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An der Fähre Village Guard Reinforcements

The two models are done.

The unit is complete now.


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An der Fähre Village Guard Reinforcements

I sanded down the Miliput to the helmet form and based the models.


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An der Fähre Village Guard Reinforcements

The command group of the More Halberdiers project had two halberdiers in excess, which I planned to use to fill out the An der Fähre Village Guard unit, which is currently two men short.

I removed the feathers from their helmet, as no other model in the unit has them. The small dent in the helmet I filled with Miliput.


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An der Faehre Village Guard Rebasing

Rebasing Done!


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An der Fähre Village Guard Rebasing

This is a short revisit of an already finished project. With the second unit of the Oldworlder Ally Contingent I started to use metal bases instead of the classic plastic ones. So the bases on the village guard have to be replaced.

Removing the plastic bases was no problem, only some boots need to be repainted as the Vallejo basecoat sticked so well to the sand, that pealing the sand off the base also ripped the paint off some of the boots in one go. But this will be quickly repaired.

The plastic bases were marked on the bottom as the models only align in certain positions. With a Dremel I cut the markings into the metal bases, then painted them. There is some kind of protective coat on the metal, so I wasn't sure if the cutting would make the metal susceptible to rust.


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An der Fähre Village Guard

The village guard helebardiers are done:


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An der Fähre Village Guard

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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An der Fähre Village Guard

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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An der Fähre Village Guard

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


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An der Fähre Village Guard

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.