A covered sedan chair moved slowly through the city street, its bearers showing no strain despite its weighty cargo. Drawn curtains hid the occupant from the public view. There were times to be venerated and times to be ignored; this was the latter.
Ginëladan Kir-Shamash sat ruminating inside, his hat nearly knocking its ceiling as it swayed upon dwarven shoulders. His review of the city had confirmed his suspicions, his Excellence was in decline. Its forges did not ring out, its mines were dark, and its sacrifices few. The grey faced dwarves who lived there did so out of duty and stayed indoors save for worshipping at the temples where they prayed only for renewal.
There was a time, Ginëladan knew, when this had been a place of great promise and prosperity. A royal engineering corp constructed great feats of construction and oversaw deep mines. Consuls and viziers administered the will of his ancestors far and wide. Their vestiges remained, focused only on their own advancement, no thought to the glory of the Excellence.
“The council is right of course. Our lands house wealth beyond knowing. Nowhere have we reached the limits, high or low. We must relight our mines. We must build here again.”
But the whispers within his Hashutaar reached out then, and that of greed was loudest of all.
“But are not all lands ours? We were here before these weaker races. It is they who have encroached upon us…”
He stroked his shimmering beard.
“The other priests cannot protest simple reclamation and administration. Our mines will indeed again be lit. Even those that have never seen us.”
An unseasonal rain began as his chair stopped before the keep. It was time to return the Excellence of Shamash to its glory.
Welcome to my painting blog for Ginëladan’s Reclamation Engineers and Expeditionary Diplomats! For starters, and for a future before-and-after shot, here’s the army so far!
I started collecting around the end of 2019 and finished most of my purchasing in about 2 years. It is predominantly original big hats with a few 3rd party sculpts and a couple of my favorite ogres. Conversions all @Bassman 's excellent work! I have some Slavers still needing converting in the box, a few things need assembling, and I’m still waiting on a few third party models (namely some OSM stuff and a restock of @Fuggit_Khan 's work). I’m sure I’ll find more to add by the time I finish too, but that will just make the comparison all the more impressive!