On to the army - I've been working on the army for about three months now, so there's a modest forelog of stuff I've already painted and will post now. Hereafter I will post as I paint.
I've a small selection of character models - these will be joined by many others I don't doubt - Bretonnians have strong characters and need character support to really fly.
The Damsels of the Lady, Alistriss (in red) and Jenevive (in Blue).
I have to say, it looks like the moulds for these figures have seen better days. There were a large number of manufacturing defects and general wonkiness which I tidied up as much as possible, but I was quite surprised. As a Sisters of Battle player I'm well versed in GW's ninties-era metals and expected higher quality.
I'm rather happy with how the crystal on Jenevive's staff turned out. Could have been better of course but could have been much, much worse. Her hair leaves a lot to be desired, though. I've since discovered a more effective way to paint red hair, but it's too late now. May strip her one day.
Alistriss' bust turned out beautifully - good thing too since she has a lot of it...
These were the first Bretonnian models I painted and my ability to paint horses has come on massively since then. I still struggle hardest with white, though, and therefore, paint few white horses.
Kilmeny is my Prophetess and as you may guess from her name, uses the Lore of Heavens.
She's a Gamezone figure and by the Lady was she a terrible cast! Nothing remotely fit right, awful mold-lines, giant gaps, you-name-it. Very annoyed - would have sent her back with an angry letter if I'd bought direct, it was that bad. I just about got her servicable, and I'm quite happy with the paint job.
Her dress looks pretty spiffy and I'm actually quite good at palomino horses, if I do say so myself - certainly the colouration I am best at.
I like the blue and gold scheme, which rather suits her and I'm very happy with how the parchment scroll looks. Have to say, I consider this to be one of my best ever paint jobs. Or in other words, you may want to turn back now, 'cos it's all down-hill from here.
Dame Regina, Battle Standard Bearer
I'm thrilled with how the unicorn turned out, it's not often I attempt something a bit ambitious and it works, but I think that did. That unicorn took a great deal of greenstuff gap-filling to make it remotely presentable, mind. Still - I'm happy, and as I say, the palomino colouration is the one horse style that I'm actually pretty good at.
The Dame Regina is rather less good, but c'est la vie. She is of course, Repanse de Lyonesse... Mostly.
I cut Repanse' lance off above her hand and pinned a plastic lance on instead so I could use plastic glue to affix the Standard. The Standard is made from various High Elf bitz and freehanded. Yup, my freehand still sucks. The Grail charge on her shield is from the Sisters of Battle transfer sheet - it's the symbol of the Order of the Ebon Chalice.
The one thing that I am happy with about her paint is the shine on her armour. The photos don't show it properly, but it is noticably brighter than anyone else's armour. The other models have armour done in Boltgun Metal, Chainmail or Mithril Silver (or Brassy Brass). Dame Regina's armour is pure Metalic Medium without any pigment - basically just metal particles suspended in transparent acrylic. It's noticably lighter and brighter than any other armour in my army. Because that's how a Paladin should be!
Her face I am going to claim is not my fault! The model itself has an almost featureless face and there is an upper limit to how much detail I can paint on it. So there!
I drybrushed the same Metalic Medium onto the unicorn's horn, lending a subtle, but noticable shine to the raised fluting. It looks quite good, though the camera didn't pick it up well.
Sir Simeon the Brash
Sir Simeon is intended to be a rather OTT, showboating sort of man. He is riding the horse that comes with Repannse de Lyonesse, and it is the giant feather on that horse's champron that made me set out to create a fancy, dandy knight.
Sir Simeon is a very frankensteinesque made-from-bitz model. The legs are High elf, of course (who else wears Scale armour?) and the head is an Empire Knight head, the torso is a standard Knight of the Realm one.
I'm really rather happy with how most of the model turned out, both painting and model-sise. The only exception is the gold charges. Unsatisfying... Feels bad. Should have gone with silver. Lesson learned there.
Sir Galen the Skymarshal
Another bitz-box creation. Intended to serve as either a Lord of Paladin, depending.
Ah... That colour. I saw a photograph of a horse once, it was the most astounding blue-black coat with bright orange mane and tail - really something to behold. That is the colours I was going for here, and almost nailed it. Almost...
The rider is again a KotR body (I have many spare for reasons you will understand presently) this time with Eldar Shining Spear legs (I used to play all-jetbike Eldar). The back of his Saddle is a sisters of Battle Immolator seatback. Hey, it has a fluer-des-Lys AND a Lady on it - can't get more Bretonnian than that!
Now's a good time to talk about armour - y'see his armour, the very dull gold-brown shade? I like that a lot. It's Brassy Brass washed with Asurman blue, and it looks rather good, so I use it fairly often.
Next up, Knights (shock!).