So yes, after exhausting everyone’s collection of superlatives, Stefan ups the ante. Enter the emerald brilliance of Sverre Arrheniusse, a gorgeous concentration of the Green Mechanicvm vision and a miniature that will take it’s rightful place in the Blanchean hall of fame.
A month to go, and Kari’s Milker will meet Sverre on Terra, and so many ridiculously good miniatures will be on display that getting to rolling some dice will require real effort!
The Bio-Pilgrymme, Part III: Enter Arch Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse
Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste
Brought Death to the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat
(Ancient Terran poet, Paradise Lost, Book I, 667.M2)
THE PRIGORIAN DIVIDE, IMPERIAL FRONTIER, 995.M41
The frontiers of Imperial colonisation – on the brink of the great unknown – are places of rumour mongering.
Some of the staunch rumours among Rogue Traders in the Prigorian Divide, known simply as The Rift, say that an arcane technology was recently discovered beyond The Rift in an ancient region of space apparently uncharted in Imperial records. Some fever-ridden rumourmongers on the Trade Harbours and safe havens in The Rift even whisper about Halo Stars, dark thorn moons, living machine trees and howling dryatides.
‘The Green Man Cometh…’ they feverishly rant, ‘the Green Man Cometh…’
Now, on the brink of a new millennium, a Green Mechanicvm host from Crataegus Fragmentum is on the rise in The Rift!
Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse has returned from the thorn moons of Crataegus Fragmentum into the fading light of the Emperor. With him is a Genetor host of genetically and mechanically modified Green Mechanicvm, which has been secluded from the charted regions of space for millennia. They are on board Brostten Haggwers Rogue Trader Anaxaegoras after Haggwers and his team first made contact three decades ago. Apparently Haggwers brought with him a priceless cargo treasured by the Green Mechanicvm: fragments of The Daerwynne Palimpseste discovered by Haggwers in 944.M41 deep inside a thorny vault on board a drifting Space Hulk in The Rift.
Arrheniusse and Haggwers are now bound on a bio-pilgrymage for Holy Terra with an intention to find the missing fragments of the palimpsest rumoured to be hidden in a derelict Botanicarium underneath one of the ancient pilgrymage routes deep in the golden cathedrals of Terra. Arrheniusse is of the firm belief that the fragments of layered scriptures will help ensure the ultimate manifestation of Genetor knowledge right in the heart of the Imperium itself: The transformation of the broken Golden Throne into the green seat of the Emperor Reborn…
From Throne to Thorne!
Green Man Cometh…
After several winter nights of building biomechanical limbs, thorns and lichen I have finally finished painting Arch Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse. He has been prepared in the same way as my Thorn Guards to make him resemble the raw nature of the thorn moons of Crataegus. Barked and weathered…
I have done some minor changes to Arrheniusse since my initial post and, inspired by all the goodness on Sleet, added more details to qualify my narrative. Apart from various Crataegus artefacts like thorns, scrolls, gene-extracts and other Synod relics, Arrheniusse is wielding Amygdalinne, a poisonous finger ring in the shape of a thorn, Hethel, a Haw Staff made from the black core of Haw trees, the favoured wood of witches, and Akantha, an archaic pistol firing thorn shaped bullets of iron hard Crataegus wood.
I have added his three personal Thorn Guards for scale as well as some detail shots…