The Reaper Miniatures Great Worm is a modern miniatures classic that I’ve seen pop up in many people’s collections. For a long time I’ve been taken it off the rack in a local games store and putting it back, so as not to add to my painting queue. Last time a gamer friend of mine came to visit, I got caught up in his shopping spree however and finally bought my own version – on the condition I’d paint it up quickly.
There is no particular army, game or even genre I am associating the giant worm with, so it is intended more as a piece of (dangerous) terrain. Rather than painting it purple though, which is the most commonly used colour, I felt more inspired to turn it into a sand worm.
Praetorian guardsmen find that the desert is alive
A desert death world would be a very suitable setting to use the sand worm in. I have a bunch of Rogue Trader era creatures and monsters to work on, which this fits nicely into.
The Tomb Princes of Khemri summon a great sand worm
As a creature of the desert, the giant worm would make an interesting feature in a Khemrian landscape, or for a dungeon adventure in the Lands of the Dead.
Space Wolves encounter the Shaihuludata gigantica
Even for smaller scales the figure is very well suited, as it has no features that suggest its real size – perfect for a Dune/Epic 40k crossover.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An obelisk proclaiming the might of a long forgotten ruler
I’m revisiting my Tomb Kings for Warhammer 8th Edition, and my plan for this year is to finish painting a core of infantry, cavalry and chariots plus some accompanying scenery. Additional motivation for this project was provided by the excellent BBC documentary series Immortal Egypt which is now on the iPlayer to catch up on.
Some years ago I raised a regiment of Skeleton Warriors with simple base colours and drybrushing which I’m improving gradually by applying additional highlighting. I’ve done that so far on the first rank and am now happy with the overall look of the unit. Eventually I’m hoping to revisit the rear ranks as well, but first I want to make progress on the new elements of the force to get them all to a battle worthy state.
Deep ranks of spearmen are the backbone of the armies of Khemri
Also part of the force already are two units of Skeleton Archers and a Liche Priest that I bought second hand, painted to a nice standard as a bonus.
The army of the Tomb Kings is lining up in battle formation
A new life (of sorts) for the classic 80s Citadel Giant Scorpion as a Tomb Scorpion for the Tomb Kings army.
Oldhammer Giant Scorpion for Tomb Kings army
The Skeleton Archers in my Tomb Kings army are made using the original plastic Skeletons from Warhammer 3rd Edition days and the first metal Tomb Kings upgrade pieces that were released for the command unit.
Tomb Kings Skeleton Archers