Saturday, 26 December 2015

From TeemuL - Imperial Halberdiers (15 points)

It took longer than I hoped or expected, but finally my opening entry is here. Three Imperial Halberdiers, worth 15 points. You might remember from the last year, that I painted several Oldhammer figures, and I'll continue on that road this year as well. There'll be some Lord of the Rings figures, too. And some random figures. This time I didn't have enough time to plan or prepare the miniatures, so there the output will be quite varied. My five month old son is also demanding some attention, so my painting time is limited. Luckily he is quite a good sleeper, so I have some hobby time in the evenings.

But now to the miniatures here. Veterans will recognize them as GW Imperial Halberdiers from the 90s. I think they do not exist anymore in the Warhammer 8th or in the Age of Sigmar, but that doesn't matter: I have a friend who used to play at the time of 5th edition and as I have the necessary books, we will be playing couple of games early next year once I have painted reasonable forces. On the other side there will be Orcs, which I have quite a lot, but most of them are armed with bow, which is quite unorthodox for Orcs, so I need to paint some other models as well. The other side will be an Imperial army with Dwarf allies, where the problem is the opposite: basically all of them are armed with hand weapons. So, what did I do? I painted more of the close combat troops... My defense is that those miniatures were prepared and ready for painting. Actually I don't have many missile troops for "The Good Guys."

These three are painted in the red and white uniform, which I have used quite a lot in my Empire troops. I actually picked the color theme from the Blood Bowl ages ago, when I didn't want to paint all the troopers with same colors. This uniform emulates the "The Marauders" uniform, don't know where they come from, though. I'm quite happy with the painting, they are rank and file troops after all. Although they will be in the front row, because the other halberdiers were painted twenty years ago and I have gathered some skills after that.  

I don't like painting white, especially with the paints I have, the Citadel whites just don't seem to cover anything. Some of the faces are good, some are not. But overall they have a neat and uniformed look, they'll be happy to fight some orcs.

I have ten or so more of these, but I used my last transfers on these shields... And I won't be painting those eagles freehand! My next entry will be something else, probably I start working on with the Nostalgia bonus round entry, which should not cause much troubles considering my usual painting suspects. :)

So 15 points please, and hello to all the old and new in this challenge!

Welcome aboard Teemu - it's great to have you with us!

These are some very nice Oldhammer figures. I like the colour scheme you've chosen (those are some awesome red shoes btw) and the heraldry on the shields is a great finishing touch. 

As for whites I can recommend the Foundry three tier system ('Austrian White' #67a,b&c). The paint is very smooth, opaque and will give great coverage right from the first coat. Reaper is very good as well.
 Nice work and 15 points for you climb up the roster.


  1. Don't get me started on Age of Sodding Sigmar - go Oldhammer or go home!

    Excellent work, Teemu - I hope you've got some Oldhammery goodness held back for the nostalgia round!
    ; )

  2. Few things make me smile more than goblin green bases! :-) Nice work Teemu, you've made me want to break out my Oldhammer stuff now but that'll have to wait just a little while longer.

  3. A blast from the past. I remember when these figures first came out. Great to see how far "Hard" Plastic figures have evolved.

  4. Nostalgia indeed, I had a few of these as well back in the days. Great to see them painted so nicely.

  5. I never did get any of those plastics, but yours turned out very well!

  6. Fantasic Teemu! I have about 20 of these that I started 20 years ago and never finished. Yours look great. If you don't have the right mix of troops you might pretend that x units are armed with what you need them to be armed with. As long as you mark who has what it can work. I'm really looking forward to what comes next from you. Congratulations on the birth of your son as well. The toughest job you'll ever love.

  7. rather nice start to your campaign, hope someone can help out with the transfers to get the rest finished


  8. Very nice, I agree with white, and yellow as well. Foundry does work well but ultimately I just thin down the white and paint several coats

  9. I remember those figures well from my own Empire army (although I interleaved them with metal castings for variety). Always a fan of your painting style on these old figures.

  10. Thank you all for the comments! I'll put the rest of the halberdiers on hold for a while and paint something else. But don't worry, there's plenty of Oldhammer remaining. :)