306 Numidian Javelin Throwers

Numidian Javelin Throwers

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.

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303 The second sprue of Numidians

Okay, more Numidians.

I find myself spending as much if not more time on the shields than on the figures.  I haven’t done much freehand work and am not very good at it, but I am hoping the shield designs will help improve my technique.

301 The first Numidians

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.

Wargames Factory Numidians

Most of the figures are just basecoated, but I did do some work on the shields.

Numidian shield designs

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.

299 Games Workshop Skeleton Warriors finished

I  finally got the back rank completed.  Here’s a pic:

I used the newer stain, which appears to be a bit more brown than the old stuff.  I don’t think it turned out as well.

In any case, here’s a shot of the unit together.

Games Workshop Skeleton Warriors

All told, I think the unit looks really good.  I’ve already started on my next big army, pics soon to come.

298 The 2009 Warhammer Campaign final battle report

After about eight months of regular campaigning in Warhammer Fantasy Battles, it all came down to the battle for the Lost City.  There were a lot of special rules and details about the scenario, but it basically boiled down to one single siege battles.

Attackers: 2500 pts. of Vampire Counts with Mannfred von Carstein (me) and 2500 pts. of Skaven with Grey Seer Thanquol (Chris)

Defenders: 2000 pts. of Bretonnians with the Green Knight (my arch rival Vince) and 2000 pts. of Lizardmen (Tom)

We played on a 5′ by 14′ table with a castle wall running the length of the table.  Deployment wise, we paired off: VC vs. Lizardmen on one end and Skaven vs. Brets on the other.  I don’t know about the others but basically I fielded three units of skellies, one unit of crypt guard, two units of fell bats, a unit of ghouls, a unit of DoW halfing archers and a varghulf.  For heroes I had von Carstein, a wight lord, and a vampire standard bearer.

Vince surveys the fortifications

The defenders had the tactic of putting skinks and peasant bowmen on the walls, and then knights and saurus warriors behind the walls to repel attackers after the missile units have thinned them out.

On the Skaven side things went very badly.  The Green Knight and several knight units went outside the walls and killed Thanquol and scattered many of the units.  There were also a lot of misfire problems with the Skaven weaponry.  By the time the Skaven got through the walls, the knights made easy work of them.

On my end every major infantry unit of mine made it over of through the walls to the other side and put paid to the Lizardmen.  Mannfred lived up to his title as Master of the Undead by continually moving and reinforcing units as they were picked off by skinks or falling to Saurus Warriors.  Despite my strong victory, there wasn’t enough zones under my sole control and my side lost by a very narrow margin.  In the last turn there were several “this is the game” die rolls and enough of them went their way to make the difference, including an improbably halfling/skink melee combat.

Tom desperately looks to Vince for advice as undead swarm the walls

This was one campaign where I was always in the #2 spot behind my arch rival Vince and despite my best effort at the end I ended up in second place for the final.  Now we move into the 2010 campaign, which is my responsibility to put together.  I’ve been considering less of a “narrative” campaign and just going a flat “win-loss” tournament instead.

297 Bretonnian Archers

I thought I’d try something a little more colorful.  Here’s the result:

Bretonnian Peasant Archers

They are the old OOP plastic Bretonnian archers from the 5th Ed. Warhammer box set (the one that had Brets vs. Lizardmen).

The dipping dulled down the bright colors a little too much, but like I said, it was an experiment.

296 Beastman Gor Musician

When I first thought about dipping miniatures in wood varnish, I went looking for Minwax Polyshades Tudor Satin, which is what all the online nabobs were suggesting.  Well, it isn’t being carried at Home Depot any more, but I picked up a can of Minwax Polyshades Bamboo Mahoghany.  My first mini went well, but the second one was terrible.  The stuff just seemed to be glopped onto it.  So I went with an old can of Olympic Special Pecan I had kicking around the garage for years.  That’s what I’ve been using up to this date.

But I think the old can is thicker than it ought to be so I decided to give the Bamboo Mahoghany another shake.  Here’s the result.

Beastmen Gor musician

Beastmen Gor musician

I’d say it was a success.  I’m hoping the one gloppy mini was a fluke.

I am, however, getting into some bad habits again.  At the beginning of the year I told myself I’d only paint one “group” and then move on.  My pattern became “paint four like minis, then paint one odd one” which seemed to work well.  But I started thinking ahead and assembling and priming others.  For example, I have four primed and partially painted Bretonnian archers on the worktable right now.  Why?  Because I wanted to.  But I should have finished the beastman first, and then moved on, because now I don’t want to paint Bretonnians, I want to finish the skellie unit.  So from here on I’m going to see each “set” done to completion before I even cut another mini out of the sprue.