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I just remembered this thread, when I came to think about the topic of WFB Pistoliers being a proving ground for young nobles aiming for a military career, and whether it makes sense.

Perhaps it does, when considering the operational use of light cavalry. Such troops would spend much of a campaign as outriders, scouting for and screening the main body of the army. That would more likely than not make them see constant low-intensity action against similar enemy troops. Action that, particularly, would serve to develop situational awareness. Which might make it a particularly efficient, even if dangerous, way to accumulate the kind of experience that would be useful for a military officer. A knight, though, not so much.

The Brush and Palette / Re: the hargendorf garrison and relief forces
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:12:50 PM »
Swordsmen are looking good. I didn't know Fireforge sells their shields separately, I'll have to remember that for future projects.

The Brush and Palette / Re: Konrad's State Troops
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:37:34 PM »
Do consider getting the Artizan and Foundry pikemen too. The three kinds mix together very well, and provide a good increase in model variety. Looking at my unit now, I can't remember or tell at a glance which models are from which companies, they blend together that well.

The Brush and Palette / Re: HW+Shield Imperial Guard [T9A]
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:28:07 PM »
Now that I've had this unit on my shelf next to my other infantry units and been looking at it for some time, I can say that there isn't much of an issue with model bulk. They might be slightly slimmer than the GW miniatures, but not to the extent where it'd be noticed at a glance. Using GW weapons and shields on these guys does quite adequately bring them in line with the rest of my collection.

But then, the other models in the comparison are 6th edition state troops, models that should have thicker limbs simply due to wearing loose-fitting puff and slash, while the Imperial Guard wear tight-fitting plate. A much less favourable comparison would be to something like 5th edition Reiksguard Foot Knights, but I'll rather say that it's those who are too bulky. Heck, looking at those models, it's like they are wearing armour measures in centimetres rather than millimetres of thickness, armour comparable to the first tanks in existence.

The painting skill on display here is extraordinary, but... there's just something disturbingly odd about that combination of colours.

The Brush and Palette / Re: Konrad's State Troops
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:04:06 PM »
Did a little test how such halberdiers rank up:

Makes it somewhat visually plausible that they can (situationally) fight in three ranks in T9A  :happy:

The Brush and Palette / Re: the hargendorf garrison and relief forces
« on: January 07, 2018, 03:19:52 PM »

This gentleman looks like he could use a dab of black wash of some sort. Nuln Oil is the one if you use Citadel paints, though I imagine the other big producers have their own equivalents.

If the black wash results in the sash becoming too dark, you could just re-highlight it again with the original colour. A simple and effective technique I'm using all the time myself.

The Electors' Forum / Re: Warhammer Community Survey
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:30:45 PM »
I don't buy the notion either that they would have had to keep on releasing new armies all the time for the game to stay alive.

If they would just have released a properly balanced 9th edition where all units of all armies are points-costed correctly, that would have led to massive sales as people would have availed themselves of all kinds of options that weren't previously viable. All without GW having to do anything else than keep their existing production lines cranking out stuff.

Even if not, as long as the game is worth your time to play, people would have kept wanting more. More armies, expanding existing armies. How many players would really end up in a state of stasis where there's literally nothing more they'd like to have, paint or play with unless a new army is released?

The Brush and Palette / Re: HW+Shield Imperial Guard [T9A]
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:51:12 PM »
Alright, it's done. Feast your eyes on what's hands down my greatest hobbyist achievement, one that I expect will hold on to that title for quite some time.

The Brush and Palette / Re: the hargendorf garrison and relief forces
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:30:56 PM »
T9A must have rubbed off on me. After I read "imperial guard", it took me a while to get that you were talking about 40k  :blush:

The Brush and Palette / Re: Konrad's State Troops
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:12:08 PM »
Speaking of halberdiers, I did some theorycrafting and realized I want some, so I moved that initiative up a bit. The miniatures are a mix of Warlord, Artizan and Foundry Landsknecht Pikemen, sold with separate wire pikes that I cut down to size, filed out a suitable contact surface of, and attached a 6th edition halberd head to.

I originally thought I'd make four units of 20 each as T9A support units, but then I realized I might on other occasions use them as parent units, so I'll make at least two of them 25 models strong.

The Electors' Forum / Re: Warhammer Community Survey
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:12:40 AM »
Not just marketing, but overall business strategy. One anecdote that never gets old in illustrating what happened to GW is (quoting from memory here) the notion uttered by some bigwig at GW that their key customers are those with annual household incomes of 50,000 and above, that the other poor plebs don't interest them. Business school bro wisdom at its best. Wisdom that might make conventional sense if you don't realize that without that community of poor plebs to play with, that rich high-spender wouldn't buy a shit-ton of GW products that mostly end up in a big pile of unpainted grey plastic and white metal.

The Electors' Forum / Re: Warhammer Community Survey
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:40:14 AM »
All that stuffs great, your listing off plenty of things I loved about the hobby, but it's all also a decade if not more old. In between that we all know GW went through a very bad period where the marketing people seem to have taken over. The important thing I think is that we seem to be changing BACK to those glory days. I for one hope they continue in their current direction.

Marketing people. You are far too kind. I would have said something like "Business school bros who know conventional business wisdom, but know little to nothing about the actual product they're selling."

The Brush and Palette / Re: The Gates of Kislev painting project
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:49:15 AM »
What Rowsdower said.

Many people don't particularly like that militia torso with the overcoat, and I can see why. In combination with these 7th edition handgunner guns and arms, they look entirely fitting. The left arms though, are some of those the lasgun-holding arms from the 40k Cadian box?

The Brush and Palette / Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 7: Test models]
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:38:00 AM »
I've myself used LotR Rohirrim (with the most inappropriate bits cut away) as Norscans for WFRP tactical combat.

The Brush and Palette / Re: HW+Shield Imperial Guard [T9A]
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:02:01 PM »
I just realized that models with sallet helmets have the advantage that they spare you having to paint eyes  :happy:

The unit is now done except for the bases and the command group. Pictures will be posted when it's done.

The Electors' Forum / Re: The Empire in T9A 2.0
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:09:47 PM »
Well, read the thread  :happy:

To distill things down a bit, I would say that they have deliberately tried to make the classical 6th/7th edition parent-detachment infantry paradigm viable again. I'm pleased with both the intent and the execution.

The Brush and Palette / Re: The Renaissance Empire [Page 7: Test models]
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:38:21 PM »
Good paintjob on the Gondorian. What I don't like about those specific models is their exaggerated "action" poses. Making use of the swing-your-sword-and-use-the-shield-as-counterweight combat move made famous by movies. If they had anything like sensible poses, I could consider doing just that for T9A HW+Shield Imperial Guard. And if I hadn't already discovered the excellent Perry 1450-1500 Foot Knight box.

The Brush and Palette / Re: Pandemonium Multi-PLog (...aaaand more undead)
« on: December 26, 2017, 06:53:37 PM »
Cool idea to have a necromancer with a skeleton unit as an obvious unit commander. Particularly well suited for games like KoW that use abstract unit damage rather than single model removal, so there won't be any weirdness about the unit fighting on despite him falling.

The Electors' Forum / Re: The Empire in T9A 2.0
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:14:30 PM »
Well, if I drop the army early to grab the first turn, I'll have a first turn of unobstructed wheeling, which is no small thing when up to three units can get a 12'' march.

But be that as it may, let's not digress into the specifics of list function, but keep this about Empire in 2.0. I theorycrafted another list, a more close combat based counterpart, based on some of the other opportunities I've noticed in 2.0.

Marshal [General]; Imperial Prince, Dragon: 810 pts
Marshal [BSB]; The Black Plate, Shield, Death Warrant: 265 pts
Wizard [Cosmology]; Adept, Magical Heirloom, Arcane Engine w. Arcane Shield: 460

22 Imperial Guard; Command: 381 pts
30 Spearmen; Command: 340 pts
30 Spearmen; Command: 340 pts
20 Halberdiers; Command: 230 pts
20 Halberdiers; Command: 230 pts
20 Halberdiers; Command: 230 pts
20 Halberdiers; Command: 230 pts

5 Reiters; Brace of Pistols: 180 pts
5 Reiters; Brace of Pistols: 180 pts

1 Cannon: 255 pts
1 Imperial Rocketeers: 180 pts
1 Imperial Rocketeers: 180 pts

Total 4491 pts
Characters: 1535 pts, 34.11%
Core: 1600 pts, 35.56%
Special: 381 pts, 8.47%
Imperial Auxiliaries: 360 pts, 8.00%
Imperial Armoury: 615 pts, 13.67%
Sunna's Fury: 695 pts, 15.44%

The infantry line deploys in alternating order, as the halberdiers are support units and the three others parent units. The BSB is bodygyarded by the Imperial Guard in the middle of the line, projecting his bubble. General TVI tactics apply, except that the general and the arcane engine provide local force concentration and multiplication wherever the focal point of my attack is. The main job of the artillery is to provide counter-battery fire to help keep the dragon safe, then murder big nasties wherever relevant.

The Brush and Palette / Re: HW+Shield Imperial Guard [T9A]
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:12:30 PM »
In just two evenings, I managed to get all 25 of them drybrushed steel, and damn, it looks good. Gothic plate armour is simply fabulously suited for drybrushing, with all those ridges and edges between overlapping plates.

The Count's Tavern / Re: T9A 2nd ed before Christmas
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:19:16 PM »
The T9A website has crashed from overload of awesome! Sunna Mit Uns!  :happy:

The Electors' Forum / Re: The Empire in T9A 2.0
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:40:59 AM »
I also got thinking, maybe I should squeeze in some Imperial Rangers? Their ability to delay the enemy advance would synergize with the gunnery. Only thing I can think of to take out though without disrupting the concept of the army would be one of the pistol militia units.

Addit: I figured out I could get even two minimalist units of Imperial Rangers by dropping one of the pistol militia units, and shaving off the musicians of the electoral cavalry units, and yet one more Imperial Guardsman. Might be I won't need that second pistol militia unit I just made an effort to acquire. The dangers of being an obsessive-compulsive theorycrafter...

The Electors' Forum / Re: The Empire in T9A 2.0
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:36:01 AM »
To add to my previous post, since I was constrained for time when I wrote it. I see what you mean, and I've thought about all that, also in light of my as of yet scant experience with it. Thing is, with the battleline being as wide as it is, there is often not that much variance in how to deploy. I thought I might as well then go all in for dropping the army early and grab the first turn. That means being flexible. A previous variant of the concept had a war chicken unit instead of the two electoral cavalry units, but I figured deploying the chickens on a flank would just invite a refused flank deployment from the enemy. This way, if refused flank happens, the refused cavalry goes roaming while two or three units from the infantry core get the +4" March rate order and the line is turned to face the loaded flank. The Imperial Guard would go right in the middle of the line, with both characters starting there, for max bubbles covering as much as possible of the army. Afterward, either the BSB relocates into a spearman unit, or stays put to turn the unit into a super anvil.

The Electors' Forum / Re: The Empire in T9A 2.0
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:55:19 AM »
My experience so far with wizards in a list like that has been that the wizard is hard to bunker safely, without unduly constraining the unit that does the bunkering.

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