Bretonnian Grail Pilgrims

One of my favourite units in the Bretonnian army of Warhammer 6th through 8th editions (not that the unit changed in those revisions) are the Grail Pilgrims.   These guys lug a relic – in this case the deceased body of a dead Grail Knight and his steed about with them, and adorn themselves in relics of the dead knight – pieces of clothing, armour, surcoats and horse furniture.  Also, for some strange reason they often carry their kite and heater shields upside down.  They are the soccer fans/groupies of the fair land of Bretonnia. Just a shame the Orks already have a copyright on the  ‘Ere we go’ chant.

The sculpts for these were the best foot figures in the entire Bretonnian range that came out way back in 2004 – a range that never saw a new figure from that time until the end of the world.

One thing about them that stands out is that for guys straggling alongside outside for years on end, they are remarkably well fed. Most of them are packing some serious insulation against those cold nights in the Bretonnian Alps.

I have acquired another couple of dozen of these guys second hand so plan to expand this unit out to 40 figures for a Horde sized unit for Kings of War.

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The central figure here is an Empire figure I think, slightly modified.
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This is another Empire figure, with the addition of a plastic Bretonnian jester head from the Archer set.

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2 thoughts on “Bretonnian Grail Pilgrims”

  1. Certainly a unique and tongue in cheek (if the deceased knight still had cheeks, that is) unit. I love them!

    Reminds me a bit of the Martyrs that I included in the Army list for the Followers of the Light in Hostile Realms – big units of completely worthless, unarmed peasants and pilgrims – except that for each stand the enemy slaughters, they recharge a unit of Zealots, which cast a mean lightning bolt of Divine Retribution back at the enemy!

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    1. These guys in the Warhammer rules were the best infantry in the Bretonnian Army, you just couldn’t take that many. I was hoping that would change in the new edition of Warhammer. Well it changed – they got Sigmarised and have zero meaning in that setting. Another reason for switching to Kings of War.

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