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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wraiths of Siekerno - WIP

Long have I wanted to have a unit of Cairn Wraiths - the least used an least popular 'Rare Unit' from the 8th edition Vampire Counts armybook. It was just way too expensive for what they did - but I still wanted to get them, for the sake of completionism at least. Using the same character Cairn Wraith 10 times wasn't an option, I didn't want to hunt for all the oldhammer instances of them and I couldn't find a good base for converting/building them too, so the idea was waiting in the backlog for years. Then GW released Grimghast Reapers and I knew those are the ones I was looking for! Still, some conversions were in order - thankfully I already had an idea in mind.

I didn't want to have a full 10-ghost unit of grim reapers, because I find that a bit silly, so I decided to replace the blades with axes. Cowls and blinded faces were also a little weird, so I replaced them with normal skulls and Slavic pointy helmets, adding some cloth around it too. That made them more similar to real warriors rather than angry farmers - while still keeping the fantastical theme pretty strong, so all was good.

Then I had to mount them on bases. That was a problem because they were designed to stand on loose 32mm rounds, rather than on tightly packed 20mm squares that WFB cairn wraiths used. To make it work I converted them completely first and only then began mounting them on bases, moving, switching and adjusting them together. I found a good configuration but that not only required cutting some ghostly strands and bending others but also left many of them standing very off-center on the bases. To remedy that, I had to immediately magnetize them and build a tray for them - without it, only 2 of them are able to stand upright! I like them like that, though - they stand so close to each other, they blend into one ghastly mass, like a Wild Hunt of some sort. Only after seeing them like this I decided to add those branches on the ground - both to reinforce my forest theme and to hide their connection points a bit.

Now I really look forward to painting them!

7 comments:

  1. Pierwsze skojarzenie: Żwirek i Muchomorek :D
    Ale zapewne jak je pomalujesz to będą wyglądały MEGA!

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    1. W trakcie rzeźbienia też zaczęły mi wyglądać jakoś skrzatowato! Muszę chyba trochę przystopować ze szpiczastością tych hełmów ;) I wielkie dzięki, też mam nadzieję, że dużo zyskają w trakcie malowania.

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  2. Fine-looking unit. Much better with axes. In most of these poses they look strange with scythes.

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    1. Thanks! It helps too that they don't hold them as one would hold a scythe :)

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    2. That's exactly what makes them look weird. It's the same with one of the Shadespire skeletons. I gave him an axe for the same reason.

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  3. Those axes really do make the models much better. I like the idea of them blurring into each other, as if forming from the same smoke. Looking forward to seeing them painted!

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    1. Thanks! I was a bit unsure how they turned out, but it's good to see that people like it :)

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