Showcase: Blanchitsu Skeletons

The unquiet spirits of ancient warriors once again heed the summons war. Blasphemously tethered to their mortal remains they march from crypt and barrow beneath the tattered banners of a bygone Age.

Shambling from their tombs this week, a rotting regiment of Blanchitsu inspired skeletons. Continue reading

SHOWCASE: Age of Sigmar, Aelf Realmscout spotted!

Lithe as quicksilver and as elusive as the wind, the Aelf Realmscout is ever but a fleeting shadow in the peripheral vision of her quarry. What is it that drives this exiled traveler to stalk the nebulous hinterlands that link the Mortal Realms? Does she seek truth behind the legends of vanquished gods or to avenge the shaming of her sundered race? Perhaps she seeks only to survive…

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This week I’d like to share one of my favourite miniatures from my collection. Age of Sigmar really encourages players to open their imaginations, and the cannon of the Old World is no longer a barrier to creating your own narrative. Here at Technasma, we love playing Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game, and this figure is inspired in part by the fabulous Iconic Characters illustrated by Wayne Reynolds. She started out as more of an RPG type character, rather than anything from the established Warhammer lore.

There’s a bit of Xena, Warrior Princess, Merisiel from Pathfinder, Arragorn and even a hint of Link from Legend of Zelda! 

She’s converted from predominantly Warhammer 40,000 parts, so it was a fun challenge to make a miniature that didn’t look out of place in a high fantasy setting. To make her battlegear more lowtech, I opted for leathers, ivory and metallics, but picked warm bronzes and golds for an exotic aesthetic. To compliment this I opted for bright textiles – jade green for the cape and trousers with a splash of lilac for the sashes and fletching.

I used True Metallic Metals (NMM style but using metallic paints) on her weapons; a lethal looking scimitar and paired dagger known to the Aelves as glimmerblades. Under her hood you can see her defiant expression and a few locks of blonde hair.

    

Games Workshop certainly design their models with converting in mind. There’s such cross-compatibility in their kits, that its very easy to create something unique and special without hours of cutting, filing and putty work. My Realmscout is living proof of this – a product of six kits from two gaming systems. Finishing touches were applied with a ruined statue from a Scibor Basing Kit and some Agrellan Earth.

Have you been using the creative freedom of Age of Sigmar to kitbash your own iconic heroes and villains? Let us know in the comments – we want to see pictures too!

Head over to our Instagram to see work in progress pics of some of my other Aelf Iconics.

SHOWCASE: Bestigor Warband

When I was a kid first getting into Warhammer, Chaos armies used to be eclectic collections of all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Beastmen marched to war beside hunchbacked Chaos Warriors, enigmatic Chaos Champions and outlandish Daemons that were only available via mail order! Chaos is at its most magnificent when it is truly undivided. The opportunity to take wildly divergent units and unite them with a strong colour scheme is the perfect hobby challenge for me. So this time I’ve been working on some Bestigor as a bodyguard for my Great Bray-Shaman.

Most people paint their Beastmen with rusted and corroded battlegear, as if scavenged or primitively made. I’ve painted mine in the same shimmering bronze as my other Tzeentch aligned units. Although they aren’t how I picture Tzaangor to look (that requires a lot of modelling putty), I like how they fit into the rest of the army.

I imagine that their loyalty to my Chaos Lord has been bought with the newly forged armour that they wear. By contrast their foe-rending Great Axes are worn and dulled with the blood of countless battles.

I painted their tabards in the same blue as the Runeshields on my Chaos Warriors and chassis of my Chaos Chariot.

I’m pretty happy with how these guys turned out and will be adding the command group next!

Do you like your armies to look uniform, or do you prefer the unfettered chaos of many colours? As ever, if you like what we did or have comments/crits then please drop a line in the comments 🙂

Call of the Wild! Great Bray-Shaman

From the dark heart of his forest lair steps the Great Bray-Shaman. This malign prophet of Chaos has a soul as black and twisted as the benighted realm he heralds from.

When The End Times: Glottkin came out I was pretty happy that you could build an army using all of the Chaos factions. The Beastmen have some great models including this guy, the gnarled Great Bray-Shaman, and I was glad to have an excuse to add him to my collection. I painted him up in the same magenta that I used for the wizards and heroes in the rest of my army.

I converted his staff with an icon of Tzeentch from the Burning Chariot kit, the eye of which glows blue with clairvoyant power. If you look closely you can see blue Object Source Lighting from the baleful eye glaring out from beneath his hood.

I freehanded runes onto his hood, inspired from designs found on the Chaos Warshrine. Here’s a better view of the Chaos Star over his left eye. I glazed his cloak with Reikland Fleshshade and Druchii Violet to create a patchwork of flayed skins.

I really pleased with how this model came out. To me he’s a real throw back to the creepy old 80’s artwork from Slaves to Darkness and the Lost and The Damned. In fact I enjoyed painting him so much that I got a unit of Bestigor bodyguards for him too – more to follow! What do you think of him – tell me in the comments below!

SHOWCASE: Blanchitsu Cairn Wraith

A malevolent spirit returns from beyond the grave in today’s showcase! The Cairn Wraith is one of those wonderfully understated models – very simple design but perfectly executed and full of macabre character.

This is the first of several Undead miniatures we want to share with you. The palette is inspired by the reds, sepias and burnt umbers of John Blanche’s evocative Vampire Counts concept art. It was good fun to use a limited range of colours, starting with initially quite messy applications of brown and crimson, working up to successively more refined glazes of bone and off-white.

I like how the wraith seems to have manifested into a bloodsoaked death shroud – an effect that was completed with a few spots of Tamiya Clear Red.

Given Games Workshop’s obsession with vanitas and memento mori symbolism in the Warhammer world (a big part of what makes it so cool), this model is something of a homage (an homage?) to John Blanche. I added the tongue from a Bloodletter to give it a creepy twist, and freehanded the checkered pattern around the edge of the wraith’s cowl – a motif ubiquitous in Blanche’s artwork.

Hopefully this guy gave you the chills! We love to hear your feedback, so feel free to let us know what you think in the Comments below!