I visited the Finnish National Gallery (Ateneum), which was running an exhibition called "The Magic North." I was so inspired by some of the romanticized mythological art that I wanted to incorporate this into my Viking project. It didn't take me long to dig up and old GW Fen Beast model and throw some paint on it.
|The one whose name shan't be spoken|
This monster could represent a troll or maybe a "näkki" - an evil water spirit. Whatever it is, you should steer well clear of it. I don't know if this thing will ever feature in a wargame, but who knows. Maybe I'll give the upcoming Dragon Rampant rules a try or fight a Viking adventure scenario using Lord of the Rings rules.
|Vikings fend off the beast|
Below is the picture that inspired me to paint this miniature, Theodore Kittelsen's "Water sprite", plus other Nordic masterpieces.
|Theodore Kittelsen "Water sprite"|
|Theodore Kittelsen "Sea serpent"|
|Gerhard Munthe "Åsmund goes up to the door of the mountain"|
|Akseli Gallen-Kallela "Joukahainen goes to war"|
|Akseli Gallen-Kallela "Defending the Sampo"|
|Carl Larsson "Midwinter's sacrifice"|