|Astropath illustration from the Rogue Trader rulebook
An Astropath will tell you everything you need to know about Age of the Imperium in the 41st Millennium - his or her hooded robe tells epitomises the idea of the Middle Ages in space. You can understand psykers, the risk of daemonic possession, and the Terran-bound Emperor to which they are soul-bound. You get the sense of the vastness and fragility of humankind - a million, million worlds linked by warp-space travel and psychic voices communicating with each other across the void.
Astropaths are a recurrent theme in Citadel's miniatures output; 6 models have been produced (5 by Citadel, one by Forgeworld) at fairly regular intervals - the first in 1987 and the most recent in 2008. I hadn't painted one since about 1990, but seeing as I plan to paint up all 6 models as a mini-collection, I thought I'd start with one of the Rogue Trader originals, Astropath Korm:
I stuck to traditional colours on Korm - a green robe, white cane and pale flesh. I painted his eyes white and washed the eye sockets with a bit of purple (perhaps resulting from the soul-binding).
I love the simplicity of the sculpt - he just has a robe and hooded jacket, shoulder bag and a cane - nothing more is needed. The whole character of the model is portrayed with his gaunt face and his searching, but unseeing eyes.
|Inquisitor Dirske commands Astropath Korm to send an urgent message to his superiors.
I look forward to painting the next Astropath - whenever that might be!