On hallowed wings: The Death Archon

The Archons have been a very popular addition to Warmachine and Hordes for Privateer Press. Is it the idea of divine manifestations soaring across the battlefield, the literal power of deities made tangible form to smite thy foes? The Menite, Morrowan and Thamarite Archons led the charge, only to be followed by the Dhunian, Primal, Blight and the Defiled Archon of the Grymkin. Now the Death Archon has taken flight.

The troublesome ponderance here is, who is the Death Archon beholden to? Each of the other archons is bound to a specific deity or cosmic being. Menoth,  Thamar, Everblight, etc – but the Death Archon materialized at the battle of Henge Hold over a pile of corpses, perhaps drawn into being by the massive carnage of a conflict bigger than any the Iron Kingdoms had seen before.

An embodiment of the concept of death itself, perhaps, or a cosmic counterbalance. The Death Archon didn’t appear until the other archons had entered the field. For every action, an equal and opposite reaction. If the gods of Caen were going to make themselves manifest, perhaps the universe has filled the void on the other side of the scales with bone and blades…

The Death Archon is a hybrid metal/resin model, with the body and wings being resin and the arms, scythes and a random belt hourglass being metal. Usual notes apply – do not file or drill resin without respiratory protection. Clippers will do the bulk of the dirty work without concern.

The wings socket in nicely, and if you look closely at the squared eyelet on top of the hourglass you’ll see the rope feeding through, to give you an idea of how to align it to the archon’s waist.

Fully assembled, even unpainted, the Death Archon has an eerie presence, with the exposed ribcage below an empty cowl, dual scythes held ready to spin in its grip before reaping. The Blood Reaper rule on means this grisly gribblie essentially makes two 3″ melee range thresher attacks, and then anything it hits with both scythes that is still standing gets frozen for a round thanks to Chain Attacl: Death Chill.

Possibly one of the more remarkable features of the Death Archon on the tabletop is that it will play for pretty much any faction, as long as you’re not fielding any other archones. Yes, the Death Archon will work for the Retribution of Scyrah…

You can get your hands on your own personal grim reaper from your FLGS or preferred online retailer. Ask not for whom the bell tolls…