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Little blog about the people fighting for the free city of Nordheim. Focused mainly on painting and some nice images. And some battle reports coming soon.

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The Crossbows

Oh man this was alotta work. Painting 30 crossbowmen was a mentally demanding task. But I needed them for my first tournament. So there was the motivation you propably know. In the end I had enough time to play around with the standardbearer and could push myself alot further with painting freehands.

I`m very proud of the standardbearer. I think this freehand turned out really well

The painting is a copy of the Vasa. A swedish warships witch sank on it`s first journey
Here`s the reference https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-swedish-warship-vasa-ralph-bruce.html I really like those guys and play them every game. Buffed with Hold the Line! they perform exceptionally well and kill nearly everything.
 

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Army on parade!

So this is my free people army for now. Recently I made some pictures of the whole army. I`m really curious about what will happen the year of 2019.




 

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The Luminark of Hysh

I have a kind of love/hate relationship with this miniature. Both, from a painting and a gaming perspective. It took me ages to paint this one fully and I have to admit that I wanted to quit several times during the process. There is just sooo much detail in this miniature that it would be crazy to paint everything to full extend. So I made mine to good tabletop standard, I guess. The best moment was when I finished it and was able to move to something else.

At the end I`m happy with the finished model, dispite the fact that especially the blue highlights could be much better and  that I just don`t painted a lot of details.


But i couldn`t resist and magnetized the top construction. So i can even play it as a Hurrikanum. So I gladly don`t have to paint another one of these

From a gaming perspective this model is really an up and down. It has one shot with the top laser. 3/3/-2/6 with 30" range. This is just brutal, but you cannot imagine how often it`s just missing. On the other hand I won games just because of this 6 damage shot . In the end I guess that I`ll always take him. He just makes the opponent consider this threat and creates a real large bubble of potential devastation
 

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More Crossbows!

Because a unit of 30 crossbowmen just isn`t enough I painted another 30 directly after the first ones. Seems I got some resilience for repetitive work
This standardbearer isn`t as fancy as the other one. Time was running short before my first tournament. But I managed to photgraph some steps of the painting process and build a little gif from it. I hope you folks like it.


  I just like painting those guys. The blue/yellow colors make me happy Here is the gif:

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The second Griffon

I have to say that I really enjoyed painting this one. The fear and uncertainty of painting such a big miniature was gone because I already painted on of these. So I tried some new technics and painted my first real free hand on this one. I also finally desided to give Nordheim a strong relationship to the sea and naval stuff. So ships were suitable. Especially a whole fleet




I think this is still a fantastic kit. In the end this is grim looking Karl Franz with Garl Maraz in his hand!

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The Excelsior Warpriest

This one is kinda a cool story. I always wanted to have one, because of the warscroll. He has the ability to heal an unit with keyword Order and he has his little Gryphound fellow. Unfotunatly you cannot buy this one from the GW webside. He`s a special model in some boxed set.
I don`t know why, but I was able to buy this in the GW store in the next major city. I think this was really lucky and I`m happy to have him. I don`t spend much time on painting him because I wanted him to be finished for a game. So everything went in a hurry. In the end there are a lot of little flaws. But no one will notice it on the table



I really like the free Gryphound which comes with this priest. You have a lot of possibilities with this one in a game.

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The Greatswords

The week after the outriders of the former blog entry I painted this unit of 10 men with their mighty zweihanders.
I`m really happy with them and it was a pleasure to paint. I really like the armor which is kinda bigger than the one of the normal guards. But there is still enough cloth to give them the blue/yellow look and fit them into the whole Nordheim army. The different heads with more beards look pretty well too. It`s the first time I`m happy with the eyes I painted.
As you see the greatswords went with orange cloth stripes.

There is one special guy in this unit. I called him Iron Joe.

If he`s not too busy defending the growing empire against all sorts of monstrous filth he likes swimming, cycling and running
  At the moment these Greatswords aren`t used in battle and stay on the shelf. But im planning to build a more melee focuses force. And these guys will have an essential role in it.  

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The General on Griffon

This one is just a gorgous model.🤩 I had so much fun with this one. The base alone was a place of tiny rocky happiness
This griffon took me 3 weeks to paint it completely. I spend alot of thoughts for the styling of his back. Which animal should it represent? And what was paintable?
I made 3 versions. Something unreal, a leopard and a cheetah fur.

In the end I took the leopard andI think it was the right choice. In my eyes it just looks amazing. Unfortunatly the painting took quit a long time. So I had the opportunity to play some epic games without him really being finsihed.
The rider was fun to paint too. I really like the yellow/blue color sheme and have never regreted this decision. It just looks fantastic. Even as WIP.


In the end the general on griffon looks like this:

This one is an autoinclude in each of my lists so far. Sometimes he has a bad day and kills not that much. But you can see in the eyes of the opposing general that this griffon always strikes fear into the hearts of the enemy.

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The Lord Ordinator

This one is a kinda tragic story. I bought him to accompany my artillery. Obviously. In Malign Portents he had a command ability which let him pick an artillery piece which could fire twice this round! WhoopWhoop! With AoS 2.0 there came the possibiliy to spend more than one command point each round. So the idea was to make a really cannon heavy list with around 1600 points to get 8 command points for the remaining 400 points. With these command points you could have made your 4 cannons shoot twice in the first 2 rounds. I guess this would have brought a lot of fun. At least on my side. (You can read about this in the Ironweld Arsenal discussion Thread started by @Double Misfire) But GW was aware of this fact and changed his warscroll in the new Stormcast battletome. Now he has some ability about battelshock immunity for stormcast units only. Its a real shame because I put a lot of effort in this model. But on the other hand it`s not that bad. I also had a lot of fun painting him and he looks good on the shelf

So that`s the story of the Lord Ordinator. Here are the Pictures:


I think I done quit well with his cloak and really like it. It looks even better if you turn the miniature in the light.  

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The Empire Great Cannon

This one was also bought in a our local shop. Afterwards i realized how lucky I was because this gorgeous model is no longer officially sold 
In my opinion this is the most beautiful artillery piece on the whole GW range. It`s just a cannon how a cannon should be. I`m searching ebay for an unbuild one ever since. I need a second for symetric purposes

Here are some pictures

I really like how the crew turned out. You can see in the faces what kind of guys they are.
The seasoned gunner with a long beard and grim look commanding the crew, picking targets and firing the cannon:
The normal cannon crew member, having seen his share of the battle. Being determined in his duty:
And the greenhorn without any facial hair. Maybe it`s his first fight? Having a more shyish look and hasn`t earned some individual equipment pieces yet. At the moment he may only do the most easy work and carry those heavy cannonballs:
In the end I`m really happy with this model.  If you got an unbuild sprue of it at home. PM me, I`d be glad to take it  

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The Ambermage

Right after the artillery I went with a single character and some tiny conversions. Basically just putting two dogs on a larger base to accompany this beauty. The female mage is Autumn Bronzeleaf from Reaper Miniatures. The doggies are from some companion pack. Also from Reaper Miniatures. For me this model had a lot of first timers to offer. First female character, First non GW and first metal miniature. I like how she looks now. The eyes could have had more contrast and the cloak looks more dirty than properly shaded. This could have been better. Maybe next time
Amber is a specialisation for the Battlemage. The Ambermage has a spell granting +1 to wound for a single melee unit. So you need a marker showing that a unit is affected by this spell. I don`t really like those markers made from cardboard or plastic. So i made my own one. This little fella shows everyone that you should`t mess with the boys nearby Here`s the final picture of them:

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The Knight Azyros

This Knight Azyros is obviously not a man of the city of Nordheim. But he`s a very good addition to a free guild army. His rerolling 1s on hit aura is just fantastinc for these big shooting units. So I just bought one in holidays and painted him in a week after coming home. There are many different colorshemes out there for those stormcast guys but I think the original one is just the best. Golden armor just kicks ass

I messed around with the wings alot. All was looking ugly. I just wasn`t able to paint those staight lines on them. In the end I just put some Layers of white on top. No it`s kinda ok i think. And I know that I will never try those wings again

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The Outriders

Painiting theses outriders at the beginng of may was somehow hard for me. I started with the horses and wasn`t very happy with how they turned out. Afterwards it was hard to muster the motivation to finsih them. On the other hand it was the first time that I experimented with not so obvious color/shade combinations. The grey horse, for example, is Stormvermin Fur with a shade of Seraphim Sepia. Doesn`t look that good for a horse. But I will use it for kinda moosy stones in the future
Painting the riders was more fun and in the process i god back my motivation. Here you see the full glory of the 12th Outrider detachment of the Nordheim army. I like the roman number on the blankets and the turquiose cloth to distiquish them from other detachments.

In the end I`m quit happy with them. Unfortunatly they are also on "wrong" bases.    

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The Freeguild General

This one was bought with the first bunch of minis at the end of february. I started him not much after but at the end it took about one month to finish him. This was the first mini I painted in steps with other stuff in between. In the end I`m happy how he turned out. I think he`s a worthy geneal to make the free guilds to Hold the line!
But i have to admit that the model itself is not the most beautiful for me. There are more human models which will suit better as a general. Here are 2 WIPs which i will use as proxy for the general. One is the Ludwig of Schwarzhelm model which is far more detailed and has more life in it:
And the other one is a Valten on horseback. The base will be too large for matched play. But damn, he just needs these two wolfs Somebody of you folks knows the warscroll of the freeguild general? Do you think it`slegal to have sword, shield and the banner? Or does the banner rule out other weaponry?

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Rockets!

I really like artillery. It`s just facinating to have this big boom.
Thats why I directly bought 2 Helfire Rocket Batteries and painted them at once. This was before I really understood pointcosts and the principles of alliances and allegiances. Atm its 180 points for one of these bad boys. So two of them only barely fit into a free peoples army I had a lot of fun painting those. in the picture you may see that i magnetized them. One big magnet (5mm) at the end of the gun and a small one in each Wheel. I think they just look better without a base and so they fit to every underground. Man, it`s just fun to paint big rocket guns. I put quit some effort into them. This was the first time i made some color testing: If i recall it correctly its form left to right: Balthasar Gold, Balthasar Gold and a Layer of Gehennas Gold, Balthasar Gold and a Layer of Auric Amour Gold.
I don`t know anymore(was in april ;)). But I think i went with the Auric Amour Gold variant. Could also be the Gehennas. It`s definitly with heavy Agrax shading. Future projects will be documented here directly so i can always look it up if i forget color combinations i used.
Here the final pics:

At the end I`m really happy with how they turned out. Except for the eyes. I learned to paint better eyes later. Just don`t try to put the black dot in the middle of the white. It looks much much better if the black dot touches the upper of the eye. You`ll see in the next pictures. For example the Empire Great Cannon which is just a gorgeous model and the mother of all artillery pieces 🤩

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The Gunmaster

I bought this one in our small local store. I literally bought every human mini in this store.
So this gunmaster was one of my more early Miniatures. But I managed to paint this guy in the course of one weekend. Had the idea for the basing at work and was immediatly hyped. Started building/painting right after coming home. It`s the first mini I started to put much effort into the head.
I really like the thought of him, sitting for a while behind this pile of rocks. Checking wind conditions and such. Just wating for his target to appear and make this important single shoot. It`s a pity that my dice hate me and i never had this shoot in a game. I think he turned out quit nice. Unfortunatly their is a GW base chart now and he should be on a 1" round
Making a gif from the process was even an idea from work. I like making gifs. Have made some for other non hobby stuff too. I hope you folks like it too
 

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Freeguild Guards

My second unit to paint were the 20 guards with sword and shield i had already assembled. On the 12th of march they looked like this: Obviously i removed the shields before painting. Subassembly is a thing now.
Ten days later i had 20 of them nearly finished: For this 10 man units with champion, muscian and standardbearer i went with red clothbands. The other 10 got kinda purple ones.  It took a my a while to bolster the ranks of each of the 2 units to 20 men. But here they are. The 5th...
...and the third swords of the Nordheim army.
I really like how they turned out and  at the moment they are the back of my army being present in every game.  You can see the development in painting in this units. I often came back to these and added more detail. Someday i will redo these banners with something real fancy Here is one special dude of the 5th swords which i like the most:
These 40 men are the only guards for now. And they have seen many battles. I hope i can add a lot of them soon. A block of 40 halberdiers sounds pretty promising

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The first Handgunners

The first unit to be finished were the 10 handgunners i bought the first day.  I looked around in the old warhammer fantasy lore for a good colorsheme a long time. An decision wasn`t easy to made but at the end I took to the blue and yellow of Nordland and never regreted since. I really like the colorful look which most armys kinda lack in my opinion. I also decided to color those clothstrips they have attached in varoius manners to symbolize the regiment they belong to. Greenish tones for missle units. When i called them done on the 8th of march, they looked like this: Nothing too fancy, but i liked them from the start. Nethertheless i came back to extend the painting later. But these 10 guys are only half of the unit. I went for some other minis in between but by the 3th of april i finished the other half of this unit. They already have some green on their bases and the second layer on the uniforms is more bright. Which i like really much.  Someday later I added another layer to them and finished the banner. Today the 10th rifles of the Nordheim army look like this: The champion with the long rifle is called Jonny. jonny is a real marksman and even shot Nagash right into the face.  Until now these are my only handgunners. I still have another unit of 20 assembled and primed but they`re still waiting for some paint.  

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The Beginning

It was the 23th of february in 2018 when a colleague of mine started a get-to-know-warhammer-event in our company. Thanks Pete! 😀 I was hobbying some years before with a tiny force of some chaos warriors in 8th edition, but never got them to the table. So i was eager to play my first game. Due to Age of Sigmar the rules where easy to understand und we all had a really nice evening. During the whole event i told everbody that i don`t have the time to hobby again. The next evening i sad at my desk which looked like this: I went to the local store right after work and bought the only Free People kit they got. Handgunners! The old painting station was banned to the cellar for years. But the colors and primer were still in good shape so i was able to start directly.  I won`t explain the decision for the free people because it`s clearly the only sensable one. For everyone I tend to exaggerate a little some times. And Warhammering was no exception in this case. 3 days and an express postal service later my desk looked like this: 20 Guards with sword and shield, 10 Handgunner, a General on horse to lead them into battle and the cannon for boom! The first army around 500 points ready to go.
Unfortunately the painting took far longer than the assembling. In this blog i want to documentate the evolution of my free people army. It`s planned as a kind of timeline which i can read from time to time to bring back the good memories. Also i`d like to get some feedback and opinions for the painting, conversions, listbuilding and general hobby mischief I`m doing all day. An improvement in my english skills will come naturely, hopefully.
  Thanks Pete for bringing me back into the hobby!  

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