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Sir Owain

Mythic Legions
by yo go re

What a day for a knight!

As a skilled warrior and master swordsmith, Sir Owain is an indispensable member of the Order of Eathyron. He is world renowned for the intricate detail that he pours into every blade that he creates, and equally revered for his prowess wielding them. Possibly more important than his skills with a sword is Sir Owain's jovial good nature. In these most dire of times, even the thinnest sliver of light can begin to fracture the darkness.

Oh, now that's a good bio! It tells us interesting things about the character's history and his personality, and provides enough of a foundation that when you play with him you'll have a great starting point. Plus, religious groups like the Order of Eathyron are often depicted as nothing but dour, devoted fanatics who seem to lack any joy, so creating one who's artistic and fun-loving is a nice addition to the ranks.

While his personality may be unique, Owain still looks like he belongs with his brothers- (and, as of Mythic Legions Series 2, sisters-)in-arms thanks to the shared molds used to create his armor. All his pieces are the same pieces we've seen so many times now, but that doesn't mean they're worse for the re-use. The inset patterns of X's on the breastplate are matched by similar designs on his arms, legs and head. The armor hanging from his waist is sculpted to look like it's attached with thick straps, complete with little buckles. The groin armor is the angular kind, and he has the big "scoop" collar around his neck.

The helmet is one we haven't reviewed yet. It has a big plume of feathers sticking out the top, like Jorund Runeshaper's bucket had, but the actual body is an armet - a fully closed helmet that developed in the 16th century - with a pointed visor and a crest over the top. We don't see any actual face - the visor doesn't move, and the eye slits are just black - but it's still a cool look.

And speaking of looking cool, Owain's paintscheme is really nice. In fact, he's almost the opposite of Gideon Heavensbrand: where Sir Gideon was gold with silver accents, Owain is silver with gold accents; and while Gideon wore a white smock over his armor, Owain gets black detailing that really makes the design pop. It's a terrific look! Plus, the red used for his feathers is dark enough to fit with it all, rather than being a distraction.

The Mythic Legions figures are incredibly well-articulated, and also incredibly modular. Sir Gideon Heavensbrand has a balljointed head, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms at the top of the gloves, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Pretty much every one of those joints can be pulled apart with only a modicum of force, so if you want to create your own custom figure, it'll be easy enough to do.

Like Sir Ignatius, Sir Owain comes with a spear, a sword, a shield, and a strap. The sword has a black hilt with a golden dry-brushing, while the spear is plain silver. The shield is silver, or possibly a very pale gold: it doesn't match either the silver or gold sections of the armor, but is its own thing. The front is matte black, with a bold golden Eathyron right in the center. The brown strap fits around his chest, but since he has the big shoulder pads, it's hard to fit the sword into the loop with them in place.

It seems pretty likely that the colors were the reason I picked Sir Owain from the initial Kickstarter, and those don't disappoint, but the background the Horsemen invented for him is a lot of fun, too.

-- 03/04/17

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