Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Armies for Kings of War

Here's a little bit on our King of War Armies. We're using a mix of old Warhammer minis primarily, Mantic does not yet make a Kingdoms of Men line of minis, so I'm using some old Warhammer Empire minis. I had some already painted, but most were not.

First I started out making some movement trays. There is an excellent tutorial on YouTube on The Kings of War Channel. If you haven't visited this channel, you should check it out. It's excellent. Entertaining and informative. Anyway, I had made homemade movement trays in the past, but never ones where the minis are glued onto the movement tray. I really liked his method, especially the way he used the blended flocks and matching the flock to his battleboard. I spent a day making a bunch of movement trays for our units.

At the same time I was pulling out all of the old minis we had, and grouping them into units for the different armies. Then I found a really cool, free online site for building Kings of War army lists. It's called and here is a link to their Kings of War page.This is an excellent resource that lets you make lists using the latest rules and items. I was using it to design the army lists based on the minis I had available and looking at the army lists let me figure out how many and what size movement trays I needed. Kind of a circle of life thing. :)

Here are some of the Kingdoms of Men units.
First one is the General on a Winged Beast. It's a GW Empire Knight conversion mounted on GW's Louen Leoncoeur's Griffin. I finally finished painting the Griffin for use with Kings of War.
Another old GW mini. This one was painted about 10 years ago I think. He will be a General mounted on a horse for KoW. It's nice to have models matching the different equipment options available.
 Another old GW mini, a wizard on foot for KoW.
 Wizard mounted on a horse. 
Wizard mounted on a Pegasus. This one is a Heroscape mini. I just added flock to the base. That covers the options for Wizards,
 Cannon. More old GW minis, painted long ago. I based them on a piece of vinyl floor tile.
 Ditto, with an old Hellblaster. Sat around unpainted for about 10 years. 
And a mortar, too.
Pole Axe Regiment.  Another old GW unit. This one I just finished painting. I made their movement tray using the method from "The Kings of War Channel". It was very helpful, gluing that Standard Bearer down to the tray keeps him from falling over all of the time. The emblem on the standard itself is one I googled, brought into GIMP and reversed colors from a black Maltese Cross to white. Then I printed a page of the emblems, cut them out and glued them to the standards. When dry, I sealed the standards with gloss decoupage.
Here's a Spearman regiment. Movement tray done the same way. Same deal on the banner. These guys were a departure from the usual way I paint minis. I bought a can of blue spray paint and used that on them. The paint was darker than I thought it would be but I'm okay with it. I then picked out the breast-plates, skin, shields and spears. I may start playing these guys as a Pike Phalanx.
A hoard of Footguard. Half of these were painted a long time ago. Same deal on the movement trays and banner. 

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for looking. 


Simon Quinton said...

Fantastic looking force. Some venerable miniatures in that collection with Amethyst, Jade Wizards and the Elector Count of Averland.

Very Nostalgic force I never owned them myself but a gaming buddy of mine had all these figures when the first came out in the mid 90's and my various Dwarf, High Elf and Goblin armies battled against this force.

Looking forward to see the opposition and hopefully seeing some game reports.

Zabadak said...

I may not be into fantasy wargaming per se but I do appreciate the excellent force you have there. Now looking forward to hearing how they perform on the tabltop.

Luckyjoe said...

@Simon: Thanks very much. These guys didn't see much action because I had a big Orc and Lizardman army I usually played.

@Joe: Thanks. We've had several games and they performed with my usual elan. I had flanked Stephen's Mounted Revenants "Undead Knights" with my Knight regiment and inflicted 20 wounds. When I rolled the nerve test against them to determine if they were destroyed with 2d6, I would only need to roll anything but snake-eyes. I rolled snake-eyes 2 turns in a row. :)

Jay said...

Hey, Joe! Great utilization of "what you've got" to make up an army. I really like the General mounted upon the flying beast

Luckyjoe said...

@Jay: Thanks. I had been wanting to paint that griffin for a long time.