I am getting closer to completing my Lannister army, only a couple left now.
The Kingsguard unit, although only eight models, are likely to be quite good in combat, only to be let down by Joffrey’s dreadful abilities…
But they do look pretty. I decided not to ink the shields or cloaks and leave them pristine white, after all, these guys would have Squires to keep their gear in tip top condition.
My Game Of Thrones Lannister army is actually nearing completion, the Kingsguard are next up on the painting table.
There seems to be two ways to go with these models, white or gold armour. As white is a hard colour to paint anyway, I decided for gold, but to give myself a challenge, I will do white cloaks and shields.
I have bought a pot of the new Games Workshop Apothecary White contrast paint but having tried it on a wizard model, it looks very grey. I want the Kingsguard to be very clean and bright so I may just go with unpolluted white.
I also have not decided what colours to paint King Joffrey the Idiot. He may have a red and yellow tunic with gold armour…
I am still not convinced that ranged units are that good in Game Of Thrones A Song Of Ice And Fire, but I have purchased a unit of Lannister Crossbowmen just in case they get hard to find.
I am aiming to get these finished over the weekend in time for a game on Monday night. Like some of the other models in the CMON range, it is really hard painting the chest behind the crossbow.
The Mountains Men are the only Lannister unit that I have that are not red, I have decided not to get any Pyromancers or Poor Fellows as I want an army of professional soldiers, or something like that anyway.
They are a good all round tough unit and like most units in the game, if they can hit whilst at full strength on a charge, then the results can be spectacular.
These are my favourite Lannister unit, Halberdiers.
At 6 points, they are a point more than the Lannister Swordsmen, but they get more attacks and Sundering. Add in an attachment and they are a formidable unit. Don’t leave home without them.
The first of my Knights Of Casterly Rock. As these, like all figures in the CMON range come in a single pre-built piece, painting behind the shield is a bit tricky. Once again it is the dilemna of needing to put much colour of bits you can’t see very well.
The Knights are obviously an Elite unit, they hit very hard when they charge, but they do not like being stuck in a prolonged combat, the effectiveness of their attacks greatly reduces in subsequent turns.
When I have more infantry painted, I will have to try an army without any Knights just for a change.
Here we have The Mountain’s little brother, Sandor Clegane, otherwise known as The Hound.
As a 2 point attachment, the only benefit is the fact that he make the unit a House Clegane unit. The post panic test ability does not always get to go off, so I may well be going with other attachments in the future.
Cersei is one of the better off table characters for the Lannisters, she reduces the morale of an enemy unit by -2 each turn, which can be very useful when forcing a panic test.
At 4 points, she is expensive, but probably the best NCU choice.