Sunday, 12 March 2017

Warrior of the 5th mystery






The first warrior of the Alluminarchate is finally finished!
Many things happened in the last months, and I am happy to say that I took part in the fantastic AoS28 project launched by Jake at ExProfundis and hosted on The Grand Alliance forum and FB. It's a great endeavour, aiming to represent all the potential of the AoS setting through careful narrative and conversions of small war bands inspired by the well known Inq28 community.
My Alluminarchate will be only one of many wonderful gangs of weird and never seen before inhabitants of the Mortal Realms, many of which have already been completed and visible on the forums and websites affiliated.
I am, as usual, quite slow at making good progresses, but I finally finished the first warrior of my small band and can say I am fairly happy with the result. It is not the most striking colour scheme I ever used but I gave myself a goal with these minis... I wanted them to look exactly as I envisioned them: pure white and gold, almost blazing with light. No blues, no rich reds or purples, only these two colours... It has been a real challenge to achieve a non-monotonous miniature with only two colours, and I had to carefully plan my palette ahead of starting. To create a bit of variety I used two tones of white: creamy and blueish, which I used for different parts of the model: cream on armour and weapons, blueish white on the flowing vests and cloak. The gold parts were simple enough but then I knew I wanted to add a chequered motif on some parts of the miniatures. This was done for two main reasons: 1) It's an obvious reference to the early warhammer iconography, and one I personally always liked. 2) It is also a great allegory of the eternal struggle between Law and Chaos, which was central to the old setting in its first incarnations and I much preferred to the present "good vs bad" feel. Also, This was the heraldry of an order of Alluminas' paladins in a RPG campaign of a good friend and it felt appropriate enough to be recycled for my Alluminarchate.
For the base I wanted to represent the prosperous and magical lands of Anaryn as I imagined them, inspired by this John Blanche very old artwork:



Not Mr.Blanche best work probably but I really liked the old school magical vibe of the landscape, very fitting for Aos and the Realm of Hysh!

I will now endeavour to complete my war band in a reasonable time and will post here and on TGA soon.

Thanks for looking

Hagen









10 comments:

  1. Good use of the 40K bits, the little conversions make them look "fantasy-ish"

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  2. Thanks Gonfrask, I was not sure at the beginning if using 40k bits was a good idea or not (you normally see the other way around with fantasy bits integrated into sci-fi minis) but I am fairly happy about the finished result! I have got more warriors ready to paint and plan to do more in the future for this little funny project.
    Hagen

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  3. It is so beautiful. I love the clean and whole look you have given it. My own miniatures are usually painted in dirt and shit so I'm very impressed by the white robe and shield.

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    1. Hey Alexander, I am glad you like it. My painting style tend to be quite clean but this time I really wanted to push myself to get a bright, almost monochrome effect... bruticus over at ExProfundis described it as a clinical paint scheme, which I quite like as a description.

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  4. Impressive converting and painting!

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    1. Ana, I am a HUGE fan of your incredibly atmospheric work! It's a pleasure to see you commenting in here.

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  5. Solid work again man; really enjoying this out of the ether faction you've begun. :)

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    1. Hehe, I've begun too many and rarely finished one! But this time I will (it's the beauty of AoS28, you can paint 3 minis and call it a war band;)

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    2. "..you can paint 3 minis and call it a war band.."
      Snort - haha - I must admit, its the perfect game system for a painter like me too then!

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  6. It is so beautiful. I love the clean and whole look you have given it. My own miniatures are usually painted in dirt and shit so I'm very impressed by the white robe and shield.

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