Perched on his throne of lies, this sovereign has a secret and I think I’ve solved it. Welcome to my what could have been. Welcome to the Court of the deluded painter and his ramblings on Cursed City. Stay to the end for detailed shots and my Abhorrant Ghoul King painting guide.
The Abhorrent Ghoul King with Crown of Delusion was kindly sent to me by Games Workshop. Stahly also got one and you can read his review here. In his review he mentions that I speculate it looks like a Cursed City model that got cancelled and now is randomly being released for a short period of time as a limited edition model.
There are two reasons I think this was destined for Cursed City are: 1. Warboss Kurgan’s blog tracks all the rumour engine reveals and aligns them to the models when they’re released. The Ghoul King’s rumour pictures date back to April 2020. This timeline aligns with Cursed City just before the global pandemic through a spanner in he works. And 2. Catherine O Connor’s Ghoul King art work is in the style of previous Cursed City art.
Maybe painting my own Abhorrent Ghoul King with Crown of Delusion has left me deluded with conspiracy theories but their was also Galen and Doralia ven Denst witch hunting Father and Daughter who came out during the pandemic and they completely look like they were meant for a Cursed City expansion as was Belladamma Volga, first of the Vyrkos.
The two expansions we did get sold out quickly and games Workshop has released them again as made to order. With no miniatures in the sets and released 2 years after Cursed City I get the impression the Cursed City plans fell apart when printed items got stuck in China during the pandemic and GW had to release the models individually because they were in the Soulblight and Cities of Sigmar army tomes. With everyone buying the models already there would be outcry from these individuals if they wanted the expansion rules but had to pay the models all over again.
I really hope White Dwarf, with its cardboard centre sections can release rules and boards for the Ghoul King. The only problem then would be because he’s limited edition with a timed window to buy him no-one would be able to get him by the time the rules come out. Cursed City was this close to greatness and I don’t blame Games Workshop, they’re doing the best with a messy situation.
Anyway, enough of my paranoid ramblings, at least we’re getting a chance to own this pretty cool model and I absolutely loved painting this deranged monarch. It’s not the first time I’ve painted Flesh Eater Courts, a year ago I painted an Abhorrant Ghould King from the Zombie Dragon kit as well as 10 Crypt Ghouls. So I already knew my colour scheme for this new model. It’s actually a similar scheme I used for my Cursed City Vargskyr.
As promised at the beginning of this post, here is my recipe card. Thanks for taking the time for checking out my blog post, painting and photography.
This commemorative miniature will be available exclusively at Warhammer stores from 26th December 2022 until Sunday the 8th of January 2023. You’ll be able to order it online between Saturday the 7th of January and Sunday the 15th of January. Find out more in Stahly’s review here: