The Shrine of the Bestial Skull

If we’re going to have beasts that walk on their hind limbs as men, and men who howl and gibber in the darkened forests as beasts, then we’re going to need a dread alter at which they can conduct their foul rituals beneath a ghastly moon. This skull-shaped shrine from MOM Miniatures fits the bill nicely, making a fine herdstone for the beasts of chaos and a good addition to my collection of chaos terrain in general. It also fits in nicely with the new Heart of Ghur terrain from Games Workshop (which I’ll be painting at some point and in which giant skulls feature heavily).

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As a size comparison I grabbed a few finished miniatures that were sitting near the desk (providing in a bit of a hint at some of the things I’m planning to paint next!). Really I should have found some warriors of Khorne or a few beastmen but that would have meant digging them out of storage and, frankly, I couldn’t be arsed so instead we have something that looks like the start of a joke; a Khainite elf, an Orlock ganger and a northman sworn to House Stark walk into a bar (pausing only at the giant skull outside)…

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Next up – even more terrain!

26 responses to “The Shrine of the Bestial Skull

  • davekay

    Great work on that terrain piece! I checked out Mom’s website and it’s a shame they don’t do what you have done here – have a ‘normal’ miniature next to each terrain piece to show its size.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I know what you mean, I’ve got a few of their terrain pieces and in general it’s a lot bigger than you’d think, a few size comparison shots would stand them in good stead I reckon.

  • Carlo

    Sweet, that’s a nice piece of terrain! I like the giant skull on top of a pile of skulls concept… you can’t go wrong with skulls. 🙂

  • Azazel

    Very nice! A pretty cool terrain piece and it looks great with the earthy naturalistic paint on it – even if the size comparison models are a little incongruous! 😉

  • theimperfectmodeller

    An excellent piece of terrain which will only enhance your table top.🙂

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Oh yeah, both impressive and more than a little unnerving! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I know what you mean, it looks a little too real in places (I suspect part of it may have been cast off a real rabbit skull looking at some of the fine bones – not sure how possible that is but that’s how it looks). Then your eye catches all the tiny human skulls…

  • lordcommandereloth

    You can not leave us hanging what is the punch like!
    Also it does look great, a very fitting herd stone!

    • Wudugast

      …And then the Ultramarine says “What is this – some kind of joke?”
      Thank you – just need to paint some more beastmen to perform profane rituals around it now!

  • Kuribo

    To me, this pretty much captures the essence of the Beastmen faction in Warhammer Fantasy. I never liked them much (they were too evil for my liking as strange as that is to say) but you can see the appeal of them really well in this awesome piece of terrain!

    • Wudugast

      Ah now the beastmen weren’t evil, they were just trying to live quietly in the forest but the wood elves kept persecuting them. Don’t you be spreading misinformation and elf-propoganda now eh! Seriously I always loved the beastmen art, a lot of it was really weird and uncanny, but the models never quite lived up to it, a lot of the time they were more like satyrs than the hybrid horrors I wanted to see. Its a range that could use a revamp I think, but I fear that even if they get new models – something that will surely happen someday – they’ll still be mostly goatmen rather than really leaning into the possibilities that the range could offer. I’ve tried kitbashing my own versions – with varying degrees of success – but most of them are still waiting to be painted (another job on a long list!).

  • Pete S/ SP

    Nice piece- it is moody and atmospheric.



  • Faust

    Looks great! I like the reddish tones on the little skulls too. For shame that there is no Blood Bowl mini next in line!! Haha! Orlock, though? Now you’re talking! That’s one set of minis I didn’t sell off, in hopes of maybe painting them someday. Really like the colors on that Stark Northman too.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The reddish tone is a little bit of thinned down Blood For The Blood God – I wanted to suggest that some of the skulls are quite fresh..! Yeah, I really like the Orlocks but for some reason I’ve only ever painted one and that was a couple of years ago. I think they provide a much needed baseline of “normal” humans in Necromunda, a brotherhood of relatable guys in amongst the rather more “out-there” characters. You should give yours a go, they’re cool models. If I recall correctly it was the rules that put you off ‘munda (in which case you’re not alone, I’m no fan of that side of it myself and there are whole forums out there of people who’re not impressed either!). For me it’s all about the world and the miniatures and I’m just going to go my own way with the rules. As for Blood Bowl fear not, there’s still a lot of Blood Bowl models on the desk – it’s just that none of them made their way into this photo. Glad you like the Stark too – I know I’ve not shown much of them lately but I’m chipping away in the background, the trouble with batch-painting is there’s often a long time with not much to show until they all get completed together.

      • Faust

        Ohhh, it’s a fresh look. I was thinking it was brown from age. Probably needed a better look at those. The rules of ‘Munda turned me off and I haven’t bought any minis since. I still have my Goliath and Van Saar team. I think the Eschers are mostly done.The Orlocks probably got assembled and primed. But since there are no plans to play, getting past that has been on the back burner. Also troubling is that I’ve pretty much ditched 32mm in favor of 28m minis, as I’ve found more minis in that realm that I actually like. Brigade Games/Northstar, Wargames Atlantic, etc. make a lot of multipart 28mm minis that are closely compatible. The options for customization are really nice. Even if I don’t always take advantage of it. Still, I do like the look of the Orlocks and maybe once I get most of my minis painted that I need for gaming, then I’ll tackle them as a fun project. It seems that could happen sooner than I think, but I tend to get way ahead of my actual painting speed! And yes, I sadly know all too well about batch painting. I’ve nearly finished a small band of just 6 minis…and what I thought would only take me a couple weeks, stretched into probably 6. Ugh. But I’ve come to the opinion that some are just going to be a chore, and you move onto whatever is next!

  • imperialrebelork

    Very cool terrain piece and expertly painted as well my friend

  • Argentbadger

    Impressive. That must have been one hell of a goat when it was walking around… perhaps even the Greatest Of All Time.

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