Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 re-cap


In 2017, I've focused all my efforts on the imperial army of Pfeildorf: I've reworked the 2016 flagellants, and added a second regiment of fanatics. The militia of the Guildhouse, initiated in 2016, is now complete, and I've reached my objective of achieving the 20 mandatory halberdiers. I have also added a second rank to the regiment of mercenary swordsmen.

In other words, I have painted 1 MM42 Ogre, 1 MM64 Halfling, 1 MM16 Giant Slayer, 2 MM10 Dwarfs, 2 MM73 Warhounds, 4 MM62 Citizen, 10 MM65 flagellants and 14 MM60 Fighters. And I have complemented these Marauder Miniatures by a few Citadel models: 1 donkey, 1 Standard Bearer, 2 C46 Villagers and 13 F2 Fighters/Dogs of War. In total, 52 miniatures: possibly my best year...

As you can see below, some of the painted models are already useless: the monk, the beggar and the warrior-priest are not anymore part of the flagellants, the initial standard bearer of St Quintus has been replaced, and I have two fanatics on their own.


2017 has been an amazing year too for my collection of imperial models, with the acquisition of several unreleased Marauder Miniatures. The first one is already painted: the roman legionnaire. The other ones can be seen below:
  • a second unreleased warrior 
  • a horse (used as a prototype for Empire and Chaos war horses)
  • the war altar.

Beside that, I now have the whole MM62 Citizen range but one model: CZ 28, the girl holding a goose (if you have one and want to sell it, let me know).

and Gaming!

Just kidding ^_^ I'm only using the rulebook to build the units I paint:

Let's see:
  • 272 points for Pfeildorf's militia: 32 Ersatzholder with Spears and Light Armour, including musician and standard-bearer;
  • 110 points for the mercenary swordsmen: 10 Estalian Hombres Villanos, including a standard bearer;
  • 99 points for the first unit of fanatics: 8 Fleglers with double handed weapons and a standard-bearer;
  • 99 points for the second unit of fanatics: 8 Fleglers with double handed weapons and a standard-bearer;
  • 207 points for the City Watch: 21 Helblitzen including musician and standard-bearer.
which makes only 787 points! And already two years spent on this army... Next time, I'll do High Elves :)

In the meantime, Happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Guildmasters of Pfeildorf and their militia

I really wanted to complete this regiment before the end of this year. As I said before, the 8 last models painted these last two weeks were meant for the rear rank, so, even if the painting is not perfect, it is barely visible :)

Enough talking, pictures! On the front rank, the Guildmasters, the shield bearers and their fiercest bodyguard. Behind them, a bunch of Marauder Miniatures (mainly from the citizen MM62 range) and a last rank of Citadel Fighters/Dogs of War designed by Aly and Trish Morrison.

And now the army points: my militiamen are equipped with spears and light armour, plus a musician and a standard bearer, which gives a total of 272 points. Less than 10% of the whole army... Sigh.

Dyer and Chauncey

The two last models to complement the militia of Pfeildorf's Guildhouse are done :). Again, they come from the Citadel Fighter F2/Dogs of War range: Chauncey (the spearman) was probably designed by Aly Morrison, and I suspect that Dyer's head results from Trish Morrison's work.

Family shot:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Gaston spearer and the militia man

Two models from the Citadel F2 fighters range, most probably designed by Aly Morrison. The casting for these two guys was particularly bad, and the painting job was not easy... again, I'll hide them in the last rank of Pfeildorf's militia.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Borlace and Feargus

Two new additions to the militia, from the Citadel Dogs of War range, designed by Aly and Trish Morrison. The sculpting job is sometimes odd, but they'll do the job in the rear rank :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cowden and Gustav

Back to Pfeildorf's militia, this time with the Citadel Dogs of War, designed by Aly and Trish Morrison. I think we can attribute Cowden to Aly, and the odd modifications leading to Gustav to Trish...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

City Watch complete

I've decided to rework the banner of the Mórrsfeld district to maintain a coherence between the different watchmen. I have therefore replaced the old watchman designed by Trish Morrison by a MM60 fighter (F27). This is the second time I paint this model, and as mentioned before, this is definitely not my favorite miniature.  Here, I've removed the shield boss on the left hand, and replaced the original halberd by a dark elf plastic standard (topped by a flame coming from Celestial Hurricanum sprues). For the banner, I've kept the idea of the portcullis, but used the "M" letter as a reminder of the unit origin... Same colours as the ones used for the Söllhafen district.

Final pictures of the unit:

To be honest, I had other plans for this regiment, including a third and wealthier district, a musician, a second ogre, and a larger banner, but for the moment, let's consider the mandatory Helblitzen as done...

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...