This was dificult to come to grips with... So much metal... Tiny little head... Giant warhammer. I am happy with how it turned out though, and it will play the King roll in my human army list for Kings of War very well!
I had a lot of fun painting these. The banner is inspired by light horse banners from late-medieval Granada, with a skull for some fantasy flair. The figures turned out very well I think, and I'm happy with them. They are very large though, and the faces of the riders are quite odd.... This is a HotT rider element, or half of the Kings of War troop for my human army list.
This is another HotT rider element, or the other half of the Kings of War troop for my human army list. I went with some piping and other flares on the blowing jacket, but nothing as complex as Napoleonic stuff. That sword/pistol weapon carried by the officer is pretty interesting.
I had a spru from the 5th edition Warhammer box with warmachines on it and decided to stretch it to make two guns from it. This cannon is the first. Technically I think it requires three figures, but I went with two because in HotT and Kings of War it doesn't really matter. I went with the same barrel fortification scheme with these guys that I used the the handgunners, and I and pretty happy with it. Lots of character here... The loader has to go out beyond the barricade, and is naturally reluctant, while the commander their is simply yelling and pointing, refusing to do anything himself! Since they are already receiving fire (see the arrow?) who would want to cross the barrier to load the gun? Poor bastards.
Here is the mortar. I used the third crewman and an extra spearmen with the spear head replaced. I also scratch-built the part of the strusture that actually holds the gun. I think it worked out pretty well overall. I really like the character of the guy about to fire the mortar, it was a fun one to do. Again with the crates forming a barricade to protect from missile fire. The loader here is a bit more eager than the cannon loader... Maybe he's had a little more liquid courage or something...
The pair of warmachings on 60mm wide bases ready for use with Hordes of the Things and Kings of War. Should be a good time!
Not a common sight, but I figured I put up a picture of a WIP pistolier that I have on the go at the moment. The banner is inspired by one used in Granada, and fits with my Human army list for Kings of War, where the light cavalry are called Jinetes, which is what they were called in medieval Spain. The figs are coming together well so far I think... Note that only the yellow on the flag is highlighted, but not the green.
This is the first element of handgunners for my Hordes of the Things and Kings of War army... This one is 60mm by 40mm, so it's ready to take part as a single HotT element and as a troop/regiment builder for KoW. The banner is pretty simple but it does a good job for this unit I think. I went with a barricade sorta design for this; I imagine these guys commandeered a few merchant's cards and stole their barrels and crates... Not sure if they bothered to empty them of their goods and fill them with earth, or simply used them as is :) I mean, what merchant is going to argue with a unit og handgunners anyway? Thanks to the barricade, the archery fire has been much less effective against these guys that their spearmen counterparts. For KoW these guys represent two ranks of soldiers (six figs); I was never much for the 1 to 1 figure requirement ;)
The second HotT element of hangunners, and another six-figure base regiment builder for Kings of War. I know I skimped by painting a mere three figs for this six figure base, but those crates too a bit more work than I thought they would :) I am happy with the way these guys turned out, all barricaded behing their commandeered barrels and crates! Some of those arrows must have been flying pretty fast too, look at how deeply they are burried!
This 40mm by 40mm base expands the 60mm by 40mm bases shown previously into a Kings of War troop unit. Here another couple handgunners shoot from behind their cover. I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out, and I really like the figures as well; despite their lack of posability, they shape up pretty well!
The last 40mm by 40mm base to make my 60mm by 40mm HotT bases into KoW troops, this one features a head-swapped figure loading his matchlock there. I noticed that not all of the figs' matchlocks have fuses... It's pretty hard to fire a matchlock musket without a fuse! But, he's reloading I guess, so maybe he's replacing it... I should likely have put a coal pot and some extra fuse to make it plausible :) For the figs with fuses, I tried to paint the fuse end with a bright-red burning bit on the end of the hammer. I think they turned out well!
This is my casualty counter for the Kings of War action. You can see in the left picture that there's a little gap in the wheel part of the base that reveals a 4. The wheel part turns and the counter goes up to 20. This base was a lot of work so I'm not sure I will do these for all of my Kings of War regiments and troops... Also, originally I have a foot on there that was lying flat. It looked great, but then I dropped it an the foot popped off and got lost in the mess that is my hobby room... so, a little blood and bone and it's done ;) Also note that the guy apparently didn't empty his bowels before he was killed... war isn't all glory after all. Note that the flat side of the marker is meant to rest against the edge of the unit so that it's easy to identify which unit it is attached to.
Here's the Kings of War regiment mustered and assembled. It is meant to be a unit of 20 figs, even though there's only 10 figs on there. I don't mind this at all, and it should work fine since the base dimensions are really all that matter in KoW, which is similar to HotT. The casualty marker can be seen against the side of the unit as well; it would typically be against the back.
Here's the collection of bases more-or-less together. I'm quite happy with the way these turned out, and this makes me two regiments closer to a full-sized generic human Kings of War army, and two elements closer to a HotT army!
What is this now? I must admit, I like the 1:1-ish scale wargames in 28mm. Hordes of the Things is nice and (relatively) simple, but it's not 1:1. So, when the Kings of War closed beta rules were released I was taken by them. Simple game, 1:1-ish. At least as 1:1-ish as warhammer anyway. So, here's my first regiment. It's a 10cm by 8cm block of troops, the same footprint as 20 figs on 20mm bases ranked up in rows of five. Since you don't need individually-based figures in Kings of War, and since I still wanted to field some of the figs as part of a HotT army, I made mine using three bases: two 60mmx40mm and one 40mm by 80mm. Here it is, diorama-ish, and I'm quite happy with it!
This is the second 60mm by 40mm base, which will be used in my 28mm HotT-Hammer Empire army as well as part of the Kings of War regiment. This one is another mini-diorama element continuing the theme of the perils of being shot on the march. Here poor, brave Johann catches an arrow in the chest. Poor guy joined the militia after Astrid's father insisted he serve a year before he accepted him as a son-in-law. Astrid's father was a ruthless bastard and he didn't want Johann in his family! Other than that, the banner's somewhat uninspired, but it will do! Also, note that the guy on the mound in the back beside the banner bearer is actually a Landsnecht figure from Artizan Designs.
This is the third stand of spearmen and is 40mm by 80mm. It basically translates the two Hordes of the Things elements into a Kings of War regiment. With the six figures on here I could have made one or two more HotT elements, but whatever, I am really excited about Kings of War, abd re-basing isn't all that hard if I change my mind down the road. Another dead spearmen on this base, this one already fallen... poor Arne, more on him in the next image.
Arne, born to a poor seamstress and stable hand, he was left on his own as a child when his parents died of the plague. Forced to either live on the street or join the militia, he chose three square meals a day. Unfortunately for him, he won't see another day...
Here is a quick image of the three pieces together, but not lined up. Typically a unit this size would have 20 figures in it, but I like the way it looks with less since things look a bit more naturally distributed. There are only 16 figures on here, meaning that painting four regiments of 20 figures each would give me a fifth free regiment at 16 figures each! That's an extra 150-200 points ready for the field!
A top view of the regiment together. Perhaps I should have made the 40mm by 80mm base two 40xx by 40mm bases so that I could field two Kings of War troop units as well, but since the spearmen are a core unit, I figure I will always field the regiment anyway. In the future I might plan a bit better to get a more pleasing distribution of figures, but I'm still pretty happy with this.
For some time I have been telling anyone who will listen that I want to do diorama bases. The mutli-figure bases required for DBA and HotT, along with the basing concept from Mantic's Kings of War rules really provide an opportunity to do diorama bases for gaming... They take a little extra work of course. My 28mm Romans were my first real attempt at the idea, and here's the next attempt! This diorama is intended to expose the dangers of marching on the battle field. You know, the double move that many games allow, that would have been devastating for units if they were charged or received fire. Well, this unlucky group is about to learn how bad it can be. This diorama intends to capture the first few arrows from the first deadly volley... It is moments after those first few arrows struck, and moments before the rest of the volley lands. I would say the unit is done for; they should have brought some shields at least! Also, I experimented with a brighter yellow on one of the figures, can you spot it?
Here's a close-up shot of the two marching spearmen who were unfortunate enough to actually take the first couple of arrows. Dietrick (left) and Gerhart (right) were buddies for a long time. They had never been to war, but were quite excited about going. So excited that they insisted on being in the front ranks. Here we see Dietrick's startled and agonized expression as he realizes simultaneously that his best friend Gerhart just took an arrow in the neck and that he just took an arrow in the foot!
Another view of Dietrick and Gerhart's tragedy. Poor Gerhart, he was going to propose to his lover after the battle... You know, one thing lead to another and she got pregnant. He was going to do the right thing, now he's got an extra arrow in his neck! One arrow is too many! And poor Dietrick will likely never walk again, if he doesn't die of a festering wound! Maybe those Empire healers will be able to help him...