The Enigma of Dark Magic

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The Enigma of Dark Magic

Written by Spartan Chris | Tags: ,

The Enigma Class Flagship, like much of the rest of the new generation of Shroud Mage vessels, was a complex, but very satisfying model to make. Covered in pipes, supports, guns and armour this behemoth of a vessel covers a significant chunk of the table when you pit it against your enemies and often the sight alone is enough to intimidate your rival captains. Whatever you do, stay away from the pointy end!

Getting something to fit the feel of both a crude industrial complex, as well as a haven of ritualistic Dark Magic, was the core concept, something I wanted to achieve right from the concept drawings. At the same time, a lot of effort was put in to match the style and shape of the original hand sculpted models as it is still one of our favourite fleets.

Much of the ship was established by the new style of the shroud mages; the regular structural supports that double as laddering to the upper decks, the hexagonally encased cannons and the constellations engraved on the hull all filled up ample space on the decks, but a few little flourishes didn’t go amiss. We brought the ramming edge closer in to keep the same lines as the rest of the hull, adding the whole weight of the front end of the ship to its crushing blow. The smokestacks were banded together into a loose assortment that formed the peak of the ship’s dangerous fore profile and the Defensive Fire weapons were changed to something more appropriate.

The new Enigma ended up being one of my favourite ships, if only for the amount of fun I had putting it together.

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top) next to the new Intruder Class Battleship

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Top)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Aft)

Shroud Mages Enigma Class Flagship (Aft)