A message frooooom America

Although I’m on various Facebook groups and other social media platforms I much prefer the intimacy of some other platforms, as the community just seems tighter and less prone to attracting a certain type of person. Of course the WP community is one and my other favourite is the EEFL forum.

Over the years I’ve gotten to know a number of the members really well and occasionally a ‘happy’ event is run. This is where you are randomly given a member who joins in and send them a painted model or conversion etc.

One of the chaps who I got to know in the US is Don and we’ve occasionally exchanged bits and pieces over the years. He knew I’d been working on starting an Empire army and surprised me for Xmas by sending me a ‘happy’ in the form of the below model, in order to kick things off!

He even included a little bit of fluff/message:

To help you start your Empire army I’m sending you this young noble: Sir Lawrence Vernon, sixth son of Elector Count Boris Todbringer’s second younger sister, as a conscript in your force.

May he honour you and your realm with his services during this grim invasion of covid and shine as a bright star for you as the forces of Chaos attempt to darken the skies of the Empire.

Sir Mottdon

He has a massive 10k+ themed Middenheim army – hence the link to Boris.

Apart from definitely making me ‘happy’ it has also decided me on what colour scheme to base the army, something I’d been going back and forth on. It’s also a combination I’ve never used so I’m looking forward to it.

Now fluff wise, purple and yellow (or purple and white) are traditionally colour schemes for Ostermark, the province that borders Kislev at the far NE of the Empire. However I’ve always loved the fluff and location of the city of Talabheim and its location within the giant crater. So as normal, I will be making up my own fluff and tying it into that region!

As a bonus, I could also use him in my Bretonnian army, as that is much closer to completion and the fluff would be that he’d been sent as part of an exchange program of young nobles to their allies in order to learn from the masters of the mounted combat.

As an aside, I’m now working out what to send him next and I think it will be a leader of the dwarf expats based in Middenheim, (using a 3rd edition dwarf king model that I’ve had knocking around for years)

7 thoughts on “A message frooooom America

  1. Hi mate

    Might you be interested in some of Warhammer’s ancient handgunners? I’m talking about these: https://kingsofwarvincebusiness.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/20181218_115354.jpg?w=1200&h=

    As I have collected the 5th edition starter (the empire side) at least 8 times, I might have at least a score available. The spearmen have been used mostly (https://kingsofwarvincebusiness.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/11.jpg?w=1024) in conversions, but the handgunners are not useful enough in KoW to paint up more than a 100 of. I probably have between 60 and 80 painted at the moment and I might want to keep enough for a triple horde (90-ish), but the remainder will probably never be painted.

    So if I can interest you in them, send me your adress by DM. You’re in the UK, right? (Sending the parcel over to America might cost more than the models are worth)

    ~Vince (Netherlands)

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    1. Thanks for the offer Vince. You are correct I’m UK based (London). I have to say that I don’t actually need the models. I should probably post my pile of Empire shame. Suffice to say it’s been growing recently from a number of purchases and is running at around 6k pts (8th ed), just picking models (without magic items etc) and all in boxes, unbuilt… I just need to finish the Bret’s and then I can either start that or work on my ancient undead army!


  2. hehe, not surprising. Mine just keeps manageable due to that I have agreed not to buy anything new before an old model is painting. This keeps the pile of shame at roughly the same level throughout the years.

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  3. Gifting models is such a fun thing to do. I did a Secret Santa exchange on a Blood Bowl forum, and I still have the mini that the guy gave me. Hopefully he stripped down the one I gave him and sold it off, as I sure was an amateurish painter back then!!

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