07 November, 2015

Undead Cursed Pharaoh - Kings of War

Hi fellow Nerds,

as Mantic´s Kings of War brings loads of new opportunities for my undead army, I checked my Bitzbox and found an interesting piece of the Games Workshop Vampire Counts Mortarch Kit: Arkhan the Black. From the kit I´ve only used Manfred von Carstein so far as my Vampire on dragon.

In repositioning the legs, Arkhan has been the perfect fit for the army slot of the Cursed Pharao in the Undead army list.

I painted the model with lots of weathering effects (dust, rust, verdigris) to give it the look of being centuries old. Hope you like it.




24 October, 2015

Vampire Counts Blood Knights - Kings of War!

Hi folks,

after a long break from the hobby, mainly because Games Workshop killed Warhammer Fantasy and took any motivation away from me to paint or even get some games in, I finally went back to some painting. What brought me back and has been my personal light at the end of the tunnel, was Mantics Kings of War 2nd Edition! What a great game, it is not just an alternative to Warhammer, it´s even better!
As a quick summary:
- Mass-battle feeling
- You can use your Warhammer models and rules are free.
- Quick and very tactical to play
- More about the game than the rules!
- Loads of fun!

As a Warhammer veteran there is actually no reason NOT to try it out!

In expanding my Warhammer Vampire Counts army to Kings of Wars Undead army, I´ve built and painted an unit of Blood Knights. The models are from Games Workshop but I´ve also used some heads from hero vampire models for more variety.



 


The next project, already been started, is the Vampire Lord on an Undead Dragon!



26 May, 2015

Vampire Counts Morghast Harbingers aka Skin Wolves from Forgeworld

For a coming tournament I speed-painted these Skin Wolves from Forgeworld which I´m gonna use as Morghast Harbingers.

I really love these models and always wanted to use them anyhow. With the Warhammer Endtimes Nagash book and the Morghast release I directly knew how I could integrate the Skin Wolves to my Vampire Counts army! Also I really don´t like the original Morghast models from Games Workshop.







17 May, 2015

Vampire Counts Varghulf - Repaint

I just finished the Repaint of my Vampire Counts Varghulf. I decided to repaint it because the paintjob was hardly damaged after several years of Wargaming and it wasn´t really that well :)

Hope you like it!










09 May, 2015

Mourngul - quick & dirty!

Hi there,

just finished my Mourngul from Forgeworld. I´m going to play it in my Warhammer Fantasy Vampire Counts army. Tried to paint him like the nightmare it is - bloody, dark and dirty. Hope you like it!

"Dreadful tales are told around huddled fires of those lost in the killing cold of a mountain winter, driven by famine and pain to hunt their own companions and former friends for their meat and the warmth of their blood. There is no salvation for these damned souls, for the horrors in which they indulge cannot save them and they become things neither dead nor alive, condemned to an eternity of empty hunger and terrible isolation. 

Spite, desperation and malice force these thrice-damned creatures to linger beyond death, the most insidious and destructive winds of magic coiling about them to warp and twist their cadavers into inhuman proportions. Soon they become something neither ghost nor revenant – a Mourngul; a monstrous razor-thin shadow of cold flesh and cracked bone with a gaping maw of needle-teeth and a cavernous stomach that hangs open like a dreadful wound."












26 April, 2015

Wood Elves Wildwood Rangers

English version (German version below):

I have finally finished the first batch (11) of my Wood Elves Wildwood Rangers of the Cherry Blossom Grove. Although they are fun models to paint, a unit of 30 models is always a pain, especially when you need to hurry because of coming tournaments. Hope you like them:

Wildwood Rangers:







When I play the Cherry Blossom Grove as a High Elves army I´m going to use these models as White Lions. I think this is very fitting even without the lions cloak. At first I thought to sculpt the models a lion or bear cloak but then - I even don´t know why - I dismissed the idea...




Deutsche Version:

Die Armee des Kirschblütenhains nähert sich so langsam der Vollendung (mal ganz abgesehen von den Veränderung, welche die 9te Edition mit sich bringen könnte). Elf Modelle der Hüter des Bannwaldes wurden nun fertiggestellt, das bedeutet, dass noch 19 weitere zu bemalen sind....
Das Bemalen von so großen Einheiten mit derart detaillierten Miniaturen ist wahrlich kein Zuckerschlecken und bedarf einer gewissen Ausdauer, aber am Ende freut man sich um so mehr, wenn man die Einheit in all ihrer Pracht auf dem Schlachtfeld befehligen darf :)

Hüter des Bannwaldes:






Wenn ich den Kirschblütenhain als Hochelfenarmee spiele, fungiert die Einheit als Weiße Löwen, weshalb ich ihr Anfangs noch entsprechende Löwen- oder Bärenfelle modellieren wollte. Keine Ahnung warum ich es nicht getan habe...ist wohl irgendwie hinten runter gefallen. Ich hoffe, die Einheit gefällt trotzdem.



16 March, 2015

Warhammer Fantasy Empire army from Perry Miniatures


english version (german version below):

I've always wanted to start a Warhammer Fantasy Empire army. Due to the tactical depth of the army, the flexibility on the battlefield and the possible list diversity as well as the background has been fascinating me. However, I could never struggle through an imperial army from scratch, especially because many of the units visually did not really convince me (especially the state troops) and I - like most hobbyists – were working on several other projects, therefore time has been short.

In the German Tabletop-Forum "Tabletopwelt.de" there has been an Warhammer Empire army project that I have been following with great interest, and after whose I wanted to raise a Warhammer Empire Army some point in the future. The special feature of the project: There were only models from the model range of Perry Miniatures used, instead of Games Workshop miniatures. Perry has a wide range of first class modeled and affordable plastic-kits, which are perfect as an alternative to the forces of an imperial Warhammer Fantasy army. The said army said project used completely the fundus of the following Perry Miniatures Plastic kits:
  • 'Mercenaries', European Infantry 1450-1500 Content: Pikemen, crossbowmen and handgunners (40 figures). You can build up to 12 crossbowmen (with pavises), up to 12 handgunners, up to 18 pikemen (12 of which can be converted to polearms) and includes 4 command figures.
  • Wars of the Roses Infantry 1450-1500 Content: You can build up to 30 bowmen, up to 18 billmen and includes 4 fully armoured command.
  • Mounted Men at Arms 1450-1500 Content: This box contains 12 mounted Men at Arms that can be used for most European armies. There is seperate horse armour for mounts if needed and 7 different horse heads (25 in total). The Men at Arms have 14 right arm options and 12 head options (per 4 riders). There are also lance,sword,mace, warhammer,axe and standard pole/spear options.
  • Foot Knights 1450-1500 Content: The box contains 38 multi-part plastic figures, 17 flags, unit bases and infomation sheet.
  • Cannons, etc.
  • In addition, the famous DaVinci tank was used as a Steam Tank replacement.
  • For an imperial dragon, the mechanical dragon from Reaper Bones fitting to the army scheme/style (medieval, not fantasy heavy) was used as an appropriate alternative: Wyrmgear, Clockwork Dragon


Instead of building a Warhammer Empire project from scratch, a lucky coincident had occured. I had the chance to buy the Perry empire army from the above army project and did it without batting an eye! Here are some pictures of the army, as I 've bought it:






Continuation of the project / further ideas:

Basically, I am very pleased with the painting and the formation of the army. Only in the character models, I think an alternative should be found, because the character models used from the Perry Range do not have a good casting quality and don´t reflect the character selections from the Warhammer Empire army book - in my opinion. Whereas the remaining units could easily be used as alternatives for the empire units from the book. But what alternative models for character models can be used for the Perry empire army?

The models have to be True Scale (rather than Hero Scale), should be rather low- Fantasy and simultaneously represent the corresponding selections from the Empire army book very well and fit into the scheme of the Perry army. Not an easy task! After some research on the internet I found a very nice and obvious solution that perfectly meets all conditions - the usage of GW Lord of the Rings miniatures as character models for the army! These are low- Fantasy, thus fit well to the medieval setting, are in the true scale and have is a large variation in matching models. So I once stocked up with several models of heroes from the Lord of the Rings range.

The following is a overview of the character models I 've already got:



Next to the character models there were some other army book selection to to be filled with the right model choice:
  • War Altar: As an (medieval) alternative model to the war Altar of Sigmar, the Carrocio from the Perry brothers fits very well! Carrocio.
  • Pistoliers: There will soon be a plastic light cavalry box from Perry miniatures that I will definitely catch! Light Cavalry 1450-1500.
    Content: There will be 12 in the box and can all be assembled as hobilers/coustiliers, mounted crossbowmen or mounted bowmen and come with command options. 
  • Celestial hurricanum / Luminark of Hysh: There is plainly no alternative model with a fitting medieval style. A miniature that do not really looks like an alternative to the GW model kit from an optically point of viewe, but fits very well logically and from a game perspective, is Gandalf on his cart with loads of fireworks - Gandalf the Grey & Cart

In the coming weeks / months there will be of course further updates of the imperial Perry army. What do you think of the concept so far? If you have further proposals and ideas, please leave a comment :)







german version:

Ich wollte schon immer eine Warhammer Fantasy Imperiums Armee aufbauen. Mich haben von Anfang an die taktische Tiefe der Armee, die Flexibilität im Spiel und der Listenvielfalt sowie der Hintergrund fasziniert. Jedoch konnte ich mich nie dazu durchringen eine solche imperiale Truppe von Grund auf auszuheben, vor allem weil mir viele der Figuren (vor allem die Staatstruppen) optisch nicht wirklich zusagen und ich – wie die meisten Hobbyisten – noch an etlichen weiteren Projekten dran bin.

Im deutschen Tabletopforum „Tabletopwelt.de“ gab es ein Armeeprojekt, dass ich mit großem Interesse verfolgt habe und nach dessen Vorbild ich meine zukünftige Warhammer Imperiums Armee aufziehen wollte. Das Besondere an dem Projekt: Es wurden lediglich Figuren aus der Range von Perry Miniaturen verwendet, statt von Games Workshop. Perry hat eine große Bandbreite an erstklassig modellierten und preisgünstigen Plastikkits, die sich perfekt als Alternative für die Truppen einer imperialen Warhammer Fantasy Armee eignen. Das besagte Armeeprojekt nutzte komplett den Fundus der folgenden Perry Miniatures Plastikbausätzen:
  • 'Mercenaries', European Infantry 1450-1500. Inhalt: Pikemen, crossbowmen and handgunners (40 figures). You can build up to 12 crossbowmen (with pavises), up to 12 handgunners, up to 18 pikemen (12 of which can be converted to polearms) and includes 4 command figures.
  • Wars of the Roses Infantry 1450-1500. Inhalt: You can build up to 30 bowmen, up to 18 billmen and includes 4 fully armoured command.
  • Mounted Men at Arms 1450-1500. Inhalt: This box contains 12 mounted Men at Arms that can be used for most European armies. There is seperate horse armour for mounts if needed and 7 different horse heads (25 in total). The Men at Arms have 14 right arm options and 12 head options (per 4 riders). There are also lance,sword,mace, warhammer,axe and standard pole/spear options.
  • Foot Knights 1450-1500. Inhalt: The box contains 38 multi-part plastic figures, 17 flags, unit bases and infomation sheet.
  • Kanonen, etc.
  • Darüber hinaus wurde als Dampfpanzer-Ersatz das berühmte DaVinci-Mobil verwendet: 
  • Als Drache wurde ein zum Armeeschema (mittelalterlich, nicht zu fantasylastig) passender mechanischer Drache von Reaper Bones verwendet: Wyrmgear, Clockwork Dragon

Statt ein Projekt nach diesem Vorbild selbst von Grund auf zu starten, hat mir ein glücklicher Zufall den Weg gewiesen. Ich hatte nämlich die Chance die besagte Perry-Imperiumsarmee aus dem Armeeprojekt komplett zu übernehmen! Hier ein paar Bilder der Armee, so wie ich sie erstanden habe:






Fortführung des Projekts / weitere Ideen:

Grundsätzlich bin ich mit der Bemalung als auch der Aufstellung der Armee sehr zufrieden. Lediglich bei den Charaktermodellen sollte eine Alternative gefunden werden, denn die verwendeten Charaktermodelle der Perry Range (aus Zinn) besitzen meiner Meinung nach keine gute Gussqualität und spiegeln nicht die Auswahlen aus dem Warhammer Imperiumsarmeebuch wieder, wohingegen die restlichen Truppen super als Alternativen für die Imperiumseinheiten einsetzbar sind. Aber welche Alternativmodelle kommen als Charaktere für eine Perry-Imperiumsarmee in Frage?

Sie müssen True-Scale (und nicht Hero-Scale) vom Maßstab her sein, sollten eher low-Fantasy darstellen und gleichzeitig entsprechend die Auswahlen aus dem Imperiumsarmeebuch repräsentieren und ins Armeeschema passen. Keine leichte Aufgabe! Nach etwas Recherche im Internet bin ich dann doch zu einer sehr schönen und naheliegenden Lösung gestoßen, die alle Bedingungen perfekt erfüllt – die Verwendung von GW Herr der Ringe Miniaturen als Charaktermodelle! Diese sind low-Fantasy, passen also gut zum mittelalterlichen Setting, sind im True-Scale Maßstab und es gibt eine große Variation an passenden Modellen. Also habe ich mich erst einmal mit etlichen Heldenmodellen von Herr der Ringe eingedeckt.


Folgend eine kleine Übersicht über die Charaktermodelle, die ich bisher zusammen habe:




Neben den Charaktermodellen galt es noch weitere fehlende Armeebuchauswahlen zu besetzen:
Kriegsaltar: Als Alternativmodell zum Kriegsaltar des Sigmar passt der Carroccio von den Perry Brüdern wie die Faust aufs Auge - Carroccio.
Pistoliere: Es wird bald eine Plastikbox leichter Kavallerie von Perry erscheinen, die ich mir nicht entegehen lassen werde - Light Cavalry 1450-1500. Inhalt: There will be 12 in the box and can all be assembled as hobilers/coustiliers, mounted crossbowmen or mounted bowmen and come with command options. 
Celestisches Orkanium / Luminarium des Hysh: Das Modell ist in nicht im mittelalterlichen Stil als Alternative zu finden. Dafür ist es einfach zu übertrieben modelliert. Ein Modell, dass meiner Meinung nach zwar nicht wirklich als Alternative zum GW Modell herhält, dafür aber sinngemäß und von den Effekten auf dem Spielfeld gut passt, ist Gandalf auf seinem Karren mit Feuerwerkskörpern - Gandalf der Graue mit Karren

In den kommenden Wochen/Monaten wird es natürlich weitere Updates der imperialen Perry-Armee geben. Was haltet ihr von dem Konzept bisher? Wenn ihr weitere Vorschläge und Ideen habt, lasst gerne einen Kommentar da :)

Ich freue mich!


08 March, 2015

Vampire Counts Black Knights and Zombie Dragon / Dread Abyssal WIP

Hi all,

some Black Knights joined the Klingenberg Legion. I first time tried pigments and used them very chaotically :)









Finally some WIP pics of Manfred von Carstein Dread Abyssal or Zombie Dragon. I converted the model to use it either way. Therefore I built two different base sizes. Hope you like it!