Battle Sanctum – The Archimancer Speaks…

The stunning Battle Sanctum of the Adepta Sororitas is up for pre-order this weekend. We spoke to the Design Studio’s resident archimancer Ray Dranfield to learn more about the kit. But first things first, did he fill in the Adeptus Administratum form 274B-1.6 to apply for planning permission?*

Ray: The Battle Sanctum consists of two parts, both of which are designed to complement the Sector Imperialis scenery range. A key feature of the main building is that it enables you to build a diagonal wall. This in itself has a number of applications, not only within the wider Sector Imperialis range, but also the Sector Mechanicus range, as it means that you can create octagonal buildings. This was only possible due to the corner pillars used in the range – I’d always planned to add diagonal walls in a future kit, so seeded the means to do so in the original design of the pillars.

As you can see from a top-down view of the floorplan below, the diagonal angles I used were designed to fit the modular system applied to the rest of the range. This allows the Sector Imperialis to remain infinitely modular, meaning you can keep on building as large as you want, and the parts will always fit without the need for converting.

On that note, it’s also worth pointing out that if you like combining modular elements from different Imperial scenery ranges, the new wall sections fit perfectly with the diagonal sections of the Sector Mechanicus kits, such as the Galvanic Magnavent, Ferratonic Furnace and Promethium Forge.

The Battle Sanctum kit also includes the means to make a floating balcony, with balustrades that match those featured on top of the building. However, you can also combine it with the other kits to create a fully walled extension or one supported by Gothic arches underneath.

The statue in the Battle Sanctum kit depicts Saint Celestine, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye, as Ray explains…

Ray: I’ve always considered Imperial statuary to be more oppressive than inspirational, reminding the citizenry of their duty, and that they’re being watched. However, this statue of Celestine is genuinely intended to be a symbol of hope. This is why the torch she carries is more prominent than the sword – she represents a light in the darkness.

When designing statues, simply using upscaled miniatures doesn’t really work. Statues depict idealised versions of the characters they represent rather than realistic ones. Celestine, therefore, has feathered angelic wings in place of the stylised ones attached to her armour. Similarly, she is robed and bare-armed, with only her upper torso reflecting the iconic sculpted armour worn by the Adepta Sororitas.

There are a few other symbolic touches to her design. She’s barefooted, yet elevated above the skulls beneath – a sign of purity and innocence even in a time of war. She’s also holding her torch and sword loosely, rather than gripping them tight, in the manner of renaissance sculptures. It was about creating a visual that you subconsciously link to statues you’ve seen in the real world.

The statue itself is designed to be standalone, but you can mount it on top of a building if you want to make an imposing centrepiece for your scenery collection – the footprint of the plinth it’s mounted on fits inside one of the standard Sector Imperialis floor/roof tiles. As such, the statue itself can fit on any building you can possibly use from our scenery range!

Thanks for the insight, Ray! If you’re looking to add this incredible scenery kit to your Adepta Sororitas or terrain collections, you won’t have long to wait – it’s up for pre-order on Saturday. If you’re after some additional Sector Imperialis parts to give you more assembly options or to bulk out the building in the kit, grab yourself a (non-Battle!) Sanctum today.

* Apparently he didn’t. The Enforcers have been informed.

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