My Armies

I love a good group shot.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about getting all of your miniatures for any specific project and arranging them together on a surface. It’s a reminder of all the blood, sweat and tears that it took to get to where you are. It lets those miniatures that you bought, assembled and painted for the sake of completion and fluffiness get some time to shine, outwith the confines of a realistically playable game.

And heck, it just looks really cool.

This is my complete set of full-sized ‘family photos’ that I have for my various projects for various game systems. The images will be downsized to fit on the page – if you want a closer look, you can click on them and it’ll take you to the image itself without any scaling.

I can’t promise that every one of these group shots will be 100% up-to-date (as some are either missing or out of date at the point of posting this), but I’ll try my best to keep them as up to date as I can. Note that this isn’t a complete representation of my collection either, and I may be missing a couple of older projects that I haven’t photographed yet, or any armies that I’ve since sold off without capturing in photograph.

I’ve tried to order these on the page by category with wargames at the top, skirmish games below and board games at the bottom. I don’t know why it matters, but I feel like I should say that the order is in no way indicative of my personal preferences or quality of paint job.

All that said, onto the armies…

Warhammer 40,000

Adepta Sororitas, 3000pts+

Adepta Sororitas are the embodiment of everything that I love about Warhammer 40,000. Power armour, Rhino-chassis vehicles and an unfettered, zealous-to-a-fault belief in the God Emperor of Mankind. I’ve wanted to build, paint and play a Sisters of Battle army for almost 20 years now, so this was a bit of a dream project for me, despite how often I found myself bemoaning what a chore they were to paint. Neither the models nor the scheme for this army were especially forgiving to paint but I love how they turned out.

I wrote a whole series of posts on this army called The Emperor Protects.

The Horus Heresy

Space Wolves – 11,000pts+

My first army for the Horus Heresy, and still my bread and butter for the system – not to mention it’s still my largest army to date. It’s got flyers, super heavies, transports, jetbikes, Dreadnoughts of all shapes and sizes and a crazy amount of Infantry (there’s even been another 10 Deathsworn, 10 Seekers, a Praetor and a pair of Contemptor Dreadnoughts added since this photo was taken).

I started this army after finishing my Warhammer 40.000 Chaos Space Marines army, shortly after I discovered The Horus Heresy was a thing that existed. While my CSM army was a classic homebrew chapter project, I found myself surprisingly enjoying the more historical approach to the Horus Heresy – between this, the nostalgia factor (Space Wolves were my first Warhammer army 20 odd years ago) and the abundance of high point super heavies available in the Horus Heresy eventually led to it becoming my main army project.

For more information about this army, check out all of the posts in the Space Wolves category here.

Iron Warriors – 7000pts+

My second Horus Heresy army, and a deliberate counterpart to my Space Wolves in almost every way. Where the Space Wolves are combat-oriented, infantry heavy and with lots of transports, flyers and fast tanks, the Iron Warriors have a ton of artillery and long range firepower. Where my Space Wolves have an abundance of bare heads and exposed flesh, only a small handful of my IW minis are without their helmet. Where my Space Wolves are extensively edge highlighted, my Iron Warriors are predominantly drybrushed and sponged, with a healthy dose of weathering powders.

The main reason that I went for Iron Warriors as my second Horus Heresy army was that they’re such a typical, almost Codex Astartes-esque Traitor Legion, which I just love. There’s no mutations, no psykers, no daemon engines, sonic weapons or Butcher’s Nails in this legion – just cold, hard Astartes. Given that my main legion, the Space Wolves are so individualistic in their approach for – particularly for a loyalist Legion – it made sense to play something more typical for my Traitors. As such, I’ve tried to include as many standard 30K Legion elements as I could – such as Javelin Land Speeders, Legion Terminators, Rhinos, 20-man Bolter-only Tactical Squads and generic Dreadnought loadouts – in addition to the artillery and unique Iron Warriors units. Down the line, I’d love to add some Predators and Land Raiders for more of that classic Space Marines vibe.

Read about this army in more detail here.

Daemons of the Ruinstorm – 3000pts+

My Daemons of the Ruinstorm was a project that originated as a way to get a little more use out of one of my Nurgle Daemons for Age of Sigmar – but has since grown into a project in its own right. Alongside a horde of Plaguebearers and Nurglings, I’ve repurposed a bunch of old ForgeWorld Nurgle Daemon minis such as Plague Ogryns, Giant Chaos Spawns and Daemon Princes in order to fill out the Creeping Scourge. These minis – along with Cor’Bax Utterblight and my Exalted Great Unclean One – really help give the army a bit more of a serious and frightening aesthetic than their Age of Sigmar counterparts and fit in a little better with the Heresy aesthetic.

Find out more about this army over here.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles

Skaven – 8000pts+

An army for an outdated version of a discontinued game, built from a core of repurposed models originally painted for an Age of Sigmar project – now given new life and expanded into one of my largest projects to date. A classic army that I’ve always wanted to collect.

Want to read about this army in detail? Hurry-scurry over to the Skaven category here.


Rivendell – 1700pts+

Rivendell! This is army is the reason I play Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game – originally intended as a one-off, 5-10 model Battle Company (I really “just fancied painting some Elves”), this project spiralled massively into a full-scale army with a bit of everything from the Rivendell army list.

The colour scheme was originally going to be as close to the movies as possible, but my tendency towards excessive highlighting on the cloaks ended up turning them into a scheme closer to my Stormcast Eternals army. This army is also the origin of my water effect bases – a visual effect that’s since made its way to just about all my Middle-earth armies.

These models are covered in a bunch of posts, find them here.

Angmar – 1700pts+

My second army for Middle-earth, although very much conceived of, planned and built in tandem with my High Elves. While on the High Elves I wanted lots of bright layering and high contrast edge highlighting, I used a lot more drybrushing on these guys – the Orcs in particular – and tried to down down any edge highlights with washes. Even the basing is similar to the Elves – texture with tufts and a good amount of water features – but washed with Agrax Earthshade instead of Seraphim Sepia for a darker look, and using Highland/Wasteland Tuft rather than flowers, with snow effects to help bring context to the dull, dead earth, as well as bringing the overall brightness back up a little.

My idea with this army was to have the basic rank and file look really grim and monotonous while using the bright blue spirit miniatures such as the Barrow Wights, Dead Marsh Spectres and Shades as ‘spot colours’. Similarly, my monsters were given spooky ruins to stand on for the same effect.

Find out more about this army in the Angmar category here.

Moria – 1000pts+

Moria were very nearly my flagship Evil force, but ultimately lost out to Angmar due to my preference of Orcs over Goblins. Still, with my Cave Trolls being entirely re-usable from my Angmar army, it was only a matter of time before I caved and got a Balrog to call my own.

This was a fun project, and surprisingly fun to knock out as long as you’re willing to make concessions on the quality of the individual Goblins. I like how the characters stand out in this force, and I’m pretty proud of how the flame effects came out on the Balrog. This was the army I decided to keep a cohesive basing style for all of my Good and Evil forces on, as it really helps with miniature re-use (those Cave Trolls in the back are straight out of my Angmar army).

Read about how these guys came together over here.

Rohan – 800pts

Arise, Riders of Théoden! This is my 800pts Riders of Théoden list. Originally conceived as a one-off army project, this project is going to be the catalyst for an enormous The Two Towers narrative campaign – so expect to see these numbers increase in the future.

Read all about my Rohan army here.

Dunland – 800pts

The first batch of scenarios in the Two Towers portion narrative campaign for the Middle-earth focusses heavily on the Burning of the Westfold and the conflict between Rohan and Dunland. After figuring out the necessary models I’d have to purchase and paint for this leg of the journey, I quickly realised I wasn’t far off making this project into a fully fledged Matched Play list. A few additional Dunlending Warriors and some bases of Crebain later, I had a new army to play with.

You can read my thoughts on these models and my experiences building and painting them here.

Uglúk’s Scouts – 800pts

Sometimes, you find yourself painting miniatures for a narrative scenario that don’t quite find a place in any of your other armies. This was the case with the 24 Uruk Hai Scouts that I’d painted for the Ambush at Amon Hen scenarios. Everything eventually finds it’s way into Matched Play, however. Bolstered by 24 Orcs, another 4 Scouts and a whole bunch of new characters, my Uruk Scout force can finally make it’s way to Middle-earth tournaments and casual pick up games as the Uglúk’s Scouts Legendary Legion.

Read about the initial batch of Uruk Hai Scouts here and the additions I made to the Legendary Legion here.

Fangorn – 1000pts

The Last March of the Ents, the mighty Forest of Fangorn! A fun mixture of resin, plastic and metal Ents and a couple Hobbits. I’m particularly pleased with the height extension to my Treebeard the little dismount bases for Merry and Pippin on this one.

Read all about them in these posts here.

Grey Company – 1000pts

Doesn’t everyone who gets into Middle-earth SBG eventually start thinking about a Dunedain Rangers army? This was a neat little project and a great excuse to paint my favourite Aragorn sculpt.

Read all about this short but sweet project here.

The Dark Powers of Dol Guldur – 1000pts

Between the low model count and forgiving sculpts, this was easily the fastest full-size army I’ve ever painted – with the Necromancer and the Nine finished in a single weekend, and the Keeper of Dungeons on a single Saturday. I’m really happy with the overall look of these guys, particularly with how well the Necromancer came out – and I re-used a lot of the lessons I learned about painting robes quickly on these guys across my Nazgul for my Angmar army, as well as The Dark Lord Sauron himself later. As a really rather standalone kind of force, I broke the mould and gave them a unique basing style using a green stuff roller from Green Stuff World, which I’m pretty glad I did – there’s not a lot of space on those 25mm bases to do something interesting, and these miniatures definitely deserve it.

I cover these guys in more detail in this post here.

Iron Hills & Mirkwood – 900pts+

Dwarves and Elves, together at last! Rather than paint more of the same, I thought it might be fun to expand my Iron Hills Dwarves with some allies from Mirkwood, including the stellar Thranduil miniature from ForgeWorld. Also the first appearance of the orange and ivory colour scheme that would end up on my Adepta Sororitas army!

Read about this army in two parts here and here.

Azog’s Legion – 900pts+

My second attempt at a Blanchitsu-inspired aesthetic in my painting on some of the sickest sculpts for Middle-earth. I wrote all about these guys in this post with a follow-up in this one.

Desolator of the North

Alright, he’s a single miniature, but Smaug is sort of an army unto himself. Check out my series of posts about building and painting the mini and his display board here.

Age of Sigmar

Maggotkin of Nurgle – 3200pts

Once upon a time, my Maggotkin of Nurgle had probably seen the most actual tabletop time of all my armies. I’ve got a lot of really good memories attached to this one; they’ve been to a good number of tournaments and – while never really winning me all that many games (my personal best being something like 3 wins, 2 losses) – they’ve won me my fair share of Best Army votes over the years. They were also the army that I chose to showcase at Armies on Parade 2018 with my Gutrot Spume coming ashore board, The Death of Hope.

Stormcast Eternals – 3000pts

My first step back into the hobby in around a decade was Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. It was supposed to be a one off – a simple little board game project with a finite amount of miniatures to paint that could be easily stored, transported and played with. Of course, by the time I completed the project I was well and truly bitten by the bug again. The rest, as they say, is history.

Around the time I bought the Age of Sigmar starter set, I had also bought my wife some Dragon Knights and a High Elf Dragonlord to have a play about with. While my attempt to share my new obsession largely fell flat, it did leave me with a whole bunch of High Elf bitz. This was the inspiration for all the High Elf conversions in this army – the swords on the Liberators, the head swaps, weapon swaps and ‘White Lion’ Decimators. Looking back, I don’t think that the theme and the conversions really worked 100% of the time, but it certainly helped the learning process along to have been ambitious (if a little out of my depth) at such an early stage.

I’ve got some real mixed feelings about this army – alongside my Bloodbound/Skaven army, it was my first full-scale wargaming project. The Bloodbound have now long since been sold off, which makes this my oldest remaining army project. On the other hand, I find Stormcast as a faction to be kind on uninspiring by and large, so they don’t see an awful lot of table time any more. Some of the paint jobs are really starting to show their age here, too – although it’s nice to be able to compare my early attempts at a Decimator compared to the comparatively recently painted Knight Incantor.

Blood Bowl



Yeah, so… They’re Orcs wearing pink. Okay. That said, their colour scheme also resembles a bloody, smashed up grin – which is pretty dang Orcy, if I say so myself!

These guys were the first Blood Bowl team that I fell in love with and – if the Orc Team Booster didn’t take so long coming out – probably would have been my main team for league play, despite my initial plans just to leave them as a demo team.

Thankfully though, the Orc Booster has finally arrived and the Toofspittaz have some new transfers in the form of Varag Ghoul-Chewer, a pair of Black Orc Blockers, another Blitzer and an alternate (and much better) Thrower sculpt to add to their roster – making the team just about complete now.

Git da full score on da ‘ardest team in da league ‘ere.


Score-score many touchdowns, yes-yes! My Skaven team, ‘The Hellpitsburgh Squealers’ were and are one of my fondest passion projects in the hobby. In both aesthetics and play style, they were easily my favourite team in Blood Bowl, and so they earned the right to bare my all time favourite colour scheme. I used the Skaven Booster from ForgeWorld along with a number of subtle conversions and reposes to ensure every single miniature in this team is entirely unique – plus I even added Star Players Glart Smashrip (I love that miniature), Hakflem Skuttlespike, the notorious ForgeWorld Rat Ogre (whose pose and aesthetic really does look much better in person than photos) and even recently Kreek ‘the Verminator’ Rustgouger.

Read all about how I painted the Squealers here.


The Reikland Reavers, my first Blood Bowl team and the only one without a homebrew colour scheme. What you’re looking at is pretty much the human team out of the starter box with the plastic Ogre added – no reposes, no headswaps; just a couple of repainted shoes and that’s about it. On the whole, I’m not overwhelmingly smitten with Human’s as a team, but I did enjoy playing as them in the Blood Bowl II on PC – most likely the reason these guys got a box art paint job. I do plan on expanding the team to include a Team Booster and Star Player Griff Oberwald – I’ll get around to it one of these days.


Clan Eshin

My primary Mordheim gang – The Squeaky Blinders – are another Skaven-centric passion project of mine, an experiment in Blanchitsu and a homage to show The Peaky Blinders. These guys are mostly made from Spiteclaws Swarm, the Rat Ogre and Giant Rats kit with a few character conversions for the good measure.

Find out what I had to say about converting and painting these models here.


Back in my teenage years, I picked up an all-metal Undead warband for Mordheim after playing a participation game at Caledonia Conflict but never really got around to building or painting them. Over 20 years later, I finally got into Mordheim – and decided to finally give these long suffering miniatures a coat of paint.

Get the full story on these venerable pewter miniatures here.

Inquisitor (28mm)

Inquisitorial Retinue of Sebastian von Dernbach of the Ordo Hereticus

In some ways the spiritual successor to my Mordheim warband, Sebastian von Dernbach and his retinue were my second big experiment in Blanchitsu. A lot of these miniatures were kitbashed on a whim with leftover parts from Inquisitor Karamazov, after utilizing a bunch of bits from his kit on what was supposed to be an Inquisitor for my Adepta Sororitas army. For the full scoop on these miniatures, check out Innocence Proves Nothing here.

As seen in White Dwarf #472!

Inquisitor (54mm)

Inquisitorial Retinue of Witch Hunter Tyrus of the Ordo Hereticus

I had a lot of fun kitbashing and painting my 28mm Inquisitorial retinue, but there really is a certain allure to the old school 54mm miniatures for Inquisitor. So, when a friend of mine suggested that it might be easier to learn the game with pre-rolled characters and then bought me the whole warband for Witch Hunter Tyrus, how could I possibly say no? These were a great experience to build and paint and I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.

Read the full story on this warband here.

Enforcer Strike Team Delta Foxtrot

Here’s the thing – if you’ve ever read the Inquisitor rulebook, you’ll know that there’s a certain inescapable charm to the hobby section of that tome. The middle-section is jam-packed with all sorts of weird and wonderful conversions and personalisations to these massive white metal miniatures with results from subtle to utterly transformative. While the entire point of painting an Inquisitor warband in 54mm might have been to make learning the rules a little easier for the 28mm counterpart, I couldn’t quite tear myself away from this miniature range without putting together one warband of my own design.

This time around I built what I imagined was Barbaretta’s previous warband before joining with Witch Hunter Tyrus, an Arbites-led Enforcer Strike Team alongside Lucretia Bravus. Bravus has had some extensive reposing and even a little sculpting to give her a unique outline to Barbatetta, while the Arbites has also had a little minor arm restructuring to make the miniature look a little less stiff.

Wanna read more about these guys? Get the full story here.

Warhammer Quest

Silver Tower

Ah, hell. Here they are. The very first set of miniatures that I painted when I returned to this all-consuming hobby back in 2016 – boxed game Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. I remember at the time having mixed feelings about this set – it’s aesthetic not only a wild departure from what I remembered of the Old World in WHFB, but with the trippy Tzeentch aesthetic mixed in there to boot.

I was wildly out of my depth with some of these – the earliest skin tones on the Fyreslayer and Darkoath in particular were absolutely dire, while the fleshy engravings on the Ogroid were an absolute disaster. The basing as well is a weird, overly gravelly texture that really didn’t work either. Still, I think that I did a pretty good job with these guys as a “first project.” It had been over a decade since I had painted any miniatures, and I wasn’t even as good as this when I had stopped. I think you can see a clear progression with some of them – particularly the skin on the Acolytes, after discovering that ‘flesh wash’ was a thing. My next project that would immediately follow this one – my Stormcast Eternals – was not exactly a work of art either, but they benefited massively from this first re-introduction to painting.

Blackstone Fortress

My first Warhammer Quest in over three years. I felt pretty nostalgic painting this set – it was my first boxed game experience since that first set that started it all.

I wrote a three part series on painting this set, which you can read here, here and here.

Star Wars Legion

Galactic Empire

Galactic Empire are my first foray into Star Wars Legion and the aftermath of a feverish week of watching Star Wars with my wife while recovering from COVID-19. This is a project that absolutely came out of nowhere for me, but became my sole obsession for about a month. Despite the reservations that I’ve held for years regarding Legion, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed painting this one. The miniatures are characterful, uncluttered and come in squad sizes big enough to feel like you’re painting an army but not so large that they become tedious or boring.

Want to read about this army? You can find all the associated posts right here.


Bayou – Ulix Turner

My first crew for Malifaux and my first ever real departure from Games Workshop (beyond simple conversion bits and proxy miniatures). Prior to getting sucked in by the unique lore and the fluid alternating activations gameplay, I found myself struggling to find a foothold in Wyrd’s catalogue of miniatures for Malifaux. The aesthetic is such a departure from Games Workshop’s design approach for both their own properties and Middle-earth games that I found myself struggling to emotionally connect with any of the miniatures.. until I discovered the Master Ulix Turner, a Pig Farmer with the keywords PIG and SOOEY.

Immediately, I felt sucked in by the possibility of playing a warband of pigs and fell in love with the diverse and amazing range of miniatures – everything from pigs with steampunky looking sonic amplifiers to mutated Gremlin/Pig hybrids that looked like something straight out of TMNT to three headed Sow’s that can quite literally birth piglets on the battlefield. Awesome.

Thanks to the low model count and uncluttered design of these miniatures, I had a lot of fun pushing my boundaries on these and really getting to grips with both using an airbrush as a useful tool for basecoating and glazing to create buttery smooth transitions.

I’ve since expanded this crew since taking this photo and even made a display board for them – get the full scoop here.


The 22nd Bloody Beet Brigade

The 22nd Bloody Beet Brigade are my army for Turnip28 – the post-apocalyptic Napoleonic about root vegetables.

Confused? Find out more about Turnip28 here or read all about my Turnip projects here.

8 thoughts on “My Armies

  1. Hey mate, that Rivendell army is super inspiring. Getting back into the Hobby after 10+ Years and I was hoping you could share the recipe to that colour scheme? That blue is super rich and beautiful, and that gold is equally amazing. Thanks!

    1. Hi there – first of all, thanks for the kind words and welcome back to the hobby! It’s always great to hear about other people returning to it (especially when it’s to one of my favourite games).

      The blue is Magic Blue, highlighted with Electric Blue and highlighted against with Electric Blue with a bit of Elfic Flesh mixed in. The Magic/Electric is then smoothened over with a couple layers of them mixed to blend it. I used some Guulliman Blue Glaze in the recesses to shade it a bit, but since that’s discontinued you could sub that for Vallejo Blue Ink thinned down with some Water or Lahmian Medium.

      The gold, I believe, is Vallejo Glorious Gold, shaded with Riekland Fleshshade. Then, I use some Nihilakh Oxide with a little Waywatcher Green mixed in (a tiny drop of Biel Tan Green wash would work here instead) and paint that in the recesses. This is messy, so I then try and pick out the armour plates with glorious gold again, then highlight first with Glorious Gold with some Army Painter Shining Silver mixed in, and then finally again with Army Painter Shining Silver.

      It’s a lot of steps, I know. If that’s all a bit intimidating, you can definitely get an approximation using the same colours but with fewer steps. Magic Blue highlighted with Electric Blue over the folds and Electric Blue/Elfic Flesh as highlights across the sharp edges of the cloak would look good on the tabletop. Likewise, you can probably get away with going from Glorious Gold to washing with Nihalkh Oxide and a bit of green, then picking out the plates with Glorious Gold mixed with a little Silver.

      Hopefully this helps and welcome back to the hobby!

  2. Hi

    Beautiful armies!
    Getting back into MESBG myself recently and I’m wondering where you got the Gil-galad and Glorfindel mounted models? They’re great sculpts!
    Also the twilight witch-king of your Angmar list looks great, how did you get that one? Converted?

    Kind regards


    1. Hi Joe, thanks so much!

      The Gil Galad and Glorfindel mounted minis are from a European company called Unreleased Miniatures. They’re nice sculpts and decent casts, but I will say the metal is very soft and Gil Galad’s spear especially is frustratingly prone to bending.

      The Twilight Witch King is an out of production GW mini, I’m pretty sure I just got him off eBay. Be careful if you do that however as his crown has an additional two bits that go in either side of his head – something I didn’t realise I was missing until someone pointed it out to me!


  3. Hi Michael

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog, specifically looking at Nazguls as I’m a huge LOTR fan. I’ve recently taken up painting miniatures after popping into my local Games Workshop Store and I was possibly thinking about blogging my painting journey. I must say you’ve done alot of painting and it’s very inspiring. Thankyou for sharing!



    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks for the kind words – it’s always great to hear about new people getting into the hobby and I hope you’re having fun!

      I’d definitely encourage you to blog your painting journey if that’s something you’re interested in doing. I can only speak for my own experiences, but I find writing about the miniatures helps extend the period of satisfaction you get from completing the miniatures as well as providing a fun record of your painting journey. It’s really nice to have a simple place to look back on all the minis you’ve painted and see how your results and appraoches evolve over time (and the same goes for the writing quality, hopefully).

      And every so often, someone reaches out and says some kind words, which is always nice!

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