House Stark – Part 2

I’m not usually one for batch painting but if I’m honest the House Stark Sworn Sword miniatures I have are both straightforward to paint and not very interesting so I decided to just power through without delay. 

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With this little lot done the squad was almost complete and just needed a man with a banner to help them stand out in the thick of the fray.

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With him done the unit could actually be called complete, as Robb Stark will be taking the final slot and acting as the leader. However there will be days when I feel like having someone else in charge of the army, or Robb will be attached to a different unit or busy doing something else like helping Uncle Edmure to plan his wedding. At such times I’ll need someone else to take charge of this unit – enter the Sworn Sword Captain.

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The unit still isn’t done though, to be called complete it needs a movement tray so I got that painted up as well. 

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And as I was doing so I realised I still hadn’t painted the movement tray for Grey Wind either, so I painted it at the same time.

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Here’s the full squad of Sworn Swords, ready to take to the field.

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In theory my next move will be to paint up some more units from the Stark vs Lannister boxset but having painted these Sworn Swords I’m in the mood to tackle something a bit more fancy from the wider Stark range so I might veer off and do that instead – watch this space I guess!

23 responses to “House Stark – Part 2

  • Alex

    Cracking job mate, you are motoring through these! I love workhorse minis like these, individually humble but they look so cool as a unit. Lovely stuff 🤘

    • Wudugast

      I completely agree, not every model needs to be a hero. I remember years ago when I was but a lad, I was painting a squad of tactical marines. They were dreadful models, my painting skills fell a long way short of where I wanted them to be (and I knew it) and I really wasn’t happy with how they turned out, but when I put them on the table as a group and stepped back they looked pretty damn amazing all the same. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if the individual models look great, they still come into their own cumulatively. Plus working on them is very “low pressure” it doesn’t matter if every highlight is perfect because in the end people will see the squad not the soldiers.

  • davekay

    Nice painting once again, and they look great together on the movement tray!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work- love the stalwart looking banner man.



    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, the bannerman is a cracking little sculpt. I really like the way almost every squad in this game has a banner, reminds me of the good old days of WHFB and should look great once they’re all on the table.

  • imperialrebelork

    They are pretty straightforward sculpts but I really like them.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, same – they’re simple models but there’s nothing wrong with that, and they were nice and straightforward to paint. Fancy looking heroes are all very well but in a game with lots of troops not everyone needs to be showy – these are solid, workman-like sculpts and I powered through them all pretty easily, which gives me hope for the rest of the army. 🙂

      • imperialrebelork

        I here ya mate. I’m about to, finally, start painting some redcoats for my Rorke’s drift project and they’re all the same, mostly, apart from the characters BUT “they’re solid workman-like sculpts” 👍🏼

      • Wudugast

        Excellent news! From afar I’m very excited about that project. If you’re anything like me you may well find battering through a few squads to be very relaxing. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nicely done and a cracking little group. He project coming along nicely. 🙂

  • Faust

    For a brief second, I thought I was looking at TIM’s blog. Haha! It’s cool seeing your work on these and what a fun franchise to delve into!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Funnily enough it was seeing TIM’s army of knights and peasants that first got me thinking about painting something medieval myself, and this project – although not strictly historical of course – grew from that. Anyway, glad you like them, there’s plenty more ahead!

  • Kuribo

    Batch painting is definitely the way to go on these! Basecoating them in silver would save you quite a bit time considering how much metal is on them too. Regardless, I think they look awesome all together in their tray and I’d say they’re ready to defend the North too 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Absolutely, normally I’m disinclined to batch-paint, I want to pour my all into each model, but in the case of these I just wanted to power through them. That’s not to say they’re not good models but their quality very much lies in quantity.

      Good shout on spraying them silver, this is a favourite trick of mine (I’ve used it a lot on terrain, or those Necrons I painted the other day). These lads don’t actually have much metal armour, it’s just that I’ve photographed them from an angle that shows most of it. That said there are some far more heavily armoured models in the range (Baratheon foot knights spring to mind) so if I ever look at doing anything with them I’ll definitely be putting that trick to use.

  • Azazel

    Great work on these – reminds me a little of back when I was batch painting Gondor troops. These guys have certainly come up nicely.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! For me these are scratching a similar itch to LotR, allowing me to dip into a setting I’m already familiar with from novels/shows, but whilst LotR miniatures have never clicked with me these definitely have. I reckon these lads would get on well with the men of Gondor as well, they could compare notes on killing orcs vs white walkers!

      • Azazel

        The LotR plastic troops were never anything special for the most part, though they were simple enough to get a bunch of them done relatively quickly. I should look into them again sometime. Maybe I will if you keep these guys coming…

  • patmcf

    Nice one mate!! they maybe simple but they are well painted!!!

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