Today's post is brought to you by a desire to have a photo of my entire Empire collection, since until today no such photo existed. As concepts for posts go that's verging on the anaemic, but I like seeing photos of other people's armies, so, er, I'll just go ahead and flop mine out on the table for everyone to see.
I call this a collection rather than an army because there are more characters in it than would be practical for use in a single game, even if I were using the whole army. I have six wizards because it's fun to have options, and I have a battle standard bearer for both the Middenheimers and the Hochlanders (although if I'm desperate to use Ms Thiele whilst also having Kurt hanging out with his greatswords, I designed her so that the banner could be removed from her base).
With no characters included, the units weigh in at about 3,500 points (in 8th ed Warhammer Fantasy). There's then 14 characters, but since you'd never take all of them this equates to a usable army of 4,500 points. So far. Am I done with the Empire? Noooooope. There are no monsters in this army, and I don't have any engineers, and I could probably do with more halberdiers, and I don't have a steam tank, and, and... yeah.
|The Middenheim army; spot the sneaky shadow wizard in the background.|
The Middenheim army was where my obsession began, about... ten years ago? Ye gods. When 8th edition came along the state troops were bulked out, and the greatswords and mortar were added. I also threw in a few troops from the neighbouring state of Nordland because reasons.
|The tiny Nordland contingent. Maybe one day I'll flesh it out.|
Then, in 2012, we started the Beard Bunker blog, and with it a new wave of fantasy armies. The notion that I'd paint something other than Empire was obviously preposterous, and so began the Hochland project. Here's how it looks today...
|The Hochland army. I really need to enlarge that block of knights.|
Weirdly, the two halves of the army follow a very similar format:
- One block of 30-35 state troops plus 15-man detachment.
- One block of 20 state troops.
- A chunk of missile troops.
- A unit of zippy distracty types (pistoliers/archers)
- One unit of knights.
- One unit of elite infantry.
- Two artillery pieces.
This really isn't by design, and obviously there are differences, but it's only putting them all on the table that's made me realise how much I've repeated myself. Oh well.
I should also offer props to Mark, who lent me bonus lighting. One of the reasons I've not done many wide shots like this before is insufficient illumination. The experience also taught me that if I want to take prettier photos, I need to invest in a sexier camera. My current compact job is only just better than my mobile in most conditions, and sometimes it's worse - the picture of the Hochlanders was taken on my mobile, since that one came out better than my camera's attempt.
Everyone knows you need a tripod and the ability to mess with the exposure, shutter speed etc, but I am both lazy and cheap, and my current camera is designed for ease of use and only gives me access to some but not all of the relevant settings. It's fine for taking shots of individual minis, but struggles at wider angles - just another reason we don't do many battle reports on this blog.
Anyway, self-indulgence over. I'd better go and tidy up the mess I made...
|Mannslieb and Morrslieb were shining with uncommon enthusiasm.|