A few years ago I picked up a Bretonnian Knight of the Realm box as a way to mix up my painting and try different colors, free hand, and styles. I had painted up the first knight up to his final colors but never got around to finishing him. I even tried getting on board with the Knights of Bal Timorea that Santa Cruz Warhammer was putting together, but alas, he has been collecting dust on my desk for almost three years!
So after finishing off a few of my Mentor Legion units I finally broke through and finished him off. So I present Sir Lucien of the Realm.
The yellow sword for his arms came from the transfer sheet but I painted back over it and the border to remove the “decal look.” I also spent a good deal of time on the base and mud splatter.
I wanted that mud tracked earth look as a unit was breaking through the ground and a gallop. So along each edge of the base the grass is thick but down the center it is all torn up from the knights in front.
After reading August’s White Dwarf with Duncan Rhodes’ Bretonnian army I had to go back out and pick up a box of Men at Arms to accompany Sir Lucien.
I wanted them to be dirty, worn, and rusty in contrast to the shine of the knight. After painting up the base colors, giving a wash of Earthshade, and highlighting upto Ushabi Bone for many of the colors, I gave a mud bath from various powdered pigments.
Overall I’m really happy with the three of them and plan on doing the full unit of each a single knight (and retainers) at a time between each Mentor Legion unit.