"Many of their sons had clamored for the honor of riding with the Young Wolf, as they had taken to calling him"
Planning to do all of the Wolfsguard, so expect that quote to get some heavy use! I'm also pretty sure they never get called that, but I saw the term somewhere and I love it. Starting off with the representative from one of my favourite houses, the Blackwoods. We don't know much about Lucas as a person, but he gets all the cool red white and black goth aesthetic of his house, and represents a nice meeting place of Robb's northern and riverlands kingdoms, especially if like me you believe the Blackwoods are ousted northerners from way back when.
The miniature is from a lovely new set, designed as Baratheons but I accidentally bought two boxes so I'll be adapting a lot of them to other houses! You'll note the rather crooked weirwood on his chest that used to be a stag. I've mentioned before, I'm an absolute sucker for the "huge weapon leaned nonchalantly on a shoulder" pose, and I love greatswords, so this sculpt was catnip to me.
Hey, so Hero Forge apparently added Pride flag decals to their selection. I don’t know if it’s a permanent addition or just something for Pride Month, but I thought my readers might be into it.
"A pure world, Sansa thought. I do not belong here. Yet she stepped out all the same... She could feel the snow on her lashes, taste it on her lips. It was the taste of Winterfell. The taste of innocence. The taste of dreams... Another new day. It was the old days she hungered for. Prayed for. But who could she pray to? The garden had been meant for a godswood once, she knew, but the soil was too thin and stony for a weirwood to take root. A godswood without gods, as empty as me."
From fire to ice. I've posted this Sansa before, but she was always intended to be the centrepiece of a diorama like this. As I said, this scene feels like such a primal mythic image, like a perfect stained glass window. It's bizarre to think it's the opening scene of a chapter with actual plot and twists, it feels like it should be a chapter of it's own. The diorama set-up helps get across the image I love - life amongst the snow, warmth amidst the cold.
In the chapter, it's the first snow on the Eyrie, so I went for autumn foliage, a few branches already bare, and some evergreens to bring in the vibrancy. The statue is of course the weeping Alyssa Arryn, I did my best to reference the duel scene for the damage - gashes to the thigh and arm, and tipped over and cracked at the torso. The miniature itself is actually Melisandre who had a production defect that made her look a lot like a statue after years of erosion. Behind the statue there's a discarded rondel from poor Vardis Egen's armour.
This image (credit Michael Komarck) in particular is a favourite and was a major reference point: