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I'm toying with the idea of adding Priests of Vaul to my Caledor army. In game terms I'm thinking they would be mages, using High magic, Fire, or Metal. I would tend to give them lots of less expensive magic items (Power stones, swords of might, Silver wand, etc.)
I'm not sure how to model the priests. It becomes clear that although there are great many elf miniatures in the world, and a good many blacksmith miniatures, Elven blacksmith miniatures are exceptionally rare. I found one from enigma Tellcharion, The Elven Blacksmith (x1 fig) - ENG30-0026
I'm also thinking of doing some crazy conversions with GW figures, Like using High Elf archer legs with Catachan torsos and arms with Elf heads. As far as conveying their blindness, I suppose I will model Blindfolds covering their eyes ala Warmachine's Harbinger, or give them High elf helmets modified to cover the eyes.
Are there any depictions of the Priests of Vaul out there from the ancient days of GW?
I know nothing about Priests of Vaul, but that elven Blacksmith model is rather cool.
I don't know if he is entirely appropriate for a priest of Vaul though, but I don't really know anything about them.
Catachan bodies and arms are simply HUGE for a set of elf legs and an elf head. He would look awkward. I would try for a smaller set of arms. It sounds stupid, but zombie arms might work with a bit of a hand swap. They're a tad smaller than the catachan arms, and there are sets which are bare. They might need a little GS cleanup to make them a bit more "alive," but it would be better than cats. I'd use archer torsoes, trim them down, and add smocks with more GS. Just remember to always be trimming the plastic underneath so that the model doesn't "bulk."
Blindness could be handled with a bandage, or by painting the eyes closed. It might feel odd at first, but if you paint the eyes as flesh, and then add a very fine line of the haircolor, you can create the illusion of lashes and prove that you've actually put work into it. I have a maiden painted this way in my Vampires army.
I'd avoid using armor, because then it makes them look less like mages.
I don't know why but I can't shake the thought that one of the Dwarf Artillery Crew bodies (the one with the apron, bare arms and furnace gloves on) with a blindfolded elf head stuck on would be the most awesome thing ever.
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I was worried about the catachan torsos being too large. Would Chaos Marauders' torsos work any better, or would they run into the same problem? I could shave off the creepy chaos parts and perhaps do some Green stuff work to get it to meld with the archer legs. I'm just throwing ideas around for now, I'll probably start looking outside GW's range soon for ideas.