Today is going to be a relatively short blog post because, rather excitingly, I have been asked by the White Dwarf team to take part in a battle report. Sadly I can't tell you what we're all up to, but suffice to say it has been very exciting and I'm winning (apparently that is a matter of opinion, but seeing as I'm writing this and they aren't, it's my opinion that counts). Keep your eyes peeled for the game in a future issue.
Anyway, enough about my wargaming heroics and on with the beautifully painted models. Today's showcase is a stunning Bretonnian army painted by Michael Brent, which he entered into Armies on Parade at Games Day Chicago. We've actually featured a couple of Michael's models in the past, but seeing as he won the Armies on Parade heat in his local Games Workshop Hobby Centre and picked up the bronze award in the Warhammer Regiment category in the Golden Demon awards, we thought we'd show off a bit more of his work. Here is Michael's army ready for war:
The force is led into battle by a Bretonnian Lord on a Pegasus. The original Army General was the Pegasus Knight that you can see on the left-hand side of the picture (and in closer detail in this blog post), but Michael wanted an even more impressive commander as the centrepiece for his display and opted to convert a new one. This incarnation of his General was converted using the Archaon model, but with a new head, weapons and sculpted cloak. Michael also added a caparison to Dorghar (that's Archaon's daemonic mount) to make it more closely resemble the Bretonnian horses in the rest of the army.
What really drew us to Michael's army was the colour scheme that he's used on every model in the force. The combination of red and yellow livery, combined with the non-metallic gold is very striking and really stands out on the mostly green display board. All in all, Michael's entry was a worthy heat winner for Armies on Parade and one of the most popular entries at Games Day Chicago.
The thing is, Michael's not just been painting Bretonnians. In the darkest depths of his painting table, far away from the brightly coloured Bretonnians, the faint glow of warpstone can be seen emanating from his latest creation - the Exalted Vermin Lord. Where Michael's Bretonnians are colourful, decorative and intricately adorned, the Vermin Lord is, in contrast, grimy, fleshy and altogether quite unsavoury. In the shot below you can see it from the other side (some would say his more handsome side) where Michael has painted object source lighting around all the warpstone chunks.