The very eagle-eyed reader may have spotted that, in amongst the various blue horrors I showed last month was this evil little chap.
Personally I wouldn’t have known him from any other blue horror but anyone who’s a Warhammer Underworld’s aficionado might recognise him as a member of the Eyes of the Nine, the Tzeentchian warband from a couple of seasons ago. Mostly I bought the set for the leader, Vortemis the All-Seeing, one of the coolest looking Tzeentchian sorcerers ever made in my opinion. For those not familiar with him, here’s what the studio model looks like.
The way I saw it, I was buying Vortemis and getting a bunch of other models free, and as the price for the set wasn’t too painful on the wallet that was something I was happy to do. Now as it happens I’m still to paint Vortemis but I did have one of his acolytes, Narvia, sitting on the painting desk – and as Narvia is a lady and therefore qualifies for Fembruary this seemed like a fine moment to get her finished.
I gave her a dark skintone to help her stand out from the other Kairic Acolytes I’ve already painted (and because, speaking personally, I think she looks damn good that way). All being well I’ll remember this when I get around to assembling and painting her frenemy Turosh, the other Kairic Acolyte in the Eyes of the Nine set, and paint him the same way.
For those worrying about what’s happened to my Tzeentchian cabal that I was working on back in January fear not, I’ll be getting back to them as soon as Fembruary is over. For now however I’m enjoying my marathon charge through all the unpainted ladies who’ve been waiting for attention on the desk.
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.