Time for more heroes to enter the cursed lands of Sylvania, this trio is the more combat oriented and as such more fun to play with and, of course, to find suitable replacements for.
During the summer my children and their cousins played the game a lot and it was rather fun to see which characters they liked and which had to stay in the box, unloved and forgotten. The witch hunter and duelist were almost always in use, probably because of their strength at both melee and ranged combat. So let’s take a look at them.
Jelsen Darrock might very well be the best representation of Abraham van Helsing, at least as he is interpreted in that abysmal 2004 movie. You really should watch the trailer again, just to remind you how bad that movie was. Anyway, let’s just forget about that movie and take a look at the various Witch Hunters that Citadel has produced over the years. My first choice was the Witch Hunter from the original Warhammer Quest game as I had an armless copy of him. I know, I know, it’s becoming a bit strange that I have so many miniatures without arms. The Witch Hunter might just be the miniature Gary Morley ever sculpted. I also considered Wilhelm from the Dogs of War army, but he is a bit big compared to the rest of the miniatures I use. But then I sort of stumbled upon the solution in the form of Falcon from the original Dogs of War miniatures. I must admit I am not too familiar with the Dogs of War range (the one from Warhammer 3rd edition, not the 5th edition army) and what exactly it is that separates it from the Mercenaries and Fighters, if someone knows more then please tell me in the comments.
I got a strong English Civil War vibe from Falcon and he also reminded me of such great movies as A Field in England and Witchfinder General (it’s Swedish name can be translated into the Bloody Snare and it is just so perfect). I gave him colours inspired by our western neighbors, Sweden, and while it is a bit close to the Sylvanian colour theme it really helps him stand out on the board. Regarding his backstory and name, well I didn’t see much need to change anything as a witch hunter would have plenty of reasons to hunt in Sylvania.
Emelda Braskov is the archetypical knight and a bit of a dull character to play as, she just doesn’t have that many options to use. But the miniature is pretty cool and I don’t really have anything to complain about, except for the strange choice to paint the griphon’s eye. When you skin an animal to use the fur you usually remove parts that can’t be preserved, like the eyes.
While knights can be fun I preferred something a bit more worn down and shabby for my game. Enter Elena Braskov, hedge knight of Ostermark. She is based on Marauder Miniatures’ Fighter F20, sadly it appears the miniatures didn’t receive original names anymore at this point. I changed the head for one from the Coven Throne and gave a shield as that seemed like a sensible choice, to tie her to the original she also got a medallion with Sigmar’s comet on it and a bird skull on her base. Putting the whole bird and all on her seemed like overkill, instead she has a torn cape donated by a plastic Wraith.
Glaurio ven Alten III is my son’s go to character and to be honest he was less than impressed by my choice of replacement. The plastic miniature is pretty solid and I could see him being used in all sorts of 40k related projects, but he really doesn’t look like a Warhammer fantasy miniature to me so I didn’t see much point in trying to reproduce him in old lead. Instead I went in the other direction with him.
Gabriel “Tanglebones” van Alten III, a minor baron from Stirland that through convoluted dynastic breeding considers himself the rightful heir to old Otto von Drak. This lovely miniature is from the Eternal Champions range, a little known and mostly forgotten collection of 80’s gems. Apparently the range was released in 1986 and was some sort of tie in to the Stormbringer game, a game I have never heard of related to books I have never read, so I really don’t know much about this at all. Still, miniatures are miniatures and this range is really nice and I have my eyes on a few more of them. From my very limited google search it seems like this miniature is a character called Tanglesbones and he is supposed to be some sort of trainer or servant to the main character, he may or may not also be an elf. He certainly has a lot of charm and I just couldn’t not include him. I am actually quite happy with the ring on his finger, it was a bit of flash that I managed to trim down into a ring, nobility and their jewelry.