I won my local 'Ard Boyz Preliminary and since most of my armies are finished I figured I could use my prize support to buy fun stuff I wouldn't ordinarily buy because it isn't competitive, but would be fun to model, paint.
That said, I picked up Dark Elf Dreadlord on Black Dragon. Despite the fact that at 320 points Black Dragons are nearly unplayable (and Dreadlords aren't exactly very competitive either) I really felt the model was cool as hell. So it's going to be a non-playable centerpiece unit.
If I don't plan on ever playing it, I might as well go big and model/paint the Dreadlord as Malekith, The Witch-King. If you're going to be a bear, be a Grizzly. Malekith on his dragon clocks in at a cool 920 points, which makes him the most expensive model in the game as far as I know. So the model isn't even playable in games of less than 3,680 points (which is to say, every game of Fantasy I'd ever consider playing) so he definitely fits the definition of an unplayable centerpiece unit.
But damn, he is a bad ass. In addition to better combat ability than a stock Dreadlord, he is also a L4 caster who generates extra power/dispel dice. And he is riding a dragon. Don't get me wrong, he isn't playable at 920 points even in a huge game. Heck, I don't think he would be playable if he cost 750 points, mostly because in a 3k+ game you really want two level four casters in most armies and he would be cost prohibitive.
So he isn't going to sniff the field of battle, but he will look good on my shelf at least. I kept it rather simple, lot's of dry brushing Sepia washes. The built in scenic base didn't turn out as bad as I figure it would. Please be aware I don't consider myself a good painter, and start to finish this whole job took me about 4 hours.
|The Witch King|
|Close up of the Witch King|
|From the other side|