”For over ten thousand years I have lived. For over a hundred centuries I have wandered the boreal world of sunken holloways. Through moontides that have ebbed and flowed like a green river through my veins. I am the Thousandth Son. I am Legion.”
– Thurisaz, Thorne Weaver, Elder One, Crataegus Legionaire, M.41
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Greetings from the North!
It is an honour and a pleasure to share with you my first post as a Sleeter. I am writing this as a thunder storm rolls in from the west soaking our garden in late afternoon rain turning the hawthorn hedge and coppiced trees into sanctuaries for small birds and insects. Such a fitting reminder of the storm rising on Iron Sleet:
The Vlka Fenryka will lead an onslaught of winter to the Thorn Moons of Crataegus Fragmentum!
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While the Pilgrym focused on small-scale skirmish fought out deep in the bowels of Terra, the aging centre of the Imperiumme, the Thorn Moons Crusade is an exploration of full blown 40K war waged in the outskirts of the galaxy.
My contribution to the crusade further explores the worlds and characters hinted at in the Pilgrym – the region of Crataegus Fragmentum itself as well as the boreal inhabitants of the Thorn Moons. For me it does not make sense to separate the two. They are part of the same world building narrative, which, if it succeeds, makes both the worlds and their inhabitants more believable.
One stunning example of this is Migsula’s take on the Vlka Fenryka. The sheer vision, scope and execution of this project is not only insanely beautiful but also highly aesthetic – understood as in its ability to make us perceive not only the misunderstood heroes of the 13th Company but also, and maybe even more so, the weathered worlds they inhabit.
I have decided to contribute to the crusade with a fitting response to the Vlka Fenryka: A full blown 40K army of Crataegus Legionaires and Green Mechanicvm drawing upon the same vision dreamed up by Migs in the Vlka Fenryka: Misunderstood heroes and long lost legionaires of the XVth Legion together with a host of allies now defending their beloved forest realm from the coming onslaught of winter.
But where the Vlka Fenryka is raw Fenrisian weather my Crataegus Legion will be boreal nature incarnate…
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Going from the intricate character building of the Pilgrym to a 40K sized army has been a daunting prospect for me. I have never managed to build an army before, let alone paint it!
With the aim to do world building rather than (only) focussing on each individual character I seriously needed to find a way to speed up things. I have always struggled with that. Always. Even when painting single characters. That’s why I have never finished a 40k army.
Fortunately I have been able to receive some ‘speed painting’ advice by Jakob. Seeing examples up close in 1:1 (his Dryatides for the Pilgrym as well as his recent Harlequin Solitaire for example) let me to the revelation that for the crusade it is more about working with the Legion as an entire canvas rather than single character painting. Greens and browns, inks, weathering, bark texture and lots of dots resembling small scale lichen as they appear on the trunks of trees. With much more lush green in the palette to contrast the vibrant red of Jakob’s Harlequins (this again is a joint venture between us). Fast and effective.
I am still experimenting a lot and struggling a bit with accepting that up close the painting is not on par with some of my other stuff. It is raw, fitting the nature reference. But it is such a joy to see things getting finished!
A completed Crataegus Legion is suddenly not such a utopia. I can’t wait…
Green Man Cometh!