Posted 11/03/2018

Rotshroud Manse – the Wortbad Skyship Dock

The recent release of the Warscryer Citadel scenery kit has inspired many hobbyists to add it to their Warhammer Age of Sigmar battlefields – and as is often the case, some have gone above and beyond to create a truly amazing centrepiece for their tables. Saul Painter is one such dedicated hobbyist, and when the Rotshroud Manse hit our inbox, we just had to share it. Here’s Saul to tell you all about it.

Saul: Wortbad is an isolated village in the middle of the Harrowmark, in the Realm of Death, deeply troubled by the undead and corrupted by dark magic. It is surrounded by endless haunted forests that stretch on for 10,000 leagues in every direction and is overlooked by the jagged, foreboding Everdark Peaks. The Harrowmark is a land of perpetual autumn, where what little farmland there is lies fallow and untended, with crops rotted in the fields.

The villagers’ only connection to their neighbours is by the skyvessel trade routes overhead. Few dare to set foot in the forests; the risks are just too great, the creatures within too terrifying. But the galleons of the merchant fleets plot a wandering course over the treetops, stopping at as many villages on the ground and settlements on flying islands as they can to trade, to pick up or drop off passengers, to deliver letters and to pass on news.

Rotshroud Manse is the Wortbad skyship dock – a landing point above the level of the trees used by traders and transports (and the odd sky-pirate) that stop-off at Wortbad in their journeys over the endless, malignant forests.

Rotshroud Manse is made from a Warscryer Citadel with a wooden platform as a replacement for the observatory tower (which I used for another project), made from floorboards from my scenery bits box.

I also added broken paving using parts from the Shattered Dominion Large Base Detail Kit and candle-covered gravestones from the Spirit Hosts and the Coven Throne kits.

I undercoated the whole model with Chaos Black spray, brushed Dryad Bark onto the rocky outcrop parts, then used Mechanicus Standard Grey spray to add a zenithal base colour over the whole thing.

I undercoated the platform with Mournfang Brown, then applied the same to the other timber parts.

Once that was dry, I very lightly drybrushed the entire thing with Ushabti Bone using a Large Dry brush, and I painted the “bone” skulls (not the “stone” ones) with more Ushabti Bone.

I painted all the metalwork with Leadbelcher. Once that was dry, I started washing with Shades:

  • Athonian Camoshade on the lower stone parts, concentrating on the areas closer to the ground and painting a “ragged edge” further up, so there wasn’t a “tide line” where the green stopped. I also applied Athonian Camoshade to some random patches on the woodwork, especially the platform.
  • Agrax Earthshade on all the wooden areas, most of the metal areas and at random on some areas of stonework.
  • Drakenhof Nightshade on all the slate tiles.
  • Nuln Oil to all the metalwork, all the “cut stone block” areas and some of the deeper recesses of the other stone areas.

I painted all the sanded areas of the base with Steel Legion Drab Scenery Paint, then drybrushed it with Ushabti Bone and drybrushed again with a little Ryza Rust on all the metalwork.

I painted the angels of death into the shrines freehand and added another over one of the upper windows.

I glued on leaf litter (actually silver birch seeds) with PVA Glue and static grass with superglue. Finally, I gave the whole model a light coat of Munitorum Varnish.

We’re sure you’ll agree that Saul’s results are truly inspirational – and indeed, if they inspire you to convert and paint your own Warscryer Citadel, or something else from the extensive range of Warhammer Age of Sigmar scenery, then remember to show us the results – your work might just end up right here.

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