Yep the title of the post is actually representative of what i am about to cover, my force for the:
.....thing is painted!. This is a bit of a milestone for me as not only is it my first completely painted force since i relapsed back into daubing earlier on in the year but it is the first fully painted army ever!!!!. I feel almost proud of myself!. Here are the last two units for the army:
The Forces heavy cavalry made up of C.C. Bathions' illegitimate sons known affectionately as 'the Rat Bastards'.
The Black Rat himself leads out his Bastard sons with the dirty rats lending support!.
'OW MANY NECKS DO I 'AVE TO BREAK TO GET YOU SCUM TA 'OLD THIS BLOODY LINE?!!'
So yeah, with them done the force is complete:
The Black Rats mercenary company arrayed!.
The force comprises of : 2x command bases, 3x units of spearmen, 1x unit of Bowmen, 2x units of Skirmishers, 1x unit of Knights, 1x unit of Light horse and 1x unit of Ogers.
Not too bad for 2 months worth of work and rather gratifying to see in a group photo regardless of the imperfections contained within!.
Also to reflect on the challenge as a whole it has been great to explore the idea of building an army on a tight budget and to prove that the Games Workshop (and others) pricing structure is not representative of the entire industry. Its also been great to see a few others take up the gauntlet and have a go using other scales and mediums to build some great looking forces, pretty much all cheeper than the force above!. Check out Peters paper forces in action here, Mr Maudlin Jack Tars old school 10mm Bretonians here and Springinsfelds' fine rabble of plastic orcs over here. Great work Sirs!, if anyone else is having a crack at the challenge please feel free to let me know in the comments and i will link to it, it will be great see what you have been up to.
On the subject of the price limit the total cost of the force is as follows:
1.5 packs of kallistra 12mm Scottish pike @ £9.00,
1 Pack of Kallistra 12mm 100 years war bowmen @ £6.00,
0.5 Pack of Kallistra 12mm 100 years war mounted men at arms @ £3.00,
0.5 Pack of Kallistra 12mm 100 years war Hobilars @ £3.00
4x Alliance 1/72 Army of the dead @ 80p
1x Kallistra 12mm 100 years war foot command @ 60p
1x Kallistra 12mm 100 years war mounted command @ free samples!.
Total cost = £22.40!.
I also learned to mix my own Low cost paint set during the course of the task which was fun and highly recommended!.
As well as finishing that lot I have also been working on some 20mm stuff this week, namely these chaps:
What do you get if you mix Pike.....
Pike and Shot of course!!.
The above are all A Call to Arms ECW minis which i have to say are a pleasure to paint. They are the start of a summer hols gaming project with the Sprinklings loosely based on old(ish)hammer forces in the best scale known to man or beast using my Blood, Guts and severed heads simple rules. The above are the foot sloggers for the 'empireish' force. More on this to follow soon!.
All that remains for today is to welcome this blogs latest vict...err, follower, Mr Stephen Beales, a hearty welcome to you sir!. I f you have a blog of your own please pop a link in the comments so us rabble over here can have a peek (we will remove our shoes and wash our hands have no fear!).
........'till next time......