The other day, I was sorting through some stuff, making notes of units, and came across my old Light College Acolytes, and it occured to me they don't really have any rules any more, so I just defaulted them to Free Company. It then reminded my that I had a huge pile of Free Company bits and pieces to put together, which I had left for ages, as I didn't really know what I was going to do with them, one big mob or not. I already have a couple of gang type units of Free Company, and a citizen mob converted from Free Company bits....but I still had loads left. Looking at the acolytes and the pile of bits, the idea hit me that I could probably rumamge together a unit of 10 Free Company for each of the Colleges of Magic, it was just a case of finding the right bits for each theme
So I put together some concepts, and this is what I've come up with, scavenging spare bits from other sources...
The Light College.
Really this was the easiest, since the existing Acolytes provide the template. So a few High-Elf bits, and some Greenstuff and the right head..
The Bright College.
Theme obviously is fire, so it was a simple matter of pinching Flagellant bits and pieces, and a flaming sword
The Amber College.
I was thinking this would be hairy heads, or the new archer fur hats, fur cloaks, and flagellant bodies. I think I might add some greenstuff fur bits coming over the shoulder from the cloaks.
The Gold College.
One of the tricker ones to come up with, So in the end, I kind of went for wealth and bling.. Flashy bits, and I used bodes from a spare state troops set, and spare arms and stuff from other kits including pistoliers
The Jade College.
Since I couldn't think of many kits that would have sickles and staffs, I went for archers, using High Elf bodies, Empire heads and arms, and Wood Elf Glade Guard cloaks
The Celestial College.
This one was probably the trickiest of them to really come up with the concept for. In the end I used things like the telescopes, binoculars, and a shorted Hochland long rifle, and will probably have them a mix of hand gunners and pistols, possibly modifying them with scopes. I've added the big stiff collars from spare wizard parts, to really give them something, and in the end I think it was tidying the bandana free company heads so they look bald helped as well. I also didn't want them to look too much like engineers.
The Amethyst College.
Used the Wood Elf Glade Guard hooded heads, a scythe from the flagellants kit, not much beyond that, I think the paint job will do most for these.
The Grey College.
Pointy hats was the first thing I thought of, used up some archer bodies. I think they need something else, so that may be long Gandalf beards
I welcome you comments and suggestions, and I realise that by buying the extra flagellants and archers, I've now still got even more Free Company to find a concept for, but I guess inspiration will come along.