Stirland: a rip-off of The Guide to the Empires East March

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Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery....so they say....
Here is my shameless attempt at Copying Spafe! 😋

STIRLAND

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The Grand County of Stirland is a major and founding Imperial Province that lies within the eastern territories of the Empire of Man. Stirland is a rugged highland province famous for its rural backwater society and the province's close affiliation with death. Such attitude stems from the province close association with the province of Sylvania, a land perpetrated with misty forests and ancient castles resting on the craggy peaks like circling vultures.

Ever since the end of the Vampire Wars, the province of Stirland has been given the rights to all the lands of eastern Sylvania. This essentially doubled the size of the province, but did little to improve the provinces fortunes. Indeed, the province of Stirland is a relatively poor country in comparison to its surronding southern neighbors such as Averland or Wissenland. The citizenry of Stirland are a conservative and superstitious lot, known for their backwards outlook and religious intolerance. The Banner of Stirland shows a skeleton sounding a hunting horn, signifying a call to battle. The skeleton itself is a common symbol of the lands, an expression of both the Stirlander battle cry "Victory or Death" and a grim reminder of the lands of Sylvania that they share borders with.

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Bounded by the Worlds Edge Mountains on the east and on the north, west, and south by the rivers Stir, Aver, and Reik, Stirland is a rugged province of highly mixed terrain. Its reputation as a rural backwater is largely undeserved, for it has many towns of substantial size and it does a brisk trade with the Dwarfs of Zhufbar. Nevertheless, its location away from the centres of power and the presence of the dread lands of Sylvania make people think ill of Stirland. The northern portions along the banks of the Stir are covered with the last reaches of the Great Forest.
To the east, beyond Siegfriedhof, the forest thins and breaks up into separate woods, the feared Hunger and Grim woods, places of foul reputation. It is from here that the lands becomes enshrouded in unnatural fog and harsh weather. Past the Grim Wood, the dismal village marks the start of the Hel Fenn, where Imperial forces destroyed the army of Mannfred von Carstein at the Battle of Hel Fenn, the climax of the third and final Vampire War. The west is dominated by the Stirhügel, the hilly country that was the first home of the Styrigen tribe thousands of years ago. Crossed by the Old Dwarf Road and the Nuln Road, the hills are home mostly to villages of sheepherders who trade in the markets of Flensburg and Wörden.

Hidden amongst their winding track and foggy vales, however, are the tombs of the ancient chiefs of the Styrigen tribes. Dug into the hillsides or built as turf-covered barrows, these date from pre-Imperial times. Their entrances were well hidden by their builders, though sometimes an entrance will become exposed by rains or flooding. Locals consider these tombs cursed, and it seems every village has a tale of someone who has gone missing whilst investigating the final resting places of “the old kings.” Still, treasure hunters and necromancers seek out the tombs of the Styrigen, each for their own reasons.

It is the east of Stirland that holds the rest of the province in genuine dread, however, for it is here that one finds benighted Sylvania. From the sombre town of Tempelhof, which has not had a resident priest of Morrin 800 years, to the foothills of the Worlds Edge Mountains between the Aver Reach and the Stir, Stirland’s largest region is a place of fear and gloom. It is said that Ghosts walk freely at night among the Haunted Hills, and the deep fogs of the Sylvanian woods are said to sometimes trap a soul within them, forced to wander forever. The eastern portion of the province is the bleakest, where ancient black castles sit on their craggy peaks like black vultures staring down on the towns below. Sylvania is a place most Stirlanders try to forget about, and the Elector Count’s tax collectors come calling only when accompanied by a large armed guard. Even the Dwarfs of Zhufbar avoid Sylvania, preferring the road south to Schramleben and then through the Moot if they wish to travel to Wurtbad.[1a]

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Descended from the Asoborn tribe of old, Stirlanders are a short, thickset people, much like their Ostermark neighbours. Dark of hair and suspicious of strangers, their bloodline has remained one of the most pure within the Empire. Some folk point out this is because they’re inbred peasants, but, as the Stirland Nobility are keen to point out, even the most baseborn soul can trace their line back over many generations. Famed for their superstition, Stirlanders are a cautious lot. Also said to be overly rural and backward, Stirlanders are often mocked by the rest of the Empire for their slow pace of life and speech.

For their part, the folk of Stirland are proud of their preservation of ancient customs, and of their “long view” of life. At their best, Stirlanders are calm, thoughtful, and practised at taking their time about things. Fond of long, ribald tales, the local tavern is the heart of any Stirlander community. Here people gather to hear their favourite stories, the local gossip, and occasionally news from the outside world. Racing is also a firm favourite of the Stirland people—though not the traditional foot or horseback racing liked by the rest of the Empire.

As most communities are based about arable farmlands, geese, cows, pigs, and ratting dogs are frequently raced against one another in local competitions. Usually held on a festival or market day, the winning beast is often awarded “ribbons and reprieve,” meaning it will never be destined for the table. At their worst, Stirlanders are isolationist, suspicious, and highly conservative. Stirlanders, however, see themselves as simply keeping traditions: “They’ve worked in the past, so no sense in changing now,” as Stirlanders like to say. They find it hard to make friends—often taking years to accept newcomers within their communities. Most of the Empire regards them as savages, simply for their custom of drinking hot ale.

There are many other odd customs;for example, when strangers approach a village in the Stirhügels, children will throw pig droppings at them in the belief that this will drive away evil spirits. They believe that a person hit with tossed pig excrement is especially protected. In the villages near Sylvania, houses and windows are lined with an especially pungent strain of local garlic to ward of what are euphemistically called “the Count’s Men.” When someone vanishes, locals swear that the fault lies with old garlic, not that the folk belief itself is wrong. Stirlanders within the central territories of the province are known for their dislike of Halflings, for they still resent the 1500-year-old decision that tore away their best farmlands and gave them to “the Shorties.” Although this resentment rarely breaks out in violence, the belief that Halflings are thieves at heart is stronger here than in any other part of the Empire.

In Wördern there is a tradition, when celebrating a child’s birthday, to make a straw-man the size of a Halfling and stuff it with candies and treats he “stole” from the children. Then it is hung from a branch and the blind folded children whack at it with sticks until it breaks and “gives them back” their candy. Locals deny that drunks have occasionally instead tied up a real Halfling. The people of Sylvania are a dour lot, rarely smiling and not fond of talking to strangers. Doors are kept bolted and people regularly make a sign against the Evil Eye when something unsettling happens.

They are also fatalistic, accepting that life has a dismal end in store for them. So resigned to their “destiny” are the Stirlanders that few ever leave the province—much to the relief of their neighbours. Visitors often find it hard to get round the rustic accent and exceedingly slow speech of Stirlanders, for they often repeat questions, and usually spend a good deal of time pondering before answering. Mummers often use a mocking form of the Stirland accent when representing a slow or rural character in a play.

The 29th Regiment of Stirland Halberdiers

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HQ
A=CaptainDangerous of Stirland 50
B= 2 battle wizards (not sure which schools I’ll be going with) 120

Elites
C= 18 greatswords 216
D= 8 pistoliers 152

Troops
E= 10 knights 230
F= 5 inner circle knights 130
G= 20 spearmen 120
H= 41 Halberdiers 246

Detachments
I= 10 handgunners 80
J= 10 crossbowmen 80
K= 15 archers 120

Total so far (minus equipment and unit upgrades) 1544

Some of you may recognise them from over a year ago* o_O
They were all gifted to me by Mrs Dangerous for Christmas 2015! So if I can get them painted up then it will be a major victory against the pile of shame! **
*They are still exactly as they are seen in the pic!
**other than a couple of base swaps, they are still very much in The Pile!

My next task is to make one of those fancy Ostermark progress worksheets, and show off my original intentions for the minis!
(All the fluff in this post is from the warhammer wiki)

FOR SIGMAR AND THE STIR! HUZZAH!!
 
Ooo, yet more empire! another to follow the progress of.

I'm hoping my empire will be done in the next couple of months, so then I might have to start a new thread for my Vampires to oppose these new Empire armies that are being mustered!
 
Iv already started my Undead, the Skeletal Horde of Castle Dangerskull! 😋
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24hr Garrison, zero hour contract, minimal breaks (mostly fractures)!
Up there for thinkin’ ,down there for dancin’ !
 
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Excuse my language but they are a bitch to assemble! But otherwise I’m really happy with them!
i wasn’t too stuck on their Ancient Greek weaponry so I swapped it out with a bunch of medieval fire forge stuff.
iv still got several dozen of them to assemble and they came with a metal mini of the hydras teeth guy from Jason and the Argonauts who will serve as a necromancer in Count Dangerous’ service!
 
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If this was a race, I’d most definately losing!!

but to show I’m still in the race, here are a couple of things to show you!

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My Spafeograph tm
You may notice it is completely red, its because they havnt been touched in over a year and look exactly as seen in the opening post. (It wasn’t worth making a key)
Hopefully it will all look yellow (undercoated) and will look a tiny bit green (fully painted) by the end of the month.

And introducing, the Nac Mac Neds
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In a land where the dead don’t rest, seeing your family rise up and try to burn your house down does peculiar things to a person!
In Eastern Stirland, they bleach their hair white, paint themselves blue, and run round butt naked looking for a fight!
The old tales say the Ned Cult started around Castle DangerSkull as a way to protect themselves, but anyone living there will tell you that the Cult come from the Castle itself and the members believe themselves to be already dead!
The only thing that is certain is that they enjoy a battle, and will be used as both flagelants for the empire or ghouls for the undead!
(mostly the undead, there is a lot more feasting for them aprè-battle)
 
Zero progress, but before I start, I’d like to explain my forces original (unfulfilled) purpose ....CHESS!

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Got the first set done, Gold/white vs Silver/black. Lots and lots of plate armour!

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Pikes and light armour.

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Handguns vs crossbows.

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im going to try to keep the two sides as Bronze ans silver but everything will be painted in the Verte/Or livery of the Stir!

Also, I’ll be repainting some War of the Roses units for the defence of the realm, but as my first set of Perry minis (and for Posterity) I’ll be uploading them in my log...
 
I bought Dark Vengeance expressly for that reason!
(the extra cultists helped the decision!)
next time I cross path with them I’ll grab a pic! 🙂
 
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Apologies for the rubbish pictures but, penny jar depleted, Iv just got the army based up!
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Now, where to start?
do I do one unit at a time, or try to do a colour at a time?
all ideas and suggestions welcome!
 
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I found out that painting multiple units a colour at a time doesn't work for me. Probably time and paint efficient, but it takes ages to get some miniatures done and is very frustrating, turns you into a fordism addict and takes away most of the fun of painting.

I like to divide by units, and even by sub-units. I'm currently painting a 14 miniatures redemptionists gang, and I started with 5 brethren. When they'll be varnished, I'll go with 3 zealots, then 3 deacons, then finally 3 bosses/characters (the color scheme will be different according to their ranks inside the crusade). It also gives you the opportunity to tune-up your colour choices and correct them before doing the whole set an eye-irritating fluorescent purple that you will ever regret...:LOL:
 
Thanks for the guidance fellas!
There is a temptation to do the lot at the same time as I don’t plan on buying any more minis for the army (yet....cannons and monsters possibly)
But armed with good advice I’ll be splitting them up into four batches:
*Halberdiers(41)- the biggest unit/backbone of the force
*Skirmishers (37) archers, crossbow, hand guns, plus 2 wizards
*state troop(38)- spears+greatswords
*cavalry(24)- horses + general
 
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