Louen Leoncoeur, the Lionhearted, also known as the Lion of Bretonnia and the Golden Paladin, is the Duke of Couronne, one of the almighty Grail Knights and the penultimate warrior-King of Bretonnia. He is renowned as a noble and just ruler. Fairness in all matters is his watchword, never allowing the law as written to compromise its noble intent, never refusing anyone a hearing in his presence to air grievances of which must be judged.
Wearing the blessed Crown of Bretonnia, and wielding the legendary Sword of Couronne – forged from exquisite Bretonnian silverine – the fearsome Royarch comes to smite evil from his lands.
This lovely St George’esque Bretonnian Knight was one of many duel dioramas which were on display at Warhammer World. The knight is facing down a lovely red dragon (which I didn’t photograph).
I really like the scenic base, which is nice and rocky.
This is one half of an Elven duel, this was the High Elf, his opponent was a Dark Elf on a Cold One.
This is a Warhammer 40000 duel between a Space Marine Chaplin and an Exodite Eldar. The Chaplin is riding a bike.
The Exodite Eldar is on a lizard.
The Exodites were a concept that had Eldar using giant lizards as mounts and large mounts for weapons (in a similar way to Elephants or Squiggoths). It was never taken further by Citadel, though some Epic concepts were sculptured and cast, but never went on sale. The concept proved popular with some and as a result there is an unofficial codex out on the tubes and some lovely models such as this one.
This was a Golden Demon winning Duel which I photographed on my most recent visit to Warhammer World in January 2020.
I have always liked this jousting diorama, The Bretonnian Joust, by Dave Andrews which won the Open Competition in the 1996 Golden Demon awards. The level of detail is outstanding. There are hoof marks in the ground, created using clay. The manuscript on the back is handwritten.
Across the diorama are lots of figures adding to the story. The pavilion is made from foil, but is painted to look like cloth.
Some more photographs and details about the model can be found here.
This Bretonnian Knight bust was in the Forge World displays at GamesDay 2005.
Though I always liked these style of models that Forge World made, they obviously didn’t sell very well, and have not been in the catalogue for a while now. I have an Orc bust in my own collection, but never bought any others.
These are the three-ups that were used to create the Citadel Bretonnians from ten years ago.
Things have improved since then, but I still think the quality back then was still pretty good. True though you had limited poses and therefore a lot of uniformity (something which works for WHFB but less so for WH40K).
Compared to the first plastics that Citadel did (a long time ago) these are fantastic.
With the new 3D scanning and laser technology Citadel are now using, it will be interesting to see where they go now!
This Bretonnian Trebuchet from the talented hands of Martin Footitt was a Golden Demon Open Category Winner.
Of course I was taking photographs before the winners announce, and over the weekend I got my (UK edition of) White Dwarf which came with the free Golden Demon winners booklet. This was nice not only because they didn’t try and sell it like they did last year in WHSmith… but also I found many of the miniatures I had seen and liked enough to photograph had in fact been winners.