Sunday, May 23, 2010

Count Adolphus Von Brechtenstein and his Daughters

"The nosferatu do not die like the bee when he sting once. He is only stronger, and being stronger, have yet more power to work evil. This vampire which is amongst us is of himself so strong in person as twenty men, he is of cunning more than mortal, for his cunning be the growth of ages, he have still the aids of necromancy, which is, as his etymology imply, the divination by the dead, and all the dead that he can come nigh to are for him at command, he is brute, and more than brute, he is devil in callous, and the heart of him is not, he can, within his range, direct the elements, the storm, the fog, the thunder, he can command all the meaner things, the rat, and the owl, and the bat, the moth, and the fox, and the wolf, he can grow and become small, and he can at times vanish and come unknown." - Professor Abraham Van Helsing

Castle Brechtenstein is nestled deep within the canopy of the Carpathians, far from the sight or thoughts of the civilized world. The castle serves as a lair for a foul nosferatu who calls himself the Count Von Brechtenstein. Whether this night hunter actually bears the name with any legitimacy or is simply a bestial imposter who has claimed the crumbling keep as his own is anybody's guess. Either by chance or design, most of the villagers who occupy the forested valleys seem to live in relative safety under the looming threat of the castle. However, those who dare to find themselves outside of their hovels after dark often pay the ultimate price and are never seen or heard from again.

Dark Daughters

In perverse fashion, the Count has chosen children rather than men or women as recipients of his dark gift. The reasoning for this choice is a mystery to all but the Count, but one thing is certain, his "daughters" are far more dangerous and savage than their initial appearances might indicate. Many a villager who has investigated the cries of a distressed child from the darkness have met with an untimely and gory end.

Lyleth is the oldest of the Count's companions, and is undoubtedly his favourite. She prowls graveyards, feasting in the company of ghouls, and prefers to move about in the shape of a great bat.

Lucretia is the most bestial of the four and can often be found hunting in the forests and hills, preferring isolation when making her kills. When she is taken over by blood frenzy she morphs her body in to the form of a ravening beast.

Bella and Hester are the most recent members of the "family," and perhaps latent human memories are responsible for their inclination to prowling around human farms and villages.

As if these hellish fiends aren't terrifying enough, it is not uncommon for the Count and his companions to be accompanied by other evil creatures - ghouls, giant wolves, bats, and most horrible of all, enslaved humans who have fallen under the vampires' hypnotic control.

Painted By:
JET (aka Jason)

Thoughts & Commentary

Soon after I decided to start Gothic Horror as a gaming genre, I stumbled upon Westwind's Gothic Horror miniature range, and more specifically, the Kindernacht blister pack. When I saw those child-like vampires I knew that I would have to paint them and use them. The Count himself is a model from one of Westwind's The Antagonists packs, blister packs that contain matched pairs of hunters and vampires. I have no idea what the model was intended for in the Vampire Wars game, but after ordering the pack blind and then seeing the model I knew it would be my head vampire.

Lucretia's beast form is, of course, one of my unused werewolf models. I painted the two models with the same colour scheme to help reinforce the fact that they are the same entity. Lyleth's giant bat form is a plastic D&D model that I repainted and based to match the rest of my Horror collection.

Next to the werewolf warband I've painted, these guys will be my other main Chaos in Carpathia warband. I look forward to giving Sir Thrustam and his companions even more to worry about as they make their way deeper into the Carpathian countryside.

Thanks for reading,


Bob Barnetson said...

Nice. The D&D module I always liked the best was Ravenloft (or Raven's loft?) so I have a soft thing for vampires. Great painting!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Again nice painting and cool background work.


SteelonSand said...

An undead child "feasting in the company of ghouls"....just the image I need before a midnight stroll.....seriously, though - keep it coming - spine chilling in the best sense...

Scott Pyle said...

Great work! I love this stuff to death! A game designer can enjoy no greater complement than a project like this one!

Scott Pyle