Inspired by the works of Frank, Sukhe Bator and others on LAF who have ventured into the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and beyond, I've finally started to pull together some forces. This won't be an epic build on the scale of my long-running Wars of the Roses project - I'm thinking three or four factions with 15 to 20 figure seach. Enough for a good GoT themed skirmish
I'd already made up these, originally as some kind of Balkan mercenaries, although I've always had them in mind for Braavosi sellswords, or perhaps Lyseni sellsails of Sallhador Saan, fighting for Stannis Baratheon. I'm painting them now, and veering towards the gaudy colours of the Free Kingdoms. They are Perry Wars of The Roses figures, with Perry Zouave and Sudanese Ansar heads, the occasional metal shield, and fur capes and luxuriant moustaches from Green Stuff. Obviously the chap with the handgun can't feature in Westeros as it's a pre-gunpowder culture (although they have wildfire, so work that out... )
I've now started creating the Lannister forces.
These are hybridised from the various Perry WOTR boxes crossed with the Fireforge Templar Knights and Templar Infantry bodies. The simple rule for making effectively unconventional looking, pseudo-medieval figures is to use Fireforge arms and heads with Perry bodies and vice-versa. This seems to work well in most cases. The strange fusion of C12th and C15th historical styles, provides quite an interesting 'Hollywood Medieval' look, which I feel is very much the vibe of the books (however much they may have succumbed to other influences in making the TV series). I've given them all cloaks as a trademark, because it seems to me that the Lannisters are the sort of arrogant swine that wear cloaks. Plus, to be fair, the cloaks and a fair amount of Green Stuff help conceal the imperfect joins between some of the heads and arms from House Perry and House Fireforge. A few heater-type shields are essential too, so that I've got somewhere to paint the house sigils.
First is a knight. This is a big body with a big plume. Could be Ser Gregor Clegane, although I'm not sure he's quite big enough to pass for The Mountain. I might add a shield, although I quite like this pose how it is, guarding his nuts, whilst urging his men onwards
Next is a Lannister spearman - quite elegant I think. Elvish almost. I blame the Italianate barbuta helmet.
Next a guard with polearm - I like the way he's turned out, because he reminds me of an old Elastolin figure...
Next a Lannister crossbowman - with full 'Scottish Widows' cowl and flying cape.
And finally for now, another knight. Possibly Ser Amory Lorch. He looks kind of squat, brutal and businesslike doesn't he?
I've got several more in pieces on the workbench, so hopefully, more to follow before too long