Table Ready: Adepta Sororitas Battle Sanctum

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A Place to Hang My Boltgun

When not slaying heretic witches with boltgun and fire, the righteous daughters of the Emperor, the Adepta Sororitas need a place to remove their helmets, light some candles, and engage in some serious praying. The Battle Sanctum is just such a place. It is their battlefield cathedral.

There is so much to like about this kit. While it is similar to most of the other ruined terrain that Games Workshop has to offer, it is sufficiently different enough to make it stand out. The balcony is a great touch. A perfect place for a Canoness to survey the battle. An Imagifier to recount a Saints heroics from battles in ages past. Or perhaps for an Sister Dialogus to spread the word of the God Emperor for all to hear. Like it or not.

The Saint Celestine statue that comes with this terrain kit is outstanding. It has so much character and detail. Both the Sanctum and statue are great centerpieces for any Sisters army. In my case, it is where my Order of the Bloody Rose call home.

Maybe some day they will make a Saint Mina statue. Nothing against Celestine. But Saint Mina holding two cultists axes would be awesome.

Painting this beast was not exactly a walk in the park. For starters, it is a lot bigger than I had expected. When I bought it, I did not have intentions on going overboard painting this scenery. But then COVID happened, and I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. Sure an airbrush would have made quick work there, but I painted the whole thing with contrast. I saw an article in White Dwarf on how to use contrast for terrain and decided to give it a try. Following that articles steps, I then dry brushed the raised columns. The trim and windows took the most time. I had to do multiple coats on the windows. for the inside I more or less followed the pictures on the box, using warmer colors to create a church-like atmosphere.

For Celestine’s pedestal, I followed the same pattern as I did for the Sanctum. The stature was painted with Ushabti Bone, recess shaded with Agrax Earthshade, and then dry brushed with Terminatus Stone. I believe the kit came with some candles to put on the pedestal. But I lost them. Oops. I was in the process of doing so many projects at this point, that smaller stuff came up missing regularly.

I hadn’t even noticed the skulls until I started painting this monster.
It took forever to paint those window frames. And I had to do 2 layers for the best coverage.
I wanted the door to pop out a bit. So I used a grey/white for the wing portion, and a more crisp white for the body.
For the most part, I tried to follow the pictures on the box for the inside of the sanctum.
I love the Cellestine statue. Some day I would like to buy another and paint it as Cellestine, instead of a statue. A project for later. I’m sure someone is selling just the statue on ebay.
I more or less washed the entire model with Agrax Earthshade.

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