Banelegions Barrow Skeleton Banner Bearer was completed just in time for the M Con contest the other time. Bought the miniature a while back, wanted to use the miniature as the Warhammer Vampire Count Wright King Battle Standard Bearer. Back then, I was considering ordering the Wright King Battle Standard from GW, until I stumbled upon Banelegions one. Now, GW has the Wright King Battle Standard in finecast. Guess when I am back with my GW mood, then maybe I consider getting it. The Skeleton Banner Bearer I painted it to the same theme as my Vampire Count army. Old wore and rusty armour along with Citadel scab red for the worn and torn tunic. I was pretty inspired by the Banner of Hellfire in the previous edition Vampire Count army book, that I had the sword painted in a sort of green glow. Its like he is carrying some kind of flaming magical weapon. The Skeleton Banner Bearer is then mounted on a rock slab platform.
Since I’ve now gained a cheap Wood Elf army I’ve come up with a plan to kill 2 birds with one stone. The current idea is to do a wood elf army with a storm of magic pact of tomb kings that are painted up and slightly modified to be Barrow Kings. The Tomb kings army will be done now (as it’s almost finished) my Ogre army next then finally wood elves. The story is that the Hordes of Chaos entered Athel Loren to corrupt it and harness it’s unpredictable and mysterious power, quick to fight against such desecration the wood elves led by the cunning waywatcher Baequi’Siel came to fight but found they were hopelessly outnumbered. Chaos rampaged mostly unheeded as wretched torrents of twisted magic uprooted the trees and churned the earth. What they did not expect was for the long dead and forgotten kings of Men and Elves alike to rise again from their slumber and howl with rage at their once beautiful homeland in torment. Uniting with the tired and distraught waywatchers they pushed back the tide, the Eternal guard of King Rethlin’Alai ‘The Glade Flyer’ and the Barrow Guard of King Hymenopteras ‘The Wasp Tongued’ marched in formation facing all blows as if they were a gentle glade breeze. The forces of chaos broke ranks and fled but the land they had fouled would never be the same, although small the elves feared for the safety of the rest of the forest and set it apart by surrounding it with warding stones and cleansing song, It was named by the empire as the land of eternal autumn, forever pulling at the souls of the grieving and troubled but offering nought but sombre silence. The Kings and their courts were denied their well earned rest as their burial sites were nothing but churned earth, trapped between worlds they conceded defeat and now stalk the woods preying on those with a grudge against Athel Loren and those who live within. Baequi’Siel and his waywatchers were tasked with protecting the court of the dead elf and human kings from ill will during their eternal vigil and many years after these events, he still ensures that the restless spirits come to no harm or abuse any more than what they’ve already endured
Wow, just as I was finishing my Black Scorpion miniature for the contest, my Maelstrom miniatures Cynuise of Old, Barrow Knight Banner Bearer arrived at my mail box. Gosh, this year is gonna be a year for many other make and brands of miniatures coming to my collection and painting. With the GW embargo, just as I wanted to get a Vampire Count Wright Standard Bearer, I turned to the option of others. The closest I could find was Maelstrom new line of miniatures Banelegions. I ordered the Cynuise of Old, Barrow Knight Banner Bearer to be field as my Vampire Count Standard Bearer. Meantime, here’s my first impression. On Maelstrom store, the picture for the Cynuise of Old, Barrow Knight Banner Bearer does not reveal much details for the skeleton warrior. When I decided to order it, I wasn’t really expecting much of the details thought, but I was more interested in the banner, where I could freehand my Vampire icons… Out of the package, I was surprised that the Barrow Knight Banner Bearer comes in resin. All the while I was having the impression that the Banelegions miniatures are in the usual metal ones. Then the observation comes in, I noticed the details on the armour of the skeleton warrior.