One thing I've really enjoyed about the direction of my hobby over the last 10 years or so, is the way that the internet has allowed me to meet and engage with people outside of my local circles. I've gamed with people from Germany, Finland and France. I've been to Ireland for a convention. I've played pick up games with kind people at their homes whilst away on business. I've undertaken collaborative projects with people in other parts of the world. It's very exciting and very rewarding.
Recently, I was in conversation with Gretchin over at Greenstuff Gretchin. "I have an Astropath conversion", she says. "Would you like it?"
I've expressed my fondness for Astropaths numerous times previously, so there was no hesitation. A few days later, this rather lovely conversion arrived through my letterbox:
|Figure converted by Gretchin|
Gretchin has converted the figure from the Warhammer Albion Dogs of War character, Hengus the Druid. You can see that she's made some very elegant adaptations, including arm repositioning, resculpting the left hand and removing the wreath around his head.
Alsus is a forceful and powerful Astropath. He cares little for subtle and gentle broad-spectrum transmissions, favouring a direct (and some would say harsh), approach. This focus has made Alsus the favoured Astropath for high priority messages from planetary rulers and military commanders.
Alsus received the same colour palette as the rest of my Astropaths to date. He has much in common with Astropath Yerl; they both share a tall, lean body shape, and very simple belted robe.
I painted his beard with the strong black central portion and white either side after seeing a fellow gamer with a similarly coloured (although shorter) beard!
Gretchin had sculpted a nice pair of skull ports onto Alsus' head. I added a little red wash to the skin surrounding them to represent irritation.
I'm now up to nine Astropaths, making a nice little collection. In due course I'll get round to the Forgeworld Astropath, as well as the one from the military advisors set. And possibly a few others besides!
|The Astropaths gathered for the annual staff photo|