Hi everyone, in one of the much earlier shows Greg and Jen had mentioned that Brettonian armies (when painted the way gw portrays them), often don't look as good on the table top. This is because compared to other armies which have color schemes many brets have just so many colors its overwhelming. While at first I disagreed I looked at several pictures and I have been swayed. So now I am searching for a better way to paint them.
I don't want to do with just a normal color scheme as that is out of the army concept (and I don't want to be just another crusade force).
After reading the Knights of Brettonia black library books though I got an idea. In the fluff the regiments of knights are drawn from the country where the mustering happens, as well as neighboring countries depending on the problem. But when the army gathers together naturally the knights tended to fight in regiments based on where they were from, except in the case of like 100 man lances which I won't have to worry about. Thinking about this in my head, one it made more sense why would you fight with a stranger when a whole host of people from your area were around. Two it seemed like a solution to the color vomit problem bret armies can have.
So essentially for my knights of the realm, errant knights, and peg knights each regiment would represent a specific region. That would mean though their patterns, symbols, and sometimes exact colors differed slightly each regiment would still look overall like the belonged together. So what I am thinking is say if I base my first regiment off of Mousillon, then I would paint that regiment heavily with black and yellow as that is their color, some knights may have splashes of a third color on some models to maintain the individualistic look with out an overwhelming palette. The next unit say from a neighboring region would feature that regions colors, say red and blue, but again a third color may be splashed. Basically each regiment would be like this (minus the grail knights and questing knights who make sense to be a mix). Each regiment though very different, if separated I think would look better of the table top, because it might not look like a completely cohesive force (bret armies really shouldn't), but at least each unit would really stand out.
Any thoughts on this comments?
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