Standing high in the favour of Tzeentch, Gaunt Summoners are sorcerers capable of shifting the tide of battle single-handedly. Luckily for Sigmar and his allies, there exist only nine of these immensely powerful beings. Each has been gifted with a changestaff, and a key to one of the nine Silver Towers – lairs of hidden knowledge filled with secrets and traps. On the battlefield, they call forth daemons from the Realm of Chaos, engulf foes in sheets of flame and simply stab those who get too near with a mutation-causing warptongue blade.
The Gaunt Summoner is a fairly large miniature, his height marking him out as the big baddie of the box. The many eyes along the stretched U shape head give him a real creepy chaotic look. The armour and feathers tie him in with the Tzaangors and Kairic Acolytes and the flames tie in with the horrors. He has a great open pose making it easy to see all the various details on him from the front.
He comes along with 4 pairs of familiars. They're a great take on the old miniatures you can see painted here, adding some real character to the game.
The Lothern Blue was heavily watered down and applied over all skin. The Teclis Blue and Caledor Sky were also heavily watered down and applied to the recesses. The Corax White was applied very thinly to the raised areas.
I avoided the edges with the Terradon Turquoise, then focused further away from the edges with the Lothern Blue and Baharroth Blue.
For the Druchii Violet I applied several layers, adding more to the bottom of the clock each time.
The Screamer Pink was watered down heavily.
The Warpstone Glow was applied to the top half, with the Screamer Pink applied to the bottom half, blending the two. The Moot Green and Pink Horror were used to highlight the outer edges of their respective colours, then a final layer of Emperors Children was added to the very edge of the pink.
Instructions for the bases can be found here.
It was great to paint a mix of small, brightly coloured minis and even give some freehand a go on the books. I'm happy with how the Gaunt Summoner came out as well, he fits in with the rest of the Chaos units in the box, but is bright enough to stand out.
That's all the bad guys finished, now onto the heroes!