Posted:  24. 12. 2020.



The Tenebrael Shard is another one of the six playable heroes in Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower boardgame core box. It's a mysterious elf assassin, represented by a particularly fiddly and delicate model. I wanted to replace it from the start, and it took me a long while to think of a decent alternative. One day it just clicked, while I was assembling a batch of Warcry Furies for a client. The conversion is a very simple one: a Fury with no wings, head replaced with an Ossiarch Mortek Guard's, and back spines sculpted using wire, putty and PVA. Of course, this is no longer an elf, but some sort of shadow demon assassin. I think I can blame Wayne Barlowe and X-Men's Nightcrawler for inspiring this one.


Grot Scuttlings are by far my least favourite models in the Silver Tower set. I'm sure they can be salvaged, and I may attempt that one day, but for my game set I decided to use an alternative. Giant spiders seemed like a good choice. As a common fantasy monster, giant spider models come in various shapes and sizes and from many manufacturers. I ended up picking up North Star's C07 Giant Spiders. There are eight metal spiders in the pack, which is the exact number I needed, and they are about the right size. Since Grot Scuttlings come in three different weapon profiles (four with bows, two with paired daggers and two with spears), I wanted my spiders to reflect those differences. Besides the hue variation in the paintjob, I changed some details on the models themselves. They were really fun to paint and I'm looking forward to putting them on the table.


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A beautiful model and an even better paint job! Wow!

By Wonky Dog on 2020 12 24

Thank you!

By Ana Polanšćak    on 2020 12 25

Absolutely top notch stuff as always, love the spiders! Really like the basing style you’ve been doing for your silver tower stuff and how it portrays ruined ground almost without giving it the definite shape that can make cobblestone bases and the like seem out of place on the tabletop if they’re not perfectly matched up with the terrain. Any tips for sculpting/painting bases like these?

By nurgles on 2021 01 07

Thank you! The sculpting of those bases is quite a pain in the ass, as I sculpt stone by stone out of clay. Takes a while. I tried to make a mould last time, but it didn’t turn out any good. It may work better if I sculpt the original out of Milliput and make plaster casts. The painting, on the other hand, is super simple. It’s explained here:

By Ana Polanšćak    on 2021 01 07

@Ana Polanšćak Thanks! I’ll be sure to check out that tutorial!

By nurgles on 2021 01 07

Great remake of the Shard and brilliant use of a Bonereaper head; sweet spiders. Congrats!

By potsiat on 2021 01 12


By Ana Polanšćak    on 2021 01 14

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