Kings of War : Herd progress, Avatar of the Father
So at the start of the year I blogged about starting a herd army for Kings of War. I mentioned that I had plans for an Avatar of the Father model, using an unreleased model from Mierce Minatures, Sia. Well after asking nicely, I finally received the model recently and got to work on building and painting it. This post hopefully will review the model and show you how I’ve got it battle ready.
Sia is a highly detailed resin model. It comes in 6 pieces, plus the base. You can see the components below, the squares are 1cm for scale reference.
The parts are extremely well cast in my opinion and experience. There was very little clean up required, a slight mould line on one paw and a venting tube in the mane on the back of the head, but otherwise very little prep needed, other than a cautious wash in soapy water as recommended by most miniature manufacturers!
Sia does come with a base, its the largest round base I now own! Here’s the range of round bases I have in my bits box, Sia came with the 80mm round base at the top (the others are 60mm, from Warlord, 50mm and 40mm from the internet somewhere, a Malifaux 30mm and an old school GW 25mm).
First state of the build was simply to glue it together. As resin, I find superglue is more than strong enough, no pinning required. I use Loctite Powerflex, which is an extremely strong bond and a gel, so fills small gaps well. It also doesn’t set immediately (which other more liquid versions can on resin) which gives you 10-15 seconds to get the positioning perfect. Here I’ve posed it next to a couple of Krakon Games critters for further scale shots.
Next some shots of how I tweaked the model to get it based and also how much tidy up I needed to do after gluing it. I found a piece of slate that was perfect for his base when mowing the lawn recently – how bizarre! To ensure an ideal fit, I dunked Sia into boiling water (only his legs) and then pushed him onto the stone to bend the paws to line up exactly.
What this shot shows is two fold – where I needed to fill the model, and that its “anatomically complete” which makes its a bit NSFW. The main areas that needed some green stuff were the rear legs where they join the main body and the tail. The front legs join near the mane, so hardly any gaps were present. At the back its smooth fur, so I had to play around to fill the gap and attempt to keep the join smooth. This was perhaps the only frustrating part of the model, as this took a fair bit of messing about with to be happy (I’m sure better modellers will have no problems!). The tail also needed a fair amount of green stuff – and I found a slight crack at the turn of the tail.
Back to the more family friend front end. Now posed ideally on the slate, he’s ready to stick to a gaming base and paint. Given his size, I ended up using an old Warhammer chariot base, so 50mm x 100mm. This has some disadvantages in a game of KoW, but a lot of my armies are in this position now, so I’m much happier with bigger bases than squeezing them on to some towering construction to get them on the smallest legal base possible. The slate isn’t completely flat, so I used some wood filler to fill the gaps, before sanding the base.
So, how did he paint up? I’ll admit I was really looking forward to painting the model, but I wanted to aim for a reasonably realistic palette of colours. So I started researching lions and also Aslan from the recent Narnia films and found that not only do the colours vary a lot by sub-species but also that what works in real life is really challenging on a miniature!
In the end I went for a blend of the cinematic Aslan look and the darker colouring found on real lions. This is my favourite angle of Sia, the scar above his eye a call out to another famour Pop culture Lion, Scar from the Lion King. I’ve used various grass/shrub tuffs on the base you can see best on this shot to break the base up. You can also see the texture of the slate quite well on this shot, really pleased with the material.
Here’s the other side, full side profile shot, showing his length. Sia was painted completely with GW paints, they have a great range of light browns and shades to attempt to match the glory of nature!
…and lastly a shot for scale with an Oldhammer skeleton hero and a reaper beastman from my first Herd unit. As you can see Sia absolutely towers over both and I think is a very suitable figure to represent the power of the Avatar of the Father – a beast in both shape and rules.
I’m sorely tempted to add some ropes and small mice to this base, the slate brings to mind the stone table from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, so next time I mess with some green stuff I’ll see if I can knock up some small critters to hide around the base.