Boromir was the mightiest warrior of Gondor at the time of the events leading up to the War of the Ring.
There is a lengthy document about him at LOTR wiki: http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Boromir . Well worth a read for those interested...
This is the model version of Boromir bearing the banner of Minas Tirith, which is inspired by scenes from the Extended Edition of the Two Towers, a wonderfully inspiring scene, that shows Boromir's valorous past.
It contrasts with the option to field him in the game without the banner, that I painted a little while ago...http://scottswargaming.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/boromir-captain-of-white-tower.html
The model now appears to be unavailable from GW, but does still show up on ebay and other tradegroups on the web.
I sourced the model this way, thanks to a great deal from Tom Candlin - Many thanks Tom!
I must admit, whilst I wanted the model for my collection, and for gaming purposes, I was dreading painting it, due to the banner. I have found I can paint most things in terms of miniatures, but free hand artwork, especially at this scale for banner and shields etc., is not my strong suit! Most concerning was the fine black waving lines at the end of the banner tips...
|The banner of Minas Tirith|
Quite some time ago, a mate of mine Chris, had a go at painting the model and struck on the idea of using a Fine tip technical ink pen. He got it all done, looking good, then applied varnish, and the ink instantly smeared across the banner! In frustration he stripped the model and started again, and I think tried a different varnish or method of applying, but the same thing happened again... a which point I believe he gave up!
So memories of that were in my mind.
But I knew I wouldn't be able to pull off those waving lines free hand with a brush... so a technical pen seemed the only option...
So I put out some queries to the various painting forums on facebook and google+... I was recommended a Zig Millenium 0.2mm black ink pen. I ordered one of these from Amazon.
The figure from Tom was stripped and painting commenced, following the style of the previous Boromir on foot model. Then work on the banner commenced. I tried to copy the painted example from GW as best as I could, and would say I have managed a reasonable representation of the tree and the icons down the side of the flag, adjacent the pole. Then out came the pen for the black wiggly line pattern. It felt a bit like cheating not using a brush, but what the heck, sometimes needs must.
Again it's not a perfect copy, but it gives a recognisable representation, I hope you'll agree!
And of course the banner has two sides so I had to repeat my efforts on the other side too.
Finally came the time to varnish. I normally varnish my metal models with a DIY Polyurethane Gloss varnish first, then use a brush on Vallejo Matt Acrylic over that. I decided I'd grab an old spare model and draw two test lines on it and test the two varnishes on that first. The Vallejo acrylic matt immediately dissolved the ink leaving a black smear to be wiped off. Whereas the polyurethane gloss, went straight on with no problem! For some reason I expected the result to be the opposite way around but I am glad it matched my normal procedure.
So varnishing turned out to be no issue thankfully...
The great man once again... For Gondor!
In the game, The Banner counts as a banner normally, giving troops within 3" a reroll to melee combat but also increases their Fight skill from 3 to 4, and Boromir's from 6 to 7. Nor does he suffer the combat penalty due to encumberance of the banner. But he may not benefit from a shield, nor a lance if mounted while to carries the banner.
It could well provide a focal point of power in the Gondor line, but at an additional 50pts this has to be considered, as its worth 5 regular warriors of Minas Tirith...