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And Now the End is Near

The mob of flagellants is ready to preach fire and brimstone at the end of an iron flail across the Empire. While Warhammer 8th Edition rewards massive armies with hordes of 30+ models, I am more interested in painting moderately sized forces with a variety of archetypal troop types. It’s always possible to double up later.

A mob of shaggy haired fanatics in rags wielding flails and torches
We’ve come to talk to you about your salvation

Throwing together three generations of sculpts made this an enjoyable painting project. The models from the Mordheim range sport the most additional detail, which is very characterful. Admittedly I could have added extra bits and pieces to the newer figures from the plastic kit, but for an entire regiment I am quite happy keeping it simple. The Marauder Miniatures versions are the most plain, but do have individual character with distinct faces and poses.

Two flagellants with double handed flails
Flagellants from the Mordheim range
Two flagellants with bronze and iron flails
Citadel plastic kit for flagellants
Two flagellants with manes of hair and a range of flails
Early flagellants by Marauder Miniatures

Leading the charge for my Witch Hunter contingent and the wider Empire forces I am building, these guys are some of the few humans I have painted for Warhammer Fantasy Battle. While not going to reach my Imperial Guard numbers anytime soon, I do hope to rectify this somewhat over the next months.

Back view of flagellants rushing a line of heavily armoured dark warriors
Those Chaos Warriors will need some convincing
Battle lines of flagellants and Chaos Marauders facing each other
It’s flails all around in a frenzied clash

Fighting Fire With Fire

The second contingent size force for Warhammer Fantasy Battle I am working on is based around a Witch Hunter and the followers he has stirred up. These consist of a unit of flagellants, some free company fighters and a group of huntsmen.

Witch Hunter and followers in a small medieval town
Rooting out heresy by fire and sword

I started off with the flagellants, combining the current plastic kit with old Marauder sculpts. Altogether I am aiming for 15, which will also include figures from the Mordheim range.

Flagellants in rags wielding heavy flails and clubs
Your doom cometh

The Witch Hunter is also a Mordheim model. Once this contingent is finished, it should provide a good recruiting pool for a warband to head into the City of the Damned.

Witch Hunter carrying a broadsword and a decapitated head
The executioner’s sword is kept busy

Painting flames for me is a pain, but they do give this faction a suitable vibe. Much more enjoyable to paint was this flagellant carrying a stack of books on his back, who has always been a favourite sculpt.

Back view of warband next to a road sign
Off spreading their faith to the next town

¡Viva Estalia!

On top of the various army size projects I have in the works for Warhammer, I have plans for a number of mercenary and allied contingents, aimed at the 500 points mark. One of them are Estalians, built around the Dogs of War releases and specifically Pirazzo’s Lost Legion figures.

To start off, I finally managed to paint a ten strong unit of handgunners, consisting of old Citadel sculpts from the Empire range, conversions of Pirazzo’s legionnaires and a Conquistador figure by the Perrys that I got as a freebie in the distant past.

Two ranks of gunners aiming
The unit champion gives the fire order

Pirazzo’s soldiers can be equipped by default with pikes or crossbows, meaning that the slots for their hands are well suited for operating handguns too. The firearms and hands are taken from Mordheim and Empire free company kits.

Three soldiers holding handguns and reloading
The handgunners occupy a village

The single piece Empire soldiers add some additional variety to the unit. They have less detail in terms of pouches, Lustrian gold emblems etc. and were therefore much faster to paint. I’m not complaining.

Three soldiers resting while one is aiming his gun
Taking a potshot

Cataphracts of Chaos

My Warriors of Chaos are nearly ready to invade the civilised empires now that I have completed the final unit of the army. These five Chaos Knights and their steeds are the most costly fighters in their warband, but they do pack a mean iron fisted punch unless they can be stopped by an artillery barrage before smashing into the enemy lines.

Five heavily armoured riders ahead of several infantry units
The Chaos Knights break into a charge

Since this cavalry is nearly completely covered in metal plates without any of the pelts that break up the Chaos Warriors’ colour scheme, I applied some flesh wash to the horse barding which gives it a different tone from the riders in their cold steel. Horns and fleshy bits on the shields do the rest with some bronze elements on the command group.

Shield detail with a demonic visage cut from skin
A demonic soul is bound into this shield
Bronze horn in the shape of a draconic head
The diabolical horn comes alive in battle
Shield detail with flayed skin and multiple eyeballs
Prying eyes from the Realm of Chaos
Horse's head covered by a skull with a curved horn
The steed is armoured in the skull of a defeated monster
Helmet of the champion sporting two horns with impaled skulls
The Doom Knight fights to earn glory in the eyes of the gods

Now what this force needs is a mighty and ruthless leader, backed up by a cunning practitioner of the dark arts to lead it into battle and glorious victory for the gods of Chaos.

Eye level view of the cavalry coming towards the viewer
Get out of the way or be trampled into the dust

Warriors of the Dark Gods

An army of the Warriors of Chaos needs a unit of these dreaded fighters themselves of course. As I am putting together a core force of just 1,000 points, a group of ten of these provides a hefty chunk of the army’s fighting strength.

Two ranks of warriors clad in heavy steel armour
Having conquered the wastes, the warriors head south

These warriors march under the banner of Chaos Undivided, clad in cold, chaos-infused steel and wrapped in heavy cloaks and shaggy furs. Their relentless assault on the civilised lands can only ever end in complete annihilation, be it theirs or their enemies’.

Black banner depicting a white star, decorated with chaos symbols and skulls
The eight pointed star of chaos proclaims their allegiance
Eye level view of the warriors marching forward
No mere mortals could wield such heavy blades in each hand

The Aspiring Champion leading this band of merciless killers is a figure released for Games Day 2009. He fits the style of the plastic Chaos Warriors well but has enough additional detail and flourishes to make him stand out as their commander.

Warrior with two axes, wearing a horned helmet and decorated with skulls
The champion seeks the favour of his sinister gods
Back view of several warriors in heavy cloaks and furs
Trophies of defeated enemies adorn these ruthless fighters