Last time I mentioned some of the Special Characters that I will be using, including some of the models that will be representing them. As before, every Special Character is going to be based on a famous Bulgarian soldier, general or revolutionary from the aforementioned time period.
So far we have:
Lord Castellan Creed as.... Mikhail "White General" Skobelev
Colour Sargent Kell as... Nikola Korchev, Standard Bearer of the 3rd Opalchentsi Batallion's Samara Flag.
Captain Al'Rahem as...Vasil Levski, the Deacon Ignatius, the Lion, the Apostle of Freedom!
Today I'm going to cover yet another trio of Bulgarian Heroes for my Bulgarian Vostroyan army! So sit back, relax - it's time for some Southeastern European History...
Sergeant Lukas Bastonne as...
Hristo Botev was one such revolutionary. He lived in exile, writing with zeal and determination about the difficult times in Bulgaria and the terrible injustice that was taking place in his motherland while waiting for the revolution.
Botev is famous for organizing a company of ~200 members in Romania, crossing the Danube river with a hijacked steamship only to find out that where he had landed the uprising had not started and that alarmed Ottoman forces were everywhere. With almost no military training, Botev led the volunteers and fought against the Ottoman troops for many days until he was shot in the chest by a sharpshooter. Personally I think that he captures the personality of Sergeant Bastonne.
Read the poem above. Kind of prophetic, isn't? As if Botev wrote about his own, imminent death.
For Botev's model I obviously need a head with an epic, bushy beard. So far I have decided on one of the models from the Imperial Guard Gaunt's Ghosts. Not sure what his name is.. If you are aware of something with even more resemblance, go ahead. I'm all
Mogul Kamir as...
|Officers of the 4th Cavalry Regiment maneuvers before Samokov, Dolna Banya. Chalets (Borovetz), 1906|
Source: Lost Bulgaria
Gunnery Sergeant 'Stonetooth' Harker as...
It was actually hard to choose which Bulgarian voivode was going to represent Harker's hit and run/skirmish style because they all worked in a similar fashion and the list of hajdutins is long and filled with great names. The honorific title Hadzhi was given to him when he was two years old - his family went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, from which point onward, Dimitar was considered to be a hajji.
He who falls in freedom's fight
Dies not - he's mourned
By earth and sky, Nature and beast...
Hadzhi Dimitar's story is similar to that of Hristo Botev (aka Bastonne), except his military expertise and deeds were more numerous and glorious. Always outnumbered and outgunned, he had tons of standoffs with the Ottoman army and till his very end in 1868 (10 before Bulgaria's Liberation) he kept on causing heavy casualties to his enemies.
| Inscription in Bulgarian: |
На оружя мили братя
(In English: Take up arms, dear brothers)
Now, you have probably noticed that pretty much all of the heroes in this post have died in battle, years before the Liberation. They didn't get to win any huge, major battles, they never got medals and their deaths were always gruesome and painful. They weren't tactical geniuses or military masterminds, yet they are considered to be among the greatest Bulgarians ever born and their names are in hundreds of songs, poems, movies, schools and street names. It took insane courage and a sense of nationalism to face the Ottoman army, which at the time was one of the most resourceful, well-equipped and numerous military powers in the entire world.
Often the Bulgarian resistance was outnumbered 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or even 10 to 1 and I am sure that they knew that their death was imminent. The odds of survival were just cosmically small.
It's not the direct outcome of their deeds it is the very nature of their deeds that which led to the Liberation of Bulgaria. Their heroism put the name of their country on the map and the world learned about the atrocities in Ottoman-ruled Bulgaria.
This is the concept that I want to capture with my hypothetical Imperial Guard army.
Not just a bunch of metal boxes hiding behind terrain and winning with blast templates and sheer amount of firepower. I want to have a horde of brave men, who have always lived in fear, depravity and poverty, humans tired of being weak, tired of being told what to do, who to worship, what to eat, how to dress, tired of seeing their women taken advantage of or their parents worked to death like cattle. An army of angry men for whom every blood-soaked bayonet is a person avenged and every fallen enemy - a liberated place from their childhood memories. I want to have hundreds of Stubborn, high Leadership models who charge into battle with Furious Charge and re-rolls to hit, I want to see the faces of my opponents as their precious Space Marines are beaten to a pulp, as daemons are purged in the name of freedom from oppression...
It is the Bulgarian way.
Humanity. Fuck yeah!