Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Blind Mage - Astropath Alsus

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

14 comments:

  1. Very fine conversion and it's great to see 4 hands projects like this !
    The more it grows and the more I love your choir really !

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    1. Thanks JB. I think I get more pleasure out of this project than any other. I am purely doing it for my own hobbying satisfaction - there is no other outcome really. Having input like Gretchin's to add to it is another part of the pleasure of it :)

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  2. I'm truly astonished! It's simply fantastic to see something I've made with a lick of paint! ^^

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    1. I'm glad you like him! He was a treat to paint :)

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  3. Great work on both sides! Genius makes a great astropath.

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    1. Thanks! A real team effort I think :)

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    2. Ugh, that was supposed to say "hengus" thanks autocorrect.
      Anyway, yes a great team effort, and given the huge number of excellent scripts GSG has been producing... one we might see again?

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  4. Another smashing addition to the Choir!

    And doing it, just because.... I need to remind myself to do likewise from time to time. :)

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    1. I can thoroughly recommend "just because"...it's like a little break :D

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  5. Brilliant conversion, cracking paint job, 'just for fun' project... love it :-)

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    1. Cheers mate :) Glad you like him!

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  6. What Lasgunpacker said ... great work on both the sculpt and painting! :)

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    1. Thanks! It was a treat to paint Gretchin's sculpt.

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