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this topic is to explore the best banner statements for your army ; or rather do you use one?
Blood and Valour
Iron and Fire
for my vampire army it is " Gods Nor Men, May Stand"--
etc talk about your favorite army banners, and any that you think may sound cool
"carpe jugulum" for my VC's - stolen shamelessly from Pratchett
Dovie'andi se tovya sagain (It's time to roll the dice)- Mattrim Cauthon
I forsee carpe jugulum appearing on one of my banners in the near future
For my Empire, I have two banner mottos, both on different banners:
The first banner is simple, a green clover on a white field and the word 'Freedom' written underneath it.
The other banner has my RL family Coat of Arms painted on it, with my family motto 'Nil Despardo' (latin: Never Despair)
For my Vampires, I have the grim-reaper banner top from the empire sprue, with the flowing scroll. The whole thing is painted to look quite grimy, but the words that remain are 'Crusade', 'Grail' and 'Everlasting'. The fluff is that my vampire lord has discovered or created (through sheer will) a "black grail", like the anti-grail, that grants eternal undeath.
I know that it's not fantasy, but my two favorite banners are from my 40K miniatures.
One banner has a rising sun in a sulphrous yellow sky, over a mountain, except that the sun is a large skull peering over the mountain.
The other banner is red with gold trimming. It's central device is a large green skull and laurels. In yellow, the banner depicts 'PA Brigade' and the appropriate regiment colors for the unit of revolutionary-war sharpshooters from my home town. My army's motif is painted in a scroll under it "iron". The banner was a one-off piece made for me, and two similar banners were made for my friends, as we all went to participate in a mega-battle in another state, and wanted to show some local pride.
I have a Wight Lord that has a banner that reads 'Mortis Ex Cannae'.
Cannae was the Battle where Hannibal delivered a whipping of epic proportions to the Romans. I used to use similar tactics (though with varied results). I liked the conceit of having my battle plan right under the nose of my enemy.
Special mention goes to my brothers Silver Helms who have an absolutely HUGE battle standard. Its more like a wind sail or something. It causes the model to be incredibly unstable.
And again WH40K: A dreadnought with 'Test Run' written on it.
"God is dead" Nietzsche- 1886
"Nietzsche is dead" God- 1900
Why are there scams? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q71FLDIMBc8
I use the Elven runes for mine, but many of them have a hidden meaning, based on teh runic alphabet from WH armies HE:
For example, I have Saroir in superscript above Caladui, for my Dragon Princes, indciating that these are the Eternal Dragons.
My battle Standrd bearer bears the rune of the world dragon (for when I take the equivalent banner)
And my SM unit has Ceyl-Cython - justice and wisdom
My banner (battle banner) shall have the royal Telachii tatran as a background and then I shall think up a royal rune to place in the middle. I think I'll write a slogan in the more modern elven script under the rune. Not sure what yet.
. "Stop complaining ponce and hit stuff with yer shiny new axe"