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Offline Sharkbelly

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First AoS Army Project
« on: September 13, 2015, 11:13:55 AM »
As the rumors for 9th edition/Age of Sigmar started to pile up last spring, I decided to finish off a few projects, tidy up a couple of armies, and then wait to see what happened. At the same, I took a job overseas, leaving my hobby stuff behind. All this means that I am contemplating my first Age of Sigmar army, although I won't likely act on it for a few months yet.

My first army was Bretonnia back in '98. I sold it long ago and began focusing on Empire, Vampires, and eventually Ogres. Now that those armies are done and packed away, I'm ready to start with something new. One of the really appealing things about Age of Sigmar is that armies can be very small to begin with. I've always fancied the idea of building a small Bretonnia and Wood Elves army, and I think now is the time!

Here is the list I am sketching out on paper:

Sylvaneth Tree Lord

16 Dryads

Orion, King in the Woods

10 Satyrs (Ungors)

Glade Lord on Great Stag

5 Wild Riders

To these I would add some I already have:

3 Albion Fenbeasts to use as Treekin

The Fey Enchantress on Unicorn

8 Bretonnian Knights

Bertrand le Brigand and his crew

20 Bretonnian Archers

All in all, it makes a tidy little force with a variety of units and a strong woodsy feel. It has the added advantage of most of the models doubling as Pathfinder monsters or characters. What do you all think?

Offline Alexis

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 12:19:37 PM »
I've always fancied the idea of building a small Bretonnia and Wood Elves army, and I think now is the time!

Are you going to be touching the whole 'The Lady was a scheming elf goddess' End Times addition? You could meld the force that way, with certain Bretonnians accepting that fact. (Although personally I was saddened by that fluff)

Sounds like a nice project, will you be posting photos? I too played Bretonnians in the mid 90's and still have many of the old classic knights. Good times!
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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 01:13:11 PM »
I remember reading in an old army book that Bretonnian horses had some wood elf warhorse lineage, and that this is what made them superior to, say, Empire ones. Not sure how I feel about the big reveal on the Lady of the Lake, though...

I'll be posting pics eventually, but won't be picking up most of the models for a while.

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 01:44:26 PM »
Are you aiming to comply with AoS fluff as well? If so the Orion is my best bet of a write off. As all special characters from the Old-World won't be coming back.

Also the wait is still on how the Free People are being given form (What will be left of the old Empire and Bretonnian forces) and what new models will emerge.
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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2015, 04:30:04 PM »
Wow, a force "very small to begin with" indeed!  :icon_biggrin:  Best of luck with the project!
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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2015, 12:58:29 AM »
Yeah, maybe "little" is not the right word. But I do like the fact that 10-20 models makes for a complete unit. As of right now, I plan to start with the tree lord and dryads (and maybe a couple of wyldwoods) and go from there.

Offline Baron von Klatz

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2015, 10:04:15 AM »
A fine sounding project indeed, Sharkbelly. There's something refreshing about seeing Bretonnians and wood elves work together, a synergy of chivalry and nature that is a timeless classic for fantasy. I know I've been taking (albeit very slow) steps on making a wood elf force to accompany my own noble Bretonnians.

Best of luck with your project. :::cheers:::
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(Although personally I was saddened by that fluff)

I was a bit saddened too but having the Bretonnians being manipulated into being weapons against chaos and protectors of a whole new world certainly beat being manipulated by the wood elf queen into only being a puppet nations that guarded Athel Loren's border.

Are you aiming to comply with AoS fluff as well? If so the Orion is my best bet of a write off. As all special characters from the Old-World won't be coming back.

Possibly, but Archaon, Lord Kroak,  Nagash and most of the elven characters survived. So I wouldn't completely write a demi-god off. There's always the possibility of a AoS version of him being made or at the very least he can proxy for a future realm of life character.
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Offline SoonerSox

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2015, 03:09:54 PM »
I have never read a single GW book but the fluff you mention between the wood elves and Brettonia has me intrigued. What book is that from?

Offline Baron von Klatz

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2015, 08:25:58 PM »
Never read a GW novel eh? That's a shame as I've found them all quite enjoyable.

The main book that shows wood elves manipulated the Bretonnians is in the rpg supplement "knights of the Grail" that shows the mythical Fay(forest spirits who take magically gifted children to the enchantress,  and by take I mean steal from the crib) to be the wood elves of Athel Loren. Their strongest influence is in Quenelles where the Duke's castle is completely opened on the side facing the forest. It's also hinted that despite it being the largest realm, it hardly expands or flexes it's power due to wood elf influence, much like why all of Bretonnia is kept in medieval stasis. The wood elf armybook even mentions that they disguise themselves and go among the royal courts.

This info, along with the strong indication that the Lady was their doing as well, made Bretonnia look like it was completely in their thrall. That's why the Lady being Lileath was a sort of step up to me as she put the Bretonnians on the same level as the elves instead of being elven puppets.
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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2015, 08:58:25 PM »
Most of my background for the two armies goes back to the old 5th edition army books. (It's been a while)

A side part of this project is that I've acquired lately to use as a Pathfinder characters. They fit well with the theme of this army, too.

Ranger--Wood Elf Glade Lord with Great Weapon


Druid--Empire Jade Wizard


Bard--Mordheim Elf Ranger

Offline Baron von Klatz

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2015, 10:00:51 PM »
Most of my background for the two armies goes back to the old 5th edition army books. (It's been a while)

Haha, that's what several of the good knights at the Round Table said as well. They're not all fans of Bretonnia's darker side that appeared with 6th edition. :icon_wink:

Really nice models for your army. I've got plans for a druid as well.

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Re: First AoS Army Project
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2015, 03:43:28 AM »
Using the Belfast Method, the force looks like this:

Treeman Ancient (12 wds, monster, wizard)

Branchwraith (5 wds, hero, wizard)

3 Fenbeasts/Treekin (12 wds)

16 Dryads (16 wds)

Total: 45 wounds, 4 keywords

It's a little heavy on keywords, but a little light on wounds. I think it could work.