Sunday, January 29, 2017

Warden Ludolf Bosch

According to the Pfeildorf sourcebook,
Warden Ludolf Bosch runs [St. Quintus Prison] with an iron – and some say sadistic – hand, ensuring that the inmates behave themselves.

Lucky me, model MM62 CZ 13 fits the description quite well with his severe face and what I imagine is his personnal law book. The bunch of keys is a small addition to the original model (well, not so small given the size of the keys!).

Next step: the torturer and the executioner of St. Quintus

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Starting a new unit: the Watch

It's been one year since I've initiated this Empire army project and so far, I haven't painted any mandatory troops. It was time to fix that :)

The Helblitzen (or halberdiers) will represent the honourable members of the Guild of Lamplighters and Watchmen. In other words, the Watch...

Excerpts from Mad Alfred's sourcebook:
The main objectives for the Guild of Lamplighters and Watchmen are to: (1) ensure that all street lamps in the town are lit within one hour of sunset and extinguished at dawn; (2) call out the hours of the night and the state of their patrol (“one o’clock and all is well”); and (3) take into custody or spot fine anyone disturbing the public peace. Several patrols of five to eight men are assigned to the solidly-built Watch barracks located in each district. 
[...] Like many of the large towns and cities in the Empire, Pfeildorf is divided into separate administrative districts, within which are smaller neighbourhoods. The frequency of Watch patrols vary by district with the most regular occurring in the Alderhorst district. The number of patrols lessen the further away a district is from the hill though the number of Watch in a patrol increases. Watch patrols consist of two to six men led by a Sergeant.
So, the idea is to build a regiment gathering patrols of the different districts of the town, each one having its own particularities and coats of arms.

Source: Mad Alfred's sourcebook on
  • Alderhost is the oldest and most affluent district, hosting Castle Alderhost (1 on the map), the residence of the Grand Baroness Toppenheimer;
  • Sölhaffen and Reikhafen are the busiest areas in Pfeildorf, with docks along the River Söll and the Upper Reik;
  • The Neusüdentor is a new district, with many craftsmen, families, and small shops; here, watch patrols are often augmented by members of the militia hired by the Hall of Guilds (7);
  • The Mórrsfeld district is dominated by St. Quintus Prison (22); members of the Watch include here Warden Ludolf Bosch, and Theboald Grimm, Chief interrogator and Torturer of St. Quintus;
  • and finally Schwarzwache is a poor and sinister district, said to be haunted.

I'll start with the Mórrsfeld district and St. Quintus Prison.

The warden is a MM62 citizen (CZ13), slightly converted with the addition of a bunch of keys for the jails. I'm still unsure about the Chief interrogator and torturer, but I have already prepared the Executioner: a hooded ogre from the MM42 range :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pfeildorf's militia

Ad here's the militia hired and led by the Guildmasters  of Pfeildorf.


In principle, I can't consider these 20 spearmen as a complete unit, as the Warhammer Armies book mentions a minimum of 30 Ersatzsolder (here equipped with spears, light armours and shields, plus musician and standard bearer, total 198 points).

To tell the truth, I'm still hesitating about the next step: either I complement this militia with one or two masters of minor guilds, plus additional guards to reach the minimum of 30, or I start to paint the mandatory troops for a change, namely the 10 Armbrustschutzen and the 20 Helblitzen. Of course, I could also try to finish my second regiment of flagellants or the unit of sellswords... Any advice?

Standard bearer and dwarf retinue

One short and one big addition to Pfeildorf's militia. The first one is a dwarf warrior from the MM10 range. The second is an imperial fighter from the MM60 range (F23), slightly converted into a standard bearer.

If you remember the guild masters, I've painted the four coats of arms of Pfeildord's main guilds: the tailors, the shearers, the cobblers and the tanners. These people are rather proud of themselves, hence the golden stars...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Militiamen #11 and #12

Two fighters from the MM60 range: the halberdier (F5), and his brother, the spearman (F20). The painting job wasn't easy, in particular the second model (hard to find on eBay, hard to paint!).

For the shield, I've used again this illustration of the Warhammer Armies book.
That's it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Militiaman #5 again

Not totally happy with the initial painting job, I've decided to re-paint this model and give the guy a new job: musician (well, kind of). 


And after: