Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Silver Tower: Heroes

The Faithfuls

Having satisfied my itch for 40k stuff, I went back to Age of Sigmar and started on my copy of Silver Tower. Right now I can't put together a group of adventurers to face the Gaunt Summoner's labyrinth, so I decided to start with the models I can readily use along my Gilded Hand mercenary army. Since the mercenary Fyreslayer Doomseeker is described as a fanatical crusader I've decided to paint him and the other religious warrior, the Excelsior Warpriest. I don't know why, but there is something pleasing in finding a theme to link two otherwise completely different models! And more, as I have both Duardin and Devoted of Sigmar among my warbands I can start using them straight away!

I'm really glad I waited to start assembling and painting my Silver Tower models, as I'm now able to use the Shattered Dominion bases for them. They really look great! I'm painting the details on the bases to match the Silver Tower tiles, while I'm using a sand colour for the rim and ground to keep them coherent with my other models.

I've painted spots on the Gryph Hound's fur. It was the first time I tried that and with hindsight I could have used a brighter base colour to make the spots pop a bit more. But all in all I'm happy with the result.

In my mind the Excelsior Warpriest must be higher in the ranks of the Devoted and I wanted to show this through the colours of his robes. My Warrior Priest has red and white robes, so I gave the Excelsior blue and red ones instead.

I've tried to replicate the sigmarite runes found on the model's scrolls in the drop caps I've painted on the book. In the close up, they don't look particularly good, but if you look at the model from playing distance they're perfect!

I had already painted the traditional orange hair on my Pirate Slayers and Unforged Witch Hunter, so I wanted to try something different on the Fyreslayer Doomseeker. I checked on Battletome Fyreslayers and found the Greyfyrd colour scheme, with its contrasting black and white crest and glow on the beard, really interesting. But before painting the model I wanted to swap its weapons. I've never liked the way the Runic Iron was sculpted, with the hook facing back. I mean, that hook is meant to smash into the enemy's head. It must have faced forward! By swapping the weapons I put the Iron in a more natural position, as if at the end of a disembowelling swipe.

Swapping the weapons also gave me the opportunity to try and paint the body of the axe as if it is a torch lighting the way through the Silver Tower. That took a couple of attempts, as the first try looked more like the axe was rusted. Again, the source lighting is not perfect in the close ups, but it looks good on the gaming table.

Next, something bestial will emerge from the Labyrinth of Madness.

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