|Can't hold a candle to De-loused in the Comatorium.|
Also note that I wrote the bulk of this post about a week ago. I indulged in a far too rare proofread so there shouldn't be any linguistic train wrecks, but in case any slipped past the second pass I blame time and monkeys.
Now we can proceed.
Eagle-eyed readers will have picked up the bits of Empire talk scattered over the past couple posts. This isn't even the first time I've dabbled in WFB, or at least considered it. But this time around it's a bit more serious. Paint is being applied. The Dread Box has been opened, many mans are moved to a different box, wheels spin. Maybe this is the time it sticks.
The history of my Empire army is largely a mystery, even to myself. Some internet detective work tells me the set that forms the dark heart of the army is from 2000, so it's safe to assume the bulk of the models are more than a decade old at this point. This box, the Dread Box (or battleforce or megaforce or whatever they call them now), is one of the big white boxes that came filled with other, smaller boxes (plus a few blisters) and sold for roughly the full cost of the pieces it contained.
|The Dread Box|
To be fair, these Dread Boxes did come with limited edition models, so it wasn't quite the same as the "launch bundles" they do now. The one that came with my particular box was a standard bearer with rockin mohawk and will surely be featured at a later date. These Dread Boxes were (I think) advertised as a one-shot deal that contained a full army. They probably are if considering just points, but are a bit lacking as a playable army. Despite these shortcomings, they did form a strong core for an army. Being a compulsive gamer, I had to add on to it. What exactly I added is lost in the swirl of history, but it was quite a bit.
|Halberd man for (blurry) scale.|
Who knows what happened? I certainly don't remember, and I have yet to find any mysterious carvings that say "Croatoan" to point me in a particular direction. The most likely explanation is that the army was simply a casualty of the Great Gaming Break, wherein I laid down brush and tape measure and took up mouse and keyboard. It was a dark time and the less said of it the better. For those many, indeterminate years, the army sat atop the Dread Box. Not in, which would have been fine, but on top, ranked up and ready to do battle. The Dread Box was in a high traffic area, with many small and fragile mans exposed on its top, unable to defend themselves against the predations of stray feet, dragging coat arms, and all manner of falling items. You can imagine what came next, or in between as the case may be. At some point the carnage was too much to endure and I swept the whole thing inside the Dread Box, where they should have been all along, and put their misery out of mind.
|The survivors of the Dread Box.|
There's more bodies too, trapped on their sprues and waiting to fight. I have a shameful amount of unopened boxes, plus a less shameful amount of half-clipped sprues. The big bad news is that there are no more Greatswords, but there's plenty of everything else. This means lots more Handgunners (meh) and Spearmen (nearly enough to get the unit up to 50), even if they are ancient single pose sculpts, plus enough state troops to bring the Halberdiers up to 50 and/or start on Swordsmen, not to mention 15+ more knights. There's also more artillery, characters, and an old lord on griffon which is now way too small for the current griffon base so may see use as a pegasus instead. Greatswords aside, I'm pretty much loaded up for whatever direction I want to take. As an added bonus, when my resolve to not buy more stuff inevitably breaks I can go straight for the goodies without feeling bad about bypassing the rank and file.
|New and old, side by side.|
Depending on how the game works and how my initial forays go I'll be leaning hard on either Sigmarites (Warrior Priests) or wizards, or perhaps a mix of both. I've already posted a couple of times about my admiration for the Luthor Huss model so I won't cover that ground again, but I will point out this model that I've tabbed to be my general (Arch Lector), not to mention perhaps my first time with Finecast if I'm not lucky enough to find a metal one (which I won't be).