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    [WHFB] DoW Pikemen (Built from State Troops)

    Well, I brought home an Empire Detachment box to build Pikemen out of, took a look at the parts, and tried to figure out how to make Pikemen without buying brass rod, tubing, or any of that. I then got an idea- combine parts I can't use at once. So, I took the spears, and cut half the spearhead off, lengthwise (so it is bisected). I then took a Halberd and attached it to the spear, with the spearpoint (trimmed slightly to be shorter) acting as the 'other half' of the haft (because each piece has a half, so they join and make a whole... I need to post pictures). Then, just connect the whole conjoined thing to the pole and arms. You end up with a weapon somewhat longer than a spear, with a Halberd head. It's been a while since I read up on my Renaissance stuff, but I believe that this weapon is fairly similar to the Swiss Pike, and since the Swiss Pikemen very often served as mercenaries, the unit has a real-world tie-in. I'll post pictures soon.

    Note: I do realize that this is still rather short, especially compared to the LotR Uruk-Hai Pikemen. However, it seems to me that ordinary spears are far too short to be realistic, so I'll keep the trend. Besides, a longer weapon with an axe head would look very heavy and unwieldy, and the models tip over a *lot*. I know. I've tried. With this method, the models look significantly different from both Spearmen and Halberdiers, yet don't stand out too much.

    Hey, I drew a picture. Grey is the pole, blue is spear parts, red is halberd parts:


    You can see how half the spearhead has been trimmed away so that the halberd can attach.

    I know, I know, I suck at Paint. Crappy touchpad.


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    I don't do Empire so I'm not sure exactly what they look like but that sounds resonable. The idea of having a real-world tie in is a good one. You could probably look up images on the net for any more possible variations on the Swiss pikemen theme.

    Also I think that it would be a good idea to do a little more to them than just give them new weapons. Have something new and unique about the uniforms they are wearing too.

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    it should work, ive toyed with the same idea myself- please post pics when youve done some. I agree with Leech though, you should do a bit of conversion on the troops themselves to differentiate them from Empire troops.

    If your method doesnt work as you'd like try using wooden cocktail sticks- you could even attach the halberd blades to them if you are going for the swiss pike look over the macedonian type
    PLAN CLAN MAN!!

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    Well, my color scheme is a bit bizarre- I have black clothing like Gunnery School of Nuln, but boltgun metal armor, and the front of the armor has a gold and black checkerboard. I just finishd converting one model and I painted the clothing and armor, so I can post both here and in Painting when I'm done. But I'll see if there is anything else I can do for differentiation. The only thing is that I want them to fit in with the Empire Army I'm starting, so I can't radically change the models.

    Hey, I got an idea- I'll bits order some skulls. I'll attach lots of skulls to the helmets and everywhere. Because white skulls will stand out against black clothing, it will be readily apparent, even if I only have a few.

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