Tristan the Troubadour & Jules the Jester
In the midst of renewing the painting of my old models, I decided to take on Tristan the Troubadour. This iconic character from the Bretonnian army is known for his near-magical voice. As a Questing Knight, he roams the Old World in search of the Grail. He is aided in this daunting task by his faithful companion Jules the Jester, a buffoon with extraordinary acrobatic abilities. In my army, however, this fool never found his place and lay forgotten among the piles of unpainted models.
At last the day came when Jules joined his companion. From now on, they will be able to fight side by side against evil in the name of the Lady of the Lake. What captivates me the most about the old-edition, classic models for Bretonnia is their incredible atmosphere and character rendered in sculpture. I really like the model of Jules, who has a wooden stick imitating a horse. In this way he pretends to be a knight, which he obviously cannot be due to his birth. Interestingly, in one of the White Dwarf, these heroes lived to see their special rules changed. This in turn made them playable in battles on both 5th and 6th edition rules. Thus, the jester distracts opponents by insulting, challenging or mocking them. This, in turn, makes it impossible for an enemy within 6" of Jules to focus properly on the battle and makes him more difficult to hit (-1 to HIT). Tristan himself reminds me of a medieval wandering performer who entertains his listeners with ballads about his adventures and the countless monsters he has killed on his journey. Not just any songs, either! His voice can work wonders, such as increasing the determination and perseverance of the fighters through the 'Stubborn' rule, tipping the scales of victory to his side (+1CR) or giving himself and his unit immunity to magic (MR2). Oh, in addition, he can change song to a different one every turn as needed.
When it came to painting, I decided to use the colours most commonly found in painting examples of these characters. Most of the images showed a blue-yellow-red colour scheme. The warhorse's caparison features hand-painted coats of arms. Jules the Jester's clothing, on the other hand, was enhanced on one leg with a checkered pattern. It took me quite a while to paint due to the long breaks, but I am pleased with the result. Feel free to take a look at the photos.