When reading other people's blogs, I often find the most useful pieces to be on the breakdown of a project - how it was conceived, executed and delivered. I always forget to chart my progress as I go, so I'm pleased to report that myself, Kieran, Coldsteel Dan and a few others are starting a Mordheim campaign soon. More excitingly still - I'm going to document the whole thing, and this is the first post in that series.
|Oh, Sergeant Bilko, will you never get things right?|
- Human - deliberately vague, I wanted a general band of ordinary 'humans', be they citizens of the Empire, Bretonnia, or some other principality. They would deliberately avoid most of the stereotypes and just be an ordinary band of people trying to survive in a hellish world - a bit like the Imperial Guard in 40K. Verdict - interesting idea, but might be a bit boring to model. That interest might not translate to the board.
- Dwarves - ah, trusty Dwarves. My favourite race in Lord of the Rings, I love the aesthetics and historical ties they have with Vikings and others. They would also fit right in to Mordheim, I'd have them as miners and gold prospectors, seeking their fortunes. Verdict - I found some cool models, but in the end I thought the narrative was a bit flat and couldn't come up with a better one.
- Undead - I really like the idea of a withered old Vampire (very 'classic' and old school, Dracula-like), hiding away in his castle with an army of shambling skeletons to protect him. And, as well as liking the fluff I was sure I could find some great models to represent it. Verdict - ticks both the boxes!
So I was settled. A nice, traditional Whitby vampire. Like a loyal GW customer, I went on to their website to find some vampire models. I was confronted by things like this:
Can't I just have a normal vampire? Not a massive winged, armoured lunatic? That's the whole appeal of vampires - understated, subtle, well-dressed nobles harbouring a dark and clandestine secret! Can you imagine one of these mentalists turning up to a masked ball? I think he'd be sussed before he hung his coat up.
So rather than let my blood boil with rage I decided to just ignore GW and find some other nice models. This is what I settled on:
That's more like it! The original, and literal, femme fatale! A lovely model from Reaper Miniatures, very decently-priced, I duly ordered one with an Evil Wizard model to use as a Necromancer. We're getting somewhere...
Really very nice models indeed, now I've opened them up. Great quality and really enjoying the thought of painting up something totally different.
Tune in next time to see what we do for zombie/skeleton hordes! Until then...