Last month I treated myself to Freebooter‘s Comtessa model. Regular readers of my blog will know that after a bit of a reshuffle in my Mordheim warband I was in need of a new model to replace my former Witch Hunter Captain model who’d been demoted to replace a model armed with a great weapon that I’d gone off both as a model and as a load out.
The Comtessa, as I discussed here, fits in perfectly with the image and narrative that appears to be evolving around the Witch Hunters. And, frankly, I love the image on the board having the Comtessa creates. A noble woman, in all her finery, at the head of a rag-tag band of Witch Hunters and zealot taggers along.
What’s her motives? What led the other Witch Hunters to be under her command and, more importantly, where does she hide the brace of duelling pistols she now owns?! As Ian of The Chaps mentioned in his guest post, we ‘re not precious about where the models come from, so long as they look cool, or even the WYSIWYG rule as often times it ruins the look of the model. Plus, as long as the narrative allows for it, there’s a logical explanation of where the duelling pistols and sword are coming from then it’s fine. But ultimately that shouldn’t get in the way of a good game or owning a cool model.
And the Comtessa is a cool model. The regal baring of the model within the context of a game like Mordheim speaks volumes. Aside from what the hell is she doing there, but how has she managed to remain as neat and tidy as she has. Which leads to one of two answers. 1. She’s a bad ass, stone cold killer who you should not be messing with. Or 2. She has a bad ass team who are stone cold killers who you should not be messing with. Either way, it doesn’t bode terribly well for the person on the receiving end of the mad skills or the team possessing mad skills.
I love the composure of the model. The set expression of cool calculation, the neatly folded hands, with a fan held politely, the detailing on the dress…right down to the gem stones on the head-dress and the throat clasp. It’s impressive for the skill alone, regardless of the gravity the model brings to the game.
As more and more companies move into 3D modelling it’s actually great to see Freebooter holding the course with greens, but still producing some really excellent models – if you haven’t seen the new Amazonian models, do so and you’ll see what I mean. I bought some Freebooter figures from Salute way back when the models were just starting to be produced. There were maybe a dozen models available and they all came in resealable bags and they gave you a card to go with it for a rule set that wasn’t available. But even then with the Huntress and the Elf models I bought I could see they were producing good work. Not too many years later and they’ve leapt forward tremendously from those humble beginnings and they’re some of my favourite models now. And simply because, aside from models being cast to a high standard, they’re original, possess bags of charm and possess subtle details that would be a joy to paint.
I think the Comtessa cost £8 odd from a local independent which isn’t cheap for a single figure but it’s a special figure that looks the part and that’s so important in a game like Mordheim. Plus her unwavering expression and utterly inappropriate attire for the City of the Damned just, for me, hides a menace that will catch the foes of Sigmar most unawares.