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......... and now for something completely different........... I'm starting empire! *gasp*. The plan is to build a 1000pt Stirland Force. As I think and army of poor woodsmen wouldn't be as 'uniformed' as the 'normal' state troops I'm going to be building everything out of Militia kits as they fit the bill perfectly. Plus they're cheap!

Anyway, I did some testers.


Great Sword




Swordsmen




Oh, and this project thread will also be dedicated to my Mordheim Warband and Board :)


Forgot the 'to do list'


Empire General - Great Weapon
Wizard - Level 1 Beasts
Wizard - Level 2 Life

35 Swordsmen with 2x 10 Crossbow men for mates
18 Great swords with 10 Hand gunners for mates

10 Archers.
 

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Liking it. What shield have you used for the swordsman?

So many people seem to be using the militia boxes let's hope Gw don't make them 10 man boxes for hideous money like everything else. Any idea on a list yet or is it a what you fancy doing each time?

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Commissar:
Are they? Ah well, so much for an original idea!! I went for them because I've been playing Mordheim religiously for the last couple of months and have fallen in love with the sprues. There are just so many 'bits' and you can make so many characterful poses and characters out of them. As for the boxes, GW probably will as all such boxes are following suit. So buy them whilst you can!!! Oh, and I forgot to out up a list for them so I'll pop that in the first post.

The shield is off a Chaos Marauder with the star sliced off.


ChadMS:
Cheers :) I always try to take a little bit longer on the face than any part as I think it 'makes' the model. Plus it's the bit people look at first so if you do it well people ignore the rest of the painting, even if it's shoddy!


Rampant Haddock:
Hey dude, glad you found your way here. Well, I hadn't really though about Great swords being expensive. Hmmm, maybe I'll do some two handed Axe men mixed in to the group? As for fluff......... I have no idea at this moment in time. Army wise they're a woodland patrol force but I haven't come up with any background for the characters yet.


Cheers for the responses. I've just finished the White on all 9 members of my Mordheim Warband and base coated the Green. So I should have these done in a day or two.
 

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Perhaps not expensive in money, but any two handed sword would cost more to make than a simple one or axe. Obviously the better quality weapon the harder and longer it takes to make, time is money! Although maybe it's easier than I thought, I can't say i'm a blacksmith.

It's your army of course, do what you like with it just as long we get to see nice pictures!
 

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Swords are a specialist weapon when it comes to creation. While an axe could be made by anyone a greatsword would need a great deal of skill to make. That said there are fluff ways around it. Paint the guys with greatswords up as older guys. Grey hair etc. That way you can say they arehanded down as heirlooms. The other answers of of course they stole it and that not everyone in stirland is poor.

Although I now want to see guys with massive Dane axes. You'll just have an issue not making them look like cheap halberds!

A

ps:marauder shield you say hmm may have a rummage in the bits box later and nick that idea if that's ok.
 

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......... and now for something completely different........... I'm starting empire! *gasp*. The plan is to build a 1000pt Stirland Force.
Is this wise? (Considering the very real possiblity of a new army book next year? plus the new Warhammer Forge book coming at the end of next week?).

Then again, I suppose 1000pts is a good "launch mat".
 

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Looking good Borak. The main green is nice and muted, but still works well. I also love that kit, it has all you need nearly.

I have one complaint. Did you have the paint the first guys codpiece a green? Looks like he needs a doctor's view of it. ;)


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GreatSwords - If I can scavenge any Marauder flail arms from somewhere I'll build some Lumberjack looking guys (He's a lumberjack and he's ok!). If not I'll have to do the whole unit as Great Swords and do them all as oldish looking chaps. Oh and the two handed sword arms come with the militia sprue so it's no extra cost Haddock.


Kuffy:
Well, as I said they were testers. I wont be doing any more green codpieces.

MrFox:
Yeah I know they're coming out and I intend to grab some war carts when they come out. Unless GW decides to ditch all their core choices and Great Swords I should be alright with the choices I've made ;)

Commissar:
Ideas are means to be stolen. Use it and abuse it.


Ok well I've FINISHED my Mordheim Warband. Pics are a bit dark but it's the best I can do. Here we go............


From left to right we have Mad Jack McMad (Champion), Uncle Albert (Captain) and Pirate Steve (Champion)




On the left we have Little Josh and on the right Little Johny (Young Bloods)




Left to Right. Whuan, One tooth Mcgee, Nervous Neil and One eye Jack. (Henchmen)




Here's all of them together :)

 

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Very cool, never played Mordheim but it does appeal to the role-player in me.

Looking forward to seeing more, let us know how the warband fairs.

As to the Great Swords, it may be better if they are Grey-Bearded Veterans, to help explain the stubborn nature of the unit. You could put an onion on one of their belts in honour of Abe Simpson's strike breakers. (Not sure if you are a simpsons fan tho)
 

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Aye Mordheim is pretty fun. It's not the best Skirmish based game GW does, LOTRs is better in my opinion. But your characters can increase in stats and skills (and injuries) so it can get quite fun after a while.

The Warband has a had a few games and a few of the Boys have earn't nick names. 'One eye Jo' for example doesn't have one eye. He's just shot the eye out of 3 heroes he's shot at!! Other than that they're doing alright, no deaths 'so far'.......


I will do the 'Great swords' as old men. With Lumberjack guys mixed in if I can get them. Maybe, if I can't, I'll see if I can convert them from the Militia kit anyway as killing people with Lumberjacks sounds pretty awesome. They wont have the big muscles though............
 

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If only I had either of those! Luckily I'm getting 16 Marauders with the flail/Great weapon arms so I can happily Kit bash to my hearts content. I kinda want to do the whole unit as lumber jacks now but I've made one 'proper' Great sword and he'll look highly out of place....... Do you think I should do them half and half or just use him as a Unit champion? Maybe the unit champion for the Swordsmen?


Ugh, I dunno. Bloody Ideas.
 

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Great looking band there, nice colours and an array of folks. I would suggest you get some hammers in there, very good for the game. I think the greatswords would looks great if they looks like older men, veterans brought out of retirement or back into the force in times of need. A little rag-tag look to them would add a lot of character I think.

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You could use him as a champion for them or even the swordsmen. If all else fails use him as a captain! Marauder arms should look really good actually. Looking forward to seeing them take shape.

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KUFFY:
Aye hammers are cool. It may not be WYSIWYG but Whuan and One eye Jo both have two clubs which do the same thing as hammers. I've yet to buy the Great Sword Model and the Club/Shield guy into the band yet. Hence why they have no names.

Well, when I get my toys I'll have a play around and see what I can some up with. I like the idea of some retired Great swords leading a bunch of over enthusiastic burly ********. So we'll see what I can come up with. Right, seeing as I have no actual toys to be working on right now (thats a lie but at least I have no Empire toys to be working on) I've cracked on my my Mordheim board. Buildings are still W.I.P.


So here is the main board. I managed to get a complete replica of Scorched brown from a DIY store. I'll dry brush it up with a light brushing of Bestial brown.




Crater..... Pic didn't come out very bright!! It's highlighted up to Scorpion green so it's quite Vivid.




Some WIP buildings. A Tavern and a Guard house.







And a bridge that looks like Orcs built it.

 

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Buildings look awesome, can't wait to see the finished product with those guys!

Love the feel of the Empire force as well, too often you see Talabecland and Altdorf represented in armies while poor ol' Stirland get the boot. The "grizzled veterens" look is a great idea for those GS's, I must say. If you want to keep a rugged and poor theme going with the army you have picked two excellent lores! You could pull off some pretty awesome conversions for both Life and Beasts while fitting in with the whole "poor and living off the land" theme. That is, unless these high and mighty wizards are from the capitol. Then I suppose spit marks would make interesting features as well :D

Keeping my eye on this one!
 

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Cheers man :) I'm quite pleased with the buildings. It's been years since I've built terrain like this and, truth be told, I've missed it. A shame I'll have to leave this board here in Aus :(

Well Stirland is the Rural area of the Empire with lots of Woodland and vast tracts of unpopulated areas. So Beasts and Life matched the woodland army most of all, hence why I went for them. Although the fact that both their signature spells are AWESOME helped in the choosing process too!! I was going to model them as Druids or something and have them as part of the army/area rather than them being sent from Altdorf or where ever it is the Eight Colleges are.

The Priest I was going to do as a Priest of Taal as well. So he'll look quite woodlandy as well. Here's hoping the new Empire book as rules for them. Although I hear it's Morr, Sigmar and Ulric that are getting rules :(
 
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