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This week the staff here at Mantic have been painting everyone’s favourite Boney Pony, the Empire Of Dust High Priest on horse. This beautiful model is currently available in the new Empire of Dust army

“The high priests of the Ahmunites know neither bound nor taboo. In their effort to create the armies of the dead, they even raid ancient tombs of nobility, using their foul magic on the embalmed corpses of past royalty.”


empire of dust leader

 

First up today we have Nick’s fantastic effort! 

He has chosen Purple for the cloth parts, giving this model a very royal aesthetic. The Armour looks great too with an icy blue finish. 


empire of dust priest on horse

 

With my own High Priest, I tried to emulate a ghostly undead effect. I used a multitude of layers of thinned down washes with a heavy drybrush over the top to create an ethereal look to this great model. I often like to test out new techniques and I tried this with the base, using large grain flock then drybrush over, rather than simply using sand. In hindsight sand would have definitely been more effective but you live and learn. 


eod priest on horse

 

On the opposite side of the spectrum (and the opposite side of the pond) Kyle has opted to use lots of colour in his work and its absolutely stunning! Particularly on picking out the gem stones and the green flame. 


eod high priest

 

Pat also opted for opulence with vibrant golds and regal greens. He’s added tall grasses to the base too that help give it a bit more detail. 


 

eod priest on horse

 

Finally, Duncan has done a smashing job on his High Priest, using a mix of gold and silver on the armour plates to offer some interesting contrast. The crisp white face really makes this Priest look quite intimidating and eerie. 


 

Every month we will be showcasing a new release or models from a new range to help you get inspired and show you lots of unique ways to paint and maybe even convert these stunning models.

 

The legions of dust are equipped in death much as they were in life. Infantry regiments carry tall shields and fight with either spears or a variety of ancient hand weapons. Ranged troops are generally equipped with bows and some of the most skilled archers fire from horseback, harassing the enemy with bow fire and driving them into the shield walls of infantry. The high priests of the Ahmunites know neither bound nor taboo. In their effort to create the armies of the dead, they even raid ancient tombs of nobility, using their foul magic on the embalmed corpses of past royalty.

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The Ahmunites once worshipped the old god Shobik in their empire and great stone statues of its likeness stand proudly at the entrances to temples, palaces and mausoleums alike, once acting as powerful lodestones for magic and worship. These idols still simmer with innate power and can be summoned to life by high priests chanting blasphemous texts from forbidden scrolls. As literal sandstone giants, these immense beings are not only towering engines of destruction in battle, but they are capable of summoning the blessing of their god to aid the Ahmunites in battle.

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Better trained and equipped than other warriors, the Royal Guard fulfil more specialised roles within the Ahmunite legions. While many may fight on foot as armoured infantry, some fight from horseback or atop gilded chariots, acting as heavy cavalry for the armies of the pharaohs.

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