Monday, 19 March 2012

Breggan and Juggo finished

I had a fairly productive weekend, and the first two of my barbarian warband for "Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies" are finished.  I didn't spend a huge amount of time on them, so they're not great works of art, but I'm really pleased with them, and they have tons of character.  After a bit of practice I've finally got the colour balance malarkey sorted out on my camera, next it's time to work on the focusing... 

Breggan and Juggo

So, here is a little classic (i.e. cliched) barbarian back story:

In the dense pine forests of the North, in a village in the shadow of the Shadow Mountains, twin boys were born.  The first to arrive, Breggan, was born healthy and strong and survived his first winters with little ill health.  Juggo however was born stunted and sickly and barely survived his first four seasons.  Much to his parents surprise he did survive, but as he grew, they realised he would forever be "deformed", stocky in build, but short in stature.  Mother and father counted their blessings though, for so few children survived the cold of the north.

In the exceptionally harsh winter of the boys eighth year, their village was attacked by mercenaries thirsting for revenge after being defeated in the Iron wars.  A few villagers fled into the forest, but the boys parents were cut down trying to defend their home, and alongside a few other children, they were captured  as slaves.  Like most slaves at the time, the children were taken to the great quarries, the source of rock for the new fortress in the mountains. The hard work made them strong and robust, and in their seventeenth year, the brothers were bought by a local lord, to fight in the gladiatorial arenas.

Here they learned to fight with swords and axes, and they formed a formidable partnership.  "The Bear and the Dwarf", were first laughed at, but became feared in the Black Colosseum and Arenas of the North and South.  It was in the Colosseum that they met Mad Ulf, and from there the story will continue...

OK, so not a great work of fiction by any stretch of the imagination, but it's fun to write some back story.  There's a couple of good "campaign hooks" in there, with some real cause for revenge, and several reasons for them to go off rescuing people.

I've nearly finished Ifil Ironwolf (just needs grass on the base), and I've made a good start on both Ulf and Brevik.  Hopefully I'll have them all finished by the weekend.  I'm in crazy new project mode at the moment, where my head suddenly fills up with ideas, so I need to get some stuff finished...

As always, comments and criticism welcome!

1 comment:

  1. So this is what you get upto in your spare time, I often wondered.