Saturday, November 18, 2017

Endless story

Painting standards have always been a challenge for me: combine large flat surfaces and a recurrent lack of inspiration, and you understand why the standard bearers are often the last models to join my regiments.

As already explained for the City Watch, I wanted to paint two to three contingents of halberdiers, with a distinct identity related to the district they belong to. The first one, Mórrsfeld district, was quite easy, thanks to the St Quintus prison. For the second one, my plan was to paint some of the watchmen that patrol along the docks of Söllhafen district. The two dogs are supposed to control the merchandise arriving from Nuln or Karak Hirn, and my original intent was to use them as mascots for the regiment... but painting a dog head on a first shield has been so difficult that I needed a simpler design for the standard. Looking for something related to Renaissance, I finally stumbled on the capital letters used in a XVth century manuscript, De Situ Orbis... waaaay easier to paint than some animal head :p

The original model is a fighter from the MM60 range (F25). I've replaced the halberd by a Dark elf flag and a lantern from the Corpse Cart (GW). As you can see, I've painted the S of Söllhafen on the flag and on the shield.

And the whole Söllhafen band:

I thought I was done with this second standard bearer. But I'm afraid I have now to rework the colours of Mórrsfeld district to have something close to Söllhafen. Endless story...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Dwarf halberdier

Pfeildorf has welcomed dwarf refugees for many generations. Contrary to other imperial cities, there is no Dwarf quarters or ghetto here, as the Dwarfs live peacefully alongside the Humans. No wonder in these conditions that some of them have enrolled in the City Watch.

This model is a Marauder Miniatures from the MM10 range (reference DW21). Always a pleasure to paint one of these bearded guys :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Maximillian the Brave

New violation of the Marauder-only rule, this model comes from the Citadel Fighter F2 range. As it's an Aly Morrison's design, I guess we can accept him in the City Watch :) As you can see, pictures are still very dark, I don't understand where it comes from. Anyway...

One last model and the 20 mandatory Hellblitzen required by the Warhammer Armies book will be complete. Not totally happy with the way this unit is going (too dark)... and I'm also concerned by the 10 crossbowmen I have to paint to finish the mandatory troops. Well, we'll see...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Watchdogs and beastmaster

Back to Marauder Miniatures! To lead a pack of warhounds borrowed from the Dark Elves range (MM73), I have slightly converted an MM60 fighter (reference F22 - definitely not my favorite) by removing the shield slot and by replacing the original hammer in the right hand with a whip.

For the dogs, I've tried to paint the fur by applying small brush strokes, but seeing the close-ups, I could have been more patient... Anyway.

 Family shot:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

MM60 Fighter F29

Another addition to my second block of watchmen. This time, it comes from the Marauder Miniatures range MM60.

The painting of the shield was quite a challenge (it's incredibly difficult to draw properly a dog head - like it was for the lamb!): what you see is my third attempt to get something not too far from what I had in mind.

Family shot:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Gunnery Captain

This model is supposed to be a "Gunnery Captain" in the Citadel catalogues, but I've selected him to lead the second block of Pfeildorf's Watchmen. A real pleasure to paint!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eldon and Fenwick

Two new additions to the Watch, from the Citadel Dogs of War range: Eldon and Fenwick. Forget the initial plan about building a imperial Marauder-only army: I'm trying now to paint all the Empire models designed by Aly Morrison (either for Citadel or for his own range). Not sure I'll see the end of it...