Monday, 3 February 2014

L. A Murderous Out-of-body Experience

The Countess gets another violent spirit in her crew. This time it's her own!
The Countess is able to use a spell which severs a part of her soul and releases it from her body. The soul fragment manifests as the dreadful White Harpy. The creature is an ethereal flying monstrosity, a potent ally in battle. Not that fighting is its only use; the Countess oftentimes sends the Harpy out at night, to fly over her county followed by a retinue of Night Gaunts and scan the ground below. 


I went for a similar head as for the Countess, since I wanted the Harpy to clearly resemble her. They are both plastic Daemonette heads, only the Harpy's face being more monstrous in features and expression. The body is a Bloodletter's and the wings are from Dark Eldar Scourges. I replaced the feet with Plaguebearer sword blades. 


As I built the mini I took the opportunity to try a couple of new things:
Recently I finally got a rotary tool, to make pinning less of a chore and allow for more modelling possibilities. I used this to hollow out the chest and then install a skeleton torso in it.  I thought it would be cool to have cracks around the hole, so I dabbed the area with a thick layer of Agrellan Earth. I did that around the roots of the leg-blades and on a couple of spots on the back. Later I just painted over it normally, and the texture remained. I had no idea whether this would work, and I'm happy it did in the end. :)



The colours I used were the same as on the Countess since, as I mentioned before, I wanted them to be strongly visually linked.

The Countess and her etheric projection.

I feel this is one of my most bizarre creations so far.

14 comments:

  1. Wow! The harphy kicking ass, seriously! This miniature is sooooo unbelievable scary! Man! That's the first time I'm really scared of a miniature! The bloody chest is impressing and the psychotic face is the pure essence of madness! This is simple one of the best conversions of the last month! All thumbs up!

    But I have one question: How did you made the collar? Is it done with putty - and if this is true, how did you made it - or is it a bit - and if this is true, from where did you get it?

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    1. Thank you Logan! I am glad it made such a strong impression on you. : )

      The collar was sculpted with green stuff. I believe it would be very difficult to explain the process with only words. However, if you wish, I can make a short illustrated tutorial some time this month.

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    2. A collar sculping tutorial would be very nice of you. Thank you in advance! :D

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  2. Creepy!... in the best possible way :)
    The way the gory red contrasts with the white is just brilliant. As are the textures on its back... and the spiky feet... just awesome.

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  3. So fitting and terribly disturbing. Fantastic work!

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  4. Wow mate :) wicked models as always :)

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  5. It has to be my favorite so far, the two of them look fantastic together. You've put some really twisted ideas into creating this spirit and the effect is absolutely stunning.

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  6. Thank you Christian, Dai, Janus and Viruk!

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  7. Ana, I have no words to describe how inspiring this blog became to me. I cant help it. I watch the images over and over again. I spent days looking for somet9ing inspiring and found nothing until I found this blog! Thanks for sharing your work, I have a group here in Brazil and we play lots of games including malifaux and Mordheim,and I will defnitelly use your work as inspiration to mine.

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    1. Thank you Silvio! There's plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned.

      Do you have a blog of your own? I'd love to see some of your Malifaux and Mordheim miniatures.

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  8. How excellently distrusting! /Hans

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  9. Damn, as if your work couldn't get any more creepier, you go and create an even creepier miniature conversion....

    Kudos to you.

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