I had intended to paint the Tenebrael Shard or the Dark Aelf Assassin for my upcoming Silver Tower game, but I decided to paint this guy instead.
Alex Knight Questor really appealed to me. It summed up the dungeoncrawling, heraldic knight trope in a way that I hadnt quite seen on Stormcast figures before. Alex model was what made me consider working on a Stormcast early in my project, as prior to seeing his I figured that the Stormcast may be one of the last that I might get to. Nice one Alex.
Alex is also partly responsible for the name of the Stormcast chamber that I have chosen.
Similarly, Andys technique for painting his Horus Heresy era loyalist Emperors Children is something that I have wanted to try out for several years. Andy has been developing the technique as he goes, and having quizzed him on it a couple of times I decided to try something similar. A large armoured figure like a Stormcast, not visually tied to any of my other projects was a perfect testbed. So thanks to Andy for being so gracious about me copying his technique.
As for the model, I have been a fan of simple head swap “conversions” for years. My Sin-Eaters Chaos Space Marine force – one of my largest hobby projects – came about because it was fun adding zombie heads to space marines. Paulo here is the result of a very similar process, namely what would happen if I added the “Windswept Dreamboat”* Eldar guardian head to a Stormcast body. I think that it worked rather well.
The owl was a whim. I enjoy painting familiars and I like the loyal animal companion trope. I decided to paint the owl in ectoplasmic colours for a few reasons, one of which is that its non-commital: is the owl a ghost? A supernatural bond creature? Or a pet no more or less tangible than the big honking deathproof armoured posthuman that its hanging with? We may never know the answer…
I am actually itching to paint more Stormcast after finishing this guy. Watch this space.