I've tried many times before to build myself an Empire army worth playing. Last time I even succeeded, nearly, and even painted a few models... Collecting wasn't the problem though, and I've thus gathered a nice pile of miniatures, both old and new, some even quite rare...
With all the new plastics now available it's as good a time as any to try again. And with the support of you I will make it through (I hope)...
I started by creating some spacial bases for my models. Plasticard strips, modelled to resemble stone tiles. I made a rubber mold for these, so I can mass produce them in sufficient numbers to base my entire army.
The original plastic ones, including a charriot, small infantry, cavalry, small monster, regiment and double infantry base... I'm also working on a bigger base for my war machines.
The first few casts... Not perfect (there are some bubbles) but good enough...
The first unit of the army will be a Free Company drafted from my Mordheim warband; Liebert's Looters. Most of these models were made with the new plastics, which rekindled my love for the weirdness of The Empire and gave me the inspiration of starting my army anew... Also, most of them are painted (well, sort of...), which is a big bonus!
The unit numbers around 20 models, the Ogre will act as unit filler... Mostly plastic, but there are some pretty nice metal models in there too. They all need new bases and most of them need paint.
Here's one of my favorite models, my Half-Halfling (it's a long story) from my Mordheim Warband. Bit of a colour test to see if the base looks good painted this way.
For the army I want a strong 'steampunk' feel, hence, I will be including some Master Engineers and one of each War Machine (mainly for some added variety) and probably a Steam Tank. Mind you, I don't want a gunline, so expect a maximum of around 20 missile troops in the army, likely in the form of a few detachements... Furthermore, I really like the crazy religious side of the Empire, so enter a Warrior Priest and a unit of Flagellants, or maybe even two.
I also have a unit of 25 Greatswords (the metal ones from the previous edition) waiting to be painted. If I can find some more of those models, I'll likely expand them to 30 or even more.
That's it for now, but expect more pictures and info soon... I've got some unit fillers and War Machines to dig out and some more pictures to take! In the meantime you should/could check out my Mordheim thread (page 30 and further would be the right place to start), there are a few pieces of steampunk weirdness there that will soon join the ranks of my Imperial army.
As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated, so please let me know what you think!