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Hey all. For a while now I've been thinking of starting one of two Empire armies I have planned; Sylvanian state troop levy and Tilean merchant prince army. While I've been able to source plenty of information on Tilean background (thank you, WFRP!), I've been less successful with the Empire's backwater cousins.
Specifically, I'm looking for some pictures or descriptions of Sylvanian uniforms and heraldry, shield designs, banners, colour schemes that sort of thing.
If anyone has the Uniforms & Heraldry of the Empire book - does that list Sylvania?
I did some checking around and Found nothing it seems all records of Sylvanian are non-exesistant due to now being part of stirland state. I think you gonna have to just make one up?.
But i read on Warseer thread about the new Uniforms & Heraldry of the Empire book that Sylvania has got its own section with details so i would most go out and Get a copy. I plan to get one next week sometime.
Hello, i have just bought (a few days ago) the Uniforms and Heraldry of the Empire Book.
Although Sylvania is mentioned under the Stirland entry in the book, there is a small 1/2 page entry about Sylvania with a paragraph detailing the basic fluff, with a few pictures of soldiers below.
The colours prominent are a Dark Red, Black and a Cream/Off-White. Skulls, Hourglass, and scythes are common additions among the Sylvanian population as well as robes and hoods. They have a banner depicting a crowned red dragon with two of its forearms holding a sword (handle up, pointing down) on a black background.
It also mentions the more traditional emblems of Sylvania have been abandoned as they bear too many mistrusted and evil connotations.
Hope this helps you, Cheers
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I like this idea, is it going to be pre-vampire Sylvania or Stirland/Sylvania?
It's going to be post-vampire Sylvania, but not quite Stirland either. From what I've read in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Sylvania these days is a 'forgotten' territory that, while technically part of Stirland, is left largely to it's own devices. It's administered on Stirland's behalf by descendants of noble families who took over following the Battle of Hel Fenn. This army is going to be one such noble's personal army, as they are very slowly attempting to control their territory and rebuild the province.
There's a huge amount of useful information on each of the Empire's counties, including population figures and such, here: Critical Hit - The Empire
This army is going to be the beginnings of the standing army of Waldenhof, under command of Count Rudgar von Walden. They have begun training the menfolk for combat, drawing upon the heraldry and rich history of the Sylvanian Army circa the 12th Century, before the rise of the Von Drak family. It's all very exciting business
I've been thinking on this; you could make them really poor, "rural" (if you wanna be PC) because of the backwater nature of this particular area. You could also say that this particular Count Rudgar von Walden is going for Elector Count, and so, to show off, has these forces lavishly outfitted.
I can also imagine a warrior priest having a presence in this army, as it's men come from a very suspect state. In the older VC book there where even rules for (living) Sylvanian Levies fighting alongside the VC army. And the Undead are An Abomination! after all.
It might also be nice to call them Levies again, as a sort of tradition?
Last edited by Zema; June 17th, 2009 at 15:44.
On the poor note, one could base their levies of Bretonian men at arms.
Going from the memory of a White Dwarf Article I think the origional colours were black and purple with the usual sigmarite symbols and I think there was a key on one of the shields.
Possibly post vampire Sylvanian units would keep this heraldry, especially the Sigmarite symbols.