The ShadowflamesWe are gearing up to a skirmish campaign using the rules in Malign Sorcery and this spurred me to finally start a project I had in mind since Battletome Fyreslayers was released. It all started when I read this snippet of background.
I had immediately imagined the Shadowkin as Aelfs and when Silver Tower came out I decided that the Mistweaver Saih and the Tenebrael Shard must be hailing from that mysterious faction.
At the same time, the idea of fiery duardin fighting side by side with shadowy aelfs set in motion another train of thoughts. One that twisted the tolkien-esque idea that shadow and flame were the bane of the dwarf race. When the Chosen Axes were released, the Sahdowflames were finally born in my mind.
Lately, real life interfered with hobby time so I didn't go for conversions. And on top of that, both the duardin and aelf models are so great I couldn't imagine how to change them. What I did, to convey the Shadowflames narrative, was to experiment with painting, keeping a limited palette of black, white and greys for the aelfs and trying a fiery scheme on the duardin. For spot colours, I went for the purple metal of the Caengan lodge icon, but on the weapons and armours of the aelfs, and some dark blue on the rubble sculpted on the bases. The sand colour is there so that I can use them alongside my other Order models.
Now, enjoy the models and their story.
Across the Realms, stories have spread of a cloying darkness concealing bright flames. Warriors returning from the front lines tell of how it descends upon the battlefields to pick on isolated fighters and of how only corpses can be found, stripped of any magically attuned object. Explorers of the Realms' hidden corners swear they saw black skinned aelfs and fyreslayers hiding in the misterious darkness. Shadowflames call them the people of the Free Cities. The mystics and scholars of the aelfish enclaves, wisper of Arh'khaladh, the Flaming Shadow, the perfidious nobility of their distant relatives and their mercenary allies. Only among the Fyreslayer lodges enough is know of the pacts between the Caengan lodge and the Shadowkin of Ulgu to realise that a Zharradumal, a Kindred of the Fire within the Darkness, is stalking the Realms.