Army Showcase; Edward Stone’s Astra Militarum

As you know, here at Master of Magics we like to keep our eyes pleaded for interesting and unique painted miniatures. Hobbists spend hours of their time creating, for lack of a better word, art. So, when we see some mini’s that impresses us, we reach out and ask the owner if they want to tell us about how and why they came up with their ideas.

Usually I peruse the online wargaming groups for inspiration, but today I thought I would reach out to a hobbyists from my local LGS Patriot Games in Sheffield. Partly to check in with all that is going on in the world, and partly because he has one heck of an Astra Militarum army. In fact, he has four of them and they are still growing. So, let’s have a look at the grow crusade of Edward Stone.

Thanks for joining us Ed. So, when did you start Astra Militarum?

I started collecting Astra Militarum about 5 years ago. It all started when I was bored on holiday and bought a guard squad to paint while I was out there. I had painted and played Warhammer before, but never to the extent I do now I guess. Guard were the first faction I truly loved to play!

If I remember right, you have a Cadian, Death Krops of Krieg, Scions and Elysian forces? That’s a lot of meat for the grinder. Which is your favourite regiment?

In the emperors name… there is never enough meat for the grinder! Especially guard wise, the simple answer is Elysians! They were my favourite army for years before I started playing Guard! They were always too expensive for me to buy though. That’s actually why I started with Cadians! They were a lot cheaper and back then I didn’t realise there were so many different roles each guard faction plays! That’s why I am starting to collect each one. Hopefully one day I will have an army for each!

How long did it take you to complete what you currently have?

Since I started with guard really, I have been mostly painting these models for myself since I started with that one box of Cadians. So yeah, about 5 years. The Death Krops of Krieg are a completed army, so are the Scions. They took about 8 months for the two I think. The Elysians are nearly done, just a few more models to finish. The Cadians… well there are a lot more models unpainted around the house so that may be a while!

Do you have a particular model you are the proudest of?

I do sort of, the model I am actually the most proud of is actually a Blood Angels Standard Bearer! However out of the guard I guess it has to be some of the commanders. Creed and Kell are two that I love the most. I love their lore and the models themselves! Also, the Elysian High officer! I like his pose. Knelt down with his chainsword covered in blood… just how a company commander should be!

So, what’s next on the painting table for you?

Well I have actually had a lot of time to work on my own troops for a change. Due to the Lockdown I haven’t been taking commissions for painting, so I have decided to delve into the murky realms of Age of Sigmar with a Sylvaneth army! Just starting to work my way through the first start collecting box of that. After that I guess it’s back to the Guard!

Thanks for sharing your armies Ed.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to show off some of my armies!

If you have a unique and interesting army you have been working on and would like to share it with the wider community, then you can contact me via twitter @MTGTengu and maybe yours will be the next army featured in our showcase. If you have enjoyed todays article, please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics. You want to support the site directly; you can join our Patreon for as little as a $1 a month. Until next time though remember, “For the Emperor.”

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