Greetings Terrans, I hope you are all well. So today was supposed to have been a triumphant post showing off a fully painted game of Stylites, played at Mark’s place, and showcasing the minis that we have lovingly prepped and painted and the gorgeous terrain that Mark has made… and then my car died. The Machine spirit had almost got me to Mark’s house, but couldn’t complete the journey. Long story short, instead of a pleasant afternoon chucking dice in good company, I had a long afternoon sat on the side of a motorway waiting for a tow home. On the bright side, at least the car failed now, so I can get it fixed in time for BOYL next weekend!
Anyway, it’ll be a while before Mark and I can get together to do the showcase/photo shoot game, so I thought I’d let you guys see the Penitents that I literally lost sleep to finish in time:
So let me introduce them – first up if Kull. His crime was one of blasphemy against the Emperor, and the casting down his holy idols. The Punitore engines within the Chapel determined that Kull’s toungue be removed, his lips be sewn closed, his treasonous left arm be removed, and a penance sentence of life as a Stylite:
Next is Malven, his crime was sadism, kidnap and torture. Malven developed a taste for abduction and bondage, followed by the long slow suffocation of his victims – all the better to savour their fear. The Punitore engines dictated that Malven be permanently shackled, and that his breathing be restricted by artificial means while stim injectors act to keep him conscious… he exists in an endless state of near-asphyxiation and terror, and will continue to do so for the remainder of his life sentence as a Stylite:
Now we have Dunc, and his crime was that of spying and embezzlement. On his submission to Chapel justice, it was said that he stole with the left hand as he sold secrets with the right – a claim that the Punitore engines took literally. Dunc lost the fingers of his left hand, the whole of his right arm, and his eyes before beginning his life sentence as a Stylite:
Finally we have Cobb, guilty of murder and infanticide. Cobb bound and gagged his own twin daughters, before holding them face down in a pond and drowning them… Cobb claimed that the children were wytches, so the villagers who delivered Cobb to the Chapel also recovered the bodies of Cobb’s daughters, and handed them over for examination. There was no evidence that the children were wytches, and the Punitore engines were not swayed by Cobb’s defence. They decreed that his lies be gagged, that his mouth be hung with weight equal to the combined weight of his daughters, that his murderous hands be taken, and that the skulls of his victims be chained in their place to remind him of his crimes as he serve his life sentence as a Stylite:
Pretty dark stuff I know, but as I was making these guys, I couldn’t help but imagine what their crimes might have been. I also thought about what would prevent them from just jumping from their stylites and ending their own suffering – I thought it would be cool if those who seek to cheat their penance through suicide be brought back as servo-skulls, and doomed to spend centuries witnessing the suffering of others… That seems a good way to explain the penitents, the servoskulls, and the skull-jackers!
In terms of painting, these guys were all mostly wash jobs, and are actually pretty basic, (necessary due to time constraints). However, I did spend some extra time on the flesh, and in particular the faces, just to elevate them a little from a speed-painting job. I’m pretty pleased with how it all came together! But hey – now, it is your turn! Mark has issued a challenge to create your own take on a skull-jacker & penitent. There is even a prize! Don’t forget to link back to Mark’s blog to make it easier to have your entry considered – looking forward to seeing what you clever lot come up with!
Anyhow, that’s it for today chaps, I am finishing up one last mini before I head to the lead-belt for the weekend, so I may get a post in later in the week… If I don’t then I’ll catch you all next week with a full write-up on the Bring Out Your Lead weekend 2018!!! Woohoo!
They look cool mate and I love the dark background you’ve given them. Yesterday was a shame and I now hate cyclists as well. Bastards! Have a great time at Boyl and see you when I return.
Cheers dude, I’m glad you like them! Yeah, massive shame about yesterday – I got within 2 frickin’ miles!! Still, we’ll get together soon enough mate, and much platform hopping fun will be had :-)
We sure will. I’ll come to you this time.
They certainly don’t look like speed painted models Alex, great job.
Ah, you’re a kind bugger :-) Cheers mate, glad you approve
Had to smile reading about Cobb, mainly because Cobb was the wife’s maiden name. More than a few coincidences in that narrative I feel! Nice figures. Might have been a rush job but the shading looks very nice to my eye.
Ah, I forgot the ‘any resemblance to figures real or imagined’ disclaimer! :-) Thanks mate, glad you like ’em. I must admit, I do like fast & washy painting – looks messy, but there is something about it that is very satisfying.
Nothing wrong with fast and washy if they come out looking like that!
Michał Kucharski said:
Woooow! looking awesome!
Cheers dude, I’m pretty pleased with them too – glad you approve :-)
I really like these guys. The limited palette and colour choices helps bringing them together. So does the restricted but distinct conversions. Very good job.
When I read this I was like “Life as a Stylite? Why not just jump and be done with it?”. But you addressed it which is good. I guess the fear of being turned into a Servoskull might be enough to keep them staying up on their platforms.
Cheers mate – yeah… that’s it – limited palette choice! Definitely not corner-cutting due to time constraints! ;-)
Glad you like ’em mate, and yeah, I was thinking the exact same thing… Being a Stylite would be awful, and the promise of the Emperor’s forgiveness wouldn’t be enough to stop penitents from jumping without the threat of something worse…
I imagine the thought of having your brain reprogrammed to observe a thousand years of suffering, and a slow slide into insanity is enough to keep most penitents complaint…
Wow, those are spooky! Really good job. I hope you pray enough to the machine spirit of your transport to get to BOYL!!
Haha, cheers mate, glad you like ’em, and yeah, the machine spirit has now been placated… a new coil pack has been anointed and fitted by a wandering tech-priest (while observing all the proper chants and burning the correct incense of course) :-)
Holy frog spawn Batman that’s some dark bloody fluff mate! Love it!! Missing limbs is always a big plus for me haha which actually made me laugh out loud to write hahahaha. These are all brilliant and actually very helpful for my own Penitent ideas. Sorry about the car. It’s a pity your cat didn’t break down at Marks place because then you could have been stranded with nothing to do but play Stylites, laugh, drink, be merry and maybe even have a bit of a cuddle. Oh no hang on I’m getting carried away. Are you making any more Penitents or Skull Jackers? I feel quite restrained with only being able to make one of each BUT it’s probably a good thing for me as I still haven’t finished all The Chapel Models I had planned haha.
Dude, best typo ever – ‘It’s a pity your cat didn’t break down at Mark’s place’…
Poor cat, wondering where it all went wrong…
Anyway, glad you like them mate, and glad they are helpful too. For a full game, you would need 4 penitents, 4 servo skulls, and one ‘jacker per player, so if you are going to get the Stylites terrain set, (and why wouldn’t you?!), then I would aim for that. I think the whole ‘one of each’ thing is just Mark limiting the entries for the comp :-)
Ahahaha poor bloody cat. Have you got a cat? I’m more of a dog person. Aha I see. I think the limitations are good actually
My wife has a cat… we have a cat in the house… the cat and I co-habit. Does that count?
Is the cat in a hat?
Probably not, but she’s pretty stupid so you never know…
Mark A. Morin said:
More brilliant stuff – painting is superb.
Thanks mate – quick and dirty :-)
Sorry to hear about your car, mine’s basically an outsized paper-weight as well at the moment :-/
The Stylites are looking good – clearly not very nice men at all. Which makes me wonder, can one become a Stylite by choice or is it only by the will of the Punitore engines?
Ah, it’s fixed now, so panic over. I hope yours feels better soon too dude! Glad you like the stylites mate, and no, mine aren’t very nice people… historically speaking, stylites were actually ascetic types who voluntarily lived up a pole rather than people under punishment… I imagine the same would apply in the Chapel – if someone were pious enough to volunteer themselves of course! :-/
Great work, sorry about the car though!
Cheers dude, and yeah – shame it screwed up Sunday, but it flushed the issue out before heading up to BOYL I suppose… Either way, it’s all sorted now :-)
Nice work on these! Dunc is my fave. Like the work on the clothes there.
Cheers Faust, glad you like ‘em mate :-)
Sorry about the car troubles. :( Excellent work on these guys,though!
Cheers IM, glad you like ‘em, shame I didn’t get to have a game with them! :-/
Your painting is great dude. I follow from now on, so expect more comm soon. Great job
Cheets Wojciech, good to have you on-board mate