What a week! Last weekend saw a fantastic game of Battlefleet 1900 with Scipio, Coldsteel and Ollie - keep your eyes peeled on the Palladian Guard blog for more. The burnout of March has well and truly gone, with productivity and sheer bloody enjoyment at a high.
I'm finally getting a Mordheim warband together to face-off against Scipio's Vampire Counts and Coldsteel's Last Watch. My original plan had been a band of Stirland deserters with A Field in England psychedelic, folk horror element - but decided this was too similar to my Mawdryn Space Marines (more on these soon..)
Time for a rethink then. I'd already bought one of my favourite GW miniatures of all time, the Mordheim Freelancer Knight. His Don Quixote look gave me the idea to assemble a ragged band of Estalians. I thought this was reasonably original, but saw that Victoria of Victoria Miniatures had won the Australian Golden Demon with this incredible Estalian Inquisition warband in 2000 (which I must have seen in the UK WD back then). In the past this would have put me off, but I decided 'sod it', Estalians it would be.
This miniature has been a bloody joy to paint, and I've finally been converted to white undercoats. What a revelation. There's a few bits overall I'm tempted to go back and fix (I won't, I'm too lazy), but decided to call this finished. I was originally going to make the armour quite rusty, but decided against it.
I knew that I wanted largely Spanish colours, but wanted a lot of earthy tones - he should be ragged but still a bit showy perhaps. I didn't think it through specifically enough and ended up with brown boots and brown breeches, too close on the colour wheel to pop, so on the next version will have tan breeches and brown/black boots.
Although these miniatures are primarily for Mordheim, rather than basing them to represent Mordheim I decided to try something a bit more arid and almost desert-like. Something a bit more Estalian to emphasise their origins. Although this is a pretty simple base, I might try something a bit more interesting next time, but not overly complicated.
A Quick Background of El Bastardo
Diego Serrão y Velázquez of Montenãs, is the first son of Don Alfonso Serrão. He was set to inherit the family fortune, but sadly for Diego his father had a love of the Estalian card game Escobar - but his love of the game greatly surpassed his ability. Upon his father's death Diego inherited nothing but debts and a run down hacienda.
He took up arms as a mercenary in the Border Princes to clear his father's debts. He soon built a fearsome warband and an even more fearsome reputation. His viciousness and distinct lack of mercy earned him the name "El Bastardo". But now he is in Mordheim. Nobody knows what brought him here, but Myrmidia help any that get in his way...