Astropath Varees holds the title of Listener of Whispers. It is he who seeks out the quiet and the hidden - the secret messages that are transmitted faintly and furtively. Not for him are the mundane and strong signal of corporate entities, inter-planetary political announcements or universal broadcasts. Varees listens to subtler transmissions. Coded tense negotiating positions. Highly sensitive notifications of high ranking births, marriages and deaths. Perhaps subterfuge and espionage. He hears much and speaks little. For this, he is well rewarded by grateful, yet anonymous clients.
Varees is an unconverted model - the High Programmer from the short-lived Citadel Paranoia range. He's a wonderfully characterful figure - certainly able to pass as an astropath, but equally he would make a fine cult leader or Adeptus Administratum official. You may recall I made a cast of his head to use on my Helsreach Water Seller from last year.
I kept the painting very simple - a basic green robe with some embroidered trim just to add detail. Varees himself also got an eye tattoo on the rear of his skull, and some ritual facepaint on his lip and chin.
He's a fun addition to the choir I think - he has a rather different look to the other stressed, pale and gaunt astropaths. I suspect his paymasters reward him with rejuvamat treatments as well as money for his services!
In addition to good old Varees, I've finished the Casbah I showed the WIP of last week. I replicated the approach I took with the wonderful Fogou buildings, by painting the Casbah a weathered white with some splashes of coloured paint - this time a dull grey-blue lower section.
|Buildings from Fogou, Black Hat and Micro Art Studio all working together to create Helsreach.|
The added elements were generally painted to look heavily rusted or weathered. Hopefully it captures the sense of a fringe world successfully.
I really love the interesting shape and all the unusual angles on the building. Seeing it painted up with some models brings the whole thing to life.
|With the addition of a golden dome, it will do very nicely as a fringe-world astropathic relay station!|