Friday, 11 January 2019

CCII. Cult of the Possessed: Brethren

This week I'm continuing with my Mordheim project with addition of five Brethren. They all follow the same design, so it made sense to create all of them together in a batch. 



This is how Brethren are described in the Mordheim book:

Brethren are the crazed human followers of the cults of the dark gods, eager to descend into damnation. Their vile deeds and unspeakable acts have driven them to the brink of insanity.
 
The models' warped poses suggest erratic movement, the simple weapons unsophisticated brutality, the filth-encrusted naked bodies complete disregard for their own health and safety. Finally, crude masks hide their faces, adding another layer of sinister unpredictability. I hope this combination of choices successfully results in a 'crazed cultist' feel. Please tell me what you think in the comments.  



 
The conversions are all from 40K Poxwalkers. I picked those that were low on clothing and extreme mutations, but even then I had a lot of cleaning to do. Some of their hands are from Crypt Ghouls. Their sticks and stones will count as spears and short bows in the game.



Those who have played the survival horror game Darkwood may notice a resemblance to Savages, an enemy type from the game. Because of that headdress they also remind me of the Beast from Over the Garden Wall (2014), though there was no intention of referencing that. However, now that I'm mentioning it: the animated mini-series is brilliant, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. It takes under two hours to see the entire series.



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In the end, just a little shoutout: my Polish friend Witold started a miniatures blog. He's currently working on a converted Kill Team, so go check it out if you're interested: Backwater Deathworld

34 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully dark brood they are!

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  2. Wonderful! They really do look dark and twisted. So simple yet the concept works exceptionally well :)

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  3. Love the chalky colour of the skin! The sunken black eyes on those masks are delightfully ominous.

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  4. Their very human looking bodies (i.e not overly muscled) make them even more human looking and therefore their decent into madness even more frightening. Brilliant stuff!!

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  5. Well those are disturbing! Obviously will not get much of an armor save though...

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  6. Beautiful and dark as always. Your twisted fae like creations are always a joy.

    And thank you. I went straight to Netflix and watched the entirety of Over The Garden Wall. I needed a spot of dark whimsy in my life right now :)

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    1. Thanks! Glad you liked Over the Garden Wall. :)

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  7. They are creepy and disturbing, I think you nailed them. It's a different concept of what I'm used to see, and I find it enormously interesting.

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  8. Excellent work! I like that someone is willing to go all in on naked models, but without any sexualization, just not giving a damn about clothing.

    I also really like the bundles of twigs for their attempt at giving themselves horns. Like they're only concerned about the symbolic representation of horns, not something like forked branches that might look more like actual horns.

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  9. Wow. For me maybe of your most powerful figures yet, very moving.

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  10. Insanity! That's how it should look. :)

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  11. Suitably gribbly looking nice conversion and paint work.

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  12. These guys are epic. Very cool. Your chums blog looks cool too, but for some reason I can't comment there. Tell him I said his guys were cool

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    1. Thanks, I'll let him know. Perhaps his blog only allows comments from users with an account.

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  13. They look like a fairly unhealthy lot! Great work :)

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  14. Wonderful work on the skin tone that's fitting for the subject matter.

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  15. Skin tone is amazing. Concept is great too. Wouldn't want to meet this lot shuffling out of somewhere on a darkened night!

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    1. Thank you! I wouldn't want these lunatics anywhere near me either.

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