I too am a newly started Stirlander. I started my empire army a while ago and have been finishing off my orcs and goblins and FINALLY have time to paint my empire. I chose Stirland for the fluff, and of course the swish uniforms! I hope people still use this forum, it warned me that noone had posted for 60 or more days :O
Allow me to introduce my Stirlandish army.
General Roberto Vladermiester is of course the leader and final word in all things warfare. At a young age while out on a hunt with his ward, Roberto stumbled across an egg left alone in the nest of a mighty Griffon, fearing for the life of the creature and that it's mother had abandoned it he took the egg back to his home and told his father. Furious with his son, and fearing that the beast would cause problems for the family he had the ward removed from service and sent his son to be trained at the army barracks. His other son Daffyth, he had been horrified at the events and had demanded that his father explain why he had acted so extremely. For his efforts Daffyth was sent off to become a member of the cult of sigmar and was trained under the scrutiny of a warrior priest close to his family.
To keep his name from further shame, Roberto's father sent the griffon egg off to a farm estate of the family's and swore that noone was to speak of it again. During his time in the military Roberto had excelled at strategic manouvers and quickly found himself promoted to the sergeant of his unit. After some time he made his way through the ranks to achieve the title of captain. It was however, his heroics at the battle of the hoe, where himself and one regiment of halberdiers single handedly held off attack of an undead force from assaulting a small farm until support arrived. Little did his father know that during this time Roberto had been sneaking back to the family estate to check on the well being of his rescued creature. The two had bonded closely and he would frequently be seen flying on the Fawn's (the name he had fondly given the beast) back, not that anyone would dare spread such rumours upon pain of death.
In his 3rd year as general of the force dire news spread to Roberto. His father had fallen in the dead of night and he rushed to see him. On his death bed his father bid Roberto go find his brother amongst the ranks of the priesthood and soon after died. Roberto did exactly this, he took Fawn and flew to the headquarters to find him. His brother, Daffyth had established himself a competent warrior priest and bid permission to leave the order in search of sigmar's enemies under the command of General Roberto. Now he is rarely seen without Fawn and Daffyth at his side as he strides above the army, scouting the lay of the land many leagues ahead of his force.
The army consists of:
Roberto, armed with dragon bow, great weapon, dawnstone, full plate armour and silver horn. He sits atop Fawn his griffon.
Daffyth, Warrior priest and brother to Roberto, skilled in all manner of spiritual guidance.
He wields a great weapon and wears the armour of meteoric iron.
Abbigale Oakwood, captain and bearer of the standard for the army.
Wields the battle standard in full plate armour and enchanted shield
Shapeshifter and master of beast magic.
Level 2 battle wizard of life or beasts with rod of power.
Almarno Trise, expert engineer from Nuln, bearing his greatest invention to date, the hellblaster volley gun.
He travels with the army due to a debt he will not speak of with anyone but Roberto.
State Halberdier regiment, Roberto has personally trained these troops to dismember the heaviest armoured of foes.
30 halberdiers with armour piercing banner and command.
Detatchment of archers deployed in loose formation.
Detatchment of swordsmen, armed and trained by Roberto's own funds.
10 Huntsmen, Scouts for the force and skilled marksmen.
10 Crossbowmen, The anti-armour ranged unit, these guys can pick out the eye of a man in full plate from 30 paces.
6 Knights of the sacred scythe, permanent contingent at Roberto's request.
30 militia, recriuited from local populace to aid in the cause due to lack of alternatives.
State Greatsword regiment. Armed from Roberto's personal treasury at great expense, these are the elite infantry, trained to fight well even in dense terrain.
Command and strider standard.
Detatchment of archers
5 Pistoliers, members of the sacred order of the scythe, training to be fully fledged knights.
Mortar, standard issue mortar.
Hellblaster volley gun, Almarno's latest invention, a devastating piece of artillery.
(may be missing units, can't check atm, I'm at work, will update at home if necessary).