Failing Machine – Magos Curaetorii Primarium

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Cynnael Avus, The Caretaker. Magos Curaetorii Primarium of the Sector Pulmones. He is the ancient and the one whom is the knowledge. Hundreds of years spent maintaining and upkeeping his sector. Every lifecable, every corridor, even the evergrowing flaws, he knows.

The head of the group of the Golden Throne’s caretakers is on it’s way! I think I stayed true to my vision of “mechanicus with ecclesiarchic twist” with this one. Ancient, holy but still mechanicum is the look I’m after. Please note that he is still quite much WIP.

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I finally got my hands on some sweetass sculpting gear. Greenstuff cable roller is mandatory since I want the cables on the diorama/base and the miniatures to look organic, like they are alive like the Golden Throne itself. Getting the guitar and bass strings look like living tentacles of steel would be extremely painful for my fingertips and patience.

Let me know what you think, the throne is very important subject for everyone therefore ideas and critique if necessary is truly appreciated.

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22 thoughts on “Failing Machine – Magos Curaetorii Primarium

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Very much inspired by The Pilgrym and especially Thistle’s new beautiful art for it. Seeing your new Alpharius and Sgt. Jargassor and imagining them sneaking in the underbelly really opened my eyes for the vastness of Terra and made me want to study some part of it.

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  1. Very Blanchesque, can’t wait to see paint on him. I am not the biggest fan of the choice of head, but that’s my personal aesthetic taste speaking out, and it’s beginning to grow on me a bit more.

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  2. Wowzer, that is shaping up really nicely. Certainly Mech-esque without being full blown AdMech… I reckon that’s a tricky line to walk dude, but you are certainly walking it with this guy! Bravo.

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  3. What an incredible model! The cloth on the arms makes for a really dominating presence, despite him just being an old man. Kind of like how a frill-necked lizard makes itself look bigger when it’s scared. Again, a fantastic model, you’re really flexing your modelling muscles with this one!

    Can I ask where you got your sculpting stuff from?

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  4. Yup, youโ€™ve definitely nailed the mechanicus with ecclesiarchic twist with this one. It brings out the complexity of the Imperium and the elements of cross-over that must exist between theoretically autonomous elements within the power structure.

    Iโ€™m trying to work out the โ€˜hatโ€™/crest behind his head (particularly as itโ€™s one of my favourite bits of the model and neatly combines the mechanicus and ecclesiarchic elements). Is it two pieces of plasticard punched and mounted back to back (in which case kudos for covering the join) or is it a single piece and youโ€™ve used studs? Or have you done something clever that Iโ€™ve not figured out yet!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that, it’s exactly what I’m after!

      The mitre (The pointy triangular hat catholic and orthodox Bishops and Abbots and the Pope sometimes wears) like crest is made of one single piece of thick plasticard with rivets, candle and oculus added to it. Took quite many attempts to get it symmetrical and some shaving on the edges. Still needs some greenstuff to smooth it out a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Mitre โ€“ thatโ€™s the word I was struggling to remember! Glad you worked out what I meant! Definitely extra kudos for getting it symmetrical โ€“ thatโ€™s why I was so sure at first that it had been punched.

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  5. It is wonderful to see more and more of holie terra… your work deserves the long analyses I try to give migs, kari, Mr Blanche and the other pilgrymme workers…. worthy to go on pilgrymmage.

    Pulmo, pulmon- is lung in High Gothick… the scale of your conception of the Golden Throne staggers me and I’ve adopted it myself… an entire ”Sector”, whole corridors of bio-mechanical fusion of fleshe and metal merely devoted to keeping and sustaining the Emperor’s lungs… this ties in so well with Mr Blanche’s almost living Terra, winding living cable-roads as if the throne permeated all terra… there would then be a vast sector devoted to the heart, to each limb, to each part of the viscera, a city, throne, life-support machine, altar and machine-creature winding through the Imperial Palace, every part revered and, of course, more and more dimly understood…

    I particularly like the idea of a scholar whose knowledge, I imagine, though deeper than that of any other in the Imperium, is actually very dim… he probably has the barest conception of how much of the Throne functions for all he knows it well… maintenance is a matter of hereditary prayer, propitiation and ritual performed without knowing why, a mystical and religious duty, dealing with mysteries beyond our conception… that is the mechanicvm as a whole but especially pronounced here… when one placates not only a machine-spirit but the Omnissiah himself…), withdrawing more and more as the darknesse and decay creep in, as great voids and faults in machinery he barely comprehends begin to spread… the houreglasse he carries seems to indicate his failing battle with the passinge of time as the throne decays…

    This is the barest scrape of what the conversion deserves. Hats off to you sir.

    Pedantry: Greek (Catholic or ‘Orthodox’) bishops actually wear a golden crown… not the bicorne mitre worn by Latin bishops… some Greek Catholic bishops sometimes appear in Latin vestments and vice versa (Latin bishops in Greek vestments)

    Greek Mitre: https://02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/01-mitre.jpg

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    1. A analysis from Scriptorum Magister P. Gray himself! First of all I’am truly honored that you have spent the time examining my work. Your articles on the Pilgrymme works of art of the gentlemen you mentioned are fantastic reads. Intriguing and cohesive of sort.

      I indeed see the Throne as a fusion of Emperor himself and the unimaginable living machine. The organic yet unorganic parts of different sorts that maketh the heart of terra and the Throne. The Sector Pulmones as lungs representing just one of the neverending organs and members that make up the physical state of the Emperor.

      He knows everything yet he knows nothing. I’am really flattered that you got the idea of him and how you have captured that in a formula of words.

      Again, I’m overwhelmed with your gift with the words. You have a great talent of capturing the essentials and giving more to the concepts in form of scripture. I thoroughly enjoy your analyses. Thank you!

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