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The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« on: February 15, 2009, 12:58:38 AM »
Finally got round to photographing my empire army and so thought I would share.

There are, as every, one or two bit still being added so it never really stops growing...unlike the space I have to store it...







Both regiments of halberds are Wargames Foundry



Handgunners in the front are GW plastics, in the back are Foundry







The knights on the right are bretonians in the colours of the Knights of the Southern Sword.



Closer shot





Foundry cannons, behind gabions that are WIP



Closeup



The Black Company - 35 heavy pike.





Militia from the local towns, a mix of adventurers, guards, young bravos and old soldiers.



More militia - this time mostly roadwardens
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 01:01:09 AM »


Warrior priests, of Myrmiddia and Sigmar respectivly



Roadwardens on the crest of a hill  - these are Old Glory Schwartzritter and a bit too small really, they might be replaced by Warlord's plastic ECW...



More heavy pike

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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 03:15:53 AM »
For some reason I really like the over all flavor of this army. :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:

The Bret knights don't look out of place, and my guess is this is because they have the same color scheme across the unit which makes them look more like Empire than Brets.

I like the defensive positions for the artillery. :icon_biggrin:

The crossbows with the orange and green look good, too. :eusa_clap:

The wardens on horseback, do you use these as Pistoliers :icon_question:
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2009, 04:16:39 AM »
I'm sorry, but I don't like the idea for using many different bright colour schemes for your army.  :-(

However, the individual units look fantastic!  :eusa_clap:
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2009, 10:22:42 AM »
GP, yeah the roadwardens are pistoleers

Redhammer - I also use it for WAB and suchlike so they are painted in a more historical style than for just WFB use which is why they are so gaudy and different.
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2009, 01:32:54 PM »
I was going to say that they looked like what I'd expect a historical army might look like.

What weapons do the wardens on horse back have?

Also, I noticed the artillery piece that doesn't have the defenses, and was wonderign where this came from?

I really like the idea of having defenses for the artillery.  I rarely ever find myself moving an artillery piece once it has been placed at the beginning of the game, so the idea of them having defenses seems super, and I like the ones you've given to these.  Were the defenses for the GW great cannons scratch built or soemthign else?

One minor critique ... I'm thinking the barrels of the cannon might look better if the interior was darker or black.
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2009, 01:59:19 PM »
 :-o :Ohmy: :icon_eek: :-D
WOW that is impresive, I really like the gabions for the artilliary, I also like the represention of Solland's last knightly order.
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2009, 02:25:35 PM »
That's a cool collection! Nice to see some Foundry models in the mix.

...I wasn't aware that many people still lived in Solland!  :biggriin:

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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2009, 03:16:00 PM »
That's because Solland was once a province, although not during the current time frame of WFB. :icon_wink:
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2009, 03:17:39 PM »
What weapons do the wardens on horse back have?

The figures have handguns/carbines

Also, I noticed the artillery piece that doesn't have the defenses, and was wonderign where this came from?

The model is I think from Grenadier many years ago, and is used as a DoW light gun

I really like the idea of having defenses for the artillery.  I rarely ever find myself moving an artillery piece once it has been placed at the beginning of the game, so the idea of them having defenses seems super, and I like the ones you've given to these.  Were the defenses for the GW great cannons scratch built or soemthign else?

The guns are Wargames Foundry like their crew, and the gabions are bought off ebay, along with the fencing, I dont think i have ever moved a cannon once it was on the field lol

I am just in the process of putting them on finished bases, for some reason i never think of basing as part of the painting process, and I am trying to change that

One minor critique ... I'm thinking the barrels of the cannon might look better if the interior was darker or black.

yeah, you are quite right
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2009, 07:47:30 PM »
That'll teach me for not visiting the Brush and Palette for ages.

Hello Uryens! Of course, I've seen most of these little fellers before (and had to fight them on several occasions) but I never knew there were so many. we've got to do a massive all day game some time so that you can field them all. Maybe a ridiculous Emp vs Emp game. It'd be 'smashing'. 

Now, just got to read your Solland posts too. I really ought to learnt to be more observant.

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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2009, 07:57:53 PM »
continued brotherhood ?

That merchant council would have slit their mothers' throat for a bag of pennies....

Oh, and a real nice looking (and big) army, Uryens.

Damn you for showing some units that are on my "wanted" list, though.. At this rate, I'll never finish the 18th...
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2009, 12:37:18 AM »
Hi Padre. :::cheers:::

The size of the "continued brotherhood" is larger then some might be aware.  "United we stand, divided we fall", and in between, we debate. :icon_wink: :icon_lol:

When I get to England someday, I plan to be looking you guys up for a visit.  Might even bring my army.  :icon_biggrin:
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2009, 02:43:49 AM »
They look a bit glossy, but that is a personal preference. Otherwise they are awesome, I love the way you mixed the different companies minis :-D

The banners are also very nice.
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009, 08:48:31 AM »
The really dont look that glossy IRL, I can only assume its an effect of the camera with the flash making them look like that.
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009, 08:52:54 AM »
I can back Uryens on that one - I've seen them IRL and I don't recall any glossiness. Cameras do do odd things.

(Ooh, I like that: "do do odd"!)
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2009, 08:58:30 AM »
I can only put it down to the Watersnake effect.
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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2009, 11:00:53 AM »
Nice army!

I like the gun emplacements. Also, non-uniform Empire armies always look better.
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2009, 03:35:57 PM »
I can only put it down to the Watersnake effect.
Dare I ask ... what is the "Watersnake effect"?

By the way, I was looking back through the pictures again, I like how you've put a banner with most of the units.  Also, it was interesting to see that you used the knight horse heads with the feather across an entire unit, and this matches up neatly with the feathered helmets, too.  There looks like there is another cannon crew behind those knights, but couldn't see the artillery piece in any of the pictures, but wondering what it is?
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2009, 03:44:06 PM »
I can only put it down to the Watersnake effect.
Dare I ask ... what is the "Watersnake effect"?

By the way, I was looking back through the pictures again, I like how you've put a banner with most of the units.  Also, it was interesting to see that you used the knight horse heads with the feather across an entire unit, and this matches up neatly with the feathered helmets, too.  There looks like there is another cannon crew behind those knights, but couldn't see the artillery piece in any of the pictures, but wondering what it is?

Have a look at Padre's Lizardman/Pigmy army thread for the "Watersnake effect" - and then use it as an excuse for everything...

As for the knights with feathers, I must confess I didnt build or paint them myself, they are a (very good) ebay purchase (5 for 6 knights, bargain!) that are very well painted.

Yes there is another artillery team, a mortar to be precise, again from ebay, it is just sat on the floor at the moment, I have grand plans to build a firing pit for it, but have yet to start. When I do I will photoblog it perhaps. Depends how it works out lol
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2009, 04:34:32 PM »
This thread is inspiring me to paint my artillery.  I just have one great cannon, which I might make it convertible to a mortar, although I did just pick up a dwarf cannon when purchasing the 7th edition starter set.

I'm considering making some sort of a fortification for the artillery, although I was contemplating it being more like an earthworks with wooden spikes, to help against cavalry charges. :icon_lol:  (Not that the GW rules allow for this. :icon_rolleyes: :icon_lol:)
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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2009, 05:38:48 PM »
heh

Its inspired me to finally start my mortar pit too :)
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2009, 01:50:14 PM »
A mortar pit, sat on the fork of the River, north of Kell...




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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2009, 01:52:22 PM »
And the first of (hopefully) three "alternative" ogres to act as a mercenary unit...from somewhere in the southlands (I have finally sourced a second figure that fits in the southlands theme, just got to order it now...)



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Re: The Free Company of Solland (Pic heavy)
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2009, 02:14:01 PM »
The mortar is awesome, if a little impractical-looking gamewise  :icon_razz:
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