Updated: Jan 16
With some time off work over the holidays, we've found ourselves playing Mordheim again. Such a festive setting!
It reminded me that although the figures have been featured in a few Instagram posts or the couple of battle reports from last year, they've never been catalogued completely. With some new figures in the paint queue too, let me round up what I've painted so far;
Jump to the Skaven Warband
Jump to the Marienburg Warband
Jump to the Cult of the Possessed Warband
Jump to the Undead Warband
Witch Hunters coming soon.
Jump to the Dramatis Personae and Mercenaries
Its worth noting, that many of the warbands are over subscribed. I like having the options of different models, armed differently to accommodate what happens in the game. The figures included in this blog have also been painted over a few years. Some are better than others...
First up we have the Assassin Adept, armed with a pair of weeping blades. The weapons are actually coated in glow in the dark paint, for all those games we play with the lights off...
With the larger base for the Rat Ogre, I added an ex mercenary under some rubble.
The Marcenary Captain, like a lot of my Mordheim figures was built from the bits box. He will most likely be retired as I was lucky in picking up a Heresy Lab Luther. More on him later.
The Champion, another true bitz box creation is made from Marauder and Empire parts.
Although not a true Marienburg Mercenary, I'm including the Ogre Merc here anyway. This is one of my older models and is most in need of a repaint. In fact this guy was first used for Warhammer Ahoy if anyone remembers that.
This powder monkey was completed on the 16th of January 2021. He'll count as the mercenary wardog at some point I'm sure. Honestly I just wanted to add him to the collection.
Cult of the Possessed Warband
The Magister started life as a Dark Elf Corsair musician. A change to his equipment was a simple conversion but I think it works. I was really struggling to find a suitable model in the bitz box for this character. Lots of Chaos stuff is too well armoured for Mordheim.
The Mutants are a mix of Marauder and Beastman Gor parts. Well with arms from the very old possessed sprue.
The Possessed is a Chaos Spawn model with a Tyranid tail for a head, I liked the brainy part under the carapace. The lower jaw is from a Kroot with some Genestrealer arms too.
Sprue was also cut down and stuck in the many holes in the model. Wyrdstone, just hook it to my veins.
The lad's (?) got talent - Model finished 10th of January 2021
When piecing together this warband I didn't take into account the fact that henchmen can become heroes. That's exactly what happened after the Cult of Possessed took on the Skaven. I mean the chaos had their backsides handed to them but at least one Brethren got promoted (I assume simply due to not dying).
"Well done chap, now that everyone else is dead, you're in charge!"
However, I didn't want to use one of the basic henchmen figures for this new character. So I opened up the bits box and put a figure together. The legs are from a peasant being clutched by a giants hand, the torso started of as an Ungor, one arm from a Goblin, the other a Skaven. The gloves are from a Sister of Battle, head from a Stormcast figure and the shield and hammer have parts from the Chaos vehicle sprue. Obviously there's a lot of green stuff too.
"Agnes never knew a life outside the convent of the Sisters of Sigmar. On the day of Mordheim's reckoning, when wyrdstone rained from the sky, something broke inside her.
While she is still smiting non believers with a hammer, some feel the message has been lost over the years."
As for the henchmen, I used a lot of Bretonnian peasant models. They look suitably different to the men of the Empire and work nicely with the odd Marauder part.
The Vampire's pale complexion is actually difficult to photograph, which I guess is somewhat in keeping with the lore.
The Necromancer is a RuneWars miniature. He was actually a right pain to saw off his premoulded base. However I really liked the pose.
As for the Dreg, well I used a poor Trebuchet crewman. The pickaxe suits the grave robbing sort.
As for the Zombies, they're a real mix of parts and are always fun to convert. They're the only unit not really colour coded to the army, instead wearing whatever they might of been when the streets of Mordheim claimed them.
I have a few Mordheim Flagellants and Warrior priests which I hope to one day build into warband. Watch this space!
Dramatis Personae and Mercenaries
Luther - Model finished 16th of January 2021
In 2019, the Facebook group for Mordheim promoted a limited run Luther figure from Heresy Lab. A model built for the streets of Mordheim. A year down the line he's still not painted, but he is finally built.
The main thing that held up finishing the guy, was me being unable to decide on what weapon loadout to model him with. In the end I picked all of them.
Small 2mm magnets have been countersunk into each part, which allows me to swap out his equipment depending on the campaign narrative.
As for the colours, I kept the body neutral as to not clash with any colours on the swappable parts. The warrior bits were painted red with Carroburg in mind, the archery bits a Stirland Green and the warlock parts purple, because magic...
There are so many tiny details to this figure, from the link of sausages and a bread roll in his backpack, the coin necklace round his neck and the karp at the end of his staff. I'm happy this figure is finally ready to hit the streets of Mordheim!