Right! So, I've decided my project for 2011 will be Brettonians. I posted a thread about it in Discussions:
I want to plan out the schemes for my knights pretty carefully.
The Kennedys: All will have black barding and field, with red charge and three silver helms on the shield.
Lord Jonah Kennedy, Defender of Harefort, Slayer of the necromancer Theowild.
Lord Jonah rules the coastal borderlands he inherited from his father, Gerard. He is well loved by the smallfolk for his bravery at the Seige of Harefort, when as a young man he challenged the Beastlord who lead the assault to single combat, and slew him, taking the heart from his animalistic horde and saving the populace. He also won renown (and the favour of the lady) by hunting down and killing the fell necromancer Theowild, who had reanimated the slaughtered populace of Ruaine's Bulwark. Since seeing the Grail, Jonah has drifted from his worldly concerns, leaving his son, Garrad, in charge of running the day to day matters. When a threat arises, he rides to battle with the White Brothers.
Sir Garrad Kennedy, called the Stalwart.
Garrad is a hardworking and well meaning man. He won his title after standing alone against the charge of a Giant in a battle with goblin raiders outside of Bridgeton. He rides to battle with the knights of his father's realm. His honour is slightly stained by the impropriety of his affair with a young shepardess from the Border Princes, which resulted in an acknowledged bastard offspring.
Sir Tommard Kennedy, called the Pious.
Tommard is Jonah's youngest son, and is a devout follower of the lady. He leads the knights errant into battle and strongly decries any he deems heretical or tainted by the stigmata of chaos. His fervour makes some nervous, and he is not as well thought of as his older brother.
(For this knight, I will reverse the colours of the other kennedys, and put black helms on his shield rather than silver.)
Christopher Fitzkennedy, The Bastard, also called Blackhelm.
Christopher is young for knighthood, but truly it is said that bastards grow faster than other children. He rides with the knights errant, and is eager to prove himself worthy. Many see him as being tainted by his birth, including his Uncle Tommard, but he is a favourite of the peasantry and is known for his bravery in battle.
The Hagans: The Hagans will use white for their field, and a variety of colours for the charge and heraldry (blue, green and yellow). They will bear the red hand as their symbol.
Lord Stephen Hagan, called the Fellhand, slayer of the Doombull Ghruk.
Lord Kennedy's most loyal bannerman bears his standard into battle, his skill at arms more than compensating for the weight of flag. He is a grizzled and pragmatic veteran, who fiercely loves his longtime friend Jonas. Less pious than some, he is known to enjoy Dwarven ale and the comraderie of the barracks more than the ceremony of the court. His keep is rough and well fortified, as it must be, gaurding the passes into the goblin haunted Blackstairs.
Sirs Davan and Anthony Hagan, the Twins, the Avengers of Muddyford. (These two will have the reverse of each other's heraldry, if that makes sense, thinking white and blue for them).
These twins are as different in personality as they are similar in appearance. Davan is gruff and straightforward, where Anthony is quickwitted and diplomatic. On the battlefield they fight as an effective pair in the ranks of the Knights of the Realm.
Sir Patrick Hagan, the Impatient
Sir Patrick earned his moniker when he charged into the ranks of the Blackstair Goblins before the order had been given. He forgiven when it was understood that he had seen the foul greenskins feeding their potent narcotic mushrooms to some of their number, and had slain the doped runts before they could wreak havoc on the ranks of his fellows. As the youngest Hagan, he rides with the Knights Errant, and has been given the horn to sound the charge himself as a result of his deeds.
(These are the two main families. I've done the two heroes and 3 in each of the knights errant and the knights of the realm, which leaves 9 (!) more to go. The Hagan family crest has other elements though- a fish and a lion, so I can make some more knights out of those, after that it's raiding George RR
Martin's fine selection of heraldry and any of my friends who have particularly good ones. Tell me what you think!)