Tuesday, 14 February 2017

From GregB: Warmaster Empire Handgunners (24 points)

A unit of Empire handgunners for "Warmaster"

I was away last week, so could not get very much painting done, but got home in time over the weekend to crank out one more unit for my Warmaster Empire forces.  This is a unit of handgunners, very useful "missile" troops in the game for the Empire player.  Their shooting is harder to stop, and any wounds you can stick to the charging units of your enemy will really come in handy.

Astonishing variety and character in these small sculpts - incredible stuff.
The colours are really loud as before, and they are from the province of Hochland, red and green.  Once again I went with brighter colours to really make them "pop" (I hope).  And although they are of course imaginary, these troops are clearly inspired by the forces of Renaissance Europe, and I believe some rather bright colours were often employed in that era.  So the province of Hochland may have to deal with dark, brooding forests and the scary Middle Mountains, but dammit, their army will look bright and fun when they march forth!

GW's Warmaster figures are a joy to paint, these were no exception.
In an ideal world I would include several of these units in my Empire force, as the stopping power of the handgunners is very useful, particularly when confronting cheese-bag overpowered forces such as those marshaled in the name of Chaos (*cough* Chaos Knights *cough*).  The Warmaster game, however, is long-cancelled, and the figures are found only in online aftermarkets.  These particular figures seldom appear on Ebay, so this unit will remain a little lonely for now...

The yellow feathers...maybe too yellow? Oh well.

Once again I must rave at just how awesome these sculpts are from GW.  Just frigging brilliant, a true joy to paint.  Man, I can't wait to get a game in again with this stuff...haven't played Warmaster in like eight years or something...

The handgunners take their place in the ranks...not to worry gents, I'm sure those Knights behind you will hold off and not trample you or anything like that.
Of course I have to include the obligatory progress shot of the overall force, which has grown from a neglected little smattering to a healthy-sized, full force ready for a game! I'm fortunate enough to have a few more units to add (included some nice recent Ebay scores, even if I can't find many handgunners) but I think, for now, this will bring my little Warmaster run to an end, although with my butterfly attention span, who knows what next week might bring?

The Empire forces for Warmaster! They even have  house to defend now! I wonder if Byron could be convinced to 3D print more of that village stuff...

I'll conclude with a photo from our visit to California last week.  We visited the Palm Springs area, and while much of the trip was taken up with important activities like relaxing by a pool, sipping drinks and shopping, we also went hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, home to a surreal and mesmerizing landscape.  What an amazing place...can't wait to visit again next year.

The Barker Dam at Joshua Tree National Park in the USA...there had been some rain two weeks prior, so there was water behind the dam...it was a peaceful and beautiful place to visit, and a lovely hike...

There 24 castings 10mm in size for this submission, so this should get me 24 points.  Trudging toward the goal...see you next week! So long California :(

Alan and Paul: It has been a real pleasure seeing this army grow. The bright colours really suit those figures. I certainly hope you have some success finding some more on ebay to add to your army! Glad to hear you had a good holiday as well - the landscape looks stunning - but surely you should have waited until after the Challenge? :)

By the way - with this entry we are only 4 points away from cracking the 50,000. I am feeling the strange sort of statistical pleasure that must be similar to Miles' habitual state.


  1. Nice work on the little guys Greg :)

  2. Excellent work Greg on that army!


  3. Beautiful work, Dude! We'll have to try to get a game in sometime soon.

  4. The yellow plumes make for a brave sight. Hail Hochland! Lovely work - the army is wonderful to look at in its growing glory.

  5. Great stuff. Check out Warmonger miniatures I painted some of their hand gunners and pikemen last year http://warmonger-miniatures.com/

  6. Lovely work, I'm envious of the little force you've built up.

  7. Great stuff Greg, although I never played warmaster I have a wish to go hit eBay to get some.... those bright colours are ace.

  8. Really cool minis - and the army shot is spectacular.

    As for your stats comment at the end, all I can say is "welcome to Stats-halla"

  9. I really like the bright colors. Well done!

  10. Excellent work Greg, and yes I may be able to be convinced of some more 3d items, I will look around for some more for you.

  11. Great stuff, i'm looking forward to your 28mm Empire army, if it's anything like this it will be very colourful!

    And as the proud owner of a Chaos army, I find these guys very annoying.

  12. I really like the colors for these, Greg! Your Warmaster force is very impressive. I'd also recommend checking out Italian War troops in a similar scale, you may find some proxy gunners to fill in till you find some more of the GW ones...could be cheaper than ebay too! ;)

  13. Nice work Greg, kinda wish I kept my warmaster stuff.

  14. Awesome work Greg! Your Warmaster stuff really is full of inspiration.