Among the Atrebodil tribe there are some women who volunteer themselves to the Fimir. These are treated with great respect and privilege, available only to proven Fimm, Flaiths and Flaithmor, however the cyclopsian creatures are not undemanding of the qualities of these volunteers. In order to produce a strong breed of fine warriors only the toughest women are chosen, warriors in their own right. Candidates put themselves forwards once a year at a great midwinter ceremony, they become known as the Bansidheia and leave their settlements to join the Fimir, tasked with undertaking raids on their behalf, slaughtering and enslaving villages. Those who prove themselves over the course of the year are admitted into the harem of the clan Flaithmor. Occasionally a Bansidhe proves herself such a mighty warrior she is dubbed Icchareia and given oversight of the new Bansidheia.
Iccharan pipes: The Icchareia’s role within the courts of the Fimm nobles includes the creation of music to please their consorts. Chiefly they employ the fabled Iccharan pipes, these magical instruments are charmed to affect the mood of the listener. In battle the Iccharan pipes can be played to drive the listeners into a fighting frenzy or calm them in the heat of battle. Each turn a unit contains an Icchareia and begins its turn not in combat the unit may receive either Always Strikes First or Stubborn. If the unit enters combat the ability remains until the end of the turn and is then lost, the Icchareia is too busy to play!
I've been collecting Celtos figures for the Bansidheia for a while now, but what I've really been after are the Rackham Confrontation Fiannas, sadly out of production and going for a pretty penny! A couple of weeks ago I managed to get my hands on four of these little ladies... only to find they're a little less little than I thought and make the Celtos ladies look even more teen. Ah well, spread throughout the unit they don't look too out of place, especially with the other brands of figures mixed in. I'm going to use the fianna musician as the Icchareia so it makes sense she might be a bit larger, especially if the rumours about the Antrebodil's chaos connections are true!
The difference in scale between the Celtos and Rackham figures:
With the Reaper and other types of figures, the scale range is a bit less pronounced:
Some duplicates in the unit. The first is a huntress from Reaper. Originally bought to be chained to a monolith she has been liberated and given a big Fimmy axe to provide a bit of a difference!
Another weapon swap:
A bit of bending just to change the line of the figure: