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Nordvolk Mercenary Journeymen

Among the Nordvolk there are not many rich families that can offer their offspring a good start into their own independent lifes. At the same time it is custom for children to leave their parents' homes at the age of 17 and live their own lifes away from their families. Most among the Nordvolk live lifes as farmers, cultivating crops or keeping sheep and cattle, fewer work as craftsmen or traders. To start their own business, or buy an existing business from the current owner (who finances his retirement with buying off) young men need starting capital. Only the richest families can provide this.

Most young men need to earn their starting capital themselves, and band together at the age of 17 under the leadership of older veterans and either pillage the coastlines as longboat raiders, or travel the realms and offer their services as mercenaries.

Halvar (25) and Tjure (23) Svanson are two brothers who choose the path of mercenary. First Halvar started this career, Tjure joined his elder brother's band two years later. At the age of 19, taking over command of his mercenary band after their leader was slain, Halvar saved most of the band (including his brother) from the battle that saw all the forces of the side they fought for annihilated. Since then he has been the leader of his own mercenary group, Tjure being his second in command. They accumulated some fame, and have no shortage of new youths who are eager to join their mercenary band.

They saved up quite some money already, so will probably not be in the business much longer before starting their planned cattle farm.

These models represent about two thirds of the Kislevite option (up to 30 models) of the Oldworlder Ally Contingent. They are armed with hand weapons and double handed weapons, with the option of light armour.

I choose the Nordvolk Axe regiment from West Wind Productions, two troop packs and one command pack.

For modern/future models I use for some time now washers, which allow easy storage in magnetic sheeting clad boxes. I tried several options with plastic bases (gluing magnetic sheeting or magnets into their bottom) but no option convinced me so far. I ordered some steel bases from Products for Wargamers and am quite happy so far. They are flat but still strong, line up nicely and allow for magnetic storage. These could be my new bases of choice. Damn... I need to rebase the An der Fähre Village Guard... (which should not be too complicated, just cutting away the trim and gluing the flat plastic base to the magnetic one).

I cleared all the models from flash and glued them to their bases.

The bases where then sanded.

The brothers, Tjure left and Halvar right.

Depending on the current tactical needs, the band often splits up into the main body being led by Halvar and a smaller flanking unit led by Tjure.

This configuration is not quite legal according to the army list, as the minimum unit size is 10 models... but this is Warfork Fantasy Battles, so who cares...

Most models are equipped like the following one, one two handed axe and a hand weapon - exactly the mandatory equipment from the list.


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The village guard helebardiers are done:


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I painted the flag, basically using the same colours as for the uniforms.

I then tried to paint the coat of arms onto the flag of the trumpeter, as well as the bodice of the two leader models. Well... this is the third try and I will leave it at that, but I am not really happy with how the pig turned out...

Last thing was to give the bare brown weapon shafts some grain. I painted medium brown lines lengthwise, leaving about the same amount of the dark brown basecolour. I then painted light brown lines within the medium brown lines. Finally I touched up the dark brown basecolours and disrupted the medium/light brown lines here and there.

Only the bases left to be done!


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It took another flu laying me down before I found the time to continue on these models...

I slightly changed the background part:

What is now called "An der Fähre" (At the Ferry) started out as the cottage of Karl Ruderer, who operated a small ferry business at a infrequently used travel route in the Hegemony. When the neighbouring barony imposed taxes on the trade of pigs (any connection with the baron's son marrying the daughter of the largest pig farmer of the barony were of course purely coincidential) more and more merchants dealing in pigs started to use this route, circumventing the tax imposing barony, soon small queues started to build on both sides of the river, which soon let to inns being opened; shortly thereafter smiths settled there, food was needed so some farmers joined... and very quickly a village formed - named after the place it is situated at - the ferry.

The Bürgermeister soon was forced to spend money on a permanent village guard, as drunkards needed to be arrested, disputes between merchants needed to be deescalated (especially when the merchants employed caravan guards) and raids by bandits needed to be stopped.

The core of the village guard is a company of halberdiers.

The flag of the village is

showing the animal on the ferry that made the village. The colours of the two halves of the flag as well as the uniforms will be pink (representing the pigs) and blue (representing the river).

There is a mix of uniforms currently being worn, the old one (left in the picture below) consisted of pink trousers and a blue blouse. As the guards were often teased with wearing their pajama trousers, the uniform was changed to both trousers and blouses being halfed in blue and pink (right model). The company is in transition of style of uniforms, so you can find both variants among them.

Current status is the blue and pink having washes applied.

I started to practise the coat of arms freehand, but I still have a way to go...


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The miniatures are done except the bases and the coat of arms/banners. I am still tinkering with them...


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As requested, here are some comparison pictures with older Citadel miniatures.

I continued to work on the models, painting the wood, leather and woolen hoods. I still tried to use non-colours, only browns and beiges, etc. The real colours will only come with the clothing and coat of arms.


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I painted the quilted armour in three different shades of light brown / khaki.

The plate armour, helmets, bucklers, hellebarde blades etc. were painted in steel. I used the Vallejo air colour, which has a very nice consistency.


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I basecoated the models with my airbrush and Vallejo surface primer black 28.012.

The first colour I applied to the chainmail some of the miniatures are wearing with... 72.053 Chainmail Silver... what else...

After that, I painted the studded leather armour with 70.822 German Camo Black Brown. Yes, there is really not only black and silver on the miniatures in the following picture:


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I did not pay enough attention when buying the models. On the one hand the command group only includes 4 models, so my unit is not 20 strong but only 19; on the other hand it includes two leader type models and no halberdier, so I have an extra hero (back row with the plumed helmet) but only an 18 strong unit.

Models ranked up and glued to bases.

Here you can see how I marked the position of the models.

Bases covered with plaster to hide the integral bases.

Bases covered in sand.


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An der Fähre Village Guard

What is now called "An der Fähre" (At the Ferry) started out as the cottage of Karl Ruderer, who operated a small ferry business at a infrequently used travel route in the Hegemony. When more and more merchants started to use this route, soon small queues started to build on both sides of the river, which soon let to inns being opened; shortly thereafter smiths settled there, food was needed so some farmers joined... and very quickly a village formed - named after the place it is situated at - the ferry.

The Bürgermeister soon was forced to spend money on a permanent village guard, as drunkards needed to be arrested, disputes between merchants needed to be deescalated (especially when the merchants employed caravan guards) and raids by bandits needed to be stopped.

The core of the village guard is a company of halberdiers.

The miniatures I ordered from Mirliton, one pack of each of their halberdiers (I, II, III and command group) from their fantasy human range. They delivered very quickly, great service!

The miniatures are very nice. They have crisp detail, are very varied in details but still look like one type of troop, and no pack has duplicates. Especially the variety in equipment is very fitting in my opinion, as in medieval type times there was no real uniformity, as basically very piece of equipment was manufactures as a one of a kind due to lack of industrialised manufacturing. The mold lines are very small, even the ones going over the chainmail are easily removed.

The only complaint I have about them is the basing. No bases are supplied with them (which is fine, as depending on which game their customers want to use the models for they would need round, square 25mm, square 20mm, hex, ... bases), instead they have quite thick integral bases. When glued to the 20mm bases usually used for Warhammer humans, the integral base basically doubles the base height - so I have to cut them down. This is not difficult but tedious work.

The first 5 models have the mold lines removed but are not yet glued to the bases - this I will only do when all minis are ready, so I can rank them up in the formation I will most often use them, 5 wide and 4 deep.