Wednesday, 5 April 2017

One Man And His Bird-Dog

So after a year of painting the miniatures (okay, painting half the miniatures, don't look at me like that, leadpile), I finally got in my first game of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

Gryph-Hound from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

I had a blast, and was immediately inspired to pluck one of the heroes from the unpainted stack

(don't worry, it's not just the Gryph-Hound)

It's the Warpriest! The Excelsior Warpriest, if you want the full title and are a fan of Marvel Comics editorials.

I believe this is the first (and to date, only) 'regular human' model for Age of Sigmar, and it's a good one. Nice pose, nice detailing and a good overall outfit: stentorian, with a mix of warhammer, prayer book and even a reliquary hanging from his belt. The stole hanging from the back of his cloak is reminiscent of the sash worn by the Knight-Questor, which ties them both together as followers of of Sigmar.

Excelsior Warpriest from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

Although he'd have no trouble fitting in with the 8th Ed Fantasy warrior priests, he does come with some intriguing keywords ('Celestial', 'Devoted of Sigmar').

It would be nice if the human factions were revisited with some proper Age of Sigmar Sigmarites for him to inspire (rather than just having the Flagellants, who seem very Old World)

Excelsior Warpriest from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.
Layering! I did actual layering!

I went with classic colours for this model, since red, white and gold make for a great combination. As the cloak was so dynamically sculpted (take note Valandor), I broke from habit and eschewed my wash n' drybrush for a bit of layering. I was quite happy with the way it turned out, and though I won't be pouring away my inkpots any time soon, it's nice to have another technique in the armoury.

Colours as follows:
  • Skin: Steel Legion Drab base, Agrax Earthshade wash, Zandri Dust drybrush
  • Gold trim: Retributor Armour base, Reikland Flesh wash, Golden Griffon drybrush
  • Tunic: Celestra Grey base, Drakenhof Nightshade wash, Ulthuan Grey layers
  • Cloak: Khorne Red base, Mephiston Red layers
  • Stole: Flayed One Flesh base, Seraphim Sepia wash, Flayed One Flesh drybrush
  • Book: Ushabdi Bone base, Agrax Earthshade wash (Cover: Skrag Brown; Ribbon: Pink Horror base + Carroburg Crimson wash)
  • Boots & Gloves: Charcoal Grey base, Nuln Oil wash

Gryph-Hound from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

And I could hardly paint the Warpriest, without Budgie, the littlest Gryph-Hound.
  • Skin: Balor Brown base, Seraphim Sepia wash; Ulthuan Grey for underbelly
  • Collar: Retributor Armour base, Reikland Flesh wash, Golden Griffon drybrush, Reikland Flesh glaze in recess
  • Scales: Wazdakka Red base, Carroburg Crimson wash
  • Beak: Charcoal Grey base, Celestra Grey drybrush

Excelsior Warpriest and Gryph-Hound from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

The game itself was cracking (no battle report, as I was both learning and playing with ... unpainted miniatures). Leofa and I took on the first mission with a strike team consisting of a Tenebreal Shard, Tzeentch Sorcerer Lord, Darkoath Chieftain, with the Excelsior Warpriest to add moral guidance.

All the heroes managed to find sufficient common cause to work together and complete the level (having to banish the Gaunt Summoner not once, but twice). So that's one of the magical McGuffins safely in the bag, and looking forward to squeezing in the next quest (in between dungeon sagas and narrative campaigns).

One (and a half) more heroes painted, and with plenty more to go, I'm not even considering the two hero expansion sets, or the new Warhammer Quest box set, or the 44 additional heroes that would make up the set.

Nope, not even thinking about it. Not one bit.

1 comment:

  1. Good! Use your dynamic layering, boy. Let the paint flow through you!