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Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Trenchers (1st Entry, 5th AHPC)

20 Jan
Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Trenchers (1st Entry, 5th AHPC)

It is quite embarrassing… we are over a month into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and this is my first entry (apart from the theme rounds). Part of it is to blame on the fact that we were gone over the holidays, but still I am a bit behind on my schedule. So to catch up… here are the minis I painted since our return about two weeks ago.

These are some Imperial Trenchers for Warzone Resurrection. Some of you may remember some of my entries for last year, which included some Bauhaus for Warzone. Now I played Warzone back in the 1990´s and one thing that drew me to the game was the strong historical inspiration on some of the minis, most of all Bauhaus and Imperial. Lots of the units with these two factions took their inspiration from World War One Germans and British respectively. And this always made the two my favorites, so I played them in every Edition so far, First, Second and now Resurrection.

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Now before I start, showing the minis in detail, I want to go into some info on why I painted them up this way. As most people will recognize, in this edition, these minis still retain their WWI British looks, so I wanted to follow that with my colour choices. British Uniform Brown for the uniforms, lots of tans for the gas masks and puttees and leather webbing. With their Trenchcoats I went for a darker green than would find on historical Brits, simply to enhance the contrast. Same goes for their shoulder pads (yes those are the Trademark in every edition of Warzone ;-)). At first I had gone for the same green as with the helmets and kneepads, but that simply provided too little contrast. So after a try with brown (same result) I went for ochre and that turned out really fine. Especially once the varnish was on these minis, when the colors really popped! The bases were given a trench theme on some of the minis and a mud theme on the rest to give them a trench warfare feel.
What I really underestimated with these minis was the effort, that went into painting all the little details, like the skull shapes on the gas masks, the national insignia or the wrist computer, but I did not want to skip them, so they had to be painted on.As some with a keen eyes might spot there are small numeral number 42´s on their right shoulder pads. Those are homemade decals. I simply could not resist painting the Black Watch (42nd Highland Infantry) in yet another period (the other two being Napoleonics and Moderns).

But now on to the minis. Up first if Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist. In Warzone, your troops need to be led into the fight by a Warlord and he is one of the possible choices. And I really like him. Above par wounds, the ability to guide in Paras and call artillery, an awesome SMG (it keeps generating new shots as long as you do not miss) and the option to have him accompanied by the coolest bodyguards in the game.

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Able to fill the same function as Warlords are two Trencher Officers. Now I personally do not like them, since they are too week and lack in offensive power, but my two Starter Boxes contained one each of them, so they had to be painted. 😉

Trencher Officers

Trencher Officers

And to round the group of leaders off. SGT. Benjamin Taylor. He is a bit of a trackhead and gives a force enhancements for their vehicles and the option to repair them. Unfortunately he is a not on the expensive side (pints wise, he cost nearly as much as a cheap Warlord), so right now I do not see myself fielding him, but maybe his price tag will come done with the final Imperial book. A small change with his base here. I added some cogwheels and a road wheel from a blown-up tank buried in the mud on his base to signify his abilities with repairing mechanical objects.
Oh and as a funny side note… the guys at Prodos Games nicknamed the mini Lenin… wonder if anyone can figure out why! 😛

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Up next are the rank and file, four five-men squads of Trenchers. Not much to say about these. Only that each squad consists of four riflemen (including the Corporal) and a Heavy Machine Gun. I apologize if they look a bit boring… it is the same five minis four times, but one needs a certain amount of basic troops in the game, and here they are:

Trenchers (yellow squad)

Trenchers (yellow squad)

Trenchers (red squad)

Trenchers (red squad)

Trenchers (blue squad)

Trenchers (blue squad)

Trenchers (white squad)

Trenchers (white squad)

So this is it. 24 minis in total, all 32mm from Prodos Games Warzone Resurrection range.

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

And I am proud to announce, the next entry is almost finished, so I am positive, I will be back next week (and of course with my entry for Sundays theme round) with more! Thanks for looking!

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16 responses to “Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Trenchers (1st Entry, 5th AHPC)

  1. JAMES E, SULLIVAN

    January 20, 2015 at 19:15

    was the Crazed Ricky Gervais the model for their commander??
    looks quite similiar.
    JIM Sullivan

     
    • Burkhard

      January 20, 2015 at 20:09

      The character actually has a funny story. Back when Prodos Games ran their Kickstarter to resurrect the Games in 2013, there was a very high pledge level. Those who pledged got a ton of minis, but also the option to have one character modelled in their likeness and with their name. They also got to participate in the character creation (background and abilities). This is one of the two where someone actually did this.
      So there actually is a Paul Rist out there that this mini is based upon. And knowing the guy I can vouch, that the mini actually looks a lot like him (although his facial features are a bit more defined in a positive sense)!

       
  2. Eng

    January 20, 2015 at 20:07

    Great force.

    I always had the soft spot for the Imperial trenchers.
    That old Paul Bonner art piece is just so good.

     
    • Burkhard

      January 20, 2015 at 20:11

      Thanks, I can fully understand, Trenchers be the very model that got me into the first edition!

      But I think, the artwork at the top of the page is not Paul Bonner, but one of the new artists working for Prodos. But it is mighty cool (which is why I chose it and will probably recycle it on a future post as well 😉 ).

       
  3. Michael Awdry

    January 20, 2015 at 21:04

    Fabulous work and well done for getting an entry into the main contest – more than I’ve managed yet.

     
    • Burkhard

      January 21, 2015 at 12:44

      Thanks Micheal! I guess the reason is, that you are one of the few guys on the Challenge, who spends even more time per mini than I do! 😉

       
  4. Dean

    January 20, 2015 at 21:36

    Very nice character figures, Burkahrd. Each one packed with so much wonderful detail.

     
    • Burkhard

      January 21, 2015 at 12:45

      THX Dean. Although i started to curse the detail at one point, since painting them never seemed to end!

       
  5. Ray

    January 20, 2015 at 21:46

    Cool looking troops!

     
  6. Nysse

    January 21, 2015 at 20:14

    Nice work Burkhard! There are some really great sculpts in the Warzone range. Luckily it’s not really gamed in Finland or otherwise the temptation to buy some would be too much 🙂

     
    • Burkhard

      January 23, 2015 at 12:16

      Thanks!

      Well I could always tell you, that it is easy to hook people on this game. I managed to double the size of our group to 12 within a few weeks! 😉

       
  7. von Peter himself

    January 23, 2015 at 08:43

    A fine body of work Burkhard. The face on Lenin, errrr … SGT. Benjamin Taylor has come out really well.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      January 23, 2015 at 12:16

      Thank you vP! It is hard to deny the resemblance, is it!

       
  8. Michael Peterson

    January 26, 2015 at 16:10

    I liked this Challenge entry a lot. Interesting mashup of WW1 and W40K. You really brought these figures to life.

     
    • Burkhard

      January 26, 2015 at 23:22

      Thank you Michael! Glad the work paid off!

       

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