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PostSubject: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sat 14 Nov 2009 - 15:48

Hi,

I've recently started a Reikland Mercenary warband, based largely on the Empire Archer plastics. I've got a few WIP pictures up here to kick the thread off, and hope I can add to it as I (inevitably slowly) start to get painting. They are a bit rough at the moment though, still need bases doing and more equipment added, and my photography skills are a little limited, but hopefully you can get an idea!

I have a couple of questions though; for a start, has anyone any comments as to how I could make them look more 'Mordheim-ey', and less obviously lifted from the Empire army plastics? I'm going to add additional items like extra pouches, straps, and those miscellaneous bits and pieces from the Bretonnian Men at Arms box, and hope that this will help them look a bit rougher, more adventurous. I think I'll do the bases as simple stony dirt with a bit of scattered debris, and hopefully this will also add to the effect I'm after.

Secondly, I'm having trouble deciding on a paint scheme. I've always imagined the warband to have been started by a respected and proficient Noble or military officer, who has hand-picked the men he wants from the towns and villages around his locale, and gathered enough of his own money, or secured a grant or loan from a wealthy benefactor to arm and equip his new warband, ready for the mission ahead. As such I want to keep a common theme running through the band, like the same coloured coats, coloured ribbons on their arms as per the fluff, something like that. Reikland colours are so uninspiring though (sort of off-white), and so I need some help deciding what to do instead! Maybe all with the same coloured brown coats, various darker, practical coloured clothing underneath, and a particular colour like a strong blue or red for trimmings, insignia, sashes etc.?

Anyhow, here are the pictures!

Youngbloods:





(Probably going to be) Champions:



Longbowmen:





Group shot of what I've got that looks okay so far:



And a very very early WIP of one of my crossbowmen:





Will get more up as and when I can, but I have to warn now that I am quite slow with my modelling. Comments, criticism, anything welcomed though, thank you for looking!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sat 14 Nov 2009 - 16:18

Using the new empire archers for the bodies of your band, and glueing new arms for the weapon selections seems to be working EXCELENT!

It's a very good idea and yor gang members has lots of personality.

I particulary like the first guy (big feather) on pic 3.

No need to rush if you want to make a good job, but for a start this seem like a band anybody will be proud to own and play with or againt them.

Best wishes.
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 0:50

A VERY NICE start to what promises to be a FINE LOOKING War Band. I REALLY like the full skirted coats; they fit VERY WELL with the Reikland persona...or Marienburg for that matter. Keep up the GOOD WORK!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Mon 23 Nov 2009 - 10:35

First painted effort, a Champion:



Having photographed him I now see a couple of areas to touch up, but apart from that, he's pretty much done.

I've also got a new warband member, inspired by the conversions I've seen elsewhere using the same model:



Unfortunately he was already painted and I couldn't strip all the paint off, but hopefully I've done enough so as not to make re-painting too hard!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Mon 23 Nov 2009 - 10:43

A FINE START! The new Champion turned out GREAT particularly the face...photos are notoious for highlighting little flaws. The new recruit looks MUCH BETTER as a Halberdier than as an Artilleryman. KEEP'EM COMING!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Mon 23 Nov 2009 - 11:03

I LOVE the back to basics look of them both, and I agree with DeafNala, that halberdier looks amazingly cool! Great paintjob too and all that Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Mon 23 Nov 2009 - 11:03

nice

turn up the washes though
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 15 Aug 2010 - 9:14

I've finally painted a few more. I'm afraid light and camera are quite bad so I won't bother posting the poor quality close-ups I took, but for a little overview of the new ones:



It's not the most original colour scheme I know, but I really like how the red, dark brown and metallics look together. In a rough nod to the background story I painted the halberdier as an ex-Altdorf city soldier but I think the blue might look a bit too strong and out of place, so will have to decide whether or not to paint his clothing all red at some point instead. Any thoughts? Think I'll finish the other youngblood next, and then on to the archers!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 15 Aug 2010 - 10:18

Just a bit more light & your Lads will be shown of to the perfection they deserve. Even under less than perfect conditions, they look TERRIFIC! WELL DONE!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 15 Aug 2010 - 11:10

Some great painting skills you've got! Like the style of the Reiklanders! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 12 Sep 2010 - 16:17

Thank you for your comments so far. I have a few more pictures, still not great but at least they're close-ups!









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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 12 Sep 2010 - 16:28

VERY NICE PROGRESS! The faces turned out BEAUTIFULLY. The dark blue & red combo give the Lads a regal appearance. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 2:56

They look proud and disciplined - just as Reiklanders should look like Wink!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 3:00

Whoa man, your Reikländers faces look super-awesome! thumbsup
(Of course, the paintjob in general, as well. Wink )
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Fri 17 Sep 2010 - 5:15

Very good work!

I especially like the faces on your soldiers; the colours, shades and tones kinda remember some old canvas from spanish painters. Looking at the full-plate captain makes me think on old battle pictures from Velázquez, el Greco... just watch La Rendición de Breda and you´ll understand.

Being an old-fashioned spaniard, this is a great compliment to your painting style!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Tue 21 Sep 2010 - 14:06

Nice, very nice! I envy your ability to paint eyes!!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sat 16 Oct 2010 - 19:15

Nice work on those man! Love the old modell equipped with halberd.

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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Tue 17 Jan 2012 - 11:51

You possess a most magnificent Reikand Warband! Some of your modelling is brilliant and, like wobbly_goggy, I envy your ability to paint eyes. Smile
Keep up the awesome work! I hope to see more of them soon!
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Thu 19 Jan 2012 - 1:26

They look very nice.

Now I want some Imperial Archers to play with. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New Reikland Warband WIP   Sun 22 Jan 2012 - 8:33

nice use of the archer sprues, you have created a harmonic warband and the paintjob fits in quite well, too. as the others already said especially the faces look nice
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