A wide-brimmed hat, a massive sword, a collection of sharp-looking stakes and an impressive moustache - it can only be the Empire Witch hunter. This beautiful miniature was sent to us by Richard Harris, who also painted the Empire Warrior Priest that you can see in the gallery above. OK, so the Warrior Priest may not have a moustache, or even a fancy hat, but he does have two very large hammers, which more than make up for it. What we really liked about the miniatures was Richard's use of colour. The dark blacks and browns of the Witch Hunter's clothes are perfectly complemented by the red on the inside of his coat and the flush of his cheeks. Spot colours such as these draw the eye onto the focal points of the miniature like the face. The Warrior Priest wears more armour than the Witch Hunter and Richard chose to paint it using a non-metallic metal technique. By highlighting it in specific areas he has been able to simulate light shining off the armour. We think you'll agree that both miniatures look amazing.
In other Empire-related news, some of you may have noticed that we also put the new Empire Battalion on the website this weekend just gone. Like all Battleforces and Battalions, the Empire Battalion is a great way to start a new Empire collection or build upon an existing one. Within the kit you get a rather tasty selection of Core units, including State Troops, missile troops and Knights, which can all be built in a variety of different ways. You could, for example, choose to build your missile troops as Handgunners or Crossbowmen, and the State Troops as Swordsmen, Spearmen or Halberdiers. Rounding out the kit is the Great Cannon. As many of you will know, monsters are appearing all over the Warhammer world at the moment, and what better way to deal with them than a huge-bore cannon. One well-aimed shot can mark the death of even the most powerful monster - not even a Ghorgon can survive a gaping hole in its face. The Empire Battalion goes on sale in all our Hobby Centres this weekend, so if you haven't ordered one already then make sure you hop into your Steam Tank and trundle over to your local Hobby Centre on Saturday to pick one up (or we'll send the Witch Hunters after you).