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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 10 Jul 2014 - 12:58

... and now for something completely different.

I found the Warlord Games Imperialist Infantry box at a steal at a lgs while I was there to order a box of Empire Archers (Those guys have some great bits for Mordheim). This guy is the result of that:



First guy of my up and coming Witch Hunter warband. I've always liked the Witch Hunters in Mordheim, so I thought it was finally time to put a proper warband of them together. Besides, our part of the city seems to be infested with a lot of crooked scum in need of a good burning.

The base obviously isn't finished, and I just realized that the sword scabard looks a little bit rough. Still pretty happy with the guy!


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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 10 Jul 2014 - 13:21

A well definite photograph is the harshest of all critics...at least with minis.   Suspect 
The Old Lady Burner looks TERRIFIC; your conversion & brushwork are OUTSTANDING. GREAT WORK!   thumbsup 
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 10 Jul 2014 - 14:56

Nice job, like the dark colour chosen for him, very sinsiter looking guy, reminds me of solomon kane!

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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 10 Jul 2014 - 18:13

Love your miniatures! The hornless one is one of my favourite, seems kinda creepy for me, love it!!

Great start also with the witch hunter band!
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 1:02

Very nice , reminds me on a Witchhunter  Very Happy Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 3:46

I couldn't wait for more bits to arrive, so I sset about putting together another Witch Hunter. This one with a hu-uge crossbow. Gotta love those heroic scale gw bits.


(also pictured: Peasant of the more self-flagelating disposition. Those guys tend to come in handy when the going gets tough and the city is filled with vampire- and heretic scum.)

Here's a little trick:


I've never liked the "light" feel of plastic miniatures, though I enjoy the material a great deal for its conversion-possibilities. Gluing on old pieces of metal-castoffs under the base gives the miniatures a nice heft, and also greatly improves their stability. This is especially useful with top heavy miniatures, but I tend to do it for most of my Skirmish miniatures, when I dont base them on washers.

(I suppose most of the older grognards here are familiar with this trick, though.)
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 4:29

OT question: for the buildings i've seen the topic skaven123 linked and the main materials are balsa wood and a type of polystyrene right? But looking to the final works the walls seems more strong and robust, like they have been reinforced with something (putty/stucco?).

Can you or your friends tell me the right materials and the procedure? Im a total noob on making scenery and building but i want to try this, looking good and the materials seems very cheap!!
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 4:44

Morghot wrote:
OT question: for the buildings i've seen the topic skaven123 linked and the main materials are balsa wood and a type of polystyrene right? But looking to the final works the walls seems more strong and robust, like they have been reinforced with something (putty/stucco?).

Can you or your friends tell me the right materials and the procedure? Im a total noob on making scenery and building but i want to try this, looking good and the materials seems very cheap!!

Of course! Its actually not that difficult once you get into it, and a lot of fun, too!

The foam skaven123 used was "architects foam", which is a fancy name for Foamcore. The stuff we used did take fine to spray, which is not a guarantee, so do a test spraying before you accidentally melt the entire piece.

With the foam in place, support struts were added with balsa wood. In order to give the walls some proper texture, we chipped away at them with hobbyknives. After this stage, the walls (insode and out) were painted with thinned down pollyfiller. This gives the "robustness" and dries with a nice fine-grain texture. The trick with this part is to not get it too thin, and then just slapping it on.

After that, it's all a matter of painting. We sprayed everything a dark brown (close to Scorched brown) and then just drybrushed progressively lighter layers on.
The wood goes something like: Dark Brown + light grey -> more light grey added to mix -> bleached bone substitute.
The walls were painted various colours, all starting from brown.
We used the cheapest acrylics we could find, combined with some huge brushes.
And thats about it. It's all just a matter of boggling down and getting to work - Good looking terrain is very achievable once you get into it.
There's also a huge wealth of great tutorials around on the web, if you are lacking for inspiration. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 6:02

Due to threats from the powers that be at G.W. about the only on-line store that sold War Hammer/40k pieces over here stopped doing so. C'est la vie, eh?! The over sized cross bows & pistols do have a certain charm to them.   What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 11:22

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Due to threats from the powers that be at G.W. about the only on-line store that sold War Hammer/40k pieces over here stopped doing so. C'est la vie, eh?! The over sized cross bows & pistols do have a certain charm to them.   What a Face

I do have my own looong list of grudges and qualms with the big G of the now, but I have to admit that they occasionally still do manage to produce a nice kit.
Mordheim is great because I get to play with the miniatures I like, in the setting when it, in my opinion, was at its absolute best. It is also a really fun game. So there Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 11:40

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I do have my own looong list of grudges and qualms with the big G of the now, but I have to admit that they occasionally still do manage to produce a nice kit.
Mordheim is great because I get to play with the miniatures I like, in the setting when it, in my opinion, was at its absolute best. It is also a really fun game. So there Razz

...and I understand that Hitler was nice to his dog.  Suspect 
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 12:03

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...and I understand that Hitler was nice to his dog.   Suspect 

I counted up the cost of an army of any of their newer releases, and wept.
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Fri 11 Jul 2014 - 17:32

Many thanks Affun!
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Sat 12 Jul 2014 - 14:36

Great stuff!! who makes/what bits were used for the hornless beastman and the skull bra babe?
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 4:23

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Great stuff!!  who makes/what bits were used for the hornless beastman and the skull bra babe?

The Hornless was a conversion based on a plaguebearer body, with a beastman head, arm, and another marauder arm (for the muscles and pose) + plus a dagger stolen from the scythe from the Zombie-kit. The hood and loincloth are greenstuf. (Actually some of the first major sculpting Ive done. Not entirely happy with it, but the end result turned out pretty good.)

Skull babe is a reaper Death Cultist:
http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/barbarian%20female/price/02746

I originally planned to give her a hideous mutated face, to get a bit away from the "sexy-fantasy babe in a bra"-trope, but in the end, it seemed to complex, so my warband ended up with a bit of cheesecake in it.  Rolling Eyes Kitsch is in, though. Thats what I keep telling myself.  

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Ina had the unfortunate accident of getting her warband totally demolished this sunday, so Ive launched into the Witch Hunters of Herr Helbrecht fully now. Thus I present the second model done for the band, the Warrior-priest Sigfried (Only slightly deranged):




I really need to figure out some better way of taking photos. For now the great outdoors with the blue shed backing will have to do though.

Siegfried is, as any warrior-priest who would end up finding themselves in Mordheim, not the wealthiest. He has had to forgo the traditional, fashionable and iconic, warhammers for a pair of far more affordable ball-maces. He dreams of one day owning a true Gromril-replica of Ghal Maraz, with which to bring Sigmars holy punishment to the sinners of the City of the Damned.

As for now, my painting-queue looks like this:


One game-night in and my warband is allready at max size + a Halfling. And I though that Witch Hunters would be easy, due to their low model count.
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 5:22

Too bad about the Witch War Band...there was so much potential for inherent coolness there. The new Witch Hunter looks TERRIFIC...conversion work & painting are up to your high standards. His expressive face brings home the point that the only thing that separates the Hunters from those they hunt is the Deity their perpetrating the acts for. GREAT WORK with the promise of more of the same in the near future.   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 10:32

@DeafNala: Everything is justifiable to someone who believes it to be "for the cause". I'm glad that Ive managed to capture that fanaticism. It certainly befits a priest of Sigmar, I think.

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We've been getting pretty stocked on what scraps are available of the Mutiny In Marienburg supplement in the club, so we are just about to launch into a pretty ambitous terrain-project related to that.

To that end, and because I wanted some intact buildings for our games as well as the ruined ones, I've started putting together this small slums house:



(also pictured, for scale, a couple of Zealot conversions)
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 11:04

Cool looking Shack...I like the door.   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 14:25

And, while the pollyfilla dries on the first one, I've started knocking together this second one:



I think that'll be the last from me today, as I am getting sort of sleepy. Phew.
Here's a little vignette of the buildings so far:

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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Thu 17 Jul 2014 - 14:50

That's progressing WONDERFULLY! The shacks have a charmingly decrepit look to them. They'd be perfect for one of the semi-permanent settlements outside Mordheim. Keep up the FINE WORK!   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Sun 20 Jul 2014 - 8:44

3 houses almost ready for paint! :


(yes, There will be painted stuff soon . I just got bitten by the terrain-bug Rolling Eyes )
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Sun 20 Jul 2014 - 8:56

Lots going on on this thread  thumbsup 

I look forward to the painted houses.
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Sun 20 Jul 2014 - 8:58

UBERCOOL STUFF! Your decrepit creations are SPLENDID little pieces. They would make WONDERFUL  settings for quite a variety of miniatures & games. Have FUN with the painting!   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Mon 21 Jul 2014 - 3:42

I did get some stuff painted yesterday, but I failed at taking proper pictures. I'll get on that later today Smile Until then, here are some Mastiffs, of warlord games make:



Im not entirely happy with the way the black one turned out. I think it looks a bit too 'unpainted'. Might need a bit more work.
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PostSubject: Re: Helbrecht's Hunters - And slums-huts   Mon 21 Jul 2014 - 6:12

Those are GREAT LOOKING; an EXCELLENT alternative to G.W's War Dogs. Your painting & choice of colors is OUTSTANDING. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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