I’m not usually a great fan of blogs, but there a few that I find inspirational when it comes to my hobby. I decided that I needed to do something similar to encourage me to get off my behind and paint up my armies. You’ll have to excuse the rough nature until I work out how to do things. (By the way, Miragliano is a city in Tilea which is analogous to Italy in the Warhammer world and Leonardo da Miragliano is their version of Leonardo da Vinci.)
First up are a few items I’ve been meaning to make for various armies. A Dark Elf Cauldron of Blood, a Dwarf Anvil of Doom, and a Bell to be used with a rig I still need to make out of balsa wood (which will double as a bell for Skaven and for a valley of four winds style undead army). I’ve used air drying clay with each of these. The first two are inspired by the world of Warhammer. I’ve been playing in this world since I was a kid when I used to play Warhammer Fantasy Role Play.
For the cauldron I wanted it to look like it’d been hastily built on the eve of a battle. I’ve used a plastic hemisphere I found kicking around, the altar of blood from the Demonworld range of Dark Elves and an old figure from the old Minifigs Tunnel Elf (long OOP but still found on eBay occasionally). The figure is meant to represent a statue of Khaine, the dark elf God of Murder. A victim is about to be sacrificed on the altar and the blood will drip into the cauldron. I might add bodies in front of the cauldron to represent the past victims. I love the minifigs figure. It looks like he has a heart in his left hand and matches the style of the rest of my dark elf army which are from the Black Raven Foundry range of high elves (more of these to appear in the future). The cauldron has had dirt built up around it and a makeshift platform made for the alter. Love it!
Here’s the anvil of doom I made. I’ve etched runes on the flagstones. Not too happy with the anvil but it will do for now. Dry brushing should bring out the runes along with an ink wash. Still need to make the hearth and attendant and choose the dwarf guards.
Next up is the bell. A bit rough but good enough when painted up.