I do have a bit of an excuse this time as Bretonnia is often allied with the Wood Elves, although I am going to have to 'retrofit' the Dryad rules from the 4th Ed book into 3rd Ed if I want to use them with those rules as well, not that that will be too big a problem.
Anyway... I found it really hard to locate something similar to the Dryads pictured in the Wood Elf book. They have more of a 'mini-treeman' feel, whereas available ones, such as from Splintered Light Minis, are more of a 'whispy-tree-spirit' type thing. Nice figures, just not what I am after.
In the end I went for 6mm Treemen from Irregular Miniatures. They are not the greatest figures ever, but when they are painted they do feel quite old-school to me. Perhaps a little on the large side, but they do look like fearsome foes and I like that.
|Unit of 5 Dryads|
Under the 4th Edition rules, a unit of 5 Dryads costs 175 points. And what's better is that they don't suffer additional effects from fire as they are young living wood, unlike the more ancient Treemen.
In terms of introducing more fantastical elements to my Bretonnian army, I'm going to be looking at things which have a more mythic or folklore feel to them and I think these fit the bill nicely.
|In battle against Bretonnians (sorry it's blurry! I need to use a camera with a better screen so I can check beforehand)|
They are also a good start to a future Wood Elf army. I'd definitely want to accentuate the 'nature' side of that force, plenty of Dryads, Treemen, eagles and so forth. It is easier to do this in 4th Edition because of all the changes to the army lists (one of the reasons I still like that version of the game). But that is a project for the future (he says, having technically started it already!).