Privateer: New Sculpt – Sovereign Tristan Durant

Initiate Tristan Durant mk II

The solo character is getting a new look with a lot of great details MK III!

Initiate Tristan Durant stands ready to lead his battlegroup against any who threaten the faithful of Menoth. Tristan can see beyond the physical, so heretics and blasphemers have no hope of hiding from his righteous sight. When he nds unbelievers, Tristan quickly cleanses their stain from the battle eld with the might of his blessed warjacks and his own holy fire.

Ed Bourelle gives a preview of his new look…

via Privateer:

I look at Sovereign Tristan Durant as the Sith Lord version of his original youthful and fresh-faced Initiate self. With this evolution, he becomes yet another faceless weapon in Menoth’s army.

Here you can see his Sovereign status realized with the addition of full-blown warcaster armor and menacing facemask, courtesy of concept artist Andrea Uderzo. Once again, Andrea has realized our vision for a character with stunning clarity.

Tristan becomes even more menacing with a color pass by Mike Vaillancourt, which brings out Tristan’s fiery demeanor. There is no way anyone is mistaking this warcaster for one of the good guys.

Whatever… Just because he is cooking up some bane knights in this illustration by the talented Néstor Ossandón doesn’t make Tristan a good guy. After all, Cryx are the heroes of my internal narrative. (NOTE: THIS IS THE SECOND NEW WARCASTER IN A ROW TO BE PUTTING THE BEATDOWN ON CRYX; I NEED TO TELL MIKE V. TO CUT THE CRAP!)

With all the work we put into these characters, it’s always great to get to utilize them as much as we can. In the upcoming Forces of WARMACHINE: Protectorate of Menoth Command book, Tristan takes the spotlight in one of our faction background illustrations. We took this opportunity to show the face of the man you already know from his previous version but put him into his warcaster armor this time.

Above you can see three sketches from Néstor. We wanted to showcase Tristan leading his troops, but instead of a commanding presence, we wanted to show his reverence to Menoth in the face of battle as he leads his troops in prayer to The Creator. We liked the first one the best, as it really seemed to humanize our now-faceless character.

In the end, Néstor nailed all the feels with this moody image, which is one of my favorite of late.

Meanwhile, behind the façade of this innocent-looking sculpting studio, Ron Kruzie has the miniature underway with the super-talented Javier García Ureña (who did an amazing job on the limited-edition bookends for the new editions of WARMACHINE and HORDES—Love you, Javier). Here you see a few of Kruzie’s notes before the sculpt is posed out.

The final sculpt showcases Tristan’s leadership in a different light than his story art does and places the character firmly in his tabletop role.

Shortly after completion of the digital sculpt, the kick-ass Privateer production team delivers a paint master to studio painter Dallas Kemp, whose skill and attention to detail bring the final miniature to life. As you can see, it takes a village to bring one of these characters to life. And if you want to burn a village down, make sure to pick up Sovereign Tristan Durant at GenCon and the Privateer Press Online Store next week, from August 4th through 7th.

  • MrSpacemonkeymojo

    So is this a limited edition? It says available for a week.

    • SonoftheMountain

      It will be available on the PP website during the week of Gencon. It will be widely released later in the year.

  • zeno666

    Too bad he dropped the egg-armour.
    Still cool loking mini though

    • kensaix

      agree with the 1. sentence, disagree with the 2.
      he could be mistaken for Kreos

      • zeno666

        Kreoss wields a large flail and has a funkier helmet 🙂

  • euansmith

    I guess it would be quite easy to reposition the right hand slightly to copy the pose on the render. It is quite surprising that such a little change in the pose can make a big shift in the minis dynamic. Holding the polearm with the point slightly extended makes him look aggressive; while having the polearm more upright makes him look quite defensive.

  • Richard Mitchell

    It is a pretty neat detail. As warcasters go up in the ranks, they lose their individuality.