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My friends and I have decided to get into fantasy, from the beginning I wanted to play it over 40k, but I was out voted, anyways now that I've convinced everyone of fantasy we've gotten down to choosing our armies.
I chose Brets.
Not only that, but it's going to be my first themed army, a tribute to Westeros and A Song of Ice and Fire.
I'm considering going with the Jon Snow is a Targ idea and placing him as the Lord/King, as to unify things. The Grail Knights would then be White Cloaks, Questing Knights would most likely be Night's Watch and then each of the KotR, KR, and Peasants units would be devoted to a house of Westeros.
What's everyone think of this idea?
And do you have any suggestions for going forward with it? What to buy, bits that might work for different houses, what other things could units represent?
With the Bretonnias you will have looks of left overs. Grail knights are the best looking bunch in the army but to make a lance formation of 9 you need two sets 2 times 50 equal 100 dollars and that seems expensive but do not cry. I have two sets and am using the green knight as a sub for my load in the lance formation of grail knights. That gives you two other "palidins" for your other formations of knights. One palidin has to be a BSB and there is a separate item for that. My army is five blocks of nine knights with three peg knights to be march blockers are to prevent flanking attacks.
One set of 8 grail knights with a lord. Remember each Grail knight can issue or accept challenges. During your opponent's phase you can issue challenges if your opponent does not. Three blocks of Knights of the Realm, you have to take one and they are part of your core chooses. One of these will have the BSB and the other two will have 2 more palidins one in each. My last block is a block of errant knights, ran out of points. I put my 2nd lvl mage there armed with two dispell scrolls.
Remember that you have to pray the first turn. Well you don't have too but the blessing of the lady is hard to turn down.
I would actually make some different unit choices for your theme.
First of all, I'd make Questing Knights your Kingsguard. Nowhere in any of the novels do we see a Kingsguard use a lance (except for Sir Loras in the first book, but he was not Kingsguard then). This is because they are a bodyguard, not a battle formation.
On the other hand, several (such as the sword of morning) were famous for their use of a greatsword, and the rest used sword and sheild. Additionally, it would not be appropriate for Kingsguard to have magical attacks. For me, this makes Questing Knights a better choice.
(Unless, however, if you were creating a Targaryen Kingsguard. Before the fall of the Dragon Kings, the Kingsguard were a much different, truly GK worth unit.)
Next, you need to remember that the Knight's watch is almost exclusively peasants (albeit, some mounted). The only knights that would be appropriate would be characters. I think you actually need to narrow down your theme. Combining Kingsguard and Night's Watch in one army and calling it a theme is like saying that you are doing a Europe themed army and backing your Swiss Guard up wit Norman Kinghts. It's too broad to have much meaning.
Instead, pick a faction, and do an army specific to it. So, a Kingslanding army, or Knight's watch, or Lannister, or Daenerys, etc. It will also give your army a more unified look if they are all in Lannister Crimson (for example).
Hope some of that helps.
Since starting Bretonnians: 19 wins, no losses, no draws.
In the way of makeing a list, Grail and Questing Knights are not the best Bret unit. For rare I would say stone throwers are the way to go. You need them to come to you. Peg Knights and fast cav will fill specail. Then a mix of bowmen, men at arms, KotR, and KE for core.
Hope this helps .