Arthur

 

arthur_merlinBeing a great lover of bears, growing up on the stories of King Arthur and fiercely proud of my Celtic heritage it was natural that I would gravitate towards the etymology of Arthur being derived from the Celtic bear gods Artos or Artio.

Arthur as a historical figure is of course shrouded in legend, bias and conjecture. I am totally guilty of this and totally support the belief that he held power in Wales, Cornwall and the West Country the lands of my forefathers. 

The fifth century Welsh word art  means ‘bear’. One theory is that art and ur, meaning ‘man’, gives us the name Artur – literally, bear-man. This is supported by late Latin writings which give the name Arturus.

There are other variants have been put forward, including Arturius, Arcturus, Arturos and Artursus combining the Welsh for bear – art – along with its Latin counterpart – ursus. 

I used to play Arthur as  my mounted Welsh warlord in Saga, although I almost exclusivaly play as the Irish these days.

I am putting together a more extensive and legendary Arthurian War-band for play in Dragon Rampant. Complete with more bears, magical boars and a dragon.

Arthur is a Welsh, mounted, Teulu, (Hearthguard),  figure from Gripping Beast,  mounted on an old school Citadel Miniatures Wood Elf Bear from the 1980’s.

Shield transfer by Little Big Men.

Merlin is from the exceptional  Footsore Miniatures.

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Incantations

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At the foot of a towering wicker man druids have gathered to summon a dark aspect of the  mighty Cernunnos the horned god. In a desperate, last ditch, attempt to drive blood thirsty invaders from their lands.

Cernunnos comes flanked by standard bearers and musicians from the realms of the dead as the druids open a door to the underworld to destroy their enemies.

In the distance astride a bear and under the guidance of Merlin flanked by some of his bravest warriors Arthur rushes to prevent them finishing their incantations and close the portal before the very order of time and space are ripped asunder !

The druids are from Warlord Games: Hail Caeser range.  With the addition of one further model from Ral Partha .

Cernunnos and his attendants are from Brigade Models: Celtos: Fir Bolg range. 

CernunnosStandard bearer, Musician, Musician (mounted). I got all four of them in a blister pack which was really good value from Rochester Games, Models and Railways which is where indeed I get most of my supplies from.

More on Arthur and his warriors in a later post.