have been running a Name the Miniature Competition
on The Notables Yahoo Group
site, for full details go to this link
and to Gavin Syme's personal Web page, here
This is the model, an unreleased Trolkin Colonel by the name of Skand Stoyne, a real brute of a miniature beautifully sculpted by Rob Alderman. A miniature that reminds me of the late Les Dawson.
Image taken from Gavin Syme's Web Page
My own entry (writing a backstory for this character model) is included below and although going over the allotted 200 words, I hope that it is successful.
For your entertainment here is my short story. I hope you enjoy it.
The most famous Trolkin of Stoyne
The Troll-Mother had promised that she
would take her two young Trolkin to see the new museum, a museum dedicated to
that most famous son of Stoyne – Colonel Skand Stoyne of the Trolkin Militia.
The museum had only recently acquired the
third of three artefact all generously donated by that fine rock of the
community Skand Stoyne and Colonel in the Kyngs Own Rifles Militia.
The first exhibit was placed on a small
velvet-covered plinth and had chiselled on a piece of slate;
Portion of the nose of Colonel Skand
During a sword duel Skand’s opponent had
called a truce to say that Skand had a fly on his nose. His reply was; “You
knock it off, you’re closer than I am.”
This is the shard taken off the nose during
The two Trolkin hollered with glee as they
also tried to knock portions of noses off one another. The Troll-Mother moved
them on to the second exhibit, a Brass door knocker;
Again chiselled into a much larger piece of
slate was the following;
Nipple ring, ripped from Skand Stoyne
during a boastful challenge with Mica Schist (a colleague of Skand).
While walking home after a night drinking
strong ale and eating concrete hardened ground bread Skand and Mica argued
about who was the stronger. Skand said that for two Krone he would throw Mica
across the ice filled river and on to the other side. The challenge was taken
up and Skand swung Mica around his head three times before launching him across
Mica landed in the middle of the river and
amongst the ice flows. “You missed!” was Mica’s response. To which Skand
replied – “I dina say I’d do it first time!”
On the third attempt a dizzy Mica grabbed
at Skand’s uniform pulling of his nipple ring, which due to Trolkin being larger
than Orcs or Elves had been fashioned from the brass door knocker from the White
Liar Tavern in Broomcoat.
After some embarrassing question about “Why
did he have a brass door knocker nipple ring and do you have one?” The
Troll-Mother was pleased to have a short rest as the curator took over and told
the two youths about some of Skand’s military career.
As the olde Troll-Mother sat, she
reminisced about her own youth and the times when she and Skand had searched
the mountains for moss covered boulders. The right moss or algae could cause
the Trolkins to hallucinate – get stoned. As she sat on a cold marble bench the
second symptom of eating too many sharp mountain boulders in her youth began to
trouble her. Her haemorrhoids –small pebbles which irritated and caused her
discomfort began to throb. Had those hallucinations been worth it? Did Skand
suffer in the same way?
As the two Trolkin youths began to play up.
The Troll-Mother rose and made her way to the third exhibit. A new exhibit only
What has Skand donated this time?
As she peered at the latest display, one of
her charges screeched. “Piles. Look - piles of pebbles!” The Troll-Mother
quickly ushered away the children before they could read the third stone slab.
Colonel Skand Stoyne
Experienced Trolkin Officer mounted on a
Armed with a huge stone club which Skand
finds easier to use than a mere Marshals batten.
Skills and Bonuses.
Like Granite; (super strong skin) and able
to fend off musket balls fired at any range longer than Medium as well as able
to break swords that are not defined as Super quality.
Stand like a Rock; Acts as a banner to any
Trolking within 12 inches.
Faults and Forfeits.
Terrible temper; (those piles can be
Boulder Age; Due to his extreme age he is
less mobile and moves (on foot) at half rate. Trolkin as they get older revert
back to solid stone and eventually turn into boulders themselves.
Every game there is a chance that all that
Algae will have some effect.
Roll a D6 at the start of Skand’s first
encounter and if 1 turns up. Skand will hallucinate.
Roll D10 and see table;
Charge at nearest unit to his
Start singing olde drinking
songs (plus 1 to morale)
Go all tearful and start to
suck his thumb
Fall off his Muskox and not be
able to get up
Retreat (minus 1 to morale)
Turn to clay (actually just
slump in the saddle)
Sleep for two turns and then
have a splitting headache for the rest of the game
Drop his Club and want to
dismount to pick it up (take two turns)
Granite constitution and any
hits/wounds will just not count
Make up your own effect!