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Welp, this is it, my online workshop for the next twelve months for purchasing, modeling, and painting up 2,000 points of Bretonnians. The big kicker for me is that I'm completely new to Fantasy, so while I've had a few Bretonnian models kicking around the workshop and always have wanted to start them up, this was a great way to do so. While I view this thread and the contest as a thread to keep me working and taking extra pride in my work, I will also try and make it interesting for anyone who deigns to read it as well, and hope to provide commentary on my painting and modeling, battle reports as they come in, and hopefully some fluff as well.
My scheme: I plan on using a red, black, and white color scheme for my army generally, with dark brown metals and shining silvers. My Prophetess, who I'll be making first, will go against this scheme, as I wanted to reflect my primary idea that she is going to be a Lore of Heavens caster, so she'll probably be in dark blues with whites and some celestial markings. Those touched by the Fey Enchantress should look different anyway, right? I hope that this makes her stand out from her army as it marches across the table.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading this particular view into the Tale of Painter's experience, as I'm sure I will enjoy reading all of the others. Away we go!
Okay, so for my Lord choice, I'm going to use a Prophetess of the Lady, upgraded to a level four wizard, and I'm thinking Lore of Heavens primarily (any Bret players have ideas on this?) If anyone has any advice on how to equip her or whatnot, I'm happy to hear whatever you like here.
Without further ado, here's my first piece of fluff for this army, as their Lord is the first to appear this month:
The forest overlooking Duke Theodoric of Brionne’s fortress was a sprawling and wild growth and, some whispered, unnatural. While no rough beasts threatened travelers within its groves, there was a fey nature to the woods that no man, peasant or lord, did not sense and if they were wise, respected. The Great Ocean could be heard directly to the west, and on this night brought forth howling winds through the trees, along with lightning and thunder, to make the people of Brionne shut up their doors and windows and look for shelter wherever they could.
Along the cliffs at the edge of the Ocean, where the forest and the water met one another and their own end, mists pooled rapidly amongst the roots that breached the shallow soil, eddying about and thrashing violently. The flash of the lightning illuminated the mists and the whipping branches of the trees. Rain began to splash the soil lightly, and then to fall in earnest.
All at once, the cacophony of nature fell silent, and out of the mists rode a small mare, bearing on it a pale woman, dressed in the deepest blues. She carried but a small staff in one hand and the broken half of a sword in the other, clutched carefully against the fabrics of her dress. Her handsome face determined, she trotted the mare out of the rise from which she had simply appeared, and gazed down upon the fortress below her. As she took in the keep before her, and beyond that all of Bretonnia, the sapphire covering her right eye flashed in the light of the stars, flickering sharply into the valley below.
“Sisters”, her voice carried into the empty woods behind her, “come to me. The augurs were correct, darkness threatens both the borders of this land and has wormed its way inside as well. Bretonnia will need might and lore before it can sit safely again, and so we will come to its aid as ever before. Let us call to the spirit of these people once more, and see what strength and mettle they bring forth for the Lady, and for her Land.”
I hope to have a proper preliminary army list up soon, as well as some sketches and photos of what I want to do with the Prophetess.
I was going to go slowly on this one, but I got bored and finished it up. As I've mentioned elsewhere, this is going to be my Lore of Heavens Prophetess, and I'd like to do one for Lore of Life and Lore of Beasts as well. I'm thinking vines and furs, respectively. Ideas for making the next two a bit more unique?
Anyway, here's my Prophetess (shown based in white to start, as it was my first white-based model ever!)
I hope you guys like it!
Ordered up another Damsel to be my "Beasts" Sorceress, and ordered the Fey Enchantress to spice up the Lore of Life spot. Unfortunately, the FE is bitz, and so at the store I ordered from, that means no order 'til the end of the month (they give a good deal though).
I'm headed on vacation this week, but when I return to painting I hope to give the Beast Sorc a whirl with some furry green stuff (and probably cutting off that big hat thing on the top). Maybe I'll work on my Paladin, not trying to race ahead but I get bored only working on 1-2 high points models, as these guys are providing a great counterpoint to my SM work.
Anyway, can anyone suggest some "beast"-type helms, hoods, basically just head covering bitz I could use on my Beast Sorc, or even other bitz that would help with a beasty look? I'm looking to give her a more brooding, fur-covered, quiet look, kind of like a semi-feral sister to my Heavens Sorc. Hook me up with some ideas!
Ordered up another Damsel pack and the bitz for the Fey Enchantress, who I'll use as a life sorceress model. Have to wait a bit on the FE parts though, it'll be sometime in November.
Any ideas on how to make the Beast Lore Sorceress more beasty looking, as in the post above?
Good luck finishing!! I have tons of brets and don't know the points. I haven't made any progress!!! ThoughI am sure I will find the time when my space wolves are complete.
I like to see pictures....
Imperial Guard Variants 69/20/9
Space Wolves 17/16/2
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For the hood simple green stuff work can make a big effect, my friend did so for his morheim wierdboy or orc shaman or something but basically a rough looking piece of cloth made of green stuff gives it that feral look quite easily due to only part of the face showing, this helps if the model has a neutral face expression in my opinion.
Great work so far =D
Originally Posted by swntzu
A little bit of highlighting on the raised parts of the blue robe would make the figure that much better.
For the Beasts character, find a person with Wood Elves who may have some bits left over on their sprue. There's all sorts of goodies there.
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So for this month, I'm taking a 180 from painting a single Lord choice, and going with a full 200 points of Men-At-Arms.
They're all assembled (minus the shields which will go on last), filed down, and sitting lined up on my desk. 36 of them. It's gonna be a tough one this month, I hope to get it done.
On the plus side, what great models! Coming from Space Marines, it's nice to see this much variation and just weird stuff in the model. My guys now have a full complement of mustaches, feathered hats, and fat bodies. Man, that was good stuff.
Anyway, I'll get a picture of my test model up (I suck at faces), and a picture of the whole group as well, sitting their in their glorious unpainted state. Looking forward to this.