For a very long time, I have wanted to build an army that was made up of my own sculpts. I have made other armies of 'stock' miniatures and I have made armies of heavily converted miniatures but I really wanted something that was completely my work (with the exception of casting... I don't have the equipment, time or enthusiasm for casting so I needed someone to deal with that for me).
As luck would have it, I was contacted by someone who had come into posession of one of my previous sculpts that I had sculpted (for a competition)... this one:
At the time, I was collecting for a charitable cause and was after raising quite a lot of money, so I mentioned that I had a couple of other miniatures that were similar and, if the price was right, he could have them as well... these two:
... and that is how it all started. We chatted about whether more sculpts would be a good thing and when it was agreed that it was, a deal was struck and what followed was a Commissar and a Heavy Weapon Specialist (with three separate Heavy Weapons):
From then on, sculpting has been continuing and other miniatures have been completed.
The idea I have for my army is that I want to create an Infantry Company with a Company command Squad and three Infantry Platoons. Each Infantry Platoon will consist of a Command Squad, 2 Infantry Squads and a heavy Weapon Squad. The entire Company, will number around a hundred troops.
To try and keep things a bit more varied, I am planning to sculpt a mix of Sgts, Troopers, Officers, Specialists and Characters so that there will be a selection of troops across the army, rather than sticking to a 'clone' army with limited variety.
When I get a trooper cast up, I get a couple of copies so that I can remove their heads and sculpt new ones that will also be cast up and join the army.
So far, I have sculpted a Commissar, 2 Sgts, 3 Lasgunners (two of which, have had two additional head conversions) and a Heavy Weapons trooper (with three separate weapons). I am in the process of sculpting 2 Special Weapon Troopers and a Comms Trooper.
Here is what I have gathered together to get painted so far:
Over time, I would like to 'tick-off' all of the Astra Militarum entries in the list (including medics and other characters... maybe even Ogryn at some point) so that an entire army can be made using my sculpts.
So now it's just a case of getting more sculpting in ... like the two I've just finished (Sgt and Lasgunner):
Stay tuned .