Toy Soldiers


Not only do I like to write about knights and warriors of far-off places and times, I also like to play with them.

Specifically, my second hobby after writing is wargaming, my indulgence of choice being Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. As a boy I was hugely into toy soldiers of all varieties from small monochromatic plastic soldiers, to G.I. Joe and Star Wars action figures. As time passed and I got "too old" for such pastimes, I segued with the help of my father into military models. My first model was a WWII German tank that I built with my father at the kitchen table. When highschool and girlfriends entered my life I drifted away,  but in the early 2000s the old passions that could not be quelled re-emerged and I, with a group of friends, delved into Warhammer. The rest was history, until I got married,  but in recent years have gotten back into the hobby in a much more limited fashion.

For Warhammer Fantasy Battles I collect Bretonnians, and in Warhammer 40,000, an Imperial Guard army with strong themes of the Inquisition (you'd have to read a lot more than I'm willing to write on this page to understand if you don't know what I'm talking about; see www.games-workshop.com).

All of the painting is my own. I find it very relaxing to spend a few hours building models and painting the 28mm soldiers. I also occasionally play a game with local friends.

Here are some of the pieces in my collection. I'll be adding to this page as I complete projects, so if you like what you see, visit this page often.



WARHAMMER 40,000

I'm currently working on a whole bunch of models in this area, but since they're all in varying stages of completion, I'll start with some of my older work ...



A unit of Imperial Guard "hardened veterans" with an anti-tank "lascannon"

An Imperial Guard infantry squad with their Chimera armoured personnel carrier


Leman Russ Battle Tank


Basilisk (self-propelled artillery)


I enjoy the modelling as much as the painting aspect of this hobby. One thing that I really like doing is "conversions" where I customise certain models to create unique characters or even whole units for my army. In the pictures above there are small touches by way of conversion, such as the eagle on the tank commander's arm (the eagle was taken from another model) or the equipment placed on the tanks. Below is the commander for my new army who benefitted from a more extensive customisation. First, what the model as it appears if you buy it and paint it up right out of the box from Games Workshop:


And now how my inquisitor looks with my personal touches (although I still need to tidy him up with some modeling compound a.k.a. "green stuff" to build up the connexion between his vambrace and the pistol attached to it, plus to fill in a few small gaps):


Now here's the finished product:

My most recent miniature 100% complete is Nicodemus Dolorosus, Master of the Angels Sorrowful chapter of Space Marines:





At Games Workshop's request, I include the following disclaimer for this page (which also applies to anywhere else on Swords and Space that I may include reference to this hobby):

This web site is completely unofficial and in no way endorsed by Games Workshop Limited.

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