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PostSubject: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 15:01

Battle Monks of Cathay


Work in progress

Warrior monks can be easily converted using the Warhammer Empire Flagellant regiment box. These henchmen have Chaos marauder heads and fighting sticks.



Mystics are the masters of martial arts. This one is made using the Mordheim Elf Mage and green stuff for some Cathayan flavour.



This mystic is wielding a nunchacku. The model required a lot of convertig for the head and the weapon.







This monk was the most challenging one by far. The right foot was cut off and then affixed a bit higher to give the model a more dynamic pose. I had to model half the right leg and robe. The sleeves also had to be done completely. The beard is obligatory, of course. The hands were taken from the pillory-head-bit, which is pretty nice. Bare hands are hard to find in Warhammer sprues. This model is actually meant to represent one of the BTB dramatis personae but I'll be using it for an unarmed mystic when needed. Note that the model is not glued to the base yet, because it's going to 'fly'...





These are raging peasants. Sort of like the frenzied mob in the EIF supplement, they represent angry townsfolk that defend their homes and families. These unskilled people are 'hired' by the Emissary to help them fight the marauder raiders and other threats.



The warrior monks of Cathay:




The warband does not consist of warrior monks only. There is the leader, an Emissary from Weijin, sent by the Emperor of Cathay to organise the city's defense. The town militia officer leads his militia men into battle alongside the warrior monks.

I'm pretty much done with converting so I hope to be able to start painting these and the marauders of Chaos soon.

Cheers,
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EDIT:

Finished warband












Dragon Monk on Temple Dog, made for the Golden Tom competition. Read more here.


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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 15:23

That is Awesome Cianty! Great conversions! and great Ideas! I can't want to see the next post!
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 15:49

WoW!!!!! Really nice conversions Smile The poses rock so hard Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 15:58

Really nice!
I'm looking forward to seeing the painted minis!
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 16:28

Cool, it's nice to finally see some monk models!

(Is that the plaster pouch I cast? Very Happy )

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 17:25

Nice Conversion m8!! Can't w8 to see them painted Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 17:54

Thank you, guys!

@Tom: yes, it is. Thanks again for that!

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 8:15

Small update!

The Emissary is in town, ready to lead the monks.





The Emissary:








I'm definately not a pro at using Green Stuff. The Cathayan lampions will need a little more work...

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 8:44

Very impressiv!
Great work on the lampions!
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:06

affraid WOW!!!!!!!

How have you made the lampions?can you make a tutorial?they are so cool!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:20

Marco wrote:
affraid WOW!!!!!!!

How have you made the lampions?can you make a tutorial?they are so cool!!!

Actually I am not that proud of 'em. ANyways, here you go:

1. Make a ball with green stuff. At best you already give it an oval shape.
2. Let the ball harden for 5 minutes or so.
3. Use your hobby knife (or whatever it's called) to make the chamfers.
4. Let the ball dry (and harden) completely. This will take several hours, at best stop working on it for the day.

5. Cut a small piece of thin wire.
6. Add the little pieces at the top and bottom of the 'ball' and shape them with the knife until you are satisfied.
7. Press the wire into the soft bottom piece of green stuff.
8. Let the whole thing dry again (several hours again).

9. Use small portions of green stuff to shape the adornment at the end of the wire. A knife helps in giving it a fabric appearance.

10. What I want to do is improve the bottom piece of the lampion. I'll try to add some green stuff to make it look like little threads..

Hope this helps. Sorry for my lack of proper names/descriptions of some of the pieces.

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:20

I like the emissay soooooo much ^^

I hope you will publish a VERY NICE background about 'em Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:23

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I like the emissay soooooo much ^^

I hope you will publish a VERY NICE background about 'em Smile

What do you mean by background, Konqueror? The warband is using these rules:




They will be published in the Border Town Burning supplement this summer. bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:45

I mean a cool story to include 'em in the setting!

There is yet a pdf version of the band rules? O__o I thought they should come this summer.
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 9:54

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I mean a cool story to include 'em in the setting!

The Monks are as tied to the setting as the Reiklanders are to Mordheim. There will be a whole lot of info on what the Emissary, the militia dudes and monks are doing there. The supplement has a similar background section as the rulebook or the Empire in Flames book. Not much I could add to it for my individual incarnation of them.

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There is yet a pdf version of the band rules? O__o I thought they should come this summer.

True. Consider this a sneak preview. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 10:00

Oh cool! Thx for the SP then Very Happy farao
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 10:31

nice work m8! but it misses something Twisted Evil Smile and you know what Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 10:37

oh just noticed: fill the gap on the horse neck
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 10:41

Impressive greenstuffing Cianty!

How did you manage to get the bamboo sticks so straight? I would probably have abandoned in the middle of sculpting and used toothpicks geek

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 10:58

Tagnator wrote:
nice work m8! but it misses something Twisted Evil Smile and you know what Razz

Yeah, man! I know what you mean! :monkey:


Konqueror wrote:
oh just noticed: fill the gap on the horse neck

Which one do you mean?


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Impressive greenstuffing Cianty!

How did you manage to get the bamboo sticks so straight? I would probably have abandoned in the middle of sculpting and used toothpicks geek

It's not really difficult. Simply make a thin "snake" with green stuff. Then press the blade of the knife on the green sausage and move it forward and back carefully. If you tilt the blade a little while doing so the final shape should come out to be like in my photos.

Maybe this quick sketch makes it a little clearer:




It's very important to let the green stuff dry completely after sculpting because even now it is quite elastic and far from solid.

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 12:16

Thanks Cianty!

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 12:30

The neck-body gap.
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 12:48

Great work on green stuff. Very very jealous of your work.
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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 15:55

@Tom: You're welcome!

@Konqueror: I already thought about that but I never had problems with the painted horses I have so I didn't bother to do anything about that. Plus I have a rock dragon to glue.

@DaBank: Thank you!

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PostSubject: Re: Eastern Promises - Battle Monks of Cathay warband   Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 16:20

those models look great, very nice conversions. ganna look great painted.
the sneek peek looks very well done also, looking quite professional.

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