Thursday, March 2, 2023

OWAC VI - The Halberdiers

Second batch of guards protecting Castle Wittgenstein, this time armed with halberds, but still wearing full-face masks. Most of the models are the splendid halberdiers designed by thte Perry twins for the 4th edition Warhammer Empire army. I have simply changed thir heads, and added a few details.

The standard bearer is a minor conversion of the original Sergeant Kratz.

The only thing I've been able to keep from the "official" coats of arms of Wittgenstein's family is... the grey tones (the severed heads are bits stolen to the splendid AoS Kruleboyz)

Final pictures for February's entry:

Saturday, February 4, 2023

OWAC VI - The crossbowmen

A modest beginning with the crossbowmen defending Castle Wittgenstein. To hide their corruption, they're all wearing full-face masks. Not ideal to have a beer!

'Death on the Reik' illlustration by Martin McKenna

In terms of colours, the overall scheme is pretty dull. Wittgenstein Barony being part of the Reikland, I have opted for a dirty white base for the uniforms, sometimes complemented by black stripes... The rare glimpses of diseased flesh have received a basecoat of Vallejo Game Color Tan, shaded with Dark fleshtone and Violet ink, and highlighted with Dead flesh and light blue. I've also changed my recipe for NMM, using neutral instead of bluish greys. Can't say it improves the gloomy feeling!

First you'll recognize the guard model proposed in the original scenario pack, painted 3 times 😜

Then come Men-At-Arms and Mercenaries (Citadel C26 and F4). Only two are original miniatures:


The other ones are simple conversions with head swaps, and helmet extensions:

  The converted rank:


And that's it for January!

A second batch of guards should follow...

Sunday, December 11, 2022

OWAC VI - Introduction

The third edition of the Old World Army Challenge was the opportunity to use some of the Empire models I couln't paint for the free city of Pfeildorf. Unfortunately and quite inevitably, OWAC III was also the opportunity to buy more Empire models. So... here we are with OWAC VI 😝

After the Lost Crusade of Pieter the Pious, based on a few words picked in Blood on the Reik, I willl use this time the Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play scenario Death on the Reik to build a new Empire army, defending Castle Wittgenstein.

Ian Miller's cover of Death on the Reik

This place has been the residence of the von Wittgenstein family for centuries, as a reward for services rendered to the elected Empress of Nuln during the Dark Ages.

Once a rich and fertile country, the decline of the barony started shortly after 2412, when Dagmar von Wittgenstein, a dilettante astronomer, returned to the family castle with a warpstone meteorit discovered in the Barren Hills. Slowly, under the influence of the warpstone, fields and vineyards have withered away, the inhabitants of Wittgendorf have slipped into poverty, and the castle has sunken into madness and corruption. But this is Lady Margritte, Dagmar's great-great-granddaughter, who delivered the final blow to the barony: during one of her insane experiments, she triggered a storm that dispersed warpstone dust all around the castle, and polluted the land and all living things.

Since then, Wittgendorf is a ghost town, haunted by scared villagers and starving beggars, the hungriest ones turning to cannibalism. The situation is even more dramatic behind the walls of castle: mutant beggars and servants, guards so corrupted by the warpstone that they have to wear full-face helmets, and the remnants of Lady Margritte's necromantic experiments.

Come and visit Castle Wittgenstein for a joyful day!

In terms of miniatures, the clumsy and odd-looking C46 miniatures designed by Trish Morrison will make perfect ghoulish villagers, complemented by some of the F4 Mercenaries designed by the Perry Twins. They've been converted using bits from ghouls and various undeads. I will count them as Fleglers. The plan is to paint 16 of them, including one standard bearer and one musician.

Same range, different use: 15 Wittgendorfers (or Ersatzsolder at 5 points each) armed with spears. With the standard bearer and a musician, we should reach 17 x 6 = 102 points.

Originally all equipped with swords and crossbows, I have split the castle guards into two groups, to better match the Warhammer Armies list: one regiment of 12 Helblitzen and one regiment of 10 Armbrustschutzen. I will use the Citadel F2 fighters and C26 Men At Arms, plus the early 90s Empire halberdiers designed by the Perry twins, most of them modified to give them full-face helmets.

In terms of characters, the villagers and the guards will be led by two sergeants (Lvl 5 champions), and Shif Doppler, lieutnant of the Guard (Lvl 10 hero), all heavily armoured.

The Wittgendorfers will also be supported by the village physician, the good doctor Jean Rousseaux (a true charlatan developing a taste for human flesh, but a Lvl 5 wizard in terms of game). And of course, Lady Margritte von Wittgenstein will be the general of this glorious army.

Still looking for the proper miniature for the final boss 💀

Finally, as an offering to the OWAC Overlord, I bring the two-headed sheep of the original WFRP scenario (conversion using two Wargames Foundry miniatures).

See you next year!