Hey, long time I didn't published anything on that blog. Publication rythm always has been erratic and sowas life for the last year. Now things are far much better, here's the long-time promised second part of the House of the Hogboblin Daimyo.
The strangest feature of MM’s Orcs is probably their helmet. Sure, they depicted as pig-men and it’s a feature I’d like to discuss in another post, but look that helmet! I searched for an historical comparison. I can’t find the exact model, but it appears the closest thing is the phrygian helmet. yes, the one which serves as a model for the french revolutionary Phrygian bonnet. So, Antique Phrygian and Dacian could be a cultural inspiration for orcs.
Gnolls mismatched armour was another problem to solve, but it appears the closest inspiration could be Byzantine banded mail. The costume is obviously not Byzantine by itself, but could easily fits Varangian, ie. “Vikings”, guards serving as mercenaries in the Greek empire.
Last but not least, Bugbears are featured with voulge and blazon, with a town nearby, suggesting a civilised and late western middle-age culture. Italia and France, where voulgue was common during 14 and 15 century, could fit, but euphonic with bugbears leads to the grand-duchy of Burgondy.
It makes the Cave of Chaos a rather strange but interesting mismatch of World History...