Although Citadel have only ever produced male Astropaths, it goes without saying that there must be female psykers with the right attributes for the function. Indeed, the ancient crone-like Astropath Moma Parsheen is a notable character in Ian Watson's 'Inquisitor' novel.
My latest Astropath, Syl Moor, is an attempt to redress the balance. I envisage her as one of the more inately talented Astropaths in the service of the Imperium - able to comprehend and intepret messages, rather than just repeat them parrot-fashion.
Syl Moor is based on a Dark Sword Miniatures female mage. I replaced the original head with the bald head from the old Mordheim Sisters of Sigmar Augur, then sculpted the collar and repaired the damage to the shawl. I was aiming for a look evocative of Sly Moore, Palpatine's Advisor from the Star Wars prequel films.
In painting Syl, I wanted to reflect the feminity of the original sculpt. I wanted to give her a colour scheme that both tied into the basic green robe of the other Astropaths, and perhaps indicated greater status. I ended up painting the shawl a light pistachio colour as a contrast to the darker robe and the psychic collar became a great big opulant gold addition.
Syl's waist sash was originally just the light cream colour, but I felt it looked a bit underwhelming. Happily, Matt Verzani's painted version of the original model on the Dark Sword website provided the answer - his sash was covered with a little pink flower design, so I shamelessly copied it! I think the pink adds just the splash of colour needed to lift the figure overall.
I must confess, I struggled a little with the painting - the sculpt is much more delicate than the Citadel figures I'm used to - particularly the hands and folds on the cloth. I think I'm just about happy with the final result though. She also fits in pretty nicely with the other Astropaths I've done to date too.
|The Astropath choir add to their number.