Reiksgard Foot Knights, 2021 Edition.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

At the start of January, I was trying to make myself work on some Space Marines, but I got distracted by the models laying at the bottom of the jar of isopropyl I keep on my painting desk for brush cleaning. They were naturally submerged there for paint stripping, They’d been out for scrubbing at least once before, but they were – to be blunt – forgotten about in the murky fluid. So I noticed them for reasons I will discuss in another post and fished them out, gave them another scrub, and then decided to smash my way through painting them. After all, these were the last ones to get done from all of my Reisgard, and there’s always that satisfaction that we glean from finishing the last of something, right?

The negative to this, though – was the fact that the shields on the six of seven models in this batch would actually be the last of my old-school heater shields. The way I see it is that things like shields, decals and bases are resoources for completing figures. We want to get the figures done, but we don’t want to run out of shields or bases of a certain type or size. With bases and (most) decals it’s not such a problem. We can always buy more bases, we can usually buy more decals (or print them ourselves in many cases). But shields. Especially specific shields. They can be a lot harder to come by. Still. Getting the last Reiksgard done was a worthwhile use of them! And once again,  these models go toward my tally for Dave Stone’s Paint What You Got Challenge.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

A week or so ago, I finally got off my arse and went outside to photograph almost all of the models I’d painted so far in January. I also thought that since I’d finally completed the last Reiksgard, a group shot would be in order. Turns out I only had 21 of them, and for unit purposes in KoW I’d like to get at least 24 in total, including a standard bearer, so I guessed I’d have to try and find another three (or more). Ideally two with greatswords to get around the shield issue, and one more to convert into a standard bearer.

And then about 2 days ago, while poking around in a tub next to one of my toolboxes looking for hex keys, I found this….

Well, I won’t need to find three more models, nor a standard bearer. On the other hand, I now need to find six more of those shields…

40 thoughts on “Reiksgard Foot Knights, 2021 Edition.

    • Thanks for the link, Phil – I checked those out on my phone at the time but they didn’t ship to AU and the price was …interesting as well! 🙂
      Like buy a box of Fireforge infantry just for the shields instead interesting. 🙂

      Like

    • Thanks John. They’ll look much better once I finish those extras as well, I think. I’ll then have to source a fancypants champion for the lot of them given how many have turned up at this point…

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Even after all the years that AoS has been a thing now, sometimes I’m still amazed how good old / proper Fantasy models look on round bases.
    Especially ones as well painted as these.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Classic minis, great work on them! I assume that specific shields are a prime opportunity for 3d printing – unless obviously you want them to be actual retro stuff.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m not too fussed about 6 shields out of almost 30 guys not being original. I’ll have to buy a printer one day. When they become idiot proof. Can’t set one up inside the house because cat, and so need to find some room elsewhere, which is not easy, either…

      Liked by 1 person

      • I haven’t really had issues with printers and cats, apart from one time one of ours wanted to chew on the filament. With the resin printer I assume there’s some chemical odour, not all that noticeable to humans but enough to have cats avoid them. That, or they’re just not very interesting because of the lack of movement.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Yeah, very much OCD first-world problems! 🙂 I’d like to get a lot more empire done, but this year I’m going to have a lot of focus on power armour. Except for February, which has me sidetracked for some reason…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Looking good mate! I have to say these are amongst my favourite of your projects so although I know that feeling of achievement when a project is done at last I’m not at all sorry to hear there’s going to be more in the future. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Haha well aside from the standard and champion (gotta figure out a slightly more grand champion solution at this point with this many of them) the other six will just be more clones. Annoying thing is they’re now blocking me from doing something else in the Empire genre (as a little “chip away at it” force…)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Excellent work mate, the whole unit really looks spectacular. As for the shield problem two solutions for you, cut relevant shape out of plasticard, or using instant mould, take a mould of the shield and then fill the mould with greenstuff

    Liked by 2 people

    • Hm. I’ve used instant mould a bunch of times for detailing. I have to say it never occured to me to make something like shields out of it. I’ll explore the hard plastic Fireforge option first, but it’s not one that will work, I’ll revisit the IM.
      Unfortunately, these shields have a very slight curve to them, and I’m not too confident with bending and then cutting plasticard to get it just perfect.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Nice looking knights. I know the feathers are supposed to be there and show their status, but part of me would love those minis even better without the floofy things. Your paints are ace either way, and I’m taking note in case I ever need to paint my own knights.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. I never had these models from the old Empire army (or at least I assume they’re from that) but I did have a bunch of Empire troops from the Starter Set in Warhammer Fantasy (painted like they were from Reiksgard no less) so seeing these definitely makes me nostalgic, even more so when I see so many of them altogether. Not quite rank and flank but it gives that feeling off all the same. Great job painting all these up and I’m glad to see there will be more coming in the future too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yeah these are from the Empire range around 4th and 5th edition (with a touch of the Marauder Miniatures sub-range. I’ll eventually (hopefully!) have an Empire force put together and painted, but it won’t rival my Gondor force – one human infantry-based army at that size is enough for me!

      Liked by 2 people

      • That is something I’ll definitely be looking forward to, mate! I have a lot of nostalgia for the old Empire stuff and I was proud (at the time) of what I painted up. Reiksgard makes for a great looking army so seeing a full sized force will be awesome! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.