I lost a day, and then picked up one when the snow left me (and my family) stranded at home. I’m over the halfway mark on the first set of 28, so I’m hoping the rest will come pretty smoothly. I am finally figuring out which arms go well with spears, and which go well with swords.
I finally had a free day and nothing I was supposed to do during it, so I decided to have some quality “me time” and do some fun stuff.
My first step was to the public library. I managed to, within a straight hour of peace and quiet, to come up with a pretty passable adventure for my 4E campaign. A little more roleplaying than we’ve had lately.
Then I headed to one of the two gaming stores in Dayton, the Bookery. I like both stores for different reasons, but the Bookery opens an hour earlier than the Krystal Keep, and I was racing a severe winter storm. I spent about forty minutes there, looking at all the stuff that they had there.
I will admit to some Games Workshop sticker shock. $57 for the new Warhammer 40K rulebook? What, was it hand illustrated? And while this is old news to most, the new trend of only offering 10-12 plastic minis for ~$25 was a shock. Maybe I’ve been painting Wargames Factory Numidians for too long, but $2.50 for a plastic figure of a sprue that’s worth only 7 points in an army list is crazy. So basically, to get what you used to get in a regiment set, you’re looking at $50, plus tax.
Now and then I get tempted to get back into 40K; I own several small armies and have, through bartering, a bunch of chaos space marines unpainted in the basement. And $25 for the new army codex isn’t too bad, but I think I’ll wait and pick up an AoBR mini-rulebook on eBay or something. I don’t need giant full-color photos at this point–that’s what the internet is for. But it definitely soured me on starting my son with a tyranid army.
I also looked at the Dungeon Master’s Guide 2 for 4th Edition D&D, but the information within seemed fairly obvious or not particularly relevant (like paragon-level campaigns).
So, I picked up the new copy of the Warmachine MkII rules. Pricey at $40, but I own three starter box sets from a Christmas present I was given ages ago, and it wouldn’t be hard to get my ten-year-old interested in magical robots.
When I got back, I got caught up on this week’s Numidians. Right now the dip is drying and they’ll be ready to be photographed tomorrow. I also primed two chaos beastmen, the OOP champion and standard bearer. They will hopefully be a nice break from the ‘Mids.
For reasons not worth going into I lost a little time on this project, but hopefully am back up to the speed of four figures (one sprue) per week. Since of the 28 in the pack I’m doing 14 of them as javelin throwers (or as they will be played in WHFB, Empire spearmen) the most recent sprue is all them.
It’s also the end of January, and my monthly paint total is an impressive 29 figures. At least for me that’s impressive–I’m well aware that there are many who paint much faster. As a point of reference, that is half of what I painted for the entire year last year. I’m really in this odd painting grove where there is something almost zen-like about the progess.
I’m also not really sweating questions like “what’ll you do for Empire Greatswords?” First, it’ll be months before I get through all the light infantry. Second, I may just build this army to build an army and not sweat the gamesmanship of it. We’ll see.
Rather than jump and start doing a bunch of Wargames Factory Numidians all at once, I thought I’d start with just doing one sprue’s worth.
Most of the figures are just basecoated, but I did do some work on the shields.
Initially I had thought of trying to have the javelin-wielding figures just hold the javelins as spears, pointing upward. Unfortunately the arms just don’t look that good in that position, so most of my “spearmen” are going to be holding them over their heads.
My plan is to use these Numidians as a “proxy” Warhammer Fantasy Battles army, perhaps Empire. The only downside is that I’d be stuck with just swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen, and slingers, who I guess could be huntsmen. The Numidian cavalry are pretty lightly armored for Empire knights, but might be outriders. Is that army competitive? We’ll just have to see.
Between my Christmas-season birthday and Christmas itself, I received three packets of Numidian infantry from Wargames Factory. That’s 84 figures (plus several nice Viking samplers that are being set aside for other things). Now my only question is how to configure them. I figure I’ll base them along WAB/WHFB lines, singly on 20mm bases. I’m thinking the following configuration:
- 2 units of 20 spearmen
- 1 unit of 20 swordsmen
- 1 unit of 10 bowmen
- 1 unit of 10 javelins
That way I could use them as an “alt” Empire Army or Chaos Marauder list. Thoughts?