I finished (and by that I mean got him to a place I was fairly happy with and then stopped before I messed up) Dr. Felmanse.
I tried some OSL on him and although it needs to be smoother, especially on the skull, I think the way it came out on the flagstones is pretty good. It was a lot of fun painting his skin and I really like the green flames.
I should be be building the rest of his retinue but as usual I have a bunch more projects that currently interest me more. In no particular order:
‘The Grail Sanguine‘ – an AoS force of vampire knights based off Bretonnian conversions,
‘Mol’lekh the Saviour‘ – daemon construct worshipped by debased duardin warband,
Paint up my Spire of Dawn skaven and sell them on (hopefully for a profit),
Finally finish assembling my Legio Cybernetica force for Horus Heresy games.
Oh, and I bought a bunch of models from Hasslefree recently in order to make a small gang for This Is Not A Test and an Inquisition Cell for the Inquisimunda game at BOYL17. Oh, and I still need to paint my Jabberwock and get the scenery ready for the Beware The Jabberwock! game I’m meant to be running there. Sometimes I hate my brain.
The latest in my ongoing adventure into hypocrisy – despite saying a few posts ago that I don’t like posting WIP pics – here are some WIP pics.
Over on the AoS28 facebook page Bruticus of Ex Profundis fame is running an event/competition/thing called The Eclipse, and to enter you have to convert and paint a Witch Hunter miniature. Not your normal buckled hat and pistol for me though. No, for me it’s this bloke.
Dr Orfeo Felmance, a Doktor of Natural Physik and follower of the now outlawed Galvanyc philosophy, he strives to bring order and sterility to nature by creating new and improved creatures. He hunts witches along with his retinue as they disturb the calm and sterility of his laboratory with their babbling and filth and harvests from their followers the more intriguing mutations they display.
The event itself calls for only one miniature, the Hunter themself, but I can’t resist making him a retinue of his creations and followers. I’ll be getting him painted up first though – I’m really going to put some effort in and try and get him looking the best I can. I think I’ve been getting sloppy with my painting recently and getting results I’m just not happy with, so he’ll be the first step towards upping my game in that respect.
Known as the Weeping Bog or the Swamp Of Desolation by those unfortunate enough to live in or near it, the few servants of the Missing Queen still call it by the name it was given in ancient times by beings too foul and powerful to describe – Our Ladie Her Gardin Ov Sorrow. The faces that weep blood whisper during the night and many is the traveller who wakes only to brutally dismember his companions and coat himself in their fluids. Still the faces do not smile, alone in their grief.
I apologise for the pictures but I am taking these in the only room in my house large enough to accommodate the board without having to rearrange anything.
The final babylike face vomiting blood is my favourite, although I also like the one missing an eye. An attempt to stop the whispers perhaps?
The colours in these pictures look a bit strange, the light was going and I had to turn some lamps on which probably explains it. I’m looking forward to playing some games on this board – the hills block line of sight so that shooting isn’t too strong and there’s plenty of places to hide loot tokens or whatever.
It’s made from an MDF board covered in extruded polystyrene which I carved up with a stanley knife. The hills are made from expanding foam and the faces were sculpted with a mixture of milliput and greenstuff. Large parts of the board were then coated with filler and sand, rocks and slate glued around. After sealing with PVA and painting the board, flock from Jarvis Scenics and diorama tufts from Tajima1 (seller on ebay) were added before painting up the faces with normal hobby acrylics – for most of the board I used tester pots from a DIY shop. The blood was created with hot glue, painted red and washed purple and then covered with GW’s Blood For The Blood God, which needs a shorter name in my opinion. The board is intended mainly for old-school Realm of Chaos and new-school DAoS skirmish games but will probably find itself being used for other things. What do you guys think?
When the Age of Chaos was ended by the storm-clad angels from Azyr, inhabitants of scattered hamlets and isolated hold-outs wept with relief and long suppressed joy. Their prayers had been answered and their souls and bodies saved from the Primordial Annihilator. When the emissaries of the barbaric God-King of Azyr appeared at their gates they were met with open arms, gifts and praise. It was only when the crucifixions and wytch-burnings began that – too late – they realised their mistake.
Managed to sneak some older miniatures into my latest DAoS warband – the long awaited good guys finally appear, bearing cleansing fire and brutal flails. The Wytch-Hunter is unforgiving in his persecution of the tainted and weaksouled amongst the scattered remnants of humanity. He is accompanied by one of Sigmar’s flesh-forged angels, barely human and eager to dispense the judgement of his God-King and two pathetic Acolytes who bear the tools of their bloody trade. The preservation of Sigmar’s realm demands blood sacrifices and the poor souls of the Mortal Realms are wise to tremble before the unrelenting gaze of the Sinseeker General.
“Our ladie is gonne, an all joys pass wyth her. Wyll you nott join us yn the hunt?”
The Oldhammer inspired banner is something I really like on these guys – it may not be particularly well executed, but it’s the best I can do at the moment and I love the way it came out.
The armour on the lady knight was given a basecoat of VMA Silver which is unbelievably pretty. I kept turning the model around in my hands under a lamp to look at the shine and was quite tempted to keep it mostly metal, although the need to keep the hunting party consistent put paid to that.
I realise I have not yet created any ‘good’ guys for The Dark Age of Sigmar, so my next warband will be a Witch Hunter and his retinue, but have no fear, he’ll be just as evil and twisted as the next man*.
*or mutant, or daemon, or…
Next up directly however is going to be some House Cawdor gangers – I’ve got my first Necromunda game in more than a decade coming up on Tuesday and suffice it to say their paintjob needed to be… refreshed.
Well, by all that is dark and unholy – pictures of my models and words what I did wrote have been published in an article on Ex Profundis – that Mecca of macabre and twisted miniatures and stories. Thanks so much to Jake (Bruticus) for featuring me on there and I hope you guys will pop over and have a look. His site is absolutely beautiful as well, which helps.
Read the article here – http://www.exprofundis.com/dark-age-sigmar-rottwoode/
an thi skye is fallyng/the kynge shi has lost her crowne/
thi centre is nott holdyng/thi worlde yt turnt upsyde downe
– verse from a song sung by the Stakehutt tribe on the borders of the Bog of Despair
Deep in the forest, next to a stagnant pool in a rotten copse, dead flesh and wood cling to each other in perverse imitation of life. Some say that they dance according to the whim of whatever killed the trees and poisoned the water.