I’ve always found the Warchanter to be a bit weird to be honest. He’s not bad per say, just odd, he appears to be showing off two huge, carved bones but quite why he’s doing this isn’t at all clear. His background suggests that he uses anything he can lay his hands on as a drum to beat out the rhythm of war, creating a rising cacophony – especially when the things he’s hitting includes other people – that drives the entire Orc clan into a frenzy and sets them into motion and into battle. It’s the kind of background that we saw a lot of in the early days of Age of Sigmar, where being original was held in higher regard than being good or making sense.

My initial plan was to use him for a conversion that just didn’t pan out, and although I tried him for various other ideas nothing ever quite worked as well as I’d hoped. In the end I decided I’d had enough and I’d just paint him as the designers intended.

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I still think he’s a bit weird but I did really enjoy painting him all the same, a lot more than I expected to in fact. And best of all, he’s done at last (so now I’ll undoubtedly think of the perfect conversion to use him for – any moment now…).

19 responses to “Warchanter

  • Jenn

    He looks like a fun model.
    I really like the look of the faces on the bones. The bit of colour there really helps them stand out.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! As it turns out he was a lot of fun, I wasn’t sure about him to begin with and if it wasn’t for the challenge I probably wouldn’t have got around to him, but once I got started he turned out to be very enjoyable. The colour on the bones was the last thing I added, it looked a bit too drab without it. 🙂

  • Alex

    Cracking paint job, but yeah, he’s a weird one mate 😂
    That said, he’s kinda fun too – he should audition for Stomp!

  • imperialrebelork

    Nicely done mate. I think you could actually add a drum, made from a Squig skeleton, to the base.

    • Wudugast

      Hmmm… Not a bad shout there, are you thinking of the squig skeleton from the Gobbapalooza? I’ve tried a few drums from various kits but nothing’s been a decent scale – I do have the Gobbapalooza though so I’ll dig it out later and take a look.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Nice work – shame it is a bit of an odd pose. He needs a pair of timpani style drums just in front of him.



    • Wudugast

      Cheers! That’s what I thought but I’m struggling to find anything that really suits. Turns out GW make a lot of drums but none quite right for this model… yet. 

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Well weird or not he looks good to me. 🙂

  • Kuribo

    Weird is a good way to put it. I think he’s just a bit forgettable as a sculpt, though maybe that speaks to how crazy his mates are! Either way, he looks good in his grimy paint scheme and I’m sure he’ll fire up the boyz too. In your competition with IRO, I think special characters should count as two Orkz and since you’ve painted two in a row, I think the last two count for four! 😀 I’m sure he’ll love this suggestion if he happens to see it 🙂

    • Wudugast

      I think your comment that he’s a bit forgettable is bang on the money, he looks like he could be an optional build from the Ironjaws Brutes, which are excellent models, but instead he’s supposed to be a special unit that’s meant to represent a key “hero” in the army. Yet compared to the other characters of similar rank he’s really nothing special. Likewise he really doesn’t deserve the price tag that comes with him – although as I essentially got him for free I can’t complain too much on that count! So, not a bad model, but not really one that deserves much excitement either – but then again when I actually got to working on him I did enjoy him a lot, so that’s the main thing.

      Funnily enough we did discuss something similar to that. Should special characters count for more? What about vehicles etc? If I paint 2 gretchin and IRO paints a Stompa is it fair to say that I’m one up on him? In the end we decided to stick with the Gimli protocol (“it still only counts as one”) although we might revisit it if we think things are getting unfair or unbalanced. As it’s just a friendly contest I don’t think that’ll become an issue but we’ll see. I’ve certainly got a mix of different sizes of Orc I’d like to tackle over the month.

      • Kuribo

        I couldn’t agree more with everything you said and that’s good of you two to have a gentleman’s agreement on the competition. If IRO keeps painting legless Orks, I think he should be docked some points however 😉

  • patmcf

    Nice work on the bones mate! Oh the competition rises !!!!

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