Thursday, 5 September 2019

CCXXXI. AoS28: More Free Peoples Soldiers

My collection of soldiers for AoS28 has been slowly growing in the background, and now I've got nearly all companion types available in the Rangers of Shadow Deep rulebook. I guess we should finally try out the rules.


 

Men-at-Arms

 

Men-at-Arms are soldiers trained and armed for figthing at close quarters. Their standard equipment includes a sword and shield. Perry plastic HYW English + French, with Victrix Roman shields.

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 Archers

 

 Archers are soldiers trained and armed for figthing with bows. Perry plastic HYW English.
 
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Crossbowmen

 

Crossbowmen are soldiers trained and armed for figthing with crossbows. Perry plastic HYW English + French.

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Recruits


Recruits are the newly joined members of the Free People's armies. They are often young and usually unskilled. Perry plastic HYW English + French and one Victrix Roman head.
 
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Guardsmen

 
Guardsmen are soldiers trained and armed for figthing with larger two-handed weapons such as poleaxes, halberds and spears. Perry plastic HYW English + French.

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Templars

 

 

Templars are knights sworn to a religious order. They are elite warriors highly skilled in melee combat. They wear plate armour and carry two-handed weapons. 
These are out-of-the-box Perry HYW French knights. The symbol of their order is Sigmar's twin-tailed comet.

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Trackers

 

These specialist huntsmen are not warriors by trade, but they are skilled with a bow and useful to stay on track of the enemies of Order. They wear wild animal pelts and paint their faces to hide themselves in the woods. I used Victrix Ancient Roman heads and Perry medieval bodies and weapons.


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Eagelroc troops - these guys will serve as NPCs from the Free City of Eagelroc, which is completely reclaimed from Chaos, repopulated, and on the rise. Eagelroc sends soldiers to help with the cleanup of other lands, but also to pillage the ruins and bring the loot back home. These two soldiers happen to be duardin, but it's not a duardin-only city, there will be humans, too. These plastic dwarf minis were a lucky find, they fit well with my new collection and I can easily convert them with Perry bits (which I did here). They're from eM4. Not really the best material and casting, but I've seen much worse quality for higher prices than this. I'm really happy with these. 

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Hunald and Kottar, Lord Gereon's Men


These are two henchmen I made for an earlier scenario. My brother really liked them and wanted me to incorporate them into this collection so he can keep using them. They needed a bit of tweaking and a repaint, but here they are. They count as a Guardsman and a Crossbowman.

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We took the models for a spin a few weeks ago, in a skirmish with a couple friends who wanted to try tabletop wargames for the first time. We used our old favourite: the converted Malifaux 2E rules system; so we had to come up with profiles for all these unit types (and the Stormcast heroes leading them).










30 comments:

  1. There's much about them to adore, but I like the subtle comets on the Templars' backs and atmospheric light on the from-the-game photos the most!

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  2. Great kitbashing! The plastic Perry figures look very natural compared to what we are used to from GW and other "heroic" manufacturers, and your painting style works well with the realistic nature of the figures. Should make the monsters stand out both in terms of their unnaturalness and their colors.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I like the slightly different feel these models have.

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  3. They're all chock-full of character and mystery as usual. The Eagleroc troop w/ crossbow is the standout for me. My only complaint is that they're not from the Gardens per se. I look forward to the next development in that area.

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    1. Thank you! The original Gardens setting has not been getting any attention since Monstrous Births. Ok, that's not entirely true: I'm actually making and releasing sculpts of Countess' spirits (there will be more of those soon). I have intentions to revisit the setting and give it a significant overhaul some day - now that I discovered the joy of historical minis I found a good solution for all the humans I wanted to incorporate in the world. Also, with time passing I'm more removed and it's easier to look at it critically.

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  4. These may well be your best work yet, certainly my favourite of them all! But then, I'm a historical player so toned down minis like these hit the spot for me. Really really top notch!

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  5. Looking great! And damn, but one of your games would be an amazing introduction to Wargaming. Such a cool opportunity for your friends.

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  6. Absolutely wonderful. I love how these look in your painting style, just spectacular!

    I'm really impressed what with what you've done with the EM4 Dwarfs in particular, I've looked at those and the orcs over the years wondering what use they could be and you've proved with a little work they can look very nice.

    I've been thinking about trying out Rangers of Shadowdeep myself. The solo gaming aspect is quite alluring for those times I really want to play something and can't organise anything with friends.

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    1. Thank you! The solo mode of RoSD is a cool thing indeed.

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  7. Great stuff, very atmospheric as usual.

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  8. I very much like your work with these models. Using Perry brothers historical models is great in that they eschew the heroic proportions that so many gaming models incorporate. I think the Men-at-Arms and the Guardsmen are my favorite, though they all look superb.

    I had not be familiar with CM4 before this post, but those dwarves look nice. Based on CM4's website, it looks like that dwarf with the crossbow is £0.21 You have certainly made those models look much better than a euro.

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  9. Great work - they look like just having fought on the muddy battleground of Agincourt ;-)

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  10. What a great post. I live the way you paint - seemingly bold and broad strokes but exactly in the right place. I particularly like the men a arms and the templars. By the way, I hop Eagelrock is a tribute to Daddy Cool...

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    1. Hahaha :D it's not Daddy Cool. Good song, though.

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  11. This work is beautiful (as always), I specially love the use of historical minis for (dark) fantasy purpose, and the atmosphere is perfect. A bit sad though as I play RotSD these days and now my board looks a bit less immersive than yours... A great game by the way!

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  12. I particularly like the hunters with their Roman heads, most effective. Perry late 15th century cavalry figures in plastic would lend themselves readily to converting and a lovely looking.

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