We’re now marching firmly towards the end of Fembruary so it’s time to take a look at the latest recruits to my House Stark army for ASOIAF – and this time it’s all about the ladies! In fact the Starks can recruit a whole unit of warrior women, the tough and uncompromising She Bears of House Mormont. I have a unit of these on my “to paint” list, started but currently unfinished, and I did at one time plan to use Fembruary as the encouragement to get them done. Alas, as it turned out I was being a bit ambitious there – small baby to care for and all that – but I’ll get around to them.
Fans of the Game of Thrones TV show will probably be most familiar with Jorah Mormont, the exiled knight who finds himself permanently in Daenerys Targaryen’s “friend-zone” (and count yourself lucky old son – spying on a lady for people who want to assassinate her is no way to win her affections!), Jeor Mormont (the old codger who commands the Nights Watch before Jon Snow) and Lyanna Mormont (the little girl who throws her weight around with the lords of the north in the later series). However those who’ve read the books will know there’s another important Mormont who’s presence in the show is reduced to a blink and you’ll miss it appearance in early episodes; Maege Mormont. With Jeor having packed his bags and gone to the Wall and Jorah gallivanting around Essos with the dragon-queen Maege is left to rule Bear Island. She marches south with Robb Stark’s host, taking four of her daughters with her. Jeor describes his sister as “a hoary old snark, stubborn, short-tempered, and willful” adding “…Truth be told, I can hardly stand to be around the wretched woman”. Oh and the unknown man who fathered her children might just be everyone’s favourite wildling windbag Tormund “Husband of Bears” Giantsbane. In the show she’s killed off early on but in the books she’s still out there somewhere, fighting for the people of the North.
There is a miniature for Maege available in the Stark Heroes 3 box, and to be honest I’m not a fan of it. She’s the one at the top, above Rickard Karstark and Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully.
What exactly is she supposed to be doing? Dance moves? Patting a modestly sized horse? Holding an invisible falcon? Tight-rope walking?
I quite liked the idea of adding Maege to my collection but that model would need a fair bit of converting if I bought it, and ASOIAF models aren’t nearly as easy to work with on that front as GW’s. There was a much better version released as a limited stretch goal as part of the original kickstarter campaign when the game first launched, but rare models like that are hard to get hold of and always eye-wateringly expensive so I didn’t give it much thought – until I spotted one on ebay for a price so reasonable I simply couldn’t turn it down.
Its not all about Mormonts though, as this month I have another lady ready to take her place on the battlefield. Readers might remember that way back in June of last year I painted little Rickon Stark and his loyal direwolf Shaggydog.
What I forgot at the time however was that if you include the little prince of Winterfell in an army you get to take his guardian, the spearwife Osha, for no additional points. Originating amongst the Free Folk from north of the Wall Osha comes south fleeing the Others. Taken captive by the Starks she comes to be a loyal servant and protector of the youngest boys. I’ve been meaning to paint her for ages and this seemed like a perfect moment to get her done as well.
Here she is with her young charge and his fearsome companion.
And there we have it, a pair of kickass ladies ready to celebrate Fembruary by taking the fight to the enemies of House Stark.
February 27th, 2023 at 8:41 am
Lovely job mate – glad you managed to grab that limited ed Maege, she’s much better than the main one! Brill 😊👍
March 2nd, 2023 at 8:11 pm
Thank you! You can’t beat a good “surveying the battlefield” pose can you? And to the great surprise of the team at GW she’s managed to do it without putting one foot on a rock…
March 2nd, 2023 at 10:53 pm
February 27th, 2023 at 10:17 am
Excellent work on both ladies Wudu, and great find on Ebay, that was very lucky.
March 2nd, 2023 at 8:11 pm
Thanks very much Dave! It really was a lucky find, I’ve never seen that model going for less than 4x what I paid. Some you’re lucky I guess. 🙂
February 27th, 2023 at 5:43 pm
All very nice! 🙂 I like the limited edition figure more than the other one as well!
March 2nd, 2023 at 8:23 pm
Thanks mate! She really is so much better than the main one isn’t she? She’s not badly sculpted, I could understand that, but what the hell is that pose supposed to be?! When you think of the near infinite number of ways a person could stand, why on earth did they pick that one? The mind boggles.
February 28th, 2023 at 12:10 am
Great work on the minis and I can see why you like the Limited Edition one better. The pose just works a lot better and seems more heroic. For some reason, Rickon reminds me of GW’s hobbit sculpts so I’ll be expecting to see Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry in your next update 🙂
March 2nd, 2023 at 8:24 pm
I see what you mean about Rickon, he would make a decent hobbit wouldn’t he? I’m afraid I don’t have any hobbits in the backlog but I do have space halflings, sporting halflings and LotR orcs, all of which will get their turn (eventually)…
March 2nd, 2023 at 11:12 pm
I would have been a bit surprised if you had Frodo kicking about and I’d have to wonder just how big/extensive your backlog is if that were the case! 😀
March 3rd, 2023 at 1:03 pm
Ha! I, on the other hand, would not be even slightly surprised if Frodo turned out to be in the backlog somewhere, in fact there could be a real, life-size hobbit digging a cosy burrow for himself at the back of the pile and it would take a while before I even noticed…
March 3rd, 2023 at 11:25 pm
Haha, that is quite the image, mate! 😀
March 1st, 2023 at 2:14 am
Nice job on these! Osha is my fave, and some great models for Fembruary!
March 2nd, 2023 at 8:35 pm
Cheers dude! Good to hear from an Osha fan, the Maege Mormont Supporters Association seems to have been very busy in the comments this time, poor Osha has been a bit overlooked! 😀
March 3rd, 2023 at 4:21 am
Ah, what do they know!! 😜
March 3rd, 2023 at 4:11 am
Excellent work on the pair of these. The more I see from you of these models the more I kinda wish I bought into the KS for this game, despite not having read a page of the books or watched more than the pilot of the show…
March 9th, 2023 at 12:50 pm
Cheers! I would say that, unusually for a CMON game, this is one where missing out on the kickstarter doesn’t really leave you at a disadvantage. Almost everything from the ks has been released separately, even the exclusive stuff has had different versions made and most of them – with Maege here being the odd one out – are better than the ks exclusives. I’m told on the grapevine that being in Australia is a bit of a double edged sword when it comes to this game, I hear you get releases on time (here in the UK we can be from 6 months to 3 years behind the rest of the world – I’m still waiting for my Lannister Red Cloaks!) but prices are said to be very high with you. I know I shouldn’t be talking you into expanding your backlog even further but I’d love to see what you do with some of these, especially as many of them are perfect as general purpose fantasy/semi-historical humans.
March 9th, 2023 at 6:33 pm
You’re not wrong with my backlog – I’ve even started working on some of my final few Orks that I “owe” you from a few years ago when you were finishing yours off! I do have a pair of Mammoths from the game that I picked up cheap(ish) a year or two ago, so I’ll start with those, and if I ever finish my Gondor plastics, I may well pick up some of the Stark models to supplement them. God only knows I don’t need yet another game to (not) play…