Hello again, folks! MK here with another edition of ‘why did he do that to the poor defenseless miniature’, also known as Blood and Paint. Today we turn our attentions to the Willbreaker and the Paingiver Beast Handlers. When I was doing my Journeyman League these were my additions past the battlebox. Some might find it heresy I didn’t immediately drop the Agonizer in rather than the Willbreaker, but the tiny control area on Morghoul1 was driving me nuts. After a few games, though, I’d have to agree the Aggy brings more at that points level with battleboxes required than the Willbreaker. Ah, well, at least he’ll look good without his skin!
Another of my traded pieces, the Willbreaker came to me with only primer on it, which a quick dip in simple green immediately removed. However, my brain also went missing somewhere along the way, and I misplaced his resting hand. What to do? Order a replacement? Nah, let’s cut the arm off of someone else … an arm that attached to the main body and pretty much assured I’d have to buy an entire replacement miniature. I’m so bright my parents called me ‘son.’ Regardless, the Satyxis Raider Captain’s arm with the skull turned out to be a pretty good fit. I bulked up the forearm with a little greenstuff, stitched his cloth, and covered his eyes. When it came time to transfer him to his painted base, I created a rock to stand on out of the muck, as I did with Morghoul1. It’s an easy way to further mark unit leaders, important solos, and warlocks. He’s ready for his spot in the painting line, and his name is so appropriate I won’t even have to change it for my Orgoth!
Next up, the Paingiver Beast Handlers. Knowing how essential these were in Skorne made them a high priority, perhaps the highest. They’re actually quite detailed models for support pieces, and I rather liked them from the get-go. Eyes covered? Check. Kind of creepy torture-vibe? Check with a triple snap. So really the only thing I did was apply stitching to their cloth … and oh my god these boys had some cloth. I noticed as I was separating the pieces in my mind (i.e. the ‘what’s dark red and what’s stitched’) that the middle section could look kind of like raw guts on display. This inspired their fluff, and made certain that they all had to have whips (if I ever max them out I’ll have to convert the two knife guys with whips as well). They serve as a prime example of ‘work with the mini, not against it.’ The leader went up on a rock when they got transferred to their bases after the painting.
Onwards with the final pics and fluff!
The Willbreakers were integral to the domination of the Orgoth over the lands of Immoren in centuries gone by. Their psychic assaults on slaves led many to long for the certain and dull pain of the lash instead. In modern times, the blood god has revived this tradition, culling the most gifted torturers from the armies that the Crimson Harvest fights and recruiting them forcefully with infection. With their cruel god curled in their minds like a serpent, the new generation of Willbreakers are privy to both the powers and secrets of the reborn Orgoth Empire.
Orgoth Flayers (aka Paingiver Beast Handlers)
The Flayers are a dedicated branch of the blood god’s priesthood that serve as both an inquisition and the closest thing to an apothecary the cruel Orgoth have within their ranks. Rather than be forced into cooperation, the Flayers are those zealots that heard of an Orgoth god’s return and made the deadly trek through the Corvis swamps to locate his temple. As their final initiation into the ranks of the priesthood, the Flayers gut themselves, pulling a long section of their own intestines out that are then enchanted to toughen the gory length into a weapon that inflicts the agony of the gutting in each strike. They wear the skins of both enemy and allies to remind those that see them that they are the willing servants of the blood god, and that they will punish any that defy him.
[col class=”span6″]And now, for a new section: Group shot! Going forward, I will take a pic of the current and past models to show you how this army grows from the ground up.[/col]
See you next time, for more terrible antics!