onsdag 18 december 2019

Plastic Sisters

Finally it happened, the plastic sisters are here. After two decades they are here. Well almost, the starter army set is, or should I say was here. It sold out very quickly and now we are waiting for the proper release in 2020.

I must say I have not been a sisters player, nor collector to any degree. I actually only own one squad of five sister were two are painted, the red sister is painted by me just after the initial release in 97. My wife does however own a substantial amount of metal sisters, bought and painted some ten years after my initial purchase (silver metal sister). As some of you might remember she got Celestine for here birthday some time ago which I painted in the colors of her custom order. She is no longer an active player or collector/painter but she has still been interested in the sisters range. So I have followed the development and the last years sneak peaks to see if I could entice her to get back in the game. But to no avail.

Well, I must say that the level of detail on the new plastic versions are astounding and the rank and file look pretty darn good. So I thought that if the wife does not get them then perhaps I will get at least some to have as a nice side project. So I thought the starter box would be a nice limited project, but as I heard that it had sold out so I sort of gave up on the thought.

But then I needed some more Agrax earth shade and headed to the local hobby hole. Well there I asked about the sisters box and they said it had come and gone quickly,...   but they had managed to order some online and they would be inbound with in the week, so I asked if it was possible to reserve one, and it was. So now I have a box of plastic sisters.

But enough about that, over to the models. The models are incredibly detailed and even the easy to build monopose models in this box comes in several parts that can be quite fiddly to assemble. This is not an army I would recommend as a starter for anyone not used to model building. The size creep is very noticeable and these ladies are not that much shorter than Primaris Marines. I had hoped that they would be more human to better emphasize the size of space marines in relation to normal humans. But I guess that this had to be to get all the details in. They are also more anatomically proportioned than the old metals. As for colors I decided to paint them in a similar way that I did Celestine and have the same color scheme as the wifey's army. The base is a polished white metal and purple robes with white casing on the bolter. The corset, gloves and bags are painted as brown leather with the metal studs picked out. Grenades etc are painted a military olive green. For charters and officers I am thinking of using different palettes to set them apart, a little bit as the sisters of silence are described in some of the novels.

All in all I do not think I will do a  full army, but some of the character models might find their way onto my to do shelf.

söndag 8 december 2019

Lady Oxidia in Entropy

Finished my night Preceptor, the Lady Oxidia in Entropy. Last post had her mostly done but now I finished up some of the details as well as the Lady herself and her abode. I am really happy with how she turned out and I am looking forward to finishing up the Armigers to complete the super heavy detachment.

Lore-wise she is kind of an oddball among the Northern Knights. She is not a native of their home world but a former free blade. She grew up on the planet of Randoryn Alpha as the third daughter to a minor noble, distantly related to the ruling house Cerberan. As a youth she was sent of to train as an Armiger pilot under her uncle who was acting Preceptor. However, this uncles was not a very noble man and he abused his charges, especially the females. One night he was heavily into his Amasec and tried to take advantage of Oxidia. She would not have it and promptly slit his throat. Realizing that it would not go well for her if she was found she quickly hid the body and stole his battle gear. Rallying the rest of the pilots in training who bore no love for the old drunkard she managed to steal his Knight and set of for some friend she know in the vicinity. Once safe away from the train grounds and hidden in her friends barn she set about stripping the paint of the knight to make it less recognizable. Then she got on the first barge of world and set out among the stars as a free blade. During her long career she made her self a reputation as a strong willed knight that did not take orders well. After a series of incidents she ended up in a position where she could no longer find anyone willing to hire her. So she washed up on the home world of the Northern Knights were she managed to get a job training new armiger pilots. She still has problems with orders and she prefers to train female pilots as she never really got over her childhood experiences. Her knight suit, Entropy, was never repainted after she first stole it and it has acquired a patina of rust over the years. She has only painted her right shoulder and left grave in the forest green of the Northern Knights to show her allegiance but in all else has left the metal to bear witness to her life. When the Northern Knights fell  she followed them into damnation without a second thought. Her bitterness over how the empire and it nobles had treated her making her easy pray for the dark whispers in the halls beneath the keep.