Hope springs eternal: The Well of Orboros

You’re a Reeve, in service to the Circle Orboros. You’ve learned from the elders of your family about Orboros, the Wyrm, the danger presented by civilization encroaching into the wild places. You’ve served in battle at the call of the Potents, and barely escaped with your life from everything from misshapen blight monsters and enormous trolls, and even witnessed a gatorman become a demigod. You weep for the future of Caen, fear that the world you live in will not be destroyed before your grandchildren are even born, but the druids tell you not to worry and present an incredibly lame pun about hope springing eternal, pointing at the magical floating rock that somehow overflows with fresh, sparkling water despite it having no external source. It’s like a well decided it didn’t want to be a hole in the ground anymore, and decided to be a well hovering above ground. Whatever, you’re just happy to have somewhere to brush your teeth.

One of the best things about unboxing Black Anchor Heavy Industries models is the amazing box art that’s pretty much invisible unless you can angle the camera just right. Today we take a squizz at the Well of Orboros!

A model that requires no assembly guide whatsoever, the Well of Orboros comes in ten pieces that assemble very organically. Given that this is a Circle Orboros construct, I’d expect no less.

If you liked it, you should have put a ring of runic stones on it. All that water has to go somewhere, it may as well be a portal of some sort. Maybe send a bog trog down to find out how deep it is?

The crown of the Well is a solid mass of stones, vines, and flowing water. Don’t be fooled by the little lightning bold rune there, the Well of Orboros may have a solid ranged attack, but it doesn’t actually tap into the Speed Force. It actually creates sink holes which open up beneath its targets, perhaps hinting at what’s going on with all the water that goes into the stone ring around its base.

The well is supported by the magical power of its runes, but the model of the well is supported by columns of water. As sweet as it would be to see the water components of the well replaced by clear resin, the opportunity to experiment with water tones here is pretty sweet.

The separate curtain of water secures both on the side of the main support and into the lower pool. That little hole you see there will hold one of the support pieces for the secondary hover rocks.

The crown rests atop the wobbly-edged support. There’s no visual orientation cues, but it only actually sits neatly when aligned correctly, so spin it til it drops!

The only metal components of the model are three metal branches, each a tangled mess of vines and foliage, with uniquely shaped plugs such that there’s no confusion as to which parts go where. Every plug fits one socket correctly.

The Well comes with three hovering friends – it’s like Bob Ross decided it looked lonely – that float around it. Given that the Circle Orboros uses Shifting Stones to teleport its warbeasts around, it may be that these three runic mini-monoliths (miniliths?) enable the Well’s Opening the Gateability, teleporting a new solo onto the table.

The angles of the joins mean that each support strut fits neatly with only one of the miniliths (yeah, I’m making that a thing now), and then neatly once again against the Well itself. A moment’s test fitting should reveal the correct pairings.

Fully assembled, the Well of Orboros is a lovely model from all angles. While it clearly has a Circle Orboros feel to it, it could find a home on the tabletop for almost any game as a scenery piece, whether there are Tharn running about the place or not.

The juxtaposition of the little waterfalls and bubbling water surfaces with the hard-edged carved stone, vines interwoven throughout, makes for a fantastic looking model.

The Well of Orboros is a Black Anchor Heavy Industries release from Privateer Press and will be available for purchase directly through Privateer Press’ online store.