Finally it’s the Inferniis' turn again in my grand Darklands showcase series. Since I showed you Malacant I’ve shown a model of each of my other hosts and I think it’s more than time to show you the backbone of my army - The Fiends of Dis, a unit of five demonic monstrous infantry.
The approach for the skin and hair of my figures is the same for all demons. The sickly pale skin in contrast with the black stained hair gives them a corrupted look. Sadly the pictures don’t show the subtle shades of pink, red and violet very well, but actually each fiend has a slightly different skin tone.
The demons wield the Axes of Dis which inflict “hellfire damage” and to get some colour onto the models I went with this molten look. This was painted from the inside out, just like the effect on the bases. So I basically blended the whole blade from red to yellow before adding the metal layer on top. The final look differs quite a bit from model to model. I especially like it on the first Fiend I at the top.
While the regular fiends are mainly unarmoured apart from their belts, the champion of the Fiends wears a should pad that allowed me to make him stick out without introducing a flashy colour, which is something I’m trying to avoid for this host.
I originally had the banner black with a golden cross, but the cross just had no presence in that combination. Inspired by the artwork I went for a light banner colour, which basically mirrors the skin of the fiends and painted the cross in nasty demon manner in blood.
The fiends are the lowliest of all demons of Dis, but still represent one of the most fearsome monstrous infantry units in the game. With their skill being a bit higher than most monstrous units and their overall great might and constitution they’re able to tank most attacks while delivering a good amount of damage in return. I’ve been on the receiving end of Sronax; really strong and resistant unit of Rhino men; several times and it was brutal…and yet the Fiends are even a bit stronger! I'd love to supply a great tactic here, but "In your face" usually works best with these guys!
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