Thursday, 28 January 2016

Leading the Choir - Astropath Mother Cantor Mechthild

Over at the Ammobunker Inq28 forums, Commissar Molotov is running a monthly competition with the aim of getting folks motivated to make and paint something new. January is the first round, with a theme of Primus inter Pares - First Among Equals:

With it being the first month, it makes sense for the theme to be about being 'the first.' This might be an Inquisitor, on the brink of embarking upon his career - or a hoary old veteran hardened by a lifetime of horror. A Priest leading hordes of zealots, or an experience veteran leading a stormtrooper kill team. It could be an Imperial Guard veteran, the leader of a hab-stack kill-gang. Perhaps is might be wise to consider who the 'equals' are: perhaps your character might simply be one who takes a lead role in certain aspects - a wizened scribe who serves as one of his master's most favoured servants.

After some consideration, I realised that the obvious gap in my collection is a senior astropath. In the novel Blind by Matthew Farrer, there are several hierarchical ranks of astropaths mentioned - the one that seemed obvious to represent a senior astropath is that of the Cantor (or choirmaster). Very definitely a first among equals.

I turned to my box of unused figures and turned up this Bride of Frankenstein I picked up at Wargames Foundry from their £1 cabinet of miscellaneous figures. You can see I had already made a start in adding the archetypal Astropath's cane:


After a hair-ectomy, and a new sculpted headpiece, the figure was starting to have a really simplistic, nun-like appearance that fitted the character.

 
If you're thinking that the headpiece looks familiar, then you might be right - I loosely styled her headpiece after this genestealer cultist illustration by Tony Hough:
 

Detail from one of Tony Hough's fantastic genestealer cult illustrations.
 
Mother Cantor Mechthild has served in the ranks of the Adeptus Astra Telepathica since she was 11. She was renowned across the sector for the clarity of her transmissions, and invaluable ability to harmonise with other Astropaths to jointly send transmissions further and more clearly than each would be able to achieve alone. Now, elevated to the rank of Mother Cantor, she conducts the harmonies, controls the discords, gently directing the choir to swell or fade. Through her, the communications of the Imperium are elegantly controlled and secured, while her Astropathic choristers kept safe from incursions from the warp.
 
 
I kept the painting very simple with Mechthild as her character is akin to a senior nun. The only nod to decoration is the astropathic eye symbol on her shift dress.
 

Unfortunately, the Bride of Frankenstein isn't as elegantly sculpted as some of the other Astropaths in my collection - the folds on her robe look a bit blobby and unrefined when compared against Jes Goodwin's iconic Astropath Yerl sculpt (far right below). That said, I'm more than happy to have another Astropath added to my choir!

Mother Cantor Mechtild assembles her choir for a transmission.


20 comments:

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    1. Thanks Fulgrim, glad you like her :)

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  2. WOnderful addition, the gap hadn't struck me as evident at first but after this model I realise the world couldn't bear that void any longer. I'm glad you took care of that. ;)

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    1. You're right. It was a huge, hitherto hidden gap in the collection. Now everyone will be looking at their astropathic choir and realising they too need a choirmaster!

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    2. Now I realise there's a hole in me only a choir of astropaths coulf fill...

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    3. You mean you don't have an astropathic choir already?!?! ;)

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  3. Splendid conversion mate - inspired choice of model. What a brilliant group! :-)

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    1. Thanks! It's one of the reasons I like picking up random models without any particular plan - eventually they'll get repurposed and used :)

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  4. Excellent conversion. I picked up a few Inquisitor books at used book stores. I'm still trying to sort out how to play in this setting. With this news it looks like I'll be painting an Inquisitor soon.

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    1. Thanks Sean. If you're looking for an easy route into Inquisitor-themed games, I'd suggest Inquisimunda. It's a fan-made ruleset based on the Necromunda rules, but instead of gangs you can use one of a number of factions - Inquisitors and their retinues, Void pirates, Rogue Traders, Adeptus Mechanicus. You can download a pdf of the rules over at Yaktribe.

      That said, lots of people do use the Inquisitor rules, but translate the scale down from 54mm to 28mm.

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  5. Great use of an otherwise mediocre figure! I've got one knocking around in a box, I might try something similar, as the hair is far too recognisable as it is.

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    1. Yes - that hair is far too stereotypical. I think losing it goes a long way to changing the look. I quite like the simplicity of the sculpt, but I wish that dress had been more crisply sculpted!

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  6. Excellent conversion, and she looks like she ought to be the leader, although I think that the darksword conversion is still your best astropath.

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    1. Thanks! The Dark Sword astropath is one of my favourites - the conversion seemed to come together and the layers of fabrics gave the opportunity to elevate the paintjob.

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  7. Another cracker. The hits, they just keep coming.

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    1. That's very kind! I'm working on a philosophy of just making stuff I like :)

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  8. More loveliness. All those Astropaths walking around unguarded, just begging for a daemonic incursion they are.

    If only they had some vitifiers...

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    1. Patience! Vitifers are on the radar ;)

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  9. Absolutely amazing work, mate! I'm in love with your collection!

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    1. Thanks Suber :) It's great to hear people enjoy the figures!

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