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 undercoated the platform with Mournfang Brown, then applied the same to the other timber parts.
- 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 the angels of death into the shrines freehand and added another over one of the upper windows.
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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