Hail, and well met. This week I’ve been utterly blown away by the progress of my fellow Aaronoriumites! Although I’ve managed to get my skirmish warband completed I didn’t want to rest on my laurels, and Ross’s Dark AoS/Inq 28 dabbling really put me in the mood to work on something to enhance the narrative of my army.
I mentioned my army-themed realmgate in a few previous posts, and this week, while building some palladors and gryph hounds, I continued to work on it.
Having previously measured the dimensions of a realmgate:
…I proceeeded to cut the rough arch shape from foamcard. Having superglued several layers (and several of my fingers) together, I added a capstone with the icons of the realms and Sigmar’s twin-tailed comet sigil pinched from the Eternity Stair terrain kit. To further push the theme I added two Gryphon statues from the war altar of Sigmar kit.
Having sketched out the framework for the gate I’m now focusing on the detailing, and in the week ahead I’ll be ‘dressing’ the arch, and creating a suitable base.
I’ve even started work on a small altar before the arch. Upon it sits a hefty tome, no doubt redolent in arcane mysteries, which may unlock the realmgate for passage to Azyr, or lead the unworthy through into their inevitable doom.
Now a gate needs a gatekeeper.
I’ve always been a sucker for the ‘defiant guardian’ trope, where a defiant hero draws a line in the sand and says ‘No further!’.
By way of my first dabbling in a Dark AoS-style kitbash I decided to juxtapose the Gryphon statues with two ‘Watchers of the Way’. I see these two as sentinels who watch over one of the now active Realmgates to Azyr, and though they’ll be painted in the style of the rest of my army I envisage them as simple ‘scenic’ characters, who take no active part in games…
Both are converted from the awesome Shadespire kits, but on seeing the new release for Malign Portents with the quilted tabard, I decided to add some more cloth to the armour, to add a more ‘ceremonial’ vibe.
First up is this chap:
I went back and forth on whether to add a shield to his left hand, but the notion of the ‘broadsword-wielding guard’ felt more natural. So much so, that I mirrored the look for his compatriot:
Both still need a bit of greenstuff, and I think I’ll trim the male guard’s robe with a similar eldritch flame pattern to the lady’s. I’ll paint the trim in whatever colour I use on the lightning I’ll be modelling on the gate itself, to underline their connection.
As I continue my main force build I’ll be tinkering with the gate (and gatekeepers!), and will endeavour to post updates when there’s anything worth showing!
Until next week, hobby well!