As a result of a policy change by Photobucket, many of my photos which used this service are no longer viewable at a number of forums, such as DBA Fanaticus and TMP (The Miniatures Page). This is an inconvenience as all the photos for the Witcher Project are now gone. Therefore, rather than create a third blog dedicated to the world of fantasy, I have decided to take a pragmatic approach and add the Witcher Project to the Storm Within the Empire; after all it is centred around an empire, does use the DBA system and is medieval in appearance .
In the coming weeks there will be an influx of fantasy related posts covering the armies of the Empire, the Northern Kingdoms, the campaign rules which are now revised, the scenarios and of course building projects. These will appear in rapid succession, but readers will be able to track earlier postings by using the ‘index’ located on the right hand side of the page.
The Witcher is set in a Late Medieval early Renaissance world with a powerful empire waging war against rival kingdoms. The stories abound with ample political intrigue assisted by mages and sorcerers and add to this a variety of races, a diversity of monsters and monster slayers known as Witchers. The game movies, which are available at YouTube are The Witcher, The Witcher: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: the Wild Hunt. The quality of the graphics greatly improves throughout the series as does the complexity of the stories filled with sub-plots and active characters. The recent game movies, “Hearts of Stone” followed by "Blood and Wine" offer further excellent reference material.
As a project, I found the background events which take place in the books of greater interest than developing something based around the characters. For instance, there are three major wars between the Nilfgaard Empire and the Northern Kingdoms. During the course of these campaigns, both the Empire and the Northern Kingdoms are trying to contain their own internal struggles with varying degrees of success while waging a major war. The thrust of this project will then focus on the major participants, the collecting of the armies and of course the construction of rural villages, walled cities, harbour settings, and ships will not be overlooked. The architecture although medieval does evoke an East European style, while the ships of the fleets are a combination of galleys and cogs using lateen sails emblazoned with symbols of their kingdom.
Fans of the game series and of the books, written by Andrzej Sapkowski, have created a Witcher Wikia which bundles all the needed information for this project, such as maps, historical background of the kingdoms, the wars, and character profiles. Also covered are uniforms, weapons and banners which offer a solid start for this project.
Nilfgaard crossing the Yaruga