Barbarian Veteran #2 available from Scibor

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Aug 1st, 2013
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Scibor has a second Barbarian Veteran model now available over in their webshop.

From the release:

This model is made of high quality resin and provided on 25mm square scenic base. It is unpainted and requires assembling.

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  • I like Scibor in general… This one not so much, mostly due to the armour. Also I don’t expect barbarians to wear that much armour. However, I think it’s neat that it looks very much like Ludwig van B…

    • Soulfinger

      The idea of barbarians not wearing armor is so wrong though. Historically, “barbarian” just meant an outsider, someone perceived as less civilized even when their culture’s accomplishments equaled or exceeded that of their “urbane” neighbors. Okay, so the Greeks called the Scydians barbarians, and these were guys who wore their enemies scalps and crafted their skulls into drinking cups, and who had transvestite priests (no jive), but they also called the Persians barbarians and practically everyone else (including some Greeks). The modern notion of what a barbarian should be mostly dates back to the Schwarzenegger movie incarnation of Conan, but Howard’s character almost always wore armor in the novels. He was uncouth, but he was very intelligent — certainly smart enough not to bum rush an enemy wearing nothing but a loin cloth.

      • “barr barr”

        Yup, that is all and well, I still don’t like the look of this armour as it doesn’t have enough joints and I still prefer my barbarians to signify brutes like the fantasy stereotype with little armour. Technically it is not wrong or right either.

      • KelRiever

        Let’s remember the fairly epic artists Frazetta and Boris who brought Howard’s character to life in visual form.

        • Soulfinger

          You know, I remembered Frazetta’s as having more armor on, but I guess it was mostly just a helmet. You are certainly right.

          • I nabbed the last one of this Barbarian Dude
            which is absolutely fantastic and imho the perfect rendition of a barbarian albeit the popular culture version. It’s based on a Bisley rendition of Conan I think – with some changes…

            I wasn’t going to say anything, but I still find the statement that “barbarians not wearing armor is so wrong though” misplaced. The term barbarians as you yourself stated is greek originally (I have been lectured many a times on greek etymology from my stereotypically greek dad – although he knows his stuff) and could basically be used to depict the naked fool eating dirt as much as the perceived idiot that couldn’t speak coherently. It depends entirely on the time period and who called who barbarians.

            I’d say that the popular culture image of the “mainstream” barbarian is based on celts and germanics as perceived by romans. Wearing comfy wooly clothes, warm animal pelts and leather. I am not arguing that the Frazetta barbarian is “the only true depiction” as I am sure you understand, just the one that jumps to mind and while embellished and stylised I wouldn’t say it’s pure fable.

          • Soulfinger

            I get what you are saying, especially with the etymology, which is why I referenced the Scydians and Persians originally. I think we are heading toward one of those conversations in which we agree with each other while not realizing it.

            When I said wrong, I basically meant what you are saying here, the barbarian can be “naked fool eating dirt as much as the perceived idiot that couldn’t speak coherently” but putting the latter before the former. They can wear armor . . . or not, it is irrelevant to their status as an outsider. The problem in my phrasing was that whereas you said, “I don’t like . . .,” I came across as dismissive of the very notion of them not wearing armor. I meant “wrong” in more of a colloquial sense, not as a pejorative way of indicating untruth (tone of voice would have carried it in a conversation).

            I was originally going to be way more expansive listing perceived barbarians, be they Germans, Native Americans or Ottomans at the height of sophistication, but I already had that huge chunk of text. The modern fantasy barbarian may draw on the celts, but only in a second-hand sense in that Howard and other pulp authors drew on those influences. Then you have the barbarian trope in D&D that is based on the stuff that is based on the stuff that is based on the stuff that draws from history, but they read more like Doc Savage’s pulp era pal, John “Renny” Renwick. The funny part to me really is that this is yet another barbarian “veteran” to rank among the veteran savages and veteran suburbanites of the world.

          • Ahhh.. gotcha 🙂 Yes, I misread your initial “..so wrong..” I was struggling with it, because it didn’t make sense with the rest of your text.

            All is right in the world now. My favorite barbarian is the Terry Pratchett version. He is the veteran you are talking about.

            And now I’m off to imbibe ale and Pacific Rim.