This next miniature comes from the Sisters of the Burning Rose Kickstarter from Anvil Industries. The theme of the range is essentially futuristic warrior nuns (a fine and original idea – I can’t imagine why Games Workshop haven’t tried something similar…). Smart arse remarks aside there is of course a distinct thematic cross over between these and the Sisters of Battle which GW – after abandoning them for so long that they have become almost synonymous with neglected miniatures – have announced they will be revamping and re-releasing by the end of the year. Speaking personally although I’m pleased to see them finally getting the attention they deserve I’m not particularly fired up about the Sisters of Battle – although I’m hopeful that they will be accompanied by plenty of gothic accoutrements which can be put to use in creating weird and wonderful Inq28 conversions. Likewise the Sisters of the Burning Rose themselves weren’t the thing that grabbed my attention, rather it was all the crazy characters that appeared alongside them.
In this case we have a nun with a more “real-world” aesthetic than many of the other models in either range of Sisters. She’s clearly some kind of healer and I can envision her either following my Imperial Guard around to patch up wounded soldiers or running some kind of chapel/surgery in the Underhive. That said she strikes me as being more like a “Doc” (as in Visiting the Doc in the post-battle phase of Necromunda) than a Rogue Doc (a gang’s hanger-on who seems to me less like a fully qualified healer and more like an alcoholic with a large collection of knives and a can-do attitude). She’d also tie in well with all kinds of Inq28 ideas, from joining a warband to being a handy NPC.
Speaking of religion I’ve got another model with a keen interest in the teachings of the God-Emperor, specifically those which relate to immolating anyone who might be deviating from His vision for humanity – I’ll try to get her finished and uploaded by the end of the week.
There’s a mutant for every occasion. Need a horde of luckless bullet catchers driven ahead of your advancing chaos legion? Call in the mutants. What about some low-level troublemakers for your Inquisitor to deal with? How about civilians/wildlife/scenery/lurkers-in-the-dark to trouble your Necromunda gangs? If you want to live in the seedy underbelly of 40k then mutants are indispensable. Even more so than everyone else in the Imperium they were born to lose. The 41st Millennium’s ultimate underclass they play the part of the victimised serf with a natural grudge just as well as they do the spiteful villain. Plus, the range of modelling and creative opportunities they represent are just too much fun to pass up!
This is a project I’ve been working on for a ludicrously long time, some of these models have been sitting around half-painted for at least five or six years, so I reckoned it was about time I actually bashed on and got something finished. All of the current batch are based on the Lord of the Rings goblins, which make for excellent mutants in and of themselves. Indeed some, like this chap, I’ve painted up entirely “as is”, without needing to do any converting at all.
Others, like this one, are a bit more radical. Although the goblin models themselves aren’t multipart kits they really forgive cutting them and sticking on bits from other kits, and on such lumpen, ugly-looking characters even the crudest greenstuff can cover a multitude of sins.
This one was the first to be finished, several years ago now, but the slow progress of the project as a whole meant I decided to go back and give him a bit of a repaint by the time the rest of the clan were nearing completion.
There’s something about this one that even gives me the creeps!
This chap is one of my favourites, a task-master who really does have eyes in the back of his head!
As intimated by the “Part 1” in the title I’ve got quite a few more of these still to finish so I’m aiming to bash on with them alongside other projects. Despite the fact that in some ways I feel that I should be concentrating on one thing at a time and getting a few things finished these have been waiting for attention for so long it’s getting embarrassing so I’m keen to get them done once and for all. Hopefully it won’t be another five years before we see “Part 2”!
Today’s post is very much dedicated to Heresy of Us, a blog and now store which I’m sure will be familiar to many readers – and if it isn’t then get yourself over there and take a look at Mark’s work.
First up we have a pace which I feel as though I’ve been working on since God was a boy, although it may well have been even longer. Back around the time he first launched Heresy Of Us Mark was kind enough to send out some skull stacks to a number of blogs and I was lucky enough to receive one. Of course having been suitably thrilled to accept it I then entirely failed to get anything done with it. Over time my efforts to look for a suitably impressive use for it translated into it gathering dust on the painting table, hardly a deserving fate for such a cool little gift. At long last however it’s time has come and I’ve finally got it painted up and decorated with a few extra skulls, spikes and a suitable base to turn it into a little Underhive wayshrine. Perhaps it’s a place for Imperial pilgrims to pause and pray on their journeys or perhaps it’s something a little darker, the leavings of sacrificial victims from blood rites conducted in the name of unspeakable gods…
Alongside it I also painted up these three verminous creatures, also created by Mark. I love the idea of the dank corners of the Imperium being living landscapes, with their own wildlife and civilians keeping their heads down and going about their lives whilst gangers and Inquisitors fight their battles overhead. In time I plan to gather a whole collection of people and creatures who live in the filthy, liminal cracks, and these distinctly 41st Millennium rats are just the beginning.
Indeed, I’m starting to build up quite a menagerie of Heresy of Us beasties so the populating of the Underhive is well underway!
Speaking of the Underhive I have two badly behaved ladies almost ready to join the Escher gang so I’ll try to get them finished, photographed and uploaded by the end of the week.
Knosso Prond is one of my favourite models from the Rogue Trader box set and an absolute gift to fans of the grubby underbelly of the 41st Millennium. For a painter she’s an absolutely gorgeous miniature and a far more complex challenge than she first appears, whilst those of us who enjoy the dark corners of the setting can always use a death cult assassin around. As a result she’s been on my “to paint” list for a while so getting her finished off for Fembruary felt like the obvious move.
The one thing I didn’t really like about her was the head she’s lugging around, surely a cliché which has long ceased to be worth repeating, so I gave her a second knife instead (you can never have too many of those after all).
Hang about – five posts in one week! What’s happened to me? Have I been possessed? That’s a worrying thought…
There has been a lot of cult activity going on around here lately, most of it admittedly focused on those insidious xenos; the genestealers. However that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the servants of Chaos entirely. Whilst other projects have pushed the chaos cultists on to the back burner I couldn’t resist putting in some time to finish off the hideous spawn known as Gibbermaw.
Fans of the dark gods take note however, this doesn’t necessarily mean a resurgence in Chaos activity in the Underhive will be happening straight away, I’m planning to concentrate on the Eschers first then we’ll see how things go from there.
It’s often said that there are no good men in the galaxy of Warhammer 40k, but now at least there is one good boy! Yes I couldn’t resist painting little Aximillion, the faithful dog who accompanies the Elucidian Starstriders from the Kill Team; Rogue Trader box. Until I get the rest of the crew done he can act as a regimental mascot for my little Imperial Guard collection, and can surely sniff out trouble in the Underhive as well.
He’s definitely an interesting and challenging model to paint, he’s just so small that I really needed to adjust my style with starker highlights, my usual muted look would have blended to mud unless the viewer actually pressed him into their eyeballs. Despite this he was still a very quick and easy model to do, there’s just so little of him that it doesn’t take much time to get him painted.
I am the voice of your Emperor and by His command I order you to walk among the living once more, to be my hounds and hunters and to reap the souls of those who would betray His Imperium.
– Inquisitor Morix
Those who trespass against the glorious Imperial dead shall be hounded forever more by vengeful wraiths.
– from the Codex Phantasma, put to the torch by Inquisitorial edict.
Forge for me a servo-construct, to house in flesh and iron these furious ghosts, these wrathful spirits. Let them serve from beyond the grave and redeem the failures that dogged them in life. Let all who witness them know that duty does not end in death!
– Inquisitor Morix of the Ordo Mors to the fleshwardens of Grixos IV
Worshipping chaos is a dangerous business. One minute you’re chanting unclean syllables not meant for human tongues whilst the claws of daemonic entities scratch at the thinning veil, the next you find yourself a mindless abomination with a tentacle for a face. You think you’re signing up to stick it to the noble houses, fat-cat guilders and corrupt overseers and the next thing you know you’re the one who’s corrupted, overrun with wild mutations and reduced to a mewling thing driven only by the basest of instincts. You might stay ahead for a while, acquiring a modicum of power by shoving lesser acolytes into the sacrificial pit ahead of you but ultimately very, very few make it to ascension and princehood. The rest either get themselves killed or end up reduced to bestial spawndom like Jibbermaw here.
Oddly, in spite of my long standing affiliation with Chaos, I’ve never actually built a spawn before so this was a great chance to really dig into the bits box and go mad. There’s still a few tweaks I want to make to him, particularly around the tentacle arm, but overall I’m pretty pleased with him.
I’ll confess that since building my retro-influenced Tzeentchian cult leader I’ve been itching to do more with my little change-cult. However I’ve also set myself a rather ambitious target with regard to Azazel’s Neglected Model Month challenge and diving off into another sideline, albeit one which is fairly neglected itself, won’t do anything to help that. When all is said and done though I’m only human and as this beastman was already more than half-way painted I didn’t see the harm in finishing the job.
Now then, with the influence of the Changer of Ways out of my system (hopefully) it’s time to crack on with those under-loved miniatures – probably starting with the Helbrute. Who knows, I may even have something to show you by the end of the week.
Remember the skullcrab from Black Edge I painted way back in June? It’s just a cracking little model, packed with character – what could better encapsulate the essence of 40k than a tiny robot-spider made from someone’s skull (presumably someone with quite a big head mind you)? Alas, for various reasons, the other two skullcrabs have sat untouched ever since. Inspired by the skullbirds however I realised it was time to expand my collection of skull-headed fauna and finally get them painted.
A group shot of the three finished skulls together. Checking the Black Edge store I notice that the skullcrabs aren’t currently available – although I’m hopeful that Mark (of HeresyOfUs – and the man behind Black Edge) is working on them, alongside his various other twisted and brilliant creations.
As the Imperial forces advance a scuttling wave of skullcrabs travels ahead of them.
Whilst I had skulls on the brain (surely a normal state of affairs) I nabbed this servo-skull for a quick repaint as well.
You really can’t have too many cherubs, servo-skulls and other skull-faced cyber-creatures in 40k so I’ll try to build some more in the near(-ish) future – watch this space!