I’m keen to tackle some more Daughters of Khaine this year to build on the little collection I started putting together last February. With this in mind my first task of 2022 was finishing off three of the snake-like Melusai. I started with one of the Blood Sisters, the elite shock troops of the war covens.
Then I followed her up with two of the venomous Blood Stalkers who rain down arrows on those who defy their dark queen.
I find I have a bit of a mental block about painting these sinister snake-women, for some reason I often feel like they’re going to be a struggle to paint – even though when I actually come to putting brush to model they’re quite straightforward. Hopefully knocking these three out in short order will help to convince me of the error of my ways and encourage me to crack on with the rest.
I’ve got big plans for these cruel she-elves so expect to see more of them slithering off the painting desk in the weeks and months ahead.
Most of the warbands which have been made specifically for Warcry are made up of various sorts of barbarians who like to spend their days beating seven shades of shit out of each other for the glory of the Chaos gods. Most, but not quite all. Alongside these violent and generally underdressed loons we have the Khainite Shadowstalkers, elves who serve Morathi the Shadow Queen as spies and assassins. Branded with the magical shademark they can pass almost any barrier, and slip with ease into the wartorn Eightpoints to do a bit of murdering on their queen’s behalf.
I’ve been fancying the idea of painting up a warband of these shady characters lately, and have been experimenting with ways of creating the effect of shadows on their robes and cloaks. These two were painted very much as an experiment but I’m pleased with how they’ve turned out so expect to see their colleagues emerging from the gloom in the near(-ish!) future.
This doesn’t mean I’ve stopped working on my Spire Tyrants of course – as regular readers will know by now I can’t have too many Warcry warbands!
My efforts to clear some of the clutter from my painting desk continue and today it’s the turn of two of the bigger miniatures that have been hoarding more than their fair share of space. Back in February when I started working on some Daughters of Khaine I called the series of posts “God of Murder” in honour of Khaine, the bloody-handed god that these elves worship. Inspired by painting up the warband I dug out these two Avatars of Khaine and got them assembled, reasoning that I could get them painted up fairly quickly. I wasn’t wrong either, actually painting them took next to no time at all. It’s just unfortunate that it took me the better part of a year to actually get on with it but we can’t have it all. Behold the God of Murder himself (or at least two statues of him, animated by dark and – presumably – gory magic).
I often thought of these as being rather small – at least in comparison to a lot of the other monsters that can be found roaming around in the age of Sigmar, but once I got these assembled it really came home to me how big they are, towering imposingly over the ordinary elves.
I’m still feeling very enthusiastic about these murderous she-elves so now I’ve got their dad’s statue collection up and running I’m hoping to tackle a few more of the Daughters themselves shortly.
One of my all time favourite Daughters of Khaine models, and one of the miniatures that attracted me to the faction in the first place, is the Slaughter Queen. I’ve been meaning to paint her for absolutely ages and the other day I thought “Why wait?” and cracked on at last.
Her hairdo is a bit ridiculous, which should put me off, but somehow I still think she’s awesome.
Well here we are again, it’s Fembruary. For those not in the know Fembruary is an annual hobby event that’s been running for the past few years, kick-started and curated by Alex of the blog Lead Balloony. The aim of the exercise is to be a salute to women (and a bit of extra encouragement to get those unpainted models finished up into the bargain). Despite representing roughly 50% of the planet’s population women have traditionally made up a tiny proportion of miniatures available (bad news for all the straight male miniatures out there!). Of those female miniatures which are available a sizeable proportion seemed to be made up of space-strippers and the chainmail bikini brigade (slightly better news for those aforementioned straight male miniatures but damn distracting when one is only 28mm tall, made of plastic, anatomically ill equipped and trying to save the galaxy). Thankfully things are changing for the better, and a second X chromosome no longer prevents one from facing constant doom alongside the boys.
Now as it turns out I have a lot of female miniatures in the ‘to paint’ pile. I did a bit of an inventory to try and choose what to paint this year and discovered I’ve got a monumental backlog (no surprises there eh!). So, this month is going to be all about doing something about that. My plan is to paint as many of them as I’m physically able to and make a dent in that backlog and so, if all goes according to plan, a whole host of adult human (not to mention elven and perhaps even xenos) females will be appearing here over the next few weeks.
One of the key things I’d like to do this month is paint up a warband of Daughters of Khaine for Warcry. I really liked these blood-thirsty elves back in Warhammer Fantasy, in fact the Dark Elves in general were always the one that got away in terms of WHFB armies – maybe someday eh! Worshippers of the cruel and merciless god Khaine (the so-called “God of Murder” referred to in the title) these she-elves are about as far from the snobbish, prissy, daisy-plucking, fairy-bothering flouncing fay-folk of elven cliché as it’s possible to get. I’ve enjoyed their evolution in Age of Sigmar and their dark queen Morathi remains not only one of the most entertaining Warhammer characters to read about but also one of the few who has made the transition from old Warhammer to AoS without feeling forced or out of place.
My goal for the month then is to complete the warband and to paint as many of the other female miniatures in my collection as I can, focussing on neglected models as much as possible. At this stage I’ve no idea how many I’ll manage to complete but I’m certainly not short of enthusiasm so I’ll see what I can do. To set the ball rolling here’s the first of the Daughters of Khaine to be finished – a Blood Sister Gorgai who’ll be acting as the new warband’s leader.
The rest of the warband will contain a mixture of these snake hybrids, the winged Khinerai and some of the more normal looking elves. Before that though I have another elf (of a kind) who’s been almost finished for longer than I can remember so tonight I’m going to sit down, concentrate and get her done.