Part of the fun I've been having with my Mordheim / Frostgrave warband is selecting models for a particular role. Whilst it would be easy to have a rag-tag group of models with no visual coherence, I'm trying to add to the warband with models that fit visually and thematically. Cloaks are one of the dominant features on the Lone Wolf Citadel Guard, so I'm trying where possible, to ensure that my models are wearing cloaks. As a secondary criterion, I'm aiming to primarily use sculpts by one of the Perry twins.
In Mordheim, shields are a sub-standard option. Ideally you want your swordsmen to be armed with a sword and dagger as a minimum (or sword/axe or sword/mace). In Frostgrave, the Treasure Hunter soldier is equipped with a sword and dagger. There aren't that many cloak-wearing two hand weapon wielding Perry sculpts around, but I recalled the mid-1990s regiment of renown Vespero's Vendetta. A couple of those guys would be perfect!
With their natty headbands and non-militaristic fighting stances, I decided that I needed a narrative around their inclusion.
Lordlings Evain and Edgyr Mountgray are young nobles attached to the Citadel Guard to learn fighting skills and gain combat experience. They are put through their training by the Citadel's Sword Master and accompany patrols of the countryside. Although skilled in fancy bladework, they are seen as arrogant, reckless and liabilities by the majority of Guardsmen veterans.
I kept the painting relatively low-key and functional, tying the colours to the rest of the warband with their yellow cloaks and blue headbands. I'm still not sure the blue headbands were the right choice - possibly pale blue shirts might have been the better option. Or maybe leaving blue out entirely and doing the headbands yellow?
I think they serve the purpose nicely though, and add another couple of tactical options on the tabletop.