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ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby Counterpane » 26 Feb 2011

My theme for the Group Build is the Wolf Pirates, a Gloranthan army for Hordes of the Things.

Glorantha, first encountered through the board-game White Bear, Red Moon and later through the RuneQuest and HeroQuest rpgs, is a world of many cultures and many gods. Glorantha is a world where myth has power. Heroes of Glorantha can walk among the myths of their own people and of others and bring great, often violent, change to the world. Such Heroquesting had brought disaster to Glorantha twice before, the First and Second Ages ending in world-wide collapses of civilisation. The Third Age would end in the greatest cataclysm of all - the Hero Wars.

One Heroquester, the most famous leader of the Wolf Pirates at the time of the Hero Wars, was Harrek the Berserk. This northerner slew the Rathori Polar Bear god and now wore its pelt as a cloak. Harrek’s Wolf Pirates later sacked the cities of the Wenelian coast.

The first phase of the project is to complete the three main personalities of the army - Harrek, Gunda the Guilty, and Prince Argrath. The rest of the army will follow in a later Task. All of the following figures are by Lance and Laser. They're not based at present - I'll cover basing and organising the army in Task 5.

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“Harrek the Berserk, the White Bear of legend, in mentioned in nearly every history and tale from his times. Chroniclers across the world wrote of the misfortunes this man visited upon their lands. Harrek gained fame as a professional gladiator, a wolf-pirate, a nomad khan, a mercenary for the gods, and an iron-fisted tyrant of his own realm, who never forgot his common origins and never let a poor man starve.”
- White Bear, Red Moon

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“Gunda the Guilty was the daughter of a valkyrie who was conquered and raped by a cruel philosopher. Her youth was spent in flight and exile, and she quickly learned her mother’s skills. Gunda was but twelve winters when she claimed by combat her first pack of wolf-pirates. She is most famous for her stay with the notorious Queen of the Kiss, whose infamous buss seduced man, woman, and even monster alike into sworn fealty. Of those so trapped, only Gunda broke the spell, her oath, and the queen’s back - but at the cost of never knowing love. Shortly thereafter she met Harrek, and from that meeting their friendship has grown.”
- White Bear, Red Moon

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“Who was Prince Argrath? He ended history and brought the Red Moon down from the sky. An empire which had withstood the sun falling from the sky, an invasion of monsters, and an ice age, fell to him. But incredibly, we do not really know much about him at all. We believe he lived, just because of the impact upon our own age. but who was he, besides a figment of poetic imagination for the dying age?”
- King of Dragon Pass
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby Richard B. » 26 Feb 2011

You bring back lots of gret memories with this stuff Richard, Glorantha and Runequest was a huge part of my late teens - still have the rulebooks and characters (and a few figures) around here somewhere.

Nice painting too BTW :good:
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby fscunha » 26 Feb 2011

Great entry. Nice figures and great painting

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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby Faustnik » 26 Feb 2011

GLORANTHA!

Perrrrfect.... for a former Humakti they are lovely.

Well done mate

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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby Janick » 26 Feb 2011

Very cool! Nice work! :thumbsup:
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby cardophillipo » 26 Feb 2011

Excellent, wouldn't like to meet Gunda on a dark night!!!

Or would I? ;) ;) ;)

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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby janner » 26 Feb 2011

Great work and fascinating background.
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby james forrest » 26 Feb 2011

Nice figures Richard, new to me as well never heard of lance and laser. Gunda is a hottie :good:
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby Michi » 26 Feb 2011

Wow, Richard - these are perfectly to my taste! Very well done! Guess which one I like best... :grin:
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby rowdy75 » 27 Feb 2011

awesome work :thumbsup:
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Re: ENG B - The Wolf Pirates

Postby ArisKosionidis » 04 Mar 2011

Beautiful work on these! Argrath's cloak especially. Thanks for the background too, sets up the right atmosphere. "A valkyrie who was conquered and raped by a cruel philosopher"? They left those parts of philosophy out of our school textbooks, for sure :grin: .
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