In the north, there is the arm of the Great Forest known locally as the “Gryphon’s Wood” that follows the line of the Upper Talabec and contains the province's new capital, Bechafen. The Gryphon’s Wood around Bechafen has long been the centre of Ostermark’s political and economic life, especially since the destruction of the old capital at Mordheim in 1999 IC. The region’s main exports are lumber and riverboats, the latter often built on the spot from some of the trees harvested that season.
Every Count in the Empire will maintain their own personal guard, these are Greatswords, veterans of many battles, almost as tough as my lads. Hertwig was no exception, he kept a retinue in his capitol, although also syphoned off portions to guard his commanders. The regiment that joined us was known as the Bears, both for their stubborn nature and the fighting bear they brought with them. As the Gryphons wood and northern border of Ostermark is so close to Kislev, the warriors there also share an affinity with Bears from their northern neighbours.
These guys were great fun to paint. I love the old greatsword models. I really wish they had a couple of extra poses, but hey, they are a delight either way.
They are not great on the battlefield, always striking last, and only being str/t 3 with a 4+ save, they are basically a very middle of the road unit, that costs a lot. However I love the fluff and the models, so I'll be trying them as much as I can to see if I can find a niche for them.