I've been staying with the missus and her family over the holidays, and whilst everyone's been at work today I've been house-sitting and miniature building / converting.
I brought a chunk of my bitz delivery with me, along with a couple of the smaller bitz boxes I have. This presented the challenge of using what was available to me, which I think often leads to better results as you have to be more creative.
So, first I decided to work on some Mawdryn stuff as I'm short on a few legs for the Imperial Navy Ratings - despite the rather large recent order. Not an oversight, honest, they were out of stock...
As promised previously, the next miniature was to be a Druid of the Spears of Mawdryn. The Chapter, which draws from Romano-British/Arthurian and earlier Iron Age Celtic elements makes extensive use of Druids - or Dwyrydd ("dweir-rith") in the Mawdryn tongue.
They are split into two Orders. The Druids of the Order of the Scythe combine the roles of Apothecary and Chaplain. They lead the Chapter in rituals and religious rites, and use their alchemical knowledge not only to provide healing salves and fortifying poultices, but also upon the battlefield - the hallucinogenic grenades they make from Mawdryn Wyrmwood are particularly potent. Known for their hooded robes and named for the scythe-topped crozius they carry, the Druids of the Scythe are a force to be reckoned with.
|Druid Crozium Concept Art|
It's these latter figures that have been through the most evolution in fluff terms, they started out more closely based on Bards of the Welsh and Irish tradition, but I felt it would be difficult to represent these effectively on the table. It was doable but there was no clear concise imagery. This changed when I finally got round to reading Bernard Cornwell's Warlord trilogy and fell in love with Merlin, and Nimue, and the ambiguous descriptors of magic. This fitted in perfectly with my Wicker Man / Children of the Stones / Stone Circle-obsessed Chapter vibe.
With this in mind, also etched in my memory was an image of Herne the Hunter I saw in a book about mythology as a kid. I thought an antlered helmet would look pretty good to mark out the Epistolary / Awdur ("Ow-dur") ranks. I stumbled across a Bretonnian helmet that had antlers that were spot on.
The body still had to be robed of course, so the natural option were the Dark Angels torsos. The Dark Angels range also provided the Chaplain crozius that I used as the basis for the staff.
The top of the staff from the old Radagast mini provided the top (loved the stone top with carved symbol) and to extend the bottom I used part of a spear from the old Wood Elf Glade Guard (I think...) that I acquired around 1997... This hopefully gives the staff the blend of sci-fi / hedge witch (wizard?) look I was after.
I wasn't sure whether to give him a psychic hood or not, but wanted to make sure he was still recognisable as a Librarian. What prompted me to do it was discovering the superb tutorial on From The Warp by Modelling, Painting and Gaming on how to make one from a shoulder pad. So that's what I did. Could have turned out better, but for a first attempt (I only had one spare pad) I was pretty pleased.
I knew he had to have plenty of gribbly bits around his belt, but not nearly as much as the latest sculpts - they look like they've lost a fight with fly paper.
The main talisman of the tied bones came from the Dryad set - I thought they looked suitably dubious also. The scroll with skull is from the Empire Flagellant set (this one has proved useful for the Navy stuff as well). I'm going to add a dagger on the front too, just as an excuse for more bronze blade weaponry. I got some keys too (I think from the Flagellant set also) which all Librarians have in varying amounts according to rank it seems, but I got these for my Sergeant of the Watch in the Imperial Navy Landing Party, and as tempting as it was to get some more, the Druids are from being "Codex" in their appearance so why bother...
I didn't give him a book of any sorts as the Druids aren't supposed to write anything down (still debating that one fluff-wise), other than runic talismans - which he had dotted about his person in the form of purity seals and whatnot.
Also in the Dryad set was an animal skull that looked rather like the old school Librarian symbol but more... animalistic. Perfect. I cleaned the branches away from it with a modelling knife, but unfortunately it was too large to really fit about his person, even on the staff. So I'm thinking of popping it on a small stake and putting it on the base so it still hints at the Librarian imagery, and again looks nicely eerie and Barrow / talisman-y...
Similarly I really wanted to use the owl in the Dryad pack as a familiar, since the raven has been over used - but it looks a bit cluttered so again I thought I'd put it on the rock out of the dryad pack on the base.
The one question I have for you all is - blue armour and green and white robes, or standard green red and white armour with blue robes? Again, he's going to look pretty grubby like the rest of the Chapter.
Apologies for the dryness of the post, it's the first post I've done on the Blogger phone app...