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Humm. I'm in a bit of a pickle regarding the province I want to collect. I have a strong liking for Wissenland, but lately Reikland has caught my attention. The appearances of both provinces, including colors and insignia are what I'm most drawn to: the eagle of Reikland and the lion of Wissenland. The color schemes are quite similar, the notable exception being Wissenland's use of grey along with white.
I'm a fan of Reikland in particular because of its Holy Roman Empire feel, along with the Reiksguard. I think the professional, imperial look and feel is very neat. As for Wissenland, I mainly like its insignia and backstory involving Solland, along with its poorer state in contrast to elsewhere in the Empire. I believe the Knights of the Broken Sword are based around Wissenland/ex-Solland and I don't see many of them painted up; they may be unique to use. I like to be original with my armies and refrain from duplicating other hobbyists' work.
Apart from these provinces, a few other ones have interested me such as Hochland and Ostland; Hochland because of its woodland/hunters theme and Ostland due to its striking B&W colors and bull symbolism.
What do you think?
Whatever you do, stay away from Sylvania. There's some wicked things about that swampy wasteland.
@Wolf_Pack: Heh, not to worry! I have no intention of joining that dreadful place!
@CaptainSarathai: Well, Reikland and Wissenland are pretty close together. Thing is, the soldiers of Reikland generally see themselves as superior to others in the Empire and that might be troublesome! Not to mention their color schemes may be difficult to differentiate and wouldn't be very contrasting or striking.
I understand that there wouldn't be much contrast or difference. I was considering that an advantage though, as it means that your force will still look unified at a glance.
With combining the forces, you would have the chance (and all the more reason) to paint heraldry for each province, as well as include your favorite elements of both regions.
Certainly Reikland feels far superior to their kin, but I think that it's more of a friendly rivalry, like that between Legolas and Gimli in 'The Lord of The Rings'. I think it would make gaming a little more fun, to see if the rivalry plays out on the table, "oh, the Wissenland regiment holds, but the Reiklanders flee in terror! Who's superior now?" etc.
Hmm, that could be interesting now that I think about it. I was considering a Wissenland border defense supplied with a handgunner regiment and artillery from Nuln. The black Nuln uniforms could contrast well with the white/grey of the Wissenland soldiers with red and yellow as common colors to tie them together.
My empire army is mainly from the province of Hochland, due to the rural foresty and hunter themes that it has going on. I have also added a swordsmen patrol from middenland which is to justify the presence of my steam tank (which is painted in the drakwald patrol colour of purple).
I voted Ostland just because I've not seen many Ostland armies around. Always good to stand out.
Why doesn't anyone do Altdorf? I like the red/blue scheme, as well as the flavor of being well-equipped on account of not only being the capital city, but also the richest city. Since I mostly field swordsmen and greatswords, and no spears, militia, or bowmen at all, a wealthy, elite province/city seemed most appropriate. I did have one problem, though.... I HATE the sigmarite priest with great weapon, so I took a priest of Ulric...which almost forces you to take at least one regiment from the city of the white wolf, doesn't it? So my army is all clad in red and blue, except for one regiment of blue and white.
Anyway, I'd say stay away from the red/white province. I don't know why, but it seems like everyone and his dog does that one.
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