Monday, 7 October 2019

CCXXXVII. Stormcast's Shell, Gaming Room Decor

The remains of Stormcast Liberator Dathalus, who led the first Free People reclamation expedition into the city of Suncastle. The entire expedition was lost, and my players will start the campaign by searching for Dathalus, along with his journal and reports. The city must be made safe once more in the name of Sigmar...



I dismembered a Stormcast and used my dremel on the parts in order to make it look like an empty suit of armour. I imagine that when a Stormcast dies their body is dematerialised - so they do not leave a corpse. I have no idea what the official fluff says on the matter, but I do see parts of Stormcast armour as trophies on Citadel miniatures - so I guess the armour at least does stay behind. 

The base for this piece came from Alien Lab Miniatures. I knew it would be cool as a base for an objective. I painted it very subtly, same colour over everything. This way the miniature doesn't get lost in it, but the large area of the base is still interesting to look at because of all the sculpted detail.

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I've cleaned up, assembled and primed my Warcry terrain set. Done a bit of brushing on some of it as well. I'll be needing it for a game in a few weeks...


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I have this small round table in my gaming room, which I use as a side table for keeping cards, dice, extra minis etc. while playing. The room is not really much to look at right now, but I want to gradually equip it with details that will improve the ambiance. It's part of the experience. So to that end, when I saw this super occult doily for sale I knew I had to have it:





It's lovely, and the packaging and presentation are just as delightful - fantastic job, Blial Cabal! I got some extras: stickers etc., one of which immediately ended up on my trusty brush case.



23 comments:

  1. Constantly overwhelmed by the wonderful and profane aesthetic on this blog! The Blial Cabal products remind me a little of Julia Gfrörer's art, you might want to check out her stuff if you're looking for similar things.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for the recommendation, she does have some interesting stuff.

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  2. Nice haul - I'll have to look at that site and see what goodies that they have!

    Also, I really like the base and colour as you've done it. Looks suitably grubby and undisturbed. Actually, it kinda looks like the ground in the final scenes of The Beyond, so could fit right in with that.

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    1. Thanks for the tip about The Beyond. Somehow I'd never heard of Fulci, but that sounds right up my alley.

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  3. LOVE that objective marker!!

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  4. That armor is excellent. What size is the base for it if you don't mind me asking?

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  5. excellent work as always! the left behind armour really adds a grim aestethic to the piece and works very well.

    And indeed in the lore when a stormcast dies his soul is brought back to Azyr in a flash of Thunder, so no corpse but armor indeed, a lot of armors were even acrually transmitted from a warrior to an other while it's former occupant awaited resurection!

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  6. That came out fantastic! The mud-covered look does a great job of keeping the focus on the important elements while still letting all the detail of the base remain clearly visible.

    I've bookmarked Alien Lab for the next time I have some spare cash; thanks for letting us know about them!

    The description of the Stormcast as a "shell" makes me think of hermit crabs, as if Stormcasts periodically outgrew and abandoned their armour, seeking a new set that had been cast off by one who grew still larger.

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    1. Thanks! Haha, that's an interesting concept for a creature. I'm already getting ideas.

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  7. What a great little terrain piece...so evocative. Nice work !

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  8. Fantastic work. I especially love how the skeletal remains look like they are buried in mud.

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  9. I was hoping to get some of their stickers, but they aren't on sale yet.

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    1. Yeah, looks like they don't have any in stock at the moment. Mine came as freebies with the doily.

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  10. Excellent work with the vacant Stormcast armour! It fits with my interpretation of the lore (though I have not delved too deeply into any of it).

    The occult doily is really cool. I love the skull in the full moon. Blial Cabal did some artwork for a drone/sludge metal band from the USA called HELL. Really cool and atmospheric music, I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP594AioW-o

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    1. Thanks! I gave HELL a listen; it's not bad, may even find uses for it as gaming sountrack in certain situations.

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