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Monday, 22 August 2011

Where did they go?

It occurs to me, as I watch more Fimmy goodness go floating to the surface of the bay of e, that there are relatively few Fimir armies (that we know of) out there... I think it'd be pretty interesting to see if anyone we recognise might be adding these little gems to their forced. Anyone? Now I have quite enough to be going on with for the foreseeable future so I'm not competition for any more (unless a bargain, or the specific Fimir I've got a hankering for- see later on- comes up), I'd just find it interesting to know which armies they've gone to and what they've ended up looking like!

So, for what it's worth, these bog people ended up on my workbench:

And here are all the other Fimmy monsters which have appeared online since I started looking. Anybody adopt any of these homeless cyclops?

On a special note... anyone pick up either of these? They are probably my favourite of the 80s Fimir models... if any more come up, let it be known I will battle for them! Similarly, if anyone has one they don't want.... will sculpt for one! :)


A Fimm closer to Finished!

Well, second attempt to get the colour on my Fimm right was far more successful. Very happy with the way this little guy has turned out. Only took a couple of hours... by which estimate I reckon I could get the whole unit painted in a fortnight.... Hah! As if I'd be able to keep that pace up!

Much less orange! But happily Vinnie doesn't look too out of place alongside his browner comrade.

And a bit of a reminder of the inspiration for this colour scheme:

Not perfect, but hopefully by the time I get onto the big fellas I should be practiced enough to have a go at getting them close! If anyone's interested, the colour mix was:

Spray black
Spray white over to pick out raised areas
Wash with (Game colour) sepia and dark fleshtone
Paint defined areas of skin with (Game colour) dead white, rosy flesh, dark fleshtone, burnt umber wash and a tiny bit of bloody red
Highlight mixing in rosy flesh and dead white
Final highlights rosy flesh and dead white
Tail and scales washed with sepia ink

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fimm's Photo Album

As promised, some pictures of my homeland... that is, Darthemor and specifically the region around Maelfenn.

Waymarker set along the Ayefen. These stones serve as guides, principally for the Drui who must frequently make the journey from Maelfenn to Dirquith for conclaves. The symbol is three within one, symbolic of travel for the Fimm, whilst the use of spirals denotes movement along a path.

 Hissk! Sunlight breaks through the tree cover. One of the reasons for the decision to settle at Maelfenn is that dense woodland conceals most of the track along the stream and the foot of the hill, allowing freedom of movement even in the hours of the pale face.

The shores of Drakkenmere.

Some friends met along the Ayefen. Kelpies on the prowl.

The track winding up the hillside towards the citadel.

Entrance to the compound through rocky embankments. Much of the defensive structure was pre-existing, the Mistmor have built the rest, with Shearl labour, from rock dug from the quarry.

Water fills the base of the quarry during a particularly wet season.

Track up from Grimm Crag to the plateau.

Part of the entrance to the caves on the plateau.

Part-constructed hut on the plateau. The finished structure will be topped by a thatch of dried marsh-grass.

Remains of some ancient human structure at Dirquith.


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The geography, regions and peoples of south west Albion (by Francis Kiri)

Imperial maps of west Albion tend to be labelled ‘marsh’, ‘bog’, ‘fen’. So few explorers land upon these forsaken shores, and fewer still remain having done so, that any detailed cartography of the area is unavailable and uncalled for. The inhabitants of these regions have little use for maps and instruments too rudimentary to attempt any but the most basic cartographical survey. From travels and conversations with local tribes we have attempted to piece together a rough outline of the territorial regions and key geographical features. Circles on the map represent human settlements, standing stones indicate places of interest and dolmen denote rumoured Fimir settlements. No one was willing to vouch for the exact location of any Fimir site and we deemed our expedition team too small and ill-equipped to try and discover a Fimm city for ourselves.

 Note: For ease of reading, this chart is oriented east (top) to west (bottom).

The coastline of south west Albion seems to be divided into two regions, Pernwold and Cairnwold. Wold, as far as I have been able to discern, simply means ‘region’. There are numerous ports (porthi) scattered along the coast and these seem to be relatively busy with trade to the northern parts of the Old World. Principle among the ports is that of Porthsmyth, situated at the mouth of the Ayefen river.

Further inland the landscape becomes bleaker, given over principally to moorland and marsh. This expanse is divided into three and it would appear that each region is the territory of a particular Fimir tribe. Human inhabitants rarely venture eastwards, and if they are forced to do so they skirt south through Bairnmot or north through the Boerdarlende. The largest of the moors is Darthemor (Mor means ‘clan’ in the Albion tongue, while ‘Darthe’ denotes the colour ochre. Possibly the Fimir of this region are ochre-hued, possibly the name originates from the bracken which colours the landscape a sandy brown). Darthemor contains several hill groups, from two of which spring the rivers Framm and Ayefen. These meet at a large body of water known as Drakkenmere. The hills are rumoured to be full of caves and the hillsides covered in standing stones of mysterious and unknown significance. Special mention should be made of the site known as Maelfean, ‘Hill of the source’. A few years back, we are told, a small craft aiming for Porthsmyth became hopelessly lost in thick mist and ended up in the Drakkenmere. Here their boat hit a submerged rock and sank. Travelling still in the wrong direction they worked their way eastwards up the Ayefern until it narrowed to a tiny stream. Nestled in the hills they observed from a distance the settlement of Maelfean. They describe a fortress of black stone and set upon the top of the highest crest. A great stone wall ringed the top of the hill, with a gate in the centre from which a track wound down the hill, following the course of the stream. There were cave mouths in the sides of the hills and to the east was what appeared to be a quarry site, presumably the source of the rock for the fort. At the base of the hill and around the quarry site were roundhouses and longhouses such as human clans might build and the travellers were tempted to approach and seek shelter for the night at the settlement. However, as they drew closer, and the night drew in, they could see the figures emerging from the huts. They describe the creatures they saw as ‘taller than a man, with barbed tails and a single eye’. The travellers managed to camp for the night undiscovered and made their way back along the Ayefen the following day, hewing a tree from woods around Drakkenmere and making an impromptu raft to carry them downstream, out of Darthemor. This is a significant discovery regarding the Fimir. Not only do we have one site where eyewitnesses attest to the existence of a Fimir stronghold, but we also see a unique occurrence in the existence of huts. Previously it has been thought that the Fimir live entirely within rock structures which front cave networks, but this has been based on examination of supposed habitations which have been deserted. It would seem the Fimir have either observed and made use of human design for their huts or that both humans and Fimir in this region were originally in closer communication.

The other two regions of marshland are Exenmor and Bodemeargh, both fed by the river Exe. Beyond these marshes lie Al Pernwaith and Rengolt, both sparsely inhabited by human tribes, principally the Damnonii at Al Dernholt and the Balgae in Verwutt. Of all the tribes we encountered, the Atrebodil were undoubtedly the strangest and most disturbing, as mentioned elsewhere, and I feel it is worth mentioning that their settlements are entirely within the region of Bairnmot, focussed around the settlement of Carmille and close to the standing stones at Bithkau. A fact, I feel, which is not unrelated to their bizarre behaviour. I venture this information so that any travellers to Albion may give these people a wide berth.


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