I spent some time sculpting today and managed to finish the conversion of the Matriarch for my warband!
It was a very fun project to work on, I enjoyed planning the conversion carefully, collecting all the bits and re-imagining this very iconic warrior from 1999 Mordheim.
Since she will be equipped with the very best the temple can offer I decided to give her a suit of heavy armour, so she is much ore heavily equipped than the rest of the warband. I will have to see how I pull this one out with the paint scheme.
In terms of the conversion I was after an ecstatic effect, similar to what can be seen on some religious baroque art, like the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini:
I wanted the model to reflect this in her pose, taken in a rapturous vision during the battle, as if she is looking at Sigmar himself about to descend from the Heavens to give her a big hug :)
I sketched quite a lot with the bits before starting, here you can see some of the stages of the conversion process:
Here you can see phase 1: where I was just testing the pose and the interaction of the bits. I used legs from the new Sisters of Battlekit, the torso is from Saint Celestine, head from a Stormcast Sequitor with the helmet of a bretonnian man at arms. The axes are just there to test the effect of the pose with the double weapon.
Then I moved to Phase 2, shaving off the boob armour, re-sculpting the waist and adding the hammers from the Excelsior Warpriest kit (the tiny one on his belt). I added a small reliquary hanging from her rosary for when I will be able to buy her a holy relic.
And finally Part 3, the sculpture completed. The spiked crown on top of her helmet is from the Electro Priests with the 40k bits shaved off. The tiny rivets on the armour are glass balls 0.5mm diameter.
And there she is, I hope to start painting it tomorrow afternoon if I can.