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Bretonnian Mounted Men at Arms / Brotherhood Villein Initiates

Once again I have no idea what the hell a Villein Initiate is but I am hoping that they are the same as my Bretonnian Mounted Men at Arms. This is a Kings of War Regiment. The figures are old 5th Edition/6th Edition Mounted Squires. I added a few standards and the odd head swap with plastic Men-at-Arms miniatures.

I got these figures years ago in an internet trade. I am pretty sure I paid $20 for the lot (plus postage) which was about one tenth the cost of the same figures new in New Zealand at the time.  I think the days of deals like that are long gone unfortunately.

 

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Bretonnian Battle Standard Bearer – or some other thingie in Kings of War.

Now that I have got a couple of thousand points of Orcs ready for Kings of War I am moving on to my Bretonnians who will become Kingdoms of Men or Brotherhood or something.  Most of my stuff is pretty much good to go as it has not lived for ten years in a box but was actually shelved and looked after. I have to paint some Pegasus Knights and some more Grail Pilgrims to use as their Kings of War equivalents.

I did find this fan made list which I like for a direct Bretonnian Warhammer Fantasy to Kings of War crossover.  I will probably use it for friendly games at home but will use one of the more official armies (Basiliean or Brotherhood or whatever) if I ever go to a tournament.

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I am pretty sure that I got this miniature from the Bretonnian Army Box that was available for a while when the Bretonnians were revamped for 6th Edition back in 2004. He is the Limited Edition Bretonnian Army Standard Bearer.  It is another chronically unbalanced miniature. A plastic horse with a metal rider and a stonking great metal standard that shifts the centre of gravity of the model up so high that on anything other than a dead flat surface it keels over. To that end he fell over in my last game with him and toppled off the table and fell apart on hitting the floor. I had to do a bit of gluing and touching up but here he is – back in one piece.

I like to paint my Bretonnians with simple block colours. The heraldry on the barding is from a sheet of water slide decals I got off a guy in the States who knocked them out himself. I am not sure he operated any more but he was known as Imperial Forge.

Snotlings/Orclings

A long long time ago in a galaxy far away you used to be able to field Snotling armies in Warhammer. I never actually saw one but thought the idea was cute so started assembling a collection of Snotlings. Of course they sat boxed and in the case of the pump wagon, in pieces. I think I have one of the older Pump Wagons as well as another of the newer ones as well – I just couldn’t find them.

I have based these for Kings of War where they do duty as Orclings – a close relative of Snotlings but they branched off the orcish family tree when they cross-bred with an IP Lawyer.

First off a “regiment” sized unit – six 40mm square bases. All I did with these was black undercoat, a goblin green dry brush and some green ink – then picked out weapons and loin cloths. Didn’t bother with eyes or such.

The pictures were taken on the kitchen table because it was too damn cold to go over to the Woolshed with them. At least it wasn’t raining.

This “regiment” is based on a single base using an old GW Pump Wagon as a unit filler.

And the two “regiments” together.

Heavy Metal Orcs

These are the first two regiments of Black Orcs that I have based on ‘regimental bases’. I titled this post Heavy Metal Orcs – and there is a good reason. Each of these bases weighs 400g. That is 800g for a 20 figure regiment. The figures are mounted ten to a base. I made the bases 125mm wide and 60mm deep. The extra 10mm depth allows a bit of leeway with ranking these rather bulky figures up.

These are part of a second hand lot I brought about twelve years ago, give or take.

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Classic individually based orcs.

These figures have not been repainted or touched up – just re-based. I am still pretty happy how they have turned out. Way better than twenty individually based miniatures.

 

Unpacking Orcs

At least twelve years ago I brought a whole pile of GW orcs and goblins second hand off the internet with the intention of making an Orc and Goblin Army for Warhammer. Well…like so many projects that kind of slipped. I painted one unit (some Boar Boyz) with my young son and then his interest sort of waned so they went into boxes and never saw the light of day – until this week. I decided that I would begin the task of refurbishing the horde. I am pretty sure that I never brought anything for this army new. It was all second hand. I got a fantastic deal on metal Black Orcs – and have nearly a hundred of them. All up I doubt I spent more than a few hundred dollars on this lot.  But a deal is no good if it is sitting in a box never seeing the tabletop or a lick of paint.

I am planning on rebasing the Orc infantry onto stands with four or six orcs per base. All the metals are slottas so I may see my mate at Dopey Dog Laser Engraving to see if he can make me some mdf bases with slots.  Will still be usable for Oldhammer or even Kings of War – and make moving these large units a lot easier.

First refurb is the Boar Boy unit. They need some touch ups and the bases are currently plain green – so some basing will be required. Then I might finish the Giant pushing the Idol of Gork (in the pics below). The giant is one of the Albion Giant miniatures with hands and arms repositioned.

 

D&D Miniatures – Invisible Stalker

Many years ago in the late 70s and 80s I had a lot of D&D miniatures. What exactly happened to them I am not sure – their fate is lost in the dim dark past. As a change from painting Napoleonics and Zulus I thought I would have a go at modelling and painting some new ones.

First cab off the rank is this Invisible Stalker. I used to have the old Grenadier version but acquiring one of those is pretty hard these days – they are almost impossible to find. So I made one myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out. Without bragging too much I think it is some of my best brushwork to date.

 

Invisible Stalker 1
Front View
Invisible Stalker 2
Rear View

 

 

More Norse Dwarves

The last of the old Citadel and Marauder Norse Dwarves I brought in London when I was a callow twenty-something.  Really enjoyed painting these. I would like to say a nice break from painting Napoleonics or Zulus but seeing as I have painted neither of those periods pretty much all year  it would be bit of a stretch.

The only Old School Dwarves I have left is one of the original Dwarf Flame Cannons. Maybe the next project….

 

 

Old Citadel/Marauder Norse Dwarves

More from the lead mountain that finally got some paint on them. I brought all these miniatures in the UK in 1988-90.  These are all old Citadel Norse Dwarves and some Marauder Norse Dwarves.

How old? The wild guys are marked as “Berserkers” not Troll Slayers. Back when dwarves were not so fat – just like me.

I really like these figures – a variety of styles and sizes, from quite lean dwarves to the traditional fatsos. That their noses remind me of most of my family may also have something to do with it.

 

Updated City Map: Crossroads

Crossroads detail
                    Crossroads: Detail

I have started tarting this map up. I had plans to add more islands, roads and stuff outside the city proper but to be honest I started to get bored with it – drawing all those buildings did my head in. Here is what it looks like now. I might come back to it when I get some more inspiration.

The observant may find the estate of Senio the Necromancer just out of town.

Ataria - City of Crossroads

Fantasy RPG City: Crossroads

I found an old flash drive with some RPG material I have done over the years and have been having fun trawling through it. This city was the location of many adventures I ran using Hero System and Harnmaster.  I had hoped I would find the base map that I worked on – I remember I originally saved it as a BMP file in MS Paint but couldn’t find the full sized version – just this small copy.  Will have a go at redoing it next week if I cannot find the original.

Crossroads is a city of canals and bridges.  My mate Mark (Markdoc on the Hero Games forums) did a neat picture of a big bridge covered in houses and towers for a city in his fabulous Gothick Empires setting.  I stole it and plonked a close copy of it in the middle of my own version of Venice as The Great Bridge.  I just have to find it – I know I have it saved somewhere.

Ataria - City of Crossroads (Districts)