In the Black Sloth Hell, the aelves mourn the memory of their grace, beauty and celerity. A nightmare place, half-remembered from childhood stories the Black Sloth Hell has become their home – there is no escaping it, no fighting it and no resisting the changes that have been wrought upon them.
Where once he rode into battle on the back of a great stag, now the lord of the aelves rides into battle astride a giant snail – his emaciated, hunched form sits atop the filthy remnants of his war banner. Time moves strangely in the Hell and those unfortunate to stumble into the heart of the swamp watch transfixed as the snail slowly absorbs them and they are drawn into its soft flesh. An eternity passes. There are no screams.
The model is obviously based on the ridiculous Horticulous Slimux – I have always loved the idea of a giant snail rider – a fairly common trope in fantasy art – and the Slimux sculpt gave me the essential missing component – the shell. The rest of the snail is made from putty. I also removed the cartoon tree from the back of the shell and replaced the rider (although I do like the rider sculpt and I love his pose). The lord is built from several different Dark Eldar legs spliced together, a Wrack torso and Spirit Host arms. I also used Spirit Host parts for the grasping hands and screaming faces in the snail’s underbelly.
There are lots of different textures which as always, make the WIP look like a crazy mess. Mico flakes that will be leaves, crackle paste, sand paste and PVA glue for the slime.