Banshee and Spirit Hosts
The first thing which comes to my mind when I think of the word 'ghost' is the old cartoon series Scooby-Doo! Where are you? or a supernatural film Ghostbusters. Ridiculous, animated characters that don't have much in common with the Old World image of ghosts.
Obviously, my view of these beings from the afterlife has changed as I have grown older. Films, TV series and literature have all played a part in it. From practically harmless spirits, they have evolved into the image of undead souls unable to find peace even after death. Wandering between the material and spiritual worlds, they appear to living beings, often scaring them or at least making their hearts beat faster. If we add imagination to the picture, then in my case I begin to think of a Necromancer commanding a host of ethereal spectres into battle.
Let's get back to the models. As you may already know, I like to make my hobby projects complicated and ambitious. Instead of buying the available models and painting them, I decided to.... make my own. Yep, that's right - going for the easy way is not my style. You'll probably ask why, considering there are so many cool designs available from Games Workshop as well as other 3D printing companies. I just wanted to have unique custom models that were a combination of the playful, almost childlike image known from the cartoons with the dark world of Warhammer. Thus, Spirit Hosts resembling flying bedsheets with claws were created. Who wasn't afraid of a walking sheet at night as a child? I certainly was! I used lots of heat-bent plastic and Green Stuff to make them. The pillars, on the other hand, were made from XPS polystyrene (extruded polystyrene). I additionally coated some of the sides of the statues with Crackle Paint Badlands to give the impression of cracked rock. In my bits I found ready-made sculptures of a monk, a lady of the court and a king, as well as models of 2 elves from MiniHammer in 10 mm scale. I decided to use these to add more variety to the look of the monuments themselves.
There is a prominent figure, a ghost with a crown. As some people claim, during his lifetime he was the ruler of the ancient dukedom of Cuileux, which was long ago razed to the ground by an invading horde of Orcs. Unfortunately, little is known about the life of this Bretonnian hero. Legends handed down from generation to generation and somewhat coloured by bards, claim that he was a brave warrior and a righteous ruler. He died during a battle with the Orcs, who launched an attack on a unit of knights under his command.
A witch from a nearby village did not escape death either. It was she who revealed to the Orc commander the route taken by the Bretonnian knights. When the hag returned to collect the reward for her service, it turned out that the greenskin general Molrok had no intention of bestowing any gifts to her and ended her life with a quick stroke of his choppa. Let me just add that the model itself is a complete kitbash and I received it as a gift. I was drawn, and as an accolade I received a figure created by the person who chose me. My choice happened to be a Banshee for the Vampire Counts army. The making of the figure itself was not entirely under my control, but you have to admit that for a Banshee it looks great, right?