Sunday, October 9, 2011

Goldie & Baby Bear : Totenkinder Minions for WWWII

"It is known that Frau Totenkinder employs various methods to secure servants, though the nature of these methods is not well understood.  It is known that many of the beings in her employ are actually 'extensions' of herself, or her will and as such, being but shadows of her power given shape, can not truly die in any mortal sense. Yet also, there are some servants who are, or where, human.  Understanding these is more complicated.  But imagine a farmer who crafts for his fields a scarecrow.  He takes sticks, straw, cloth and old clothes and makes for himself an image of himself.  This is a poor example of Totenkinder's extensions, but it will serve for the moment. Now imagine that the farmer fashions a scarecrow, but rather than a sturdy stick for it's basis and support, he instead builds his scarecrow around a human being. Imagine this and you will begin to understand the nature of some of Totenkinder's human creations.

These young men and women are no longer so, but are now in part extensions of her will, their soul but one strand of the weave of her creation. Why she does this is unknown.  What difference or advantage there is is known to her alone.  What we can say is these servants, whether seemingly human or otherwise, are of varying power and abilities, but all share one thing in common: they are immortal.  They can be driven of, or even seem to die, but reports of further sightings always occur.  The fact that they appear to be characters from fairy tales and myth is indisputable.  The significance of this however is one of great scholarly debate in the free world.

It is the opinion of this humble scholar that it is we, humanity itself, which gives them a great portion of their power.  It is our imaginings of them from which they draw much of their power.  Every hope & fear of children, the pattern of their thoughts on these characters in a way, feed them. If this is true, then the more we see of them the more we think of them, giving them still more power.  In this machination, how we defeat it I can not say.

Professor Randolf Fitherdollop
Adjunct to the Admiralty by way of Oxford."

Professor Poireau folded the missive and turned to his second in command, the uplifted Chimpanzee, Octavian.  "Well, what do you make of it?"
"Hrumph," muttered Octavian.  "If he is correct then you fight a foe that is as the wind. But a wind in the mind of children."
"Yes, an interesting analogy Octavian." Maximilian Poireau eyed his officer keenly.  "And do you think we're up to the task?"
"We apes?" queried the Chimpanzee, "Oui"
"Right, then let's start.  Here is the file on a pair of Totenkinder's agents, code names Goldie & Baby Bear..."

Goldie is none other than the origin of the tale of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Human children who fall into Frau Totenkinder's power are weaved into beings of great power and near immortality. They age but slowly over the centuries and if they ever reach old age or if this is impossible is unknown.  While there is no 'wicked witch' in this story, those in the know can see the signs of Totenkinder: the presenting of sanctuary, such as a cabin in the woods.  She carries modern firearms, and fights with long steel claws in a manner like her companion. Baby Bear appears to be nothing more than a common brown bear, but his strength and intelligence are far greater and should not be underestimated.

Miniatures used: 
Goldie: Yull. from Tannhauserby Fantasy Flight Games. repainted of course. Weapon is from the plastic Germans from Bolt Action (Warlord Games)
Baby Bear:  'Werebear' from Otherworld Miniatures.


Spacejacker said...

I see what you're doing now (duh!) This is a great idea, can't wait to see what you come up with for other characters like Hansel & Gretel etc.

Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks Spacejacker! Yeah,when I started thinking of bringing fairy tale characters into Weird WWII I just had to do it. While it is a German army, and that's about the most iconic Weird WWII theme, I thought this take was sufficiently different enough that I couldn't resist doing it.

Hansel & Gretel? Coming up...

Michael Awdry said...

Genius Mr. Ferret. I am looking forward to seeing the further characters.

Eli Arndt said...

Absolutely amazing work and such a unique spin on WWW2 stuff. So much to work with too.

Can you please post notes on what figures you use for your conversions?


Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks Michael! I have a few more characters I'm working on when time allows... hopefully won't be much longer until they show themselves.

Eli: Thanks! I usually list what manufacturer the minis came from, but it does seem I forgot in a few of them, sorry about that. I'll edit this update with that, and check which others might have been missed too.

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