Saturday, 1 June 2013

XXI. The Countess WIP

Now that the Doctor's crew is finished (for the time being), it's time the Countess gets some attention. I wasn't sure exactly what she is supposed to look like. In my search for inspiration I turned to artwork. Santiago Caruso's Bloody Countess illustrations, John Blanche's arwork, portraits of 17th century ladies...

Artwork by Santiago CARUSO. Used without permission.
Artwork by Santiago CARUSO. Used without permission.
Artwork by Santiago CARUSO. Used without permission. 
Artwork by Santiago CARUSO. Used without permission.

Portrait of Krystyna Lubomirska, artist unknown, cca 1600.

Portrait of Queen Constance of Austria, unknown artist, around 1610.

My idea of her is that she is a monster in pretty clothes, much like the Countess in Caruso's depictions. Her quest in the Gardens fluff is finding a way to stay alive and beautiful (to her own twisted self) for ever. No matter the cost. She hangs out with spirits, but she really wouldn't like to join them in their realm.
Anyways, the base for the conversion was the Weaver Widow from Malifaux. Didn't have to cut anything since her arms and the head both come as separate pieces. Convenient. :-)
I put a Chaos Daemonette head on that. At first I intended to give her some sort of headgear, but I decided that a pale bald head would look nice and disturbing. Also, it reminds me of skulls and of Lord Voldemort- he also had that "I want to be immortal and I'm making that happen, whatever it takes" scheme.




Her clothing didn't look fancy enough, so I added a ruff. This was my first attempt at sculpting one; it came out ok but I'll get better at it with practice I guess.   
Her hands come from the Master Assassin, a Freebooter's Fate miniature. They're man's hands, but Freebooter's Fate minis are a bit smaller scale so they fit my Countess perfectly. She's holding a sharp dagger, and a mask to cover her bestial face. When painted, she'll be mostly white.



And this is one of the Countess' Spirit friends. A creepy tall robed figure. There will be at least another one just like it, possibly up to four of them. In Malifaux they would represent the Onryo.
It's the "corpsemaster" from the VC Mortis Engine kit, with his staff and head removed. I built up a long neck and put a skull on top. Finished it off with a ruff, which links it visually with its mistress, and makes it look more interesting.

The Countess with her minion.



7 comments:

  1. That miniature is so awesome!

    A great inspiration :)

    Cheers

    Janus

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    1. You are welcome :)

      Btw, Just saw that you had Zagreb, Coratia listed as you hometown, I lived there for a while actually :) Its a wonderful place :)

      Cheers :)

      Janus

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  2. Interesting model. I especially like that the Countess' head is softly tilted forward, giving an ever so slightly 'broken' feel to her posture.

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    1. Thanks Jimmy! I hope I'll do her justice with the paintjob.

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  3. Really like the Countess. Simple conversion, but executed well. You did a good job with her minion as well. Looking forward to seeing them painted up.

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