There are not many Warhammer armies left for me to build. I had to look north to find a new construction challenge: Kislev.
If you follow my blog regularly you will have noticed that I left the WFB ruleset in favour of the Warmaster ruleset. This provides me with following to-do list:
- Knights (Winged Lancers or Gryphon Legion)
- 2 regiments of Steppe Horse Archers
- 2 regiments of Kossar Axemen
- multiple Bears
- a War Wagon
- a General Tzarina
- a Shaman
- a Hero (Elector Count of Ostland miniature)
It would be out of character for me to just buy the official GW miniatures on eBay, so I did some research and came up with suitable replacement miniatures for some of the regiments.
In this first Kislev blogpost I'll handle the mandatory selections: Horse Archers, General and Axemen. (The picture at the bottom has some sneak previews of what's to come.)
I happen to already own a Games-Workshop Kislev Tzarina Katrina. So that's two selections at once: a General with the Tzarina upgrade. However, as it frequently is with second hand plastic horses, the horse was missing its tail. There are many bits and pieces that can act as a repair for that: Ork/Orc helmet-ponytails, banner ornaments, trophies, ... So a fix was applied quickly.
For the Ungol Steppe Archers I bought a Mongol Cavalry box from Fireforge Games. It provided me with 12 mounted miniatures. For my Warmaster 28mm armies I need 6 mounted miniatures to create one regiment (or unit). When I add some regiment fillers I'll have three regiments.
The Kossar Axemen regiments will be made from Fire Forge's Mongol Horde and some regiment fillers. I was lucky to score one blister of GW Kislev Kossars for 5,- Euro at Essen SPIEL many years ago. They'll lead the regiments. Unit fillers will be bears and pine trees.
A nice (and relatively cheap) start for my Empire allies from the snowy North...