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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:37 pm

Baggage trains

So one of the things I'm finding so attractive about 3rd edition is the set of rules for baggage trains. Ok, it might get annoying if they were a feature of every game, but for particular scenarios and campaigns, they are fantastic. I'm quite keen to build a baggage train for my high elf expeditionary force, and I have a vaguely appropriate cart, but so far only one appropriate unarmed fellow to accompany the baggage.

My question to you guys is: what do you do for unarmed/ civilian/ camp follower figures? Do you convert armed figures for the purpose, or do you buy specific figures? Are there any particular suppliers worth checking out that produce oldhammer-style camp followers? (Obviously I'm particularly interest in elf-like camp followers, but I'm more broadly interested in how you deal with this element of 3rd ed for whatever army)

Or do you just skip the baggage rules?
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:46 pm

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If you are rich you could use Citadel's many Townsfolk ranges. They are very varied and considerably collectable.

http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/index.php/Townsfolk_-_C46_(1988)

Or you could use the Foundry to pick suitable models, or indeed any other manufacturer. I tend to use a cart and a few horses to represent a baggage train anyway. Perhaps you could do something similar?
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:46 pm

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lenihan wrote:So one of the things I'm finding so attractive about 3rd edition is the set of rules for baggage trains. Ok, it might get annoying if they were a feature of every game, but for particular scenarios and campaigns, they are fantastic. I'm quite keen to build a baggage train for my high elf expeditionary force, and I have a vaguely appropriate cart, but so far only one appropriate unarmed fellow to accompany the baggage.

My question to you guys is: what do you do for unarmed/ civilian/ camp follower figures? Do you convert armed figures for the purpose, or do you buy specific figures? Are there any particular suppliers worth checking out that produce oldhammer-style camp followers? (Obviously I'm particularly interest in elf-like camp followers, but I'm more broadly interested in how you deal with this element of 3rd ed for whatever army)

Or do you just skip the baggage rules?


For Dwarfs, I like the pony with mine car that was sold with the Battle for Skull pass set. That's what I'm planning on using for the train anyway.

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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:43 pm

Re: Baggage trains

High elves you're a bit stuck...

Perrys do some nice Pilgrims that could be useful

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oriental townsfolk

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lovely wagon

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Otherworlds expanding Hirelings range, like...

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cheers for the photo Erny;"-)

For some elven non-combatants:

Redbox games do an elven bard...

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and Tom Meier does a Guinevere that might be useful

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and a wood elf lord and lady.
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Mithril do some, might be worth poking around their site.

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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:47 pm

Re: Baggage trains

Very nice suggestions, thank you!

Those otherworld hirelings look particularly good, though the website doesn't seem to offer them on sale at present?

That is a nice covered wagon. I've actually gone for this wagon:

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It's a South African wagon from North Star figures (that's their image of it from the website). Having now assembled and started to paint it for myself, it looks a little more modern than I was hoping (what was I expecting for a Boer-war period model, I guess), there's something about the shape that I find in keeping with the high elf aesthetic, but I'll just have to see how it works when I'm finished. It'll do for now, anyway.
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:52 pm

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If you paint the wagon in colour as opposed to plain timber it should look less historical and more fantastical. Maybe some woodland garlands and the like as well.

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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:54 pm

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With the right paint-job that wagon could be perfect for HE.

the Otherworld hirelings in the photo are an indiegogo exclusive, but they have more like them on the way (including a small cart).
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:06 pm

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I think you guys are right about the paint job being what matters on this. I've painted it timber for now, but I'd welcome advice from people at the Oldhammer weekend (or in general) on alternative styles. Just John's idea of woodland garlands bringing something to it is a real winner though, I think, going to look into that in the meantime.
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:17 pm

Re: Baggage trains

It is important to think a little outside the box for some races, notably undead but others too. For high elves surely pavilions and organised tented barracks are the order of the day rather than a bedraggled bunch of camp followers. We also used to use wounded figures. There is a nice Jes war dancer with his head bandaged that is reasonably common and cheap (I may even have a spare you can have), others to use would be bards as noted, watching high class civilians, just like the Victorians used to do, even the odd actual guard.

Try reaper for more civilian looking elves.
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Post Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:25 pm

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It would seen that Megaminis have sold the Elf Villager molds to Turnkey http://www.turnkeyminiatures.com/ They might be woirth looking at when they are up and running.
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