Drusala's Blood Coven
This is the story of my force and the first of its two leaders, Drusala.
Drusala, Dark-Talon was the Khailebron adjunct to Selendti Llyr Xiss, Morathi’s Ambassador to Hammerhal. Drusala and her warhost, the Blood Coven, were secreted beneath Hammerhal Aqsha. Along with Drusala’s personal guard of Blood Sisters her Coven comprised the Cauldron Guard of the Hag Queen, Maka Khelt.
During the early years of the Daughters reintegration into the Mortal Realms, Drusala's coven hid under Cinderfall’s Rift Market quater. Their numbers were split between Maka’s Blood Sisters who performed feats of gladiatorial combat in makeshift arenas and Drusala’s Scáthborn who patrolled the under-city scouring its depths for the Slanneshi sorcerer, Lord Redomir, and his minions.
During the Time of Tribulations while Drusala and her Blood Coven were deployed to Shyish, and after the necroquake rocked the Realms. Drusala and her war coven told the Stormcast and Freeguild commanders that their orders were to pursue a band of Nighthaunt raiders, into the Land of Living Bone but their true mission was far darker.
Legend has reached Morathi’s ears that a forgotten temple to Khaine has been unearthed on a blighted isle in the Shyishian sea known as the Gullet. She has sent Drusala and Maka there to investigate it and to eliminate anyone else with knowledge of it.
The Story of Drusala Dark Talon
Although the Blood Cult's leadership was shared between Maka and Drusala, neither of the she-aelves trusted or even liked the other. Maka Khelt was a great Warrior Princess of the Witch Aelves of Ulgu, renowned amongst her sisters for her beauty and her bloodlust. A highborn daughter of one of the many Aelven Princes of Druciroth. Maka had always lived a pampered and privelaged life, and for that Drusala hated her.
The story of Drusala's life was a litany of suffering. Before becoming a Khainite she had been a Courtesan in the pleasure quarter aboard the Eternity of Torment, a Black Ark under the command of the nefarious and notorious Fleetmaster Zarkland Zenthe. Captured and forced to labour for the flesh masters there she had been born to Azyrite Wanders in the wilds of Ghur. For years she and her parents lived as nomads moving between the human, duardin and aelf settlements in Ghur. They were outcasts even within the Wanderers tribes. Her father’s people were followers of Araloth, a little known divinity outside the Aelven community but his worship was considered taboo even within it. He was a lost god and his followers a lost people.
For their faith Drusala’s parents had made many sacrifices, foremost among them was a pledge to live in poverty. As Drusala grew-up she came to resent this impoverishment and useless faith. She had no home, no belongings and as she matured she realized the depth of her parent's sacrifices. It was custom amongst the aelves of Ghur for the father of the bride to pay a dowry for marriage, but Drusala had none. And therefore no respectable lover would ever court her despite her beauty, intelligence and talents.
One night the family arrived in a settlement not far from Izalend. There a dashing Aelf caught Drusala eye. He was handsome and strong and bore the tattoos of a Privateer, his name was Lokhir. For three days and three nights they became locked in a star-crossed tryst, and on the dawn of the fourth day she awoke to find a knife at her throat. They had been attacked by pirates and Lokhir was dead. Assassins hired by Zarkland Zenthe had murdered him and stole Drusala away into servitude on the Black Ark. There she was given to the flesh masters who made her into a Courtesan for their seedy business. Until one day the Khainite Priestess Vhorskaya came looking for sacrifices to Khaine. The Priestess noticed something ferocious in Drusala eyes and decided to take her, but to train her as a Witch Elf rather than an offering to the Bloody-handed God.
The years passed and Drusala grew more beautiful and more paranoid. Her innate skills as warrior bought her fame and glory. Eventually she was sent as part of a warrior tithe back to Ulgu. There she was inducted into the Khailebron sect. And her abilities as a mistress of espionage and deceit were honed.
As her fame and prowess in battle grew Drusala was set to rise to power as a Slaughter Queen but one day at a conclave of Priestesses she questioned a decision of the Demigoddess herself. It was a fleeting moment, little more than a quip, but Morathi knows no forgiveness. Inviting the young Witch Aelf to her side Morathi drew a blade across her own chest and pulled Drusala close, pushing the she-aelf's lips to the wound. As she did the tainted blood of the Shadow Queen fell into Drusala's moth. It coursed through her body, warping her, changing her, transforming her, until serpentine features burst from her body. Flesh, cloth and bone gave way to her new shape, simultaneously both exquisite and loathsome. With a terrible hiss Drusala called out in disgust and pain at her new shape. But Morathi wrapped her arms around her daughter and whispered a glamour spell into her ear. In the blink of an eye Drusala became more beautiful than she had ever been before. Taller, lither and stronger. But she knew this was merely an illusion. Every shadow she cast was serpentine, and her reflection monstrous. This was her reward for questioning the High Oracle of Khaine and forever after she would remember that.
It's been a while since I've been able to take any decent photos but in the last few months the Blood Cult has really come together. Apologies for the shoddy photos.
1 Cauldron with magnetized Avatar and Mirror. Cauldron designed to fit 1 of 3 models, a Slaughter Queen, Hag Queen or Medusa
30 Witch Aelves with paired daggers
15 out of 20 Witch Aelves with shields and daggers
2 of 3 Medusae, one converted using an old metal Morathi head to represent Drusala Dark-talon the Gorgon Sorceress, she has her own converted 40mm base too.
3 of 4 Death Hags
1 of 3 Slaughter Queens with a converted 25mm cauldron base.
the Ynnari model Yvrainne who will proxy as either a Hag Queen or Slaughter Queen on a to be converted Cauldron
5 out of 15 Blood Sisters
10 out of 15 Khinerai (5 Lifetakers, 5 Heart Renders)
1 of 5 Doomfire Maidens (converted warlocks)
Other items on the painting-converting table are:
Darkling Covens Sorceress
A converted Morathi, using a Bloodwrack Medusa body and hand with Heart from Bloodbowl Witch Elf. This is early days and some sanding and pairing of the GS needs to be done.
Heaps of Sequitors
1 Tzeetnch Sorcerer/Fatemaster
1 Chaos Sorceror on daemonic mount
And a few Underworld's warbands' bases
That's about it for the moment. Will post up some lore for the DOK force soon and try to get some decent photos next month
She was done mainly by airbrushing. Her skin is Vallejo Model Air Skin Tone over Vallejo Game Air Barbarian flesh, washed with Reikland Fleshshade, then a thinned burst of VMA Skin tone followed by a thinned (and targtted) wash of Druchii violet.
Her golden pieces are are Vallejo Metalics Copper and Gold. Based with Copper, highlighted with a 50:50 mix, then a final edge highlight (with airbrush) of Gold. These paints are an absolute dream. Stop using GW metalics and get these.
Her boots and gloves are a mix of Vallejo model wash grey, nuln oil, abaddon black and incubi darkness. Her hair is the same mix but with more green (so that when she becomes the Shadow Queen the hair and snakes resemble one another).
The fabric is Screamer Pink on the outside and Khorne Red on the inside. Both washed with Nuln Oil, Druchii Violet and highlighted with the original colour and edhge highlighted with Wazzdaka red and Slannesh Grey respectively. The Slaanesh grey was the tough bit. It needed significant clean-up and a targetted wash. I learned my lesson here - use a bigger brush!
Her hair and cloth were the only bits not airbrush based and honestly I regret not doing that. It was becuase messed up the order in which I painted by starting with the metalics and then the skin - which is how I would hand brush (inside-out and all that) - but I should Have started with hair and cloth, then the metalics, then the skin.
Here's some pictures of Morathi. This was a nice model to work with for teh most part. Her head was difficult though and I messed-up her eye make-up a bit - you can really only see the errors on camera though.
Her colour scheme is an evolution of the Witch Aelves's on which I've made some further progress:
I'm still undecided as regards which Temple I'll go with but the scheme is versatile enough to fit in with either the Khailebron or Draichi Ganeth temples.
Here's some pictures of my hobby progress this week!
5 Witch Aelves
2 Sisters of Slaughter
1 Death Hag
Some of these models look a little "beat-up" as they have been stripped and repainted and repaired a number of times unfortunately. But they serve as a decent starting point for the new army
Here's a few updated images of the colour scheme on the first Witch Aelf and on a second one too. Apologies for the phone photos
I'm generally happy with the scheme. If it looks ok on these two it should look better on other models. These ladies have been test models for a number of colour schemes over the last 2 years and have stood-up to a lot of paint stripping. There are some flash issues here and there that I'll fix with the next few models too!
Hi everyone. This is the beginning of my test colour scheme for my Daughters of Khaine army.
It's using a bronze and purple on pale skin combination. It's still early stages so she might need some cleaning up.
The whole mini was zenithal highlighted and then the skin was airbrushed with Vallejo Game Air Barbarian Flesh, then highlighted with Vallejo Model Air Skin tone. A 1:1 Druchii violet and medium mix was then washed into the recesses, followed by a 1:1 Caroburg Crimson and medium wash into the eyes and mouth. Finally the skin was dry brushed with Pallid Wych Flesh and a second glaze/shade of the eye sockets and then the skin is done.
The armour and fabric is following WHTV's sister of silence bronze and purple method but the metalics are all Vallejo metal colors.
I've only base coated the steel and the bronze needs cleaning up and a couple of highlights.
The hair has me completely stumped though. I'm not sure why but the Khailebron hair (nihilahk oxide washed) appeals to me but I'm not sure.
Welcome to my hobby progress plog. For the next few months this will focus on my adventures building and painting my AOS armies and Terrain. The forces on my hobby bench at the moment are
Mixed Order / Hammerhal City alliance. This is my Archmage from the Spire of Dawn set. Just bought from ebay last week.
Daughters of Khaine
This is just phase one. More to come this weekend with Morathi and another box of Witch Aelfs!
I have a Dark Oath Warqueen in the works
The next few weeks will be dominated by Daughters of Khaine progress. Here begins my war on the legions of grey plastic, wish me luck!