I was rummaging through the bits box and found a small tub of weapons. Among them was this short sword, one of the weapons favored by Conan the Cimmerian. Well, shoot, the sword fit in this figure's hand so well, I just had to make the decision to turn this fellow into the iconic barbarian instead of a Waiteri tribesman.
This will be a nice diversion from the prehistorics. I'm not quite sure what my barbarian will be wearing yet. I'm rereading the original Howard stories right now, and I think I will choose a specific story to model this figure after. My favorite Conan tale is "Beyond the Black River," but I may choose something else- something more iconic: Bare-chested, leather breeks, belt or sash, no scabbard- most stories mention him keeping his weapons tucked in his belt (or sash.) There are lots of good options.
One thing I didn't know: Conan has a hairy chest. It's mentioned only once, and quickly in "Hour of the Dragon." I'm not quite sure how I'll model this yet -- another small, welcomed challenge. Then again, he wasn't always barechested.
I guess I'll redouble my reading efforts and see what I can find.
What will I do with this figure? Nothing, he'll just be a display piece. Maybe, if he turns out nice, I'll order some more figures and have a small group of figures from Conan's world, enough to do a few small and highly-detailed skirmishes. Bronze Age figures
will fit the bill as usual! Hey, and I'll have an excuse to get some of those seductive generic babes :) (What, you haven't seen them? I'm posting the link to Bronze Age because I'm trying to share something I like with you all- go take a look! :) Bronze Age has entire harems at 32mm!
Oh yeah, I already have a giant snake, too. Ummm, not trying to sound dirty following the mention of harem; I actually have a giant snake
I made with Sculpey. Plenty of those in Conan stories.