Pipers At The Gates of Dawn


A week ago I had chance to finish these weird beauties. Three servants to the elder gods produced by Metal Magic sometime around ´89. They come from their very nice Dunwich Detectives line and to my mind they are among the best monsters from this range.


What I really like about these models is their completely alien feel. They perfectly capture that uncapturable sense of strange otherworldliness that Lovecraft laced his so-called Cthulhu mythos with. And indeed they were rather strange, but also very fast, to paint. The minis have few details, no obvious facial features, in fact barely a head, and lots of weird formations on the skin, which can be a bit disorientating. But you gotta love these minis.


They’ll be serving as demonic mutations in my private Oldhammer universe, where they’ll play their strange horns deep in the hidden valleys of the Black Mountains, where most of our small games are located for the time being.



Ahh.. Can you hear it? That: “muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin, monotonous whine of accursed flutes; to which detestable pounding and piping dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic Ultimate gods, the blind, voiceless, tenebrous, mindless Other gods whose soul and messenger is the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep.” (H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath)




But back to the dark elfs I’m working on now.