there’s a global pandemic and now I can’t see my friends nor can I meet up with anyone at my local game store to play any games. So with Plan A out of the window, is there a plan B? Turns out the answer is yes; let’s spend some time concentrating on another part of the hobby that I just haven’t enjoyed as much – painting.

Historically as I look through my 20+ years painting and playing with toy soldiers there is one over-arching theme – I only paint so I can play in tournaments or campaign weekends with a fully painted army. I love a deadline (well I say “love”, it forces me to actually paint something!) and that is how I’ve grown both a Space Marine and a Craftworld army from sprue to Battle Ready standard.

A fully painted Crimson Fist space marines army for Warhammer 40,000
Dom’s battle-ready Crimson Fists ready to defend the Imperium of Man

However, as the title of this blog suggests, this is Epic Level Hobby. I need to up my game in the areas of the hobby that I’ve neglected. Things needs to change, as I’ve been the worst painter in my group of gaming friends for far too long.

A tabletop standard Crimson Fist space marine
Dom may be his own harshest critic, but all hobbyists should try to continuously up their painting game bit-by-bit

As lockdown continued, a “Tale of Four Generals” scheme was floated with my gaming group of friends to kickstart our collective hobbies and build a new army in at the same time. What totally sold it to me was the idea of using Age of Sigmar armies, a game I had only played once, rather than my home territory of Warhammer 40,000. I saw this as a great opportunity to learn a new game, as it would significantly increase my options for organised play events, which I highly enjoy.

Once I’d signed up it was simply a case of choosing what army to go for, so I browsed the Games Workshop webstore and just drooled at the models there, trying to figure out that sweet spot of;

  • Having a cool centrepiece model
  • Having troops I could bash out fairly quickly
  • Items that would stretch my painting a little

Turns out there was the perfect army for me; Ossiarch Bonereapers. They are an army made by Nagash to collect a bonetithe from the Mortal Realms, so he can create more Bonereapers to eventually eliminate all life and have his Undead Kingdom rule supreme.

Therefore, I am collecting the Undead Taxmen of the Mortal Realms from the Faction Death. They tick all my boxes;

  • Cool centre piece model? Tick. Katakros, Mortarch of the Necropolis
  • Troops I can bash out quickly? Tick. Mortek Guard
  • Items that will stretch my painting? Tick. There’s some ghostly undeadness to them that will be interesting to try and capture


By Dom

All images used without permission from Games Workshop Limited.

One thought on “Death and Taxes: Why I chose the Ossiarch Bonereapers

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with just bashing an army with minimal effort. For decades I was kept back from fully painted armies by caring too much about how they looked. These days I totally phone it in and I am so much the better for it.


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