|Two Engineers of the Empire from GW's now-defunct Warhammer Fantasy Battle|
|Trying to set up that perfect shot...|
|This figure was a ton of fun to paint...|
One great aspect of the Challenge is the opportunity to connect with fellow painters and hobby folk elsewhere, and to be inspired by their work. The fantasy submissions from Iannick and Jamie got me to thinking back to when we used to play Warhammer Fantasy ourselves around here - quite a bit in fact - but not so much recently. I have an Empire army stored away somewhere in my place (not even out on display, for shame!), and the last record I could find of it seeing any action is the summer of 2014...which is just like...almost four years ago? Wow.
|Handy instruction book on hand - engineers are always prepared...|
I'm not sure exactly what happened to the interest in Warhammer Fantasy in our group. The rules got more difficult (or seemed to be so), the sculpts were getting goofier, and then "Age of Sigmar" happened...we haven't tried it yet. Some folks seem to really enjoy it, so maybe we will give it a go at some point.
Also, Dallas manages to fill our Fantasy interest with very cool dungeon crawls and his excellent Otherworld Miniatures.
|Love this poor little guy "assisting" with the firing process - what a fun sculpt!|
Bottom line, though, is that Fantasy was a lot of fun, and no reason it still can't be! The fantasy stuff from Iannick and Jamie inspired me to turn my brushes to some GW fantasy figures and take a bit of a respite from my mad 30k painting tear. I went rooting through my hobby horde and found these two figures - Empire Engineers, the subject of this submission.
|Loved this model - has a bit of an "explorer" look to him!|
|Nice multi-barrel firearm on the back - love some of the goofy firearms circulating in the Empire...|
|A fine-looking mustache to bring it all together!|