Tomb Kings: The Fifth Dynasty of Lybaras

I’ve always liked the idea of Tomb Kings. Like most kids, I had the “Ancient Egyptian phase” when I was a wee ‘un and learning about ’em at school; I was watching with big wide eyes when Nigel Stillman took all of that and made it Warhammer. For some reason I never quite got around to collecting the army in sixth edition (around 2002 – I assume I was distracted by 40K?) and by the time eighth edition revamped them, I had graduated face first into some sort of financial crisis, been made redundant twice, and had the disposable income of a tortilla chip.

Then Total War: Warhammer 2 (aka “Twat War War Twat Woo” ever since I got tongue-tied while streaming) happened to drop the Tomb Kings in my lap; I really enjoyed playing them, in fact they got me hooked on the game, and the urge was awakened all over again.

During the B.I.G. Bash of 2018, I picked up a box of Mantic Games “Empire of Dust” models and had a go at building and painting a small army. It didn’t go well: the project lacked vision, drive and clarity, and I wasn’t trying very hard, and I don’t like brittle mixed media kits at all. But I did enjoy playing them; the People’s Prince, Mister Steven, was kind enough to come up for a weekend and throw down with his new Skaven army, and I resolved to revitalise the army at some point.

At some point became “when TTCombat put out a Kickstarter for big resin versions of everything else I’d want in the army.” What with Nineteen Crows and Perfidious Albion and all that it took a sweet while for them to arrive, but arrive they eventually did and work has now begun in earnest.

These purchases have now been supplemented with a raft of TTCombat infantry and Ushabti, replacing the Mantic models altogether. All told I have over 3000 points of stuff to select from, with the option of a special character or a Truthsayer (I firmly believe the Tomb Kings are on the side of Order, if not exactly good guys, but that might be down to my playstyle in the video game aligning me firmly with the Ordertide).

King Khonekt IV will rise, possibly for 2022’s Warhammer: Resurrection campaign or possibly for something a little closer to home.