The barbaric bannermen of House Clegane have their place but my Lannister army is mostly going to be made up of the house’s own (rather classy looking) troops. I don’t often get the chance to paint some nice, opulent looking colour-schemes but the Lannisters provide it in spades. Whilst the rank and file of House Stark prefer to look grim and austere as they march into battle the Guardsmen of House Lannister know that if you’re going to war you ought to do it in style!
These were a lot of fun to do and I’m looking forward to working my way through the rest of them. However whilst the troops are taking to the field someone needs to be manipulating things from behind the scenes; enter the queen of paranoia and rash decisions herself, Cersei Lannister.
Like several other models from the starter set, the original miniature for Cersei isn’t the best, the sculptor has done a fine job conveying her expression but it feels like a sketch, not a finished piece, which leaves a lot of the work in the hands of the painter. Still it’s a nice enough miniature in my book, and definitely counted as an easy win (once I’d figured out how to paint blonde hair that is!).
Cersei is joined by her little brother Tyrion Lannister, who’ll be the second of the non-combat characters for my Lannister army. They’ve done a good job of capturing the character with this one and, especially compared to some of the other models in the starter set – like his sister for instance – he’s quite well sculpted too.
All in all I’ve been enjoying painting these brightly coloured, smartly turned out models, they’re a nice change from the grubby-looking individuals I usually paint. Alongside the Starks, painting up an army of them is one of my key goals for the year so expect to see plenty more of them in the coming months.