GW: Zehnte Adeptus Sororitas Vorschau
In der zehnten Vorschau für das Adeptus Sororitas wird Designer Darren Latham zur Miniatur von Sister Superior Amalia Novena interviewt.
Battle Sister Bulletin – Part 10: Interview with Darren Latham
In our last bulletin, we announced that the incredible Sister Superior Amalia Novena miniature would be the first model from the upcoming Adepta Sororitas range to hit the shelves as part of the Warhammer Day celebration. This week, we caught up with miniatures designer Darren Latham to discuss how he went about bringing Karl Kopinski’s artwork to life.
Darren: Sister Amalia was an unusual project, as we would normally base designs on sketches from our miniatures conceptualizers. In this case, of course, we had Karl Kopinski’s fully rendered, colour artwork to work with.
Right from the start, the intention was to replicate the pose and as many of the decorative details in the artwork as possible. Obviously, the challenge with adapting such a detailed piece of artwork was the difference in scale, but I was determined to match it as closely as I could without the miniature looking too cluttered. Sister Amalia is covered in intricate yet subtle details such as the studding on the shoulder pads and corset, the debossed reliquaries built into her armour and the Chaplet Ecclesiasticus she holds in her left hand. I wanted to ensure that the rosary beads attached to the Chaplet Ecclesiasticus hung separately between her body and her hand. This kind of negative space would not have been possible a few years back and is a testament to the advances in miniatures design that we’ve made.
Another challenge with Sister Amalia is that there was no imagery for what the back half of the model would look like. I started by completing the details that were just visible to the side in the artwork, such as the pouches strapped to her belt, but otherwise designed it to match the aesthetics and style of the armour. Thankfully, I had Brian Nelson’s incredible Saint Celestine and Geminae Superia miniatures to refer to, as well as all the hard work that Martin Footitt has been putting in while heading up the development of the rest of the Adepta Sororitas range, so I had plenty of inspiration!
Capturing the attitude of the character was another important factor. In the artwork, Sister Amalia has a real presence, her scarred face and slightly cocky stance giving her the feel of a real veteran – a notion reinforced by her rank as a Sister Superior – so I replicated her pose and facial scar as accurately as possible.
When it came to her scenic base, I wanted her to look like she was in her own environment, so designed it to represent the Convent Sanctorum on Ophelia VII. The mosaic design she stands atop therefore features the icon of the Order of Our Martyred Lady to reinforce that image. I flanked the central design and step with candles and roses to lend an appealing symmetry that serves to frame the miniature – it’s the sort of base that I would design for a showcase miniature that I was painting myself. The presence of the candles and flowers also serves to lend a sense of purity to the scene, as if the Convent Sanctorum would be regularly consecrated with cleansing scents to ward off evil.
Thanks, Darren! Remember that you can pick up your Sister Superior Amalia Novena miniature in stores this Saturday, June 29th, on Warhammer Day. Be sure to join us for the celebration!
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