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.