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4474 years of servitude

Like his master, Nagash, Arkhan the Black is one of the oldest characters in Warhammer, having fought alongside Nagash in life, death and Undeath. It’s been a very long time since he had a miniature, though – roughly 4474 years by my reckoning. He was almost certainly made of lead in his previous incarnation. Now, Arkhan is back, reborn as the Mortarch of Sacrament, a new plastic kit available to pre-order now.

The Mortarch kit enables you to build three different Mortarch models – Mannfred von Carstein, Neferata and, of course, Arkhan the Black. They each ride a Dread Abyssal, a monstrous spirit dredged from the underworld and bound to a skeletal body wrought by Nagash himself. Their monstrous forms are filled with ethereal skulls, the physical manifestation of the souls consumed by the Dread Abyssals in the underworld. They are both a symbol of Nagash’s mastery over the Undead and a reward for his servants’ hard work. As gifts go, they’re certainly unusual. Better than a novelty tie, though.

The kit includes three heads for the Dread Abyssal, a different one for each Mortarch. Arkhan’s Dread Abyssal is known as Razarak, the Doom of Traitors, and is characterised by three horns on his head. The kit includes three heads for the Dread Abyssal, a different one for each Mortarch. Arkhan’s Dread Abyssal is known as Razarak, the Doom of Traitors, and is characterised by three horns on his head.
Arkhan is the image of his master, Nagash, wearing a similar suit of laminar armour, and a Khemrian mitre. Like the Great Necromancer, Arkhan is almost entirely skeletal, his emaciated midriff the only sign that he was once alive. Arkhan is the image of his master, Nagash, wearing a similar suit of laminar armour, and a Khemrian mitre. Like the Great Necromancer, Arkhan is almost entirely skeletal, his emaciated midriff the only sign that he was once alive.
All three Mortarchs carry a staff and a blade, just like Nagash. Arkhan carries Zefet-kar, the Tomb Blade and Khenash-an, the Staff of Spirits. A gem of black warpstone burns in its head. All three Mortarchs carry a staff and a blade, just like Nagash. Arkhan carries Zefet-kar, the Tomb Blade and Khenash-an, the Staff of Spirits. A gem of black warpstone burns in its head.
Spirits swirl around the tail of the Dread Abyssal, no doubt woken from their slumber by the presence of a Mortarch of Nagash. They also help support the model above them, making it a very sturdy kit. Spirits swirl around the tail of the Dread Abyssal, no doubt woken from their slumber by the presence of a Mortarch of Nagash. They also help support the model above them, making it a very sturdy kit.