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i was painting my first unit of KOTR but am held up because of this problem.
My army is that of Redemond of Parravon. My general is a damsel, but my BSB will be painted in the colours of Redemond (orange, red, white). in order to unify the army i wanted to have the banners of each knight unit painted in the same colours. Here is the problem, if im painting the standard in redemond colours, then the actual standard bearer will have to be painted in those colours too, or else it wouldnt look right. but if the standard bearer is painted redemond, then i would have to justify that he was favoured/related/friend of Redemond, but wouldnt the champion be the most important person in a unit? so if redemond did have friends and relatives leading his units, wouldnt the champions hereadlry reflect this? this causes another problem, since it also wouldnt look right to have to to models with very similar heradldry standing next to one another.
so thats my problem, and if anyone wants to share how they dealt with the problem (or maybe im just overthinking it way too much)
Thanks in advance,
I feel your pain
What I did in my case was to go full circus style, so I didn't have the same problem, but I think in your case, what you can do is just have the Redemond colors as the fringe of the banner (e.g. like a straight stripe on the flag pole end or the wavy end), and then put the unit champion's insignia on the main part of the standard.
As to having to paint the standard bearer in the same colors as the standard, actually.. i never did that. My standard for Courvein of Lyonesse was white with red, but my standard bear (Glorim the Impatient) was painted yellow and blue. I think I have a few pics of them in my gallery.
I'm planning to have a different color for each banner in my circus army... I have white, black, blue... waiting to do yellow and red. Though I was thinking that I should have done a unified color scheme for the army, but at least it makes every knight completely different to look at!
It's only a lance of Grail Knights... won't hurt at all!
I am currently painting my first batch of knights much like yours, but its best the paint the banner itself in your General's hearldry and paint the Standard bearer in his own colors. The banner is just a way of unify all the Knight units together and let the General know who, and where his troops are during battle. If any band of knights joined him (excluding, maybe, the Grail knights), they would roll up their champion's banner and take up the General's; signifing to whom their loyalties lie.
However, in the rankings of a unit, The Champion is at the head, followed by the Standard Bearer in 2nd, and the musician 3rd.
I hope that helps.
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