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...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The watchmen of Mórrsfeld district

The last member of the Watch of Mórrsfeld district is the light bearer (remember that the Watch is actually the Guild of Lamplighters and Watchmen). The miniature was designed by Trish Morrison for the Citadel C46 range of villagers (really weird model) and modified to hold a standard.

I've re-used the portcullis design already painted on the shields of two watchmen, completed by two golden keys crossing above the motto of the company: "Lex Mea Lux", which can be translated by "the Law is my light".

On this second picture, the whole St Quintus family, plus one of the first test models painted for this army. I've slightly touched up the NMM on the executioner's shoulder pad, and finally glued the jailer on the same 40x40 base.

To tell the truth, I still don't know if the final unit will work as a whole, as each district is supposed to have a specific identity. We'll see that in the coming months...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chief Interrogator and Guards of St Quintus Prison

I've finally decided to complete the Guild of Lamplighters and Watchmen before starting anything new. As explained in a previous post, my intent is to work district by district and to paint three blocks of 9 watchmen each with a specific theme.

The first one is Mórrsfeld district, where you can find St. Quintus Prison. You've already met the Warden, the Executioner, and a jailer, it's time to introduce you Theobald Grimm, Chief Interrogator and Torturer of St. Quintus, flanked by two guards.

The two watchmen are Marauder Miniatures from the MM60 Fighters range. I'm not totally convinced by the one on the right, but a collection is a collection, and I have to paint them all. For Theobald, I've used a Citadel model from the Dogs of War range, most probably sculpted by Aly Morrison. Note that the portcullis on the shields is part of the coats of arms of the Watch of Mórrsfeld district.

The standard bearer should follow soon...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Flagellants: the end is here!

Finally, these flagellants are done! If you remember, the initial regiment was composed of 10 models, including a beggar, a monk and a warrior priest (all from the Marauder Miniatures range), but some followers pointed that this unit was too clean for a band of crazy fanatics... and they were right.

The "Eureka" came from a picture of Sam Neill in John Carpenter's movie "In the Mouth of Madness", drawing crosses all over his clothes and skin... that plus a few conversion ideas to use and re-use the 5 MM65 models I had. 

In the end, I've reworked the initial flagellants, and I've painted 10 more models, including a dwarf and a donkey to fill two regiments of 8 models each (the maximum allowed by the Warhammer Armies book), plus 4 spares in case I play with other rules. 

 As I have no idea the way we can use them on the battelfield, here are the two bands aligned in two ranks.

And as I said, with the spares I have, I can also field a regiment of 20 fanatics.

That's it! Time to clean the mess on my desk and to go on holiday. After that, no idea what the next regiment will be.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Flagellant #8: the end is neah!

This last flagellant is a conversion using an MM65 torso with the legs of a Marauder orc. The preacher is mounted on a Citadel donkey.

Next time, I'll post pictures of the two bands.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flagellant #7

Still one miniature to paint and my two units of flagellants will be completed.I must admit that I'm getting tired of painting again and again the same models, which may explain why it takes more and more time to finish one.

This guy is the third librarian I'm working on: I've straightened up the body by changing slightly the orientation of the left foot, strenghtened the club with some pikes, and added a bell stolen to the Corpse Cart (plus a few details from the flagellant plastic sprues).

Beware the crazy triplet!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Flagellant #6

Same old guy from the MM65 range, this time equipped with mace and back banner stolen to Nurglitch himself.