Welcome all! I thought I would add a painting blog to the multitude here, in hopes that I may actually finish. Now before you read any further, I am a gamer before a hobbyist, so at the moment my painting/modeling/basing techniques are very subpar (in my opinion). I also have limited materials and colours, so bear with me. If you want to see some amazing pictures of fantastic models, sorry to break it to you, but you will probably not find them here. So onto the two armies. To start with, I will be mainly painting and modeling Empire models, and it may be a while before I get to Lizardmen models, but hopefully I will be getting there this summer. The reason for this: I would like to improve all my skills on an army that I do not intend to play with in tournaments or the like. That being said, the current Empire models I have fallen into disrepair and may take a fair amount of work before I get them into tip-top shape. This Empire are is going to be a very fluffy army because of the model limitations, so here goes. Mathias Gelt's Ragtag Troupe of Ruffians Lords Mathias Gelt (Wizard Lord) Imperial Pegasus Armour of Tarnus Ring of Volans Channelling Staff Heroes Conan the Loyal (Captain of the Empire) Full Plate Armour Barded Warhorse Lance Battle Standard Bearer Standard of Arcane Warding Alfric (Warrior Priest) Warhorse Hammer of Judgement Armour of Meteoric Iron Theodor the Accurate (Master Engineer) Light Armour Grenade Launching Blunderbuss Core The Averland Band (10 Swordsmen and 5 Crossbowmen) Full Command The Stirland Loyalists (18 Spearmen) Shields Full Command The Talabheim Handgunners (10 Handgunners) Musician The Helmeted Ghosts (8 Knights of the White Wolf) Full Command Special Theodor’s Wyrmslayer (Great Cannon) The Skavenslayer (Mortar) Rare The Temperamental Bringer of Doom (Helblaster Volley Gun) The current model count I have is: 1 Balthasar Gelt 2 Wizards (one mounted) 1 Mounted Warrior Priest 1 Captain of the Empire 16 Handgunners 18 Spearmen 20 Free Company 1 Cannon 1 Helblaster Volley Gun 1 Mortar 8 Crewmen 8 Knights All of these are fairly broken, so there will be arm and leg replacement, rebasing, converting, etc. So it will definitely improve my skills as a hobbyist. I hope to finish this army by the end of the month, so if I have not posted anything in a couple of days, give me a little prodding. Here is the beginning of the army fluff: Mathias Gelt was the younger brother of Balthasar Gelt and was never judged to be anywhere near his power. When Balthasar became the Supreme Patriarch, all the family could do was talk about how powerful Balthasar had become. Mathias eventually grew sick of being looked down upon and decided to take action. When he received the Ring of Volans for his sixteenth birthday, he decided to leave his family and make his way into the world. With his loyal Pegasus at his side, Mathias took off and decided to gather an army to show his brother that he too was influential and powerful. His first stop was Averland and that is where his adventures began.