Lord-Ocular Willen Realmwatcher, the Acolytes of the Grand Orrery, and first five Preservers of the Chorus of Life

Whew that was a mountful. Let’s begin!


Preservers РChorus of Life (Warrior Chamber WIP)

First up we have the first five Preservers of the Chorus of Life Warrior Chamber. There will be 11 total (8 basic, 2 prime, 1 Knight-Preserver.) The Preservers operate similar to Liberators and are mostly called in following crusades to hold onto captured territory. They operate a little more autonomously than their brethren, but can form a formidable shield wall and stagnate quagmire of opposition on the battlefield.

For the most-part, its just a fancy name for sword/board wielding Liberators, since I intend to do weapon-based squads (including two-hand using ones.) They are built using the base Liberator kit + Celestial Warbringer Upgrade Sprue. The Retributor Badge was added to the shoulder of the Prime to bulk him up a little. My shoulders are also backwards (right shoulder should be badge of Stormhost, left is insignia of unit or lion for Prime.) Instead I chose to keep the Hammers of Sigmar logo on the right, with the Celestial Warbringer on the left, also traded the lion out for the opposite side.

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Lord-Ocular Willen Realmwatcher and the Acolytes of the Grand Orrery WIP

The Emerald Citadel is home to many secrets, as the ruined capital of the old Jade Kingdom of Verandon, there’s a neverending font of mysteries to be unlocked among its rubble. One of the first was that of the Grand Orrery, a magical astronomancer tool that was used to map the heavens and divine the positions of the realms and thus winds of magic. Such a tool is a powerful one, but relatively useless to chaos barbarians and thus was cast down.

Rebuilt to some of its former majesty, the Orrery is now maintained by the Lord-Ocular of the Emerald Canticle, Willen Realmwatcher, and his students. The Lord-Ocular’s former job was in a similar vein, and with this new tool he’s more accurately able to predict the wild swings of the various winds, as well as how the realms and heavens shift to wax and wane certain powers. Using this knowledge, the Emerald Canticle is more capable of planning assaults while Sigmar’s blessings are great and avoid dark omens when the winds of Chaos loom.

Willen is a peculiar master, and his acolytes are some of the poorer kept of the Lords. He has no patience nor time for empathy, every second is a closing of one gate and an opening of another in the sky, and thus he drowns himself in his books, constantly chasing some secret or mystery of the heavens. His acolytes are constantly underfoot, bringing him some beckoned tome or scroll, a new candle or lamp, or even some minor magical trinket to augment his focus. Though many acolytes cannot handle the stress and rigors of the day to day, the ones that stay find themselves sometimes blessed with just a drop of answers of the cosmos from the Lord-Ocular. Such truth is an addictive drought, and one that leaves the body frail and tired but the mind aching for more.

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SDE – One Week Left on SDE: Legends Kickstarter

Right now the value on this thing is nuts. They’ve really gone all out with throwing free models at you. If you’re interested I’d definitely say grab yourself a copy now, this is the best time to do it (considering the MSRP on base set is $80.) The Pledge Manager will also run for quite a bit of time, so you can pledge now and then add more later.


0370c66f5f0e6ebdcf4a1f08206945fa_originalA list of all the free junk


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Stretch goal progress so far!


ec4e29231cab501201ff9d49dfa213e9_originalThe absolutely gorgeous new boss box they’re releasing as an addon (MSRP $75-105 later)

Painting – 10-29 Emerald Canticle Progress

Hey guys, long time no speak. I’ve been trying to clear out my painting queue for the upcoming Super Dungeon Explore release next year and I’ve realized my queue has gotten.. sizeable.

At last count, this is my queue:

  • 3 Stormcast Liberator Squads (14 units),
  • 2 Stormcast Retributor Squads (6 units),
  • 2 Stormcast Prosecutor Squads (6 units),
  • 2 Stormcast Lords on Drakkoth
  • 3 Stormcast Lord-Relictors
  • 1 Sylvaneth Wyldwood
  • 1 Chaos Warrior Squad (12 units) [REPAINT]
  • 1 Chaos Warrior Chosen squad (5 units) [REPAINT]
  • 1 Maggoth Lord
  • 1 Iron Hands Venerable Dreadnought
  • 2 Iron Hands Tactical Squads (10 units)
  • 1 Iron Hands Vanguard Squad (5 units)
  • 1 Iron Hands Sternguard Squad (5 units)
  • 1 Iron Hands Commander
  • 1 Iron Hands Chaplain
  • 1 Iron Hands Consul-Praevian
  • 1 Iron Hands Consul-Delegatus
  • 1 Imperial Titan Pilot
  • 1 Iron Hands Centurion
  • Entire Tau Army to Repaint (100+ figures, although luckily just Khorne Red Spray + Wash + Secondary Color)

So last night I started forcing myself to spend at least an hour doing one thing to the figures paint-wise and tackling one thing at a time. First up is the Stormcast Liberators from the Starter Box. I finished one squad of them for the Canticle, and painted one like Stone, but that left me with 14 more to even begin. So I’ve begun applying Balthasar Gold to them all.

First lesson about metallic paints: multiple coats are vital!¬†The first coat of Balthasar always looks terrible, its runny, you can see black behind it, etc. I was tempted to overpaint it with thicker paint but decided to leave it and hit it with a second coat later. Thank the Emperor I did, it looks substantially better. Effectively the second coat is basically a light brushing of the color back onto it and doesn’t take near as much time as the first.

So tonight I managed to get 8 of the Liberators double basecoated. I still have 6 more to finish up tomorrow. Then I plan on washing them all down with Agrax Earthshade.


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