Curiously, planetary surveys dating to Pre-Heresy times list two small moons in orbit around the planet Chalcydon. It is not uncommon, however, for records from that time to be incomplete or otherwise faulty, as even a casual observer notes the presence of a third moon in the Chalcydonian sky. Peregrinus, the Ghost Moon, features heavily in local lore despite active suppression by the planetary administration, to the extent that the Chalcydonian Ecclesiarchy has grudgingly incorporated the moon into its rituals. It is customary to wait for the waxing of the Ghost Moon to begin new endeavors, and it is said that a priest who takes holy orders beneath the moon can discern the will of the Emperor Himself.
After many layers of foam, clay, spackle, and paint, the display board is ready!
This project really forced me to push some of my hobby limits and I'm extremely pleased with the way it compliments my work over the past two years. Teaser shots below:
I've built up a fairly large collection of painted models over the last few years, and now it's time for a display board. Inspired by my Socratic daimon, I headed out to the craft store and returned with copious amounts of styrofoam, glue, and clay. Over the last few days, I've been laying down obscene amounts of liquid nails and styrofoam blocks to form the main landscape of the base, but in the meantime I also tackled the board's main feature:
a horror from the third moon of chalcydon!
Realizing that creepy faces have become sort of a motif in my Chaos Daemons army, when I saw the styrofoam head, I knew what I had to do. I've used air hardening clay for the sculpt. I started with the lips and worked my way outward, taking about three and a half hours for the whole process. Originally, I wanted to mimic the stone head from Prometheus, but as I worked, little bits of Red Skull and general ad-libbing entered the picture. This was my first attempt at any sort of real sculpting, and the time flew by. Now it's time for the agonizing wait as I continue to add glue and spackle to the board, but I'm looking forward to next week, when I'll be able to start adding the details and get it painted.
As with all of my projects, I only had a vague plan, but you can follow along with my sculpting below:
When the Traveler came to Chalcydon, Cardinal Absalom was one of the first of the Ecclesiarchs to barter with the Ruinous Powers. It was Absalom who handed over the keys to the ancient bioweaponry vaults beneath the Cathedral of Saint Sebastian Thor, and in recognition of this blasphemous act, was transfigured by Father Nurgle into the daemon prince known as Rahab. Now the Angel of the Depths, Rahab scuttles among the roots of the underworld with an endless hunger, devouring the soul-scraps left by greater beings.
A few weeks ago I ran across a preview of an upcoming release from Mierce Miniatures, and as soon as I saw this model I knew it would enter my collection not as Thacaldan Mound-Beetle but as some sort of hideous Nurgle beast. The very nice people at Mierce were willing to sell me a copy before the general release, so I placed an order and the model crossed the Atlantic in record time. I really could not be any more impressed by the customer service Mierce provided – their communication was always prompt and polite, and they were able to manually place my order as the model was not yet available for sale through their website.
Even though I think Mierce has some of the very best sculpts available in the world of miniatures, I wanted a different sort of beetle so I decided to convert the head and forelegs. The model is cast in a sort of rubbery resin that holds detail very well, but is also very light and easy to work with. I was able to pin the arms very easily. Mold lines were minimal and easily removed (although of course I missed quite a few that I only discovered halfway through painting). I had a slight mishap during the early painting stages when one of the legs broke at the knee despite very gentle handling, but I was able to repair the miniature without any difficulty.
This mini was a complete blast to paint and was absolutely worth the time and expense. Sadly, I don't think I'll have the opportunity to the Darklands game any time soon, but I look forward to adding more Mierce creations to my creature collection in the future.
During a Maelstrom mission today, my opponents and I determined I'd need a 12 to make the charge across the open ground and through the toxic waste onto the recently-activated objective. A 6 and a 5... but wait, he's Fleet... come on, 6... OH NO!
Even better, the lone Space Wolf on the objective was killed by the Contemptor's Hammer of Wrath. Truly, an EPIC charge.
I generally don't like to share works in progress, mostly because the Warhammer blogosphere is littered with updates about projects that don't go anywhere. But it's been a while since I've showed my work, so here is a selection of some of the models that have been in rotation on my desk lately:
the maulerfiend: so good on the table, so much trouble to paint!
I really don't need another Great Unclean One, but here we are.
The same thing we do every night... try to take over the world!
Mierce Miniatures sold me an as-yet-unreleased model simply because I asked nicely, and they worked with me to manually place my order since the item wasn't yet available in their online store. Their stuff isn't cheap, but their sculpts are amazing and their style is so close to my ideal aesthetic that I can't be sure I didn't design these miniatures in a dream. In fact, the only way I know I didn't dream them up is that I couldn't have imagined a customer service experience like this from a Nottinghamshire-based miniatures company. Go check them out, they have the coolest monsters around.