Blackstone Fortress: Gotfred de Montbard

It’s mid November, the nights are increasing cold and dark and the days aren’t much better. We’re reaching the time of year when staying indoors and playing Blackstone Fortress is very appealing. Time to get a wiggle on with painting the rest of the box then. Breaking myself in gently (on the grounds that batch painting traitor guardsmen isn’t that much of a break from batch painting orks) I decided to tackle one of the new heroes, the crusader Gotfred de Montbard.

Gotfred de Montbard Wudugast 40k (1)Gotfred de Montbard Wudugast 40k (2)Gotfred de Montbard Wudugast 40k (3)

He’s quite a strange looking character, clearly a knight but seen through the lens of the 41st Millennium, and that very oddness was one of the main things that attracted me to him. I’ll admit that I was also drawn to him in part because I thought he’d be fairly straightforward to paint, after all he’s mostly just armour and cloak right? Well, it turns out he’s not quite as simple as that, there’s enough to him to keep him interesting but not so much that I ran out of time and energy to make a start on those traitor guardsmen. Before I get back to working on them however here he is next to his new friends and colleagues who’ll be joining him in exploring the dark corridors of the fortress.

Gotfred de Montbard Wudugast 40k (4)

Not too shabby I reckon – heretics beware! Of course, now I need to bash on and actually paint said heretics…


21 responses to “Blackstone Fortress: Gotfred de Montbard

  • Alex

    Lovely job mate – very smooth on the cloak, and I love the way the plate looks well maintained but old… quite the tricky look to pull off! Superb 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 🙂 I really fiddled around to get the blending right on the cloak so I’m glad it comes across well. As for the armour I briefly (arrogantly and wrongly) thought “This’ll be easy” – there was definitely a fine line to be walked between making it look too clean and ceremonial on the one hand and too battered and ill-maintained on the other.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Looks like this is going to end up in another very impressive group of figures. Rubbing my hands already in anticipation of seeing the rest!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The heroes from the Blackstone Fortress range are some of the best models GW does I reckon, they’re just packed with character and a real joy to paint. I’m aiming to finish off the rest of the baddies ASAP then get my teeth into the rest of the heroes after that.

  • Pete S/ SP

    He looks nice- like you say an odd mix in a way.

    Chheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, he’s a funny combination of elements, a very different kind of 40k knight to the space marines we’re used to seeing, but I reckon he works nicely. Would be good to see something similar as a unit or series of units someday.

      • Pete S/ SP

        A unit of them would look superb. Here’s hoping something comes out of the Inquisition releases that go along with the new Sisters of Battle releases.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah I’d forgotten they fight alongside the Sisters of Battle. I’ve not given up hope that we’ll see some more esoteric things like this as part of the Sisters release but what I’d really like to see is a very Sisters focussed release – followed by a full Inquisitorial army later in the year, packed with this kind of thing. Giving the Inquisition their own mini-codex in White Dwarf suggests that even if that happens it might not be for a while though, but who knows?

      • Pete S/ SP

        An inquistorial army would be interesting. I’d still only get small bits for narrative campaign reasons rather than buying a giant force.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Wudugast

        Aye, same – although I could see it going the same way as my Genstealer Cults whereby I add in so many things that it turns out to be an army anyway.

  • Janice Duke

    Nicely done! Especially the well worn but well taken care of armour. I see he’s standing next to Pious, too… Can’t help but wonder how those two would get along 😋

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I felt I needed to get the balance on the armour just right, I wanted it to look like he’d been wearing it, and fighting in it, for a long time, without necessarily having a lot of opportunities to clean it and maintain it, but equally I didn’t want it looking battered and rusty in the way it would with – for example – an Ork or a servant of Nurgle. After all he cares for it, and sees it as a holy duty to maintain it, and he knows he relies on it to keep him alive, but equally it’s armour for fighting in, not posing in.

      Interesting that you mention Pius Vorne there, according to his background he sets out from his fortress-monastery as part of a large crusade force, sent in search of an “angel of fire” that will destroy the enemies of the Emperor. Eventually the crusade is whittled down until by the time he reaches the Blackstone Fortress he’s the last one left. However when he gets there he meets Vorne who is herself very religious, worships the Emperor, and likes to burn heretics, so now he thinks that she’s the angel, and that he needs to protect her and aid her in her quest. What she makes of him I don’t know, I tend to assume she divides the world neatly into “things you can burn” and “things you won’t get away with burning (for now)”.

  • patmcf

    Yeah mate I do feel for you as its the same weather down here !! thus I haven’t been able to get out to the shed to get some bases done but there has been a lot of painting going on .I still haven’t been able to approach the painting of the special bit of terrain I bought sometime ago ,strangely enough I’m a bit nervous about doing it Ha Ha !
    I must say you have got a really good deep colour with your reds as you have done in the past with your yellows , well done mate .

    • Wudugast

      Yeah it’s grim isn’t it – still it’s good weather for painting and modelling 🙂 Plus, you’re heading into the summer now aren’t you, we’ve got a long cold, dark haul ahead of us! Very curious about this mysterious peace of terrain – is it linked to the mysterious fantasy project you’ve mentioned previously? Good luck with it anyway, I have every confidence you’ll produce something outstanding when you get your teeth into it.

      Glad you like Gotfred, I did enjoy working on the red cloak. I used to paint pretty much everything in red but it’s not a colour I use that often these days (trying to push myself out of my comfort zone) but it was nice to play with it again.

      • patmcf

        Yeah it’s been a slow start to summer ,quite late but that looks like the trend over the last couple of years. I put you out of misery as I’m certainly not going to paint it this summer as I have turned to making my own terrain for the moment, the price is the Warhammer Age Of Sigmar /Dominion Of Sigmar Shattered Temple , I thought I’d knock it over in know time but it’s a bit more complicated as I haven’t done anything like this before. I feel I will also have to do a bit of a modification so as to suit what I have in mind so for now I’ll pop in to the do next winter box !🥴

      • Wudugast

        Then I’ll just have to wait patiently (never my strong suit!)

  • Alexis West

    Nice paint job! I just wish GW would give us some actual action poses for Crusaders at some point. Every single one has been like this, resting his shield on the ground. Also, I know I’ve gone over this territory before, but I’d love to see one with a gun, and one of those Cruxes on the shield replaced with a port he can lock it into to fire while aiming through that vision slit there.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! Aye, I’m with you on the poses. I actually really like the “leaning on the shield posing” pose but you can have too much of a good thing and we’ve had nothing but so far (that I can recall). In my opinion this is the definitive version of that for the Crusaders so perhaps now they can call it done and try something else.

      Also, something I hadn’t realised until I got my hands on them, the shields of the Palanite Enforcers have a little window at the top for them to look through. Going to be a pain to paint but it looks cool. It’s a shame they don’t have a slot to shoot through but at least I can do a phalanx of angry and brutal law enforcement at last.

      • Alexis West

        Yeah, it’s not inherently a bad pose, it’s just that they literally have never done a Crusader Model in any other pose. Mix it up a bit, folks!

        The window on the Enforcers’ shields is cool. But yeah, a gunport as well would have been even cooler, tho.

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