The Sands of Time

I’ve had the temple kit from Citadel sitting around for a while, undecided on the style to paint it in. Now working on my Tomb Kings for Warhammer Fantasy Battle again, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for creating a set of army specific terrain.

Ruins of a small temple with skeletal warriors approaching from behind

The legions of the Tomb Kings rise in defence of their necropolis

The only paints I used for the sandstone are Zandri Dust, Agrax Earthshade (pure and watered down) and Screaming Skull (for drybrushing).

I left everything as single pieces to allow maximum flexibility in terms of layout. There is enough stuff in the kit to khemrify a whole battlefield, and it can also be used for dungeon crawling and skirmishing in and around.

Broken columns and arches of sandstone with skeletal archers in front

The pillars of the temple might have tumbled, but its defenders still keep their watch

I wanted to add a few faded spots of colour to both hint at the past grandeur of what are now desolate ruins and to tie the terrain in with the theme of my army. I picked the blues from the shields in the Skeleton Warriors regiment (Kantor Blue and Enchanted Blue) and drybrushed over them in the same sandstone tones as for the rest of the piece.

An arch of sandstone blocks decorated with carved skulls and with faded blue panels

Those who pass under these arches enter the realm of the dead

To pick out the inlaid skull on the floor of the temple I painted it in white, applied some light washes in the recesses and then drybrushed over the top with sandstone.

Sandstone floor of a small temple inlaid with a skull design

The temple is a focus for necromantic powers

The obelisk I painted in the same way as the other columns. There is the potential to pick out individual areas separately. The top for example could be bronze or golden and the panels painted. I’ll wait until other core elements of the army itself are finished before making any such additions, since I am undecided on whether to introduce another colour like dark red to its theme, maybe to indicate some units’ elite status.

Sandstone obelisk adorned with a skull

An obelisk proclaiming the might of a long forgotten ruler

16 thoughts on “The Sands of Time

    • Thank you, they turned out how I’d hoped and with fewer work steps at that. Now to finish painting the cavalry and chariots.

  1. I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

    • That sums up the character of Khemri really, it makes for a great setting. Coincidentally, I read this the other day on the tube as one of it’s ‘Poems on the Underground’.

  2. That has come up really, really well. I now know how I’m going to paint mine, which has been in that “part-assembled” state for a year or so.

    • No, just some very dry drybrushing using an Army Painter drybrush. The surface of the plastic was also a bit rough in places where I filed down the joints between parts, which are not all that well aligned.

  3. As Azazel said, that came out exceptionally well. The kit was unavailable for a while, but recently resurfaced as an online purchase only kit, so I picked it up. I have quite different plans for mine, but your work here is so lovely that its making me reconsider…

    Brilliant stuff. The obelisk is satisfyingly large (matron!) isnt it? I painted the realmgates recently and their height really appeals. Huge terrain is a pain to play around, but an occasional piece that breaks the glass ceiling (he says on International Womens Day) improves the visual aesthetic hugely I reckon.

    • Thank you, I hope you stick with your original plan, I’d be very interested to see what twist you come up with!

      Your realm gates are very nice, they had me considering them as a purchase myself. I just need to hold back at the moment as there is a real life house move coming up and I don’t want to increase the box count.

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