Posted:  31. 05. 2022.

 

The Kickstarter campaign for the Folk Horrors miniature set launched today! It's a collaboration with Andrew May of Meridian Miniatures, who is running the KS for me. The project aims to cast a set of my sculpts in metal.

These miniatures were inspired by creatures and costumes of European folklore, traditionally appearing around Christmas, New Year's and at winter's end. The twelve monsters of bell, horn, straw and bone are eager to stomp across your gaming table. Go check out the KS campaign during the next seven days, and grab yourself a set!

Folk Horrors on KICKSTARTER.com



Most of these are not one-to-one reconstructions of real life costumes, but are more or less based on them. I picked up motifs and elements and re-arranged them to make fantastic creatures reminiscent of the source material.



The pair of Bellmen were inspired by particularly fierce-looking Carnival bell ringer costumes common in the south of Europe, including my homeland. They are worn by men and form uniform groups, marching from village to village during Shrovetide to drive away winter with their terrifying appearance and deafening noise. In my design, it is left ambiguous whether it is a costume or an actual skull-faced hairy monster, adding to the mystique of the creature. The Bear is a common folk costume found in Carnival processions and plays.

The Bear is often chained and led by a handler, from whom it iscapes and causes mayhem around the festival. Bear costumes are varied in appearance, from realistic to only vaguely bear-like. Uncomfortably lanky and hollow-eyed, this minaiture is another hairy monster you would not like to meet in the wild.



Roga, Bezub and Sixhorn were inspired by the Krampus and Perchten costumes of Alpine folklore. They make their appearance in winter festivals. The material of the miniatures’ bodies can be interpreted equally as straw or fur, and once again it is unclear whether there is a more horrifying figure hiding inside. The two little Straw Children came from straw costumes widespread accross Europe. The Skeklers of Shetland are the best example, and the German Strohbär is probably the most known one.



The Cow and the Horse are based on a common folkloric device that sits between a puppet and a costume. It’s an animal skull or sculpted head mounted on a pole (often with a movable jaw) and carried by an individual hidden under a cloth shroud. These hooded horrors participate in various customs, and are quite a sight to behold. The most widely known example of this type of figure is the Welsh Mari Lwyd. Personification of Death is another common figure in Carnival processions, and I made sure to include one in my set. Folkloric death costumes are rather varied in design, but the skull visage is its defining feature. I modelled mine so it fits visually with the Cow and the Horse.



The Ooser is based on the Dorset Ooser, an English folkloric figure/costume of debatable origins. I modelled it after a photograph of the reconstructed wooden mask, and it’s the mini in this set that is the closest in its appearance and name to a single particular source.

 
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At last! Death, the Horse, the Cow and the three wraiths I already have are going to make the sickest warband.
Thanks for the effort!

By neuzd on 2022 05 31

These are wonderful. I think they would be a great fit for Silver Bayonet!

By Viktor on 2022 05 31

@neuzd - Thanks for your support!

@Viktor - Thanks! Yes, they would work well as monsters in Silver Bayonet.

By Ana Polanšćak    on 2022 05 31

 
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