Thursday, February 20, 2020

The knights

For the second month of the OWAC III, I've followed an easy path: a regiment of only 10 miniatures, the noblemen who decided to join Pieter the Pious's quest.

Among the Citadel F2 Fighters and F5 Paladins ranges, I've tried to pick models with a crusader look, complemented by warrior priests. The only conversion made here is the standard bearer: I've simply replaced the left hand holding the original lamp of Sir Osram by a standard coming from an Empire plastic sprue (can't remember which one) and topped by a Black Templars relic.

For the painting, I have used a very limited palette to unify the models, starting with the flag, borrowed to the Knights Templar. The beige tones are made with a mix of white and VGC Heavy Brown, shaded with VMC Flat Earth and The Army Painter Strong Tone wash, and highlighted with VGC Bone White and VMC Ivory. The black tones are even simpler, with a base of VGC Heavy Charcoil, highlighted with VGC Bone White, and shaded with VGA Black or a mix of VMC Dark Sea Blue and Mahogany Brown. The red tones are more complex, with a mix of VMC, P3 and Andrea references.

By order of painting:
Sir Osram

Sir Osram

No name for this one
does anyone know him?
Sir Pression de la Masse
Sir Pression de la Masse
Marauder Fighter F6
Marauder Fighter F6
Bertand the Red
Bertrand the Red
Valdemar the Just
Valdemar the Just
Tarn Sigmarson
Tarn Sigmarson
Sir Kull of Death
Sir Kull of Death
Sir Errol de Swash
Sir Errol de Swash

And the family shots:

See you in March!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The fools

All right, first month of the OWAC III, I knew that I could use the end of the winter break to paint my most populated unit:15 fools who gave up everything to follow Pieter the Pious.

As mentioned in the introduction post, my plan for this challenge is to use a wide range of Citadel models that couldn't join Pfeildorf's troops. No feather or fancy clothes here, more the medieval kind, most of the time without any piece of armour and, when necessary, equiped with wooden shields (bought years ago to Hasslefree Miniatures and unfortunately, out of production now - yep, even the accessories are OOP here!).

In terms of colors, I've made tests on a first model, slightly modified by adding a candle on the helmet, something I had seen earlier on this Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay illustration:

The Watchman - Carrier art for WFRP 4th Edition

This very ordinary "Imperial Foot Soldier" (his official name) was painted using a limited palette composed of VMC Dark Sea Blue (highlighted by VGC Bonewhite), and a few brown, grey and beige tones. I've also tried to spare some time with very simple bases: a single layer of Agrellan Earth, highlighted with VMC Tan Yellow and then Pale Sand. As I was reasonably satisfied with this first trial, I've used again and again the same tones on too many models, giving something too regular for a bunch of zealots lost in Araby.

From left to right: Harwood, Mercenary, Imperial Foot Soldier, Ernst Stoutheart and Adolf

I've tried then to change the overall look by removing the Dark Sea Blue from my palette. And whenever possible, I've added some candles to illustrate their religious inclinations. Below a few pictures of my attempts:

Mercenary and Mercenary swordsman
Altdorf Axeman and Mercenary Captain
Gunther, Albrecht and Bardach
And finally, the command group:

Marauder Citizen CZ19, Sir Monne de la Monte and Harwood

Family shot! 

See you next month with the noblemen!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

New year, new army

After three years dedicated to Pfeildorf, I've decided to take a break, and start... a new imperial army. Yep... Empire... again.

As you may remember, my initial plan was to build an Empire army entirely composed of Marauder Miniatures, based on MM60, MM61, MM62, MM64 and MM65 references. Facing the absence of some types of troops (in particular the crossbowmen, a mandatory regiment according to the Warhammer 3rd edition Army book), I've allowed myself to include Aly (and sometimes Trish) Morrison's models designed earlier for the Citadel and the Talisman range.

Unsurprinsigly, this resulted in a systematic collection of all the imperial miniatures I could find designed by Aly Morrison, and a number of models by far exceeding Pfeildorf's military needs. Despite the recruitement of mercenaries, bowmen, crossbowmen, militiamen and watchmen, the green dots (painted models) remain quite rare compared to the red dots (just owned models).

Rather than extending indefinitely the ranks and files of my Pfeildorfers, I've decided to join the third edition of the OWAC and use the next 6 months to reduce the number of red dots with a new army theme: the crusades against Araby, and more precisely, the one (mis)led by Pieter the Pious.

Illustration by John Blanche - (Kharé - Cityport of Traps)

Once there was a man, who called himself Pieter the Pious, and who led an army of fanatics into the parched land of Araby. On his journey across the Empire, his rhetoric and charisma turned many men, women and children to his cause. They followed behind him, chanting dirges and chastising themselves until their passing was marked with many trails of blood.
Somehow, they managed to find passage across the sea to Araby. But after that, the mouth of history becomes silent. Rumours abound. Were they swallowed by the desert? Were they destroyed by vengeful sand gods? Nobody knows...

Extract from "Armies of the Hammer - The Forgotten Crusades"

(*) Actually: "Blood on the Reik - A journey Through the Old World" - a Black Library product
... but some pretend that their story ended tragically, with the pilgrim army sold into slavery.

Follow ye not in the wake of Pieter
Over the sea to the land of sand,
Your blood will boil in the hot, hot sun,
And into the teeth of death you'll teeter 

Ah, the joy of painting a doomed army :)

All right, let's start with the Empire citizen who followed Pieter's call.
Poorly equiped with rusty weapons and wooden shieds, they are led by a fanatized paladin, Sir Monne de la Monte. I will count them as Ersatzolder (and give them a leather armour to make more points). Note that compared to this picture, posted on OWAC blog in December, I've already changed my mind for the standard bearer, who will join instead the unit of noblemen.

Beggars, crippled veterans, lepers and fanatics are also part of the trip: I will count them as Fleglers, even if they inspire more pity than fear. Since this picture was taken, I've converted the second beggar into a standard-bearer, and the third one into a musician.

Monks and religious will make acceptable Helblitzen. In the heat of the desert, pilgrim's staffs can look like halberds. Compared to this picture, the wizard on the left now holds the standard of the procession, and I've added candles on some staffs. 

Pieter the Pious also managed to convince some noblemen to follow him. Whether they looked for fortune or salvation remains unclear... I will count them as Reiksgards.

When they arrived in Araby, the pilgrims were joined by a few hermits. Living on their own in the Arabian desert, half - if not totally- mad, they make excellent scouts, and will count as Bergjaeger, replacing the traditional long bows by long range arquebuses. Since this picture was taken, the 5th flagellant has been promoted as standard bearer of the company.

Last but not least, Pieter the Pious will be the commander of this pilgrim army: as there is no priest profile in 3rd edition rulebook, let's count him as a wizard. No miniature to show yet, as I plan a conversion involving a war altar...

Illustration by John Blanche (The Seven Serpents)

So, let's count the points:
  • Pieter the Pious  = 240 points
  • 14 Empire citizen led by Sir Monne de la Monte, with standard bearer, musician, shields and leather armours: (16 x 8) + (55+2+3) = 188 points
  • 9 Noblemen, led by Valdemar the Just, with standard bearer, musician and double handed weapons: (11x13) +  (55+2+3) =203 points
  • 11 pilgrims, led by Bishop Maximus, with standard bearer and musician: (13x9) + (85) =  202 points
  • 6 Sandjaeger: 6x13 = 78 points
  • 8 Beggars with musician and standard bearer: 10x9 = 90 points
Around 50 models and 1000 points... I still don't see how I can paint this in six months :)