Lucinda heard the faint gravitic motors of the cherubs in the darkness. She had barely made it back to her station before the graceful drones started placing their candles in front of the fresco. Struggling to catch her breath, Lucinda mouthed a short prayer and began scraping the accumulated wax.
As a hereditary member of the Holy Guild of Wax Reclaimators (a sub division within the Terran Adeptus Administratum), Lucinda's hopes for advancement from the dank and dreary lower crypts depended upon her efficiency and dedication.
A mere fortnight
prior, Lucinda had finally caught Adept Mendecia dripping wax remnants on her
recently cleared banisters in a duplicitous and vile plot to defame her and
tarnish her record. The nearby and long neglected Crypt 24, sub level V, had no
traffic. No one would find Mendecia's corpse before the vicious rodents that
lurked there scattered her remains...
"Whether called to the service of an Inquisitor, a Rogue Trader or a Magos of the Machine Cult, toiling endlessly at a task that has lost all meaning or purpose, or indeed carefully completing a thankless duty that is nevertheless critical to Imperial society (sanitising public vox-units?), this challenge is about bringing some identity and personality to those countless billions of grey-clad drones, the numberless masses of humans that work to keep the Imperium running far away from the endless wars of the Dark Millennium.
Submissions to this challenge should depict a single broadly human non-combatant character – not a servitor or an abhuman; we want to see faces from the faceless masses of humanity – and detail
a) who they are
b) what department or function they serve."
I wanted to set mine up to incorporate what has become known as a "Grillet Box" (after the artist credited with coming up with the idea). It is essentially a box or container that has built in scenic items or textures so it can serve as a backdrop or storage unit.
Here's some WIPs:
Lucinda is a Fireforge zombie villager with a Statuesque head and some greenstuff and plasticard. The torso required cutting to get the right twist, along with four different arm parts. The cherub is an old plastic christmas ornament- I'm sadly running out of them. I used two on my Omnissiah build.
My inspiration for the mural is a Gothic period fresco found in the Castello della Manta in Italy. It was pretty fun reading about the region, and the fresco subjects- nine women representing the "Nine Worthy Women".
Pretty happy with the way this one turned out, although I need to finish the other side of the box :)