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Four Horsemen Studios: Mythic Legions Advent of Decay Vampire Knight

One of the first Mythic Legions sculpts that really captured my imagination was the original Vampire, Carpathias. When the Advent of Decay Kickstarter began I was very pleased to see that the Four Horsemen planned on significantly growing the Vampire Legions. Today we’re going to take a look at the Advent of Decay Vampire Knight!

The Vampire Knight comes in the familiar collector friendly packaging. Since he’s a bit of an army builder, the Knight doesn’t get his own biography on the insert panels.

The Knight comes with a nice load of accessories including three heads, a sword, a spear, a sword holding strap, three back insert pieces, removeable shoulder pads, and a shield with a removeable handle.

The sword and spear look to be re-used from the previous Mythic Legions figures with a gloss black paint job to match the black of the Knight’s armor.

The shield design motif really fits well with the armor design of the knight and the handle attaches securely. It’s a little different from the original Mythic Legions shields in that the knight has to hold it rather than clipping on to the figure.

The unmasked head sculpt continues with the same Nosferatu-style of Carpathias and sports bat like ears, nose, and fangs.

His ears are a little more elfin and smaller than Carpathias’, I suspect in order to bridge the gap between him and the smaller ears on the helmeted head. I adore the deep set, bulbous eyes and the craggy lines around the eyes.

The closed helmet looks to be re-used from the Elf Knights, but works very well for a Vampire. It actually has a bit more depth to it than I thought originally from photos.

The final head is a partial helmet with an open face, the face looking very much like the unmasked head. It makes a lot of sense to me that Vampires would want an open face mask since they do a lot of biting.

The helmet has a spike at the tip that can be removed and has a spikey design to it overall that reminds me a bit of Maleficent from the old Disney movie. The builder of a Vampire army have an embarrassment of riches to create variety in their armies.

The back insert piece works well at holding wings. The skeleton wings look good on this guy, but I really hope to get bat wings for this guy one day.

The sculpt is interesting as it re-uses most of the parts (arms and legs) from Gwendolynne Heavensbrand, but with a new torso.

The combination makes for a much slighter build, which looks like it will add a nice variety to my legion.

The articulation is the same as Gwendolynne with:

  • Ball and socket head and mid-torso
  • Swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles
  • Swivel waist, forearms, and thighs

The armor is loaded up with straps and metal studs and the paint job highlights these metal studs with a shiny silver which lends the armor a bit of a S&M vibe.

The paint is pretty great with a lot of gloss black highlighted with purple details, silver studs, and brown straps. the detail is sharp on the body and the faces have a really excellent pale white with lovely pink shading around the eyes and nose.

Overall, this is a great figure. The poseability is excellent and the paint is sharp and clean and he looks fantastic posed with Carpathias. I wish I had bought a few more of this figure to build up my Vampire army!