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Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Hello everyone, my long time of lurking is done cause  I thoughed to share some of the stuff I have been doing lately. Used to post quite actively here at dakka but the got bit lazy on the forums.

Some of my earlier stuff can be found here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v112/Northen/

Ok, so I have started doing Bretonnian army (started in late august). This summer I read George R.R. Martin's Song of ice and fire ( the four books which have been released so far) books this summer and was blown away, awesome stuff, probably best fantasy since LOTR I have read. I can realy recomend the series. Books tell about knights & lords and of the power struggle between their houses, great dialogue and backstapping.

Books realy inspired me to do some Bretonnian stuff, and as I have had an army of these lying around for some time it was time get it done

The theme will be that I'll be concentrateing only on one great house of Bretonnia and it's vassal's (I realy liked how Martin made the different houses appear in his books, each having their pros and cons). My choice is Hagen of Gioreux led by Duke Hagen. I tried their heraldry colors (black , grimson and white) on some models and it works. Most of their vassal's share their lords's colors, but there's also some yellow and little bit of blue. Concentrating only on one house rids me of doing the parade style Bretonnian army that you usually see, which dosen't quite appeal to me. All the peasant's will be done with brownish and beige colors, to give them contrast from their lordy lords.


List looks something like this:
Griffon lord/

Paladin with Grail vow

BSB on Pegasus(also will be doing one with warhorse)

Damsel on warhorse

9 knights of realm

8 knights of realm

6 knights of errant

10 bowmen

3 Pegasus knights

8 Grail knights

List will propably change a bit as the project goes along. Aim is to have 2000p + some playable army next summer. Plan is to update this blog atleast once in month.

Some backround information

Bretonnian Map, dukedom of Gisoreux is shown on blue.

 

Land
Gisoreux, the dukedom ruled by duke Hagen, is quite divided by it's geography and so are it's people. The north is quite wasteland and very few nomands live there, there are cold and hard winters and many beasts plague the place, so bretonnian lords have given up trying to make the area habitable. West there is part of the mysterious forest of Arden which have quite isolated but still civilized villages and local militia is patroling the roads to fend of beastmen and greenskin attacks. In the east are the grey mountains which are also border for empire and home to many greenskins so castles guarding it's passes are heavily garrisoned. And finaly in the south there are grassy plains where also lies the city of Gisoreux , biggest one in the region(Bretonnians are quite simple with names, for example Earl Orlando rules region of Orlando from town of Orlando which has castle of Orlando. Empire nobles make fun of this habit as they think their bretonnian counterparts are quite dim, but bretonnian nobles think that empire nobles use so many titles because they try to make them sound more important than they are) Over half of the population of Gisoreux live in this southern part.

People
People are very different depending which part of Gisoreux they live. Southern people are very friendly even to travellers and foreigners and take great pride of their hospitality. The less populate area you go the less friendlier the people come.

Duke
Ruler of the dukedom is Duke Hagen, a great grail knight. His ancestor was the duke Beren one of the great grail companions of Gilles the uniter. Gisoreux is has been unconquerable as long the first breton tribesmen got there and formed the dukedom, and the people have allways taken pride of their hunting skills. Duke Hagen is like his ancestors, ultimately loyal to the king and upholds the knightly virtues and vows (even if it should be better to not follow them so strictly in some situations) to the max (the ultimate hardarse " border="0" src="http://s3.images.proboards.com/smiley.gif" /&gt, and excepts his vassals to do the same. Hagen is good friend of king Louen Leoncoeur, and spends most of his time in Couronne adviceing his king. Hagen does this, cause he has been worried as the king doesn't allways do his rulings by the book but uses "common sense" sometimes so Hagen has to be there for his king to remind him of chivalrious ways.

Some wievs of Gisoreux found from WHRPG bretonnian suplement:

"We all are Gisoren, and our very diversity grants us strenght."
-Duke Hagen, in speech to the North Gisoren in which he encouraged them to abandon the uncivilised practice of mock marriages on Lily Day

"So many differences, so easy for Chaos to hide. These people have much to learn."
-Ermnegard of Krungenheim, Witch Hunter

"Great place to work. The inns actually make you welcome, rather than treat you as a porter who just happened to bring customers. If most of the routes there didn't also go through forest, I'd work there all the time."
-Eldegar of Busreq, Coachman


   
Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

So happend so far. I painted some stuff for this army few years ago (bowmen and som pegasus knights) those may require some updating. Now I started by finishing pegasus knight unit that I had started some time ago, then it was damsels. Last month I started first knight of the realm unit, unfortunately I was there were some mishaps and lazyness so I only got the command group done (thou also assembled and converted the whole unit).

Pegasus knights, displaying the colors of House of Hagen :

 

Damsels:

I tried some glow effects for first time, the results weren't top notch so I need to practice some more. Already got some comments how to improve them from other people, but happy to hear your opinions aswell.

 

Knigts of realm

Gallant with House of Hagen heraldy:

Converted the shield arm to hold a scroll. Gives this sort of image that the gallant is carrying note/order from the duke himself  " In the name of Duke Hagen I command you to..."

Standard bearer serving Earl of Orlando:

Musicant bearing the colors of House of Lothar:

Musicant's upper body is from classic grail knight musicant, I toughed a bit variation would do good. Added few scrolls from plasticars to the shield.

Happy to hear your comments.


   
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North Central MA

Got some HTML issues in there that are detracting from the coolness of your thread.



Don't set your mind to one side.
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Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Yeah, for some reson the image codes from photobucket aren't working here at Dakka so no direct pics Odd cause they work in other places.

   
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North Central MA

You have to use the HTML code, or just drag the pic from Photobucket into your post and it'll work fine.



Don't set your mind to one side.
-Nevermore
 
   
Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Oh magic, thanks mate  

   
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Illustrator






North Carolina

I really want to model and paint one of these guys now >_<. As if I have time to add that to my project log!!

-Aaron
Illustration and Design

DA:80+S+GM(DPC)B++++I+Pw40k99+D++A++/mWD247R++T(M)DM+++++ 
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut






As discussed before - with the expection of some spicing up of the metallics and another try on the glow effect it's all good. Will be a brilliant army!



“Of the fabulous hydra it is said, cut off one head and two will grow in its place”

- antique proverb

LEGION of PLASTIC blog 
   
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North Central MA

Much better!!! Lovely stuff.



Don't set your mind to one side.
-Nevermore
 
   
Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Octobers update is here. Some observations, these guys are painfully slow to paint. I was counting to paint 6-9 knights in a month but this takes lot of my free time so I'll see how many I get done by next month.

But further ado, some tin cans:

Some of my own schemes


Reposed the lance arm, now he has quite lot of character in a relaxd way. "Move away peasant, I'am riding through"


Swapped the head for DOW helmet

Added some DA bitz to make this knight to look bit more pious.

Classic Kotr helmet and some candels as detail to add a bit variation.

Then a knight from house of Tristan





The checkers give nice image but take too much time to do, and they'r still not quite right. So won't be doing too much of these guys.

Knight with colours of house Luidolf







And some medicore pics of whole unit




Happy hear your thoughts about these and maybe some improvement suggestions aswell.


   
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Fixture of Dakka






Sterling, Virginia

The only thing I might suggest, is that the antlers and some of the other crests on the helms look a little flat and plastic. I might shade and blend a little to give them a more robust feel. Some of the horses's forelegs give the same impression.
Otherwise they look really sharp. I am particularly fond of the pegasus knights (and recognize the wings I used for Saint Celestine.) The damsel on horseback makes me snicker a little imagining how she is going to pop out of her dress when her horse hits a canter, and the glow effect is nice, one of those things I never see myself doing, but I always admire in other's work.

All in all, very nice, and I would love to hear your trial and error stories with the glowing effects, in case I get ambitious on something!


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Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Thanks for the comment.

Good suggestion about the crest and horseslegs, couple of them could use some additional work.

Glow effects were one thing I wasn't shure of doing either, but for the damsels I wanted to try them. Not as easy at it seems (atleast for me) so I have to practice some more. Next time when painting glow, have to pick out parts for the glow to come out which are closer to the model, makes the job esier. Glowing parts need to brighter also. Maybe for these starters could use bit simpler colours, like white on fabric where to glow reflects. But I do recommend to try it, it's always nice to have one more technique in the pocket.


   
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Espoo - Finland

Good job thus far, eagerly awaiting how the fighty chars and grail knights will turn out.

...silence 
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut






Really good work mate! 5 stars! Thanks for sharing so many pics too. It should be a sight to behold when fisnished.

I do have some tips on how I see this would move to the next level as discussed before - mainly in "material feel", but I think ideally we should paint together atleast once to see and discuss about these isses better.



“Of the fabulous hydra it is said, cut off one head and two will grow in its place”

- antique proverb

LEGION of PLASTIC blog 
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut






Really good work mate! 5 stars! Thanks for sharing so many pics too. It should be a sight to behold when fisnished.

I do have some tips on how I see this would move to the next level as discussed before - mainly in "material feel", but I think ideally we should paint together atleast once to see and discuss about these isses better.



“Of the fabulous hydra it is said, cut off one head and two will grow in its place”

- antique proverb

LEGION of PLASTIC blog 
   
Made in fi
Steadfast Grey Hunter





Finland

Thanks  fellas for the comments.

 

Migs: It would be nice indeed  to have somesort of paintfest, hope we can find some time during Xmas. I hope that you'r back on track, I can't wait to see some WIP shots of that T.W.A.R   Hierophant


   
 
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