Warhammer 40k may seem quite high-tech at times, and of course there are parts of the Imperium where you can barely move for tanks, guns and space ships, but there’s a broad seam of magic, religion and paranoid superstition at the heart of everything. If your Imperial Guard regiment needs new orders from an all-too-distant headquarters then they won’t be getting one of those fancy faster-than-light video calls that their peers in Star Trek enjoy. No, they have to call upon the services of a blind space wizard who will deduce the will of central command through the medium of dream interpretation. Ever wondered why your Imperial army is fighting against your mate’s Imperial army? Now you know!

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I’ve liked the Astropath model for years, it’s simple but powerful and there’s a lot of character and quiet dignity conveyed without many details. Plus, if my little collection of Imperial Guardsmen ever need to make a long distance call (of dubious accuracy) now they can!

20 responses to “Astropath

  • Alex

    Great little character mate, nice in red rather than the more usual green… he wouldn’t look too out of place with your Martians!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I’ve never been too taken with him in the green colour scheme but I do like him in red. I hadn’t thought of him with the Martians but now you mention it he’d fit in fairly well, after all who knows what bionics are hidden under those robes!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Before I reached your final paragraph I thought to myself, I like this figure it’s clean and simple and strikes a nice pose. I do complicated but sometimes a figure stands out because it’s not and for me that’s the case here. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      I completely agree – I like painting complicated miniatures (in fact there’s one on the desk right now that’s ludicrously complex, hopefully you’ll see him in a few days) but I think it’s easier for both the sculptor and the painter to get away with things if the miniature is complex, you can bury mistakes in the details and distract the eye with fancy effects. On a model as simple as this it’s just you and the miniature, there’s nowhere to hide and sometimes that’s really quite enjoyable. 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice- a figure like that can really drive a narrative game.



  • Kuribo

    As best I can recall, the astropaths have one of the most important and dangerous jobs in 40k. Or maybe I think that because I read Eisenhorn a while back which is one of the few 40k books I’ve read. Whatever the case may be, I think this guy looks great and captures the look and feel I imagine they’d have. Its a somber job but someone’s gotta do it!

    • Wudugast

      That’s very much my take as well, with the possible exception of the navigators there’s no-one doing a more important, dangerous or thankless task in the Imperium. To hold the empire together it’s guys like these who have to keep lines of communication open, even though it leaves them open to madness or even daemonic possession, and yet despite putting their lives and sanity on the line for humanity most people don’t trust them because they’re filthy psykers. I think it must breed a very grim, resolute mindset.
      I really must read Eisenhorn, it’s one of the classics of 40k fiction but despite the fact that I’ve read more 40k novels than I ought to admit to I’ve still not got around to it.

      • Argentbadger

        Great painting of a classic mini.

        I would echo Kuribo’s recommendation of Eisenhorn; it’s the best 40K book I’ve read so you should bump it up the priority list.

      • Wudugast

        Thank you! Consider it bumped up the list, I should have read it years ago really but you know how it is, there’s always a billion books I want to read* and only 24 hours in the day…

        *and miniatures to paint… and places to go… and films to see… and bands to listen to… and…

      • Kuribo

        I couldn’t agree more on psykers! I’d imagine that Eisenhorn would be right up your alley as well. Its grim but also has some elements of espionage to it as well.

      • Wudugast

        Consider it bumped up the reading list then. I’ll probably start it as soon as I finish Warhawk, need to finish reading about the Khan being awesome during the Horus Heresy first!

  • mellis1644

    Love the pose and the paint job. Great stuff

  • Mark A. Morin

    Well done – agree with TIM!

  • Azazel

    Very nice here – and agreed with Alex. A bit of a shock for some reason to see him in red rather than green. I guess with so few Astropath models (and painted photos) out there it’s easy to mentally assume the default. He does look like he’d work well alongside the Mechanicus. I wonder if we have Tech Guard in the future? 😀

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Now you mention it, I think I’ve only ever seen them in green, or occasionally dark blue. It’s a criminally underrepresented sculpt though, which really deserves more recognition. As for tech-guard, that would be amazing – in fact more guard regiments in general would get my vote. 

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