The glaciers and rivers that form and break at my command. The towering mountaintops and unlit caverns beneath. The harpies and dragons circling the summits and the hydras and medusae in the depth, all catering to my every whim. This realm is mine to command, and it obeys my will as the word of a Goddess.
I oversee my Coven perform their duties, scrying towards our enemies and ensuring our superiority in their fields. I observe the Cult's depravation, their relentless bloodshed in tribute of our bloody-handed lord. I watch the Frostguard's discipline and commitment as they patrol the borders, as they duel in the yard, as they patiently strive every minute to better themselves.
I behold the wastelands to the north, the savage domain of the Ruinous Powers, and our immortal enemy at our doorstep. I surveil the Watchtowers in the north, the last line of defence against the profligacy they bring to my lands. I watch the Crone to the south, and the Hag Queen to the west, and I know they watch me too.
I form the light and crate darkness; I make peace and create evil. I, Arvara Frostsoul, do all these things.
I've been lurking here for a while, occasionally posting the odd comment, reading a massively disproportionate amount compared to what I've posted, and looked at some of the absolutely amazing painting that's found on this forum, and I figured it's maybe just about time I start sharing a little back.
The lore for my army is largely based around the Spiteful Peaks. Not a lot of lore can be found about this area, except for the fact that it's mountains, monsters live in the caves and it's to the north. I've chosen to create the realm of Kar Amenti for my army situated in these mountains, and centered around the black tower of Eshkathon.
I see Kar Amenti as a desolate and barren place, short on natural resoureces and hospitality. As such, I've elected to paint my elves in a very natural pallette, with worn brown leather instead of the shiny black, beaten and dirty steel and brass instead of shiny silver and gold. I've also elected to use a lot of darkened wood, and cloth in natural tones of green, since the availability of more luxurious dyes will be limited in such areas.
For the elves themselves I'm going with a deeply pale, whitened skin, deep blue eyes and natural hair tones. While I know druchii are all supposed to have black hair and the high elves are blondes, I just prefer more diversity and will paint hair in any combination of black, reds, browns and blondes as I see fit. I simply feel that with the more natural pallette, this makes for an overall more balanced army.
I will use a single colour scheme for all my monsters, be it the hydra, medusae, cold ones or drake. While that may look less natural in a logical sense, I feel that it will help unify my army more. Likewise, horses and pegasi will be of similar colour. The manticore might just escape with a unique paint scheme, as there is little fur elsewhere in the army. Sea Dragon Cloaks though, will be painted largely to match the other monsters.
Finally, there's the nature of the place. I'm going with a very white theme for the bases, using Agrellan Earth technical paint prior to priming to create a ground effect, and then painting it to look like frosted, dirty ice, before adding some Middenheim and Mordheim tufts more or less randomly to break up the colours. For larger bases I will also add more scenic displays of corkboard and putty, creating the impression of cracked ice with streams running between.
There won't be any pictures in this post. I'm on my laptop and simply don't have them stored here. Sorry!
There will, however, be lots more lore like the snippet at the top alongside most of the pictures I post, once I get around to that.
Finally, I'm an abysmally slow painter, and a large part of my motivation for this PLOG is to stop spending so much time idling on the internet and start using those wasted minutes with a brush. Updates will come, but not every day and occasionally with some periods of time between. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower.
I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks for reading.